Nokia 5730 XpressMusic review: Full musical keyboard

Full musical keyboard

GSMArena team, 14 August 2009.

No news is good news and the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic is quite keen to go about humming that tune like it didn’t care. Recruiting Symbian for an entertainment job is nothing new really and no, we’re not surprised that yet another handset wants to be the N97 of its neighborhood. The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic doesn’t really shine but it’s fit enough to handle quite a workload. Whether you need a smartphone for the knack or for the fun of it, this all-in-one messenger promises a bit of everything: music, web, gaming and connectivity.

XpressMusic has long crossed the smartphone line but only just starting to take multitasking so seriously. WLAN, GPS and a full QWERTY keyboard go side by side with enhanced music and N-Gage to make the Nokia 5730 so universally appealing. We guess we’ve had enough proof that Symbian can handle it all, so let’s see how the 5730 XpressMusic lives up to its claims.

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Nokia 5730 XpressMusic official photos

It’s pretty obvious there will be quite some Nokia 5630 XpressMusic here. It’s virtually the same handset – add or take. So, what’s the deal in the end with adding QWERTY and a bigger screen and taking some processing power?

Key features

  • 2.4" 16M-color TFT display of QVGA resolution
  • Four-row side-slide QWERTY keyboard
  • Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G (with HSDPA) support
  • Symbian OS with S60 3.2 UI
  • 369 MHz ARM11 CPU
  • 3.5mm standard audio jack
  • microSD card slot, 8GB microSD card prebundled
  • 3.2 megapixel auto focus camera with a dedicated shutter key, geotagging and VGA video at 30fps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with UPnP technology
  • Built-in GPS receiver and preinstalled Nokia Maps
  • USB and stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) connectivity
  • FM radio with RDS plus Internet radio
  • Dedicated music keys
  • N-Gage support
  • Dedicated gaming keys
  • Ovi Contacts integration
  • Office document viewer
  • Smart dialing
  • Contacts bar on the homescreen
  • N-Series-like gallery
  • Nokia Say and Play (voice control to music player)

Main disadvantages:

  • Fingerprint-prone cheap-looking plastic build
  • No DivX/XviD support out of the box (can be installed, possibly requiring a purchase)
  • Average camera performance
  • Poor battery life
  • No TV-out functionality

The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic is treating the younger crowd to the all-round skill of dad’s E75. Alright, it may not be as simple as that but the 5730 is only just some corporate email (and plenty of steel) short of Eseries excellence. The XpressMusic QWERTY messenger is heavy on entertainment of course - dedicated music keys and N-Gage-conscious design, along with full pack connectivity. The complete keyboard, elaborate organizer, the office package and GPS are enough to start talking business.

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Nokia 5730 XpressMusic live shots

Well, even if the dedicated gaming buttons and the digital-style alphanumeric font used on the keys leave little doubt about the target audience demographics, the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic looks too big for its niche. The first QWERTY messenger in Nokia’s music lineup is a solid smartphone package that’s definitely worth the test ride.

Be you young in age or spirit, you are welcome to stick around. Back with unboxing right after the jump.

Reader comments

  • Gary
  • 03 Jul 2012
  • mJy

Ha ha I fgured that so I just went ahead and got the Samsung Focus which is still sueiicffnt for my needs. Upgraded to 16gb of memory. Got it unlocked and with internet sharing I can use the front facing camera on my Ipod which was noticeably better ...

  • Pensando
  • 02 Jul 2012
  • 35t

If you want good email and apps and trust me if you have good apps you wont get bored EVER, then go for Sony Ericsson arc. If you want good hardware or caemra then N9 it is.

  • Doru
  • 02 Jul 2012
  • iX5

Now that's sutble! Great to hear from you.