Nokia 5130 XpressMusic review: Reporting for duty

GSMArena team, 22 April 2009.
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At a certain point everyone finds themselves in the situation where all they need is a no-nonsense phone that looks good and doesn't cost a fortune. The Nokia 5130 XpressMusic is exactly the kind - one of the sleekest, most affordable handsets by the Finnish manufacturer that has ever set foot in our door.

With a distinctly youthful charm, the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic certainly won't replace your laptop but will give you all a mobile phone should. Offering the bare minimum might not be what your average geek expects from a phone but it is exactly what the market wants. The fact that the Nokia 5310 sold more than 13 million units is clear enough evidence of this.

After all, not everyone can afford an N97 nor does everyone need it. What everyone does need however is good performance from their handset, even more so if reliability can be offered at a low price point. So we felt a thorough review of the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic was in order to check out this theory.

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Nokia 5130 XpressMusic official photos

Key features:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • 2" 262K color TFT display of QVGA resolution
  • Sleek body design and nice hoice of materials
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Hot-swappable microSD card slot up to 16GB (1GB card included)

Music features:

  • Top notch audio quality
  • Dedicated music keys with backlighting
  • Music light effects
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Up to 21 h of dedicated music playback

Main disadvantages:

  • Mediocre camera with no flash or auto focus, sluggish
  • QCIF video recording (only good for MMS)
  • No 3G
  • No stereo loudspeakers
  • No smart dialing
  • No Java multi-tasking
  • No office document viewer
  • No Flight mode and no Active stand-by

The Nokia 5130 XpressMusic might be a mass-market handset but it most certainly doesn't look run of the mill. On the contrary, it's one of those unassuming little gadgets that actually cash in big for the company. With such expectations on its shoulder, it is little wonder we are so curious to find out what this handset has to offer.

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Nokia 5130 XpressMusic is in for a review

Join us on the next page to find out more about the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic hardware and design features.

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