Nokia 5700 XpressMusic review: Nokia 5700 XpressMusic

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Features
As a music-focused handset it is not surprising that the 5700 supports a wide range of file formats, including perennial favourites such as MP3, WMA and AAC. A radio is onboard but as usual requires the headphones to be plugged in to act as an antenna. The upcoming Nokia Music Store is also supported, giving you access to a one million-track music library through a monthly subscription fee or for individual purchase over-the-air.

A hot-swappable microSD card slot, a mini-USB connector and the power jack are all tucked away by a small rubber flip-down panel on the right side of the 5700. Nokia included a 512MB card with our review model, but this might differ regionally. While Nokia provides a Windows application to help transfer your music, Mac users are left to drag-and-drop songs onto the handset. Windows Media Player can also be used to sync playlists.

Quadband GSM support and 3G puts the 5700 up there with the best in terms of network support; travellers should have no trouble finding a network on which to roam onto overseas.

Performance
Although pictured above with Nokia's Editors' Choice Award winning BH-501 Bluetooth headphones, a pair of white earbuds (sounds familiar) is what actually comes in the box. Unfortunately the sound wasn't as good as the default set of earbuds you get with any iPod, with the sound quality lacking in bass. Although the 5700 itself has a 2.5mm headphone jack, an adaptor is provided to plug in regular headphones. The Nokia bundled earbuds, however, do offer some passive noise cancelling, with rubberised squidgy bits on the end that sit snugly in your ear canals blocking at ambient noise.

Photos were about what we expected from a 2-megapixel camera phone with no autofocus: grainy and blurred. The LED flash did, however, seem slightly brighter than others we've seen and helped a bit in low light. Videos are not too shabby; the 320x240 resolution at 12fps is suitable for YouTube purposes.

Another irk we had was the USB connection -- it took us about 15 minutes to transfer two MP3 albums to the 5700's memory card.

Battery life connected to a 3G network with average use of calls, Web browsing and text messaging was good. We got between three and five days per charge. Nokia states standby times up to 12 days, talk time up to 3.5 hours and music playback time up to 10 hours.

Due soon are the next-generation of XpressMusic phones, the stylish looking 5610 and 5310.

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