Thank you V'yacheslav!
You review and tips are much appreciated.
What are the changes in the new software 3.63 as compared to the older one 3.60 except maybe it will solve the hanging problem? I mean are there any more visible changes seen after the update?
OMG have u tried plug SE W200 headset into this phone ????
result is super mega bass SE (but editable equilizer)
u know SE megabass cant be edited right :D
i love this phone now, coz i use Sony Walkman's headset now ;)
Please read my review of this phone and do not hesitate any more :-)
I bought my Nokia 5310 a week ago and have only positive experience with it. It's operating system (S40 v5) is awesome and highly configurable, screen is bright and large. Buttons are very comfortable and rather tight to press (I do not even lock the keyboard when the phone is in my pocket, the keys seldom get pressed spontaneously).
Music player and radio work in the background while you do other things like messaging or playing games. Playback can be controlled at any time with the convenient dedicated music buttons. The volume of the headphones is very high, like on a conventional mp3 player (I use medium-size Sony headphones). Loudspeaker is not so loud, but taking into account dimensions of the phone, it is awesome. Music quality is awesome. I have set call volume to maximum and have no problem hearing it on the street. There is a 2GB MiniSD card bundled, which gives enough memory for music, videos and apps. It can be hot-swapped without powering off the phone.
Battery life is very adequate as for me. As the music is playing in my headphones ALL DAY, the battery gets drowned till the evening, but it survives the whole day without any problems.
Camera is OK. Not great, it lags a lot, but I did not buy this phone to take photos with it. It's for music, not for photos, really.
The media player is very good, it automatically adds new music to it's music collection, as soon as it appears on the memory card. It also plays videos without any problems, I am constantly reencoding movies and then watching them on the phone when I have free time at work.
Here are the encoder settings to produce a video file, that is playable on your Nokia 5310:
*Video encoder: DIVX/XVID, 176x144, 300kbps, 15fps.
*Audio encoder: AAC, stereo, 128kbps, 48kHz.
If your video can't be resized to 176x144, let it do what it can and then add black borders at sides. Don't forget to resample frame rate to 15 fps, or it will not run or run very slow.
A good Linux program to do that is Avidemux. I'm not a Windows user, but there was a good program called VirtualDub, you can try that also.
Now to the software. As you might know, S40 phones only support Java apps. So I spent some time searching and got some nice games to waste time playing. But the best piece of software that I've found was the ReadManiac program for reading books in txt format. It has access to the phone's filesystem (you should grab the version with JSR75 support) so you simply point it to files and it lays them out conveniently on the screen, rendered with your chosen font size. GREAT.
So now I can listen to music, watch movies, read books, play games, and text message my girlfriend telling her how much I love her, all on one little device called NOKIA 5310. I LOVE THIS PHONE.
The only two disadvantages, that bother me about Nokia 5310 are:
1) Plastic USB cap. May eventually get broken, so I'm going to get myself a card reader in order to leave that cap in peace. (I usually plug the phone into my PC 3 - 5 times a day).
2) Fingerprints are easily left all over the screen and the keyboard, which is why the phone is constantly a little dirty. I got myself a nice leather case so that I do not carry it in my hand all the time.
My phone is made in Hungary, has firmware 03.63. You must verify the firmware version before you buy, by powering the phone on and entering *#0000# on the keyboard. If the version is 03.60, you'll have to reflash it manually (http://www.nokia.ru/A4405828) or the phone will behave erroneously. You can also enter *#92702689# (*#war0anty#) to look up the date it was made. Mine is 012008.
I suspect, that the majority of negative reviews on this phone are caused by the old firmware 03.60, which is reported very buggy. Reflash and be done with it.
My marks are -
Final mark: 4.8/5
I highly recommend this phone. It is AWESOME.
P.S. No, I do not work for Nokia :-) I just wanted to do a fair review.
P.P.S. The phone cost me $270 USD here in Ukraine.
You can reach me at slava18 (at the domain name of gmail.com) for additional info. I'll be glad to help.
Ask to look at phone when u buy an ask for it 2 b switched on!wen it is push *#0000# that way u can see what software it has before u buy as for sound mines great cameras good to in my opinion im glad i bought mine an also mine never hangs.
I am avid fan of nokia, based from the bad comments that i have read..i am now confused to avail this phone. Can any one mind to help me if this phone is in good quality in terms of music( Speaker Volume) camera (if the image is clear) and if the phone really re start all the time.Would the upgrade of the software would be the solution for this problem?? and lastly how can i know if the phone that i am buying has the latest software on it??
hii last two days back i purchased Nokia 5310.i am facing problem with my charger..its not getting charged..whn i tried to charge it with another charger it was getting charge..also aftr that once i switched off the phone..now i am unable to switch it on..as i is not getting on.the sound is very low.
This is NOT one of the best phones .. This IS the BEST PHONE!!!! Beats the living crap outta the Sony Ericsson Walkman series. When you use other 3.5mm ear phones not the ones included in the sales package the sound is AMAZING & LOUD!!!!! My search for the ultimate phone stopped.
The camera is alright but then the phone is a music phone, Xpress Music.
Superb phone. Keep it up Nokia!!!
i have got this phone since last Nov 07 i loved its shape its size i do not care for teh camera or such things the problems that i faced with the phones are as follow when u insert ur stereo jack to listen to music or when u use it as an Mp3 player...
Nokia 5310 is good telephone.This telephone have got 2.0 mega pixels camera, it's good very good!!
Hi, just wanted to know if this phone can make video calling since it looks like it has a camera in the front.
Please, anyone knows if the voice recorder can record just 60-minute length limit as the review says.
can u tell me how can i increse volume level in nokia5310. as the ad shows that it has great volume but i found its not good. so pls tell me is this cause of setting or its real volume level which cant be increase?
I purchased it yesterday, It is an amazing phone both in features and looks.It is so slim that you dont feel a phone in your pocket.Sound is very good even without headphone. Adjust the equalizer to loud the ring tones. Camera is OK.It is many step ahead of W880i.
I purchased it yesterday.It is an amazing phone both in features and looks. Its so slim that you dont feel a phone in your pocket.Sound is very good even in loudspeaker.Camera is OK.It rocks.
at the shop i searched fora new trend setter fones, i saw Nokia 5310 in the display I immediately admired and purchased this fone.
Many thanks to Nokia for promoting this to us.
Thanks Dude! I'll Try to do it now. Thanks for responding! Enjoy 5310's music!
i have got this phone since last Nov 07 i loved its shape its size i do not care for teh camera or such things the problems that i faced with the phones are as follow
when u insert ur stereo jack to listen to music or when u use it as an Mp3 player with sub-woofer kit it keeps restarting that does not have certain time sometimes after an hr sometimes after minutes sometimes when u just play the 1st song that really bothered me because the main feature that i loved in it is destroyed now so is there any software modification for this
also the ring tones volume is so poor the most problem in the design that the speakers are behind the phone i preferred that it be in the edges as before but the size is wow i adore it the light is ok for me i like dark lights better for eyes if anyone found any problem tell me the phone is at the agency now they wanan fix it hope they can solve it
hi! i am tamjid fro DHAKA. i bought this phone few days back overall good but the battery performance is not up to the mark. thanks