Nokia 5310 XpressMusic review: Nokia 5310 XpressMusic

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The Good Excellent, simple design. Good music player. 3.5mm headphone jack. Good battery life.

The Bad Poor call reception. No 3G. Small internal memory.

The Bottom Line Without the silly twisty-turning bits of other Xpress Music phones; the 5310 excels as a music phone that's easy to use and looks just a tiny bit rock 'n' roll.

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The assumption seems to be that people who want to listen to music using their mobile phone are also the people with the strongest attraction to gimmicks and quirky design. Nokia is no stranger to unusual design, as the XpressMusic 5700 is a testament to. The 5310 is a different kettle of fish to the previous, a subdued slim-line candy-bar form phone, and it's the minimal design that stands out as one of the phone's greatest assets.

With a shape and size very similar to a 2nd-generation iPod nano; the 5310 is just about the perfect size. Many times during testing we found ourselves patting the pockets on our trousers to double-check that the tiny 5310 was still in our possession. But even with its slighter profile Nokia hasn't compromised useability; giving the 5310 decent sized keys and a clear and colourful display.

On the top of the 5310 is a 3.5mm headphone jack; an absolute must on a music-focused device, and particularly important here since the stereo headphones bundled with the phone are not the best. On the left hand side of the screen are three dedicated music control buttons; play, back and forward.

The 5310 XpressMusic isn't a phone with a set of features to stand apart from the competition; in fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a mobile phone without a music player of some sort these days. However, the music player in the 5310 is very good, it's easy to use, plays smoothly in the background while you multitask, and the sound quality through headphones is fine. You'll be able to play most popular audio file types with the handset; MP3, AAC, WMA, but definitely no DRM protected music files, such as those you might buy from an iTunes music store.

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