Nokia 5610 XpressMusic Mobile Review – Nokia Aims For The Walkman Phones

Music players in phones have, since the introduction of the Motorola ROKR, become a standard feature across the board. What used to be something that differentiated one phone and manufacturer from another is now a feature that every phone put on the market (other than those that are “free phones if you sign up for a contract”) seems to have.

Attempting to differentiate on your music player has, for the longest time, been akin to trying to differentiate your automobile based on the stylishness of your cup holders. With their 5610 slider-form factor mobile phone, Nokia manages to differentiate on the integration of the music player with the rest of the phone.

The key to this is a set of functions called the Navislide, which is used to control the musical functions of the phone with a single thumb-flick on the controls – the Nokia 5610’s entire keypad is rather well designed, with the keys giving lots of good tactile feedback and a quick response curve. With the overall construction of the device, the entire package is nicely built – fits in the hand, can be used one handed easily, and it’s nicely solid.

But back to the Navislide – if you’ve ever used an iPod thumb-wheel, the Navislide is like falling off a log. It’s straightforward, and adjustable, and remarkably easy to use. Rock it left to use the music player, rock it right to use the built in FM radio, rock it up for the next track or station, or down for the previous one. It’s a remarkably easy device to get used to.

That slider bar is also quite handy when using the menus for the other functions on the phone. First a note on the screen: It’s a simple truism of how much these devices have matured as the market has grown; this screen would have been considered stunning and high end two years ago; it’s crisp, bright and easy to read; the screen is QVA resolution, and quite good enough for watching video. (Indeed, the mobile has a small VGA camera for doing video telephone calls.)

The menu system is well laid out, with four configuration options available, and it’s clear that Nokia is leveraging their development efforts into the System 40 operating systems well. The D-pad is fully user configurable, and gives you plenty of options for using the phone fluidly and easily.

As a phone, it’s a full GSM/HSDPA 3G network phone, and can have its firmware updated wirelessly, no need to hook it up to a desktop computer. Its inboard contact system can store 2000 contacts, and there’s full cut and paste between all applications on the phone. (In earnest, once you’ve used cut and paste on a phone, the next question is “Why did this take so long to get implemented…”)

Lastly, the 5610 has an excellent 3.2 megapixel camera with an integrated LED flash and decent autof ocus. While it’s not going to make you give up your dedicated digital camera as a photography tool, it’s more than adequate (and borderline overkill) for something to take quick snapshots. Again, Nokia’s attention to the user interface makes the camera a dream to use.

Nokia 6125 Clamshell Review

More technically speaking the Nokia 6125 is a Series 40 3rd Edition phone. So it is not a smartphone, but it smart mid-range phone! The biggest difference between a Series 40 phone and a S60 phone (a smartphone) is that you can install applications to a smartphone.

Nokia 6125 Camera

The 1.3 megapixel camera has a better resolution than the one year old Nokia 6630 smartphone. The resolution for the Nokia 6125 is 1280 x 1024 pixels and this is very good for a mid-range phone.

The Screen

The 6125 main display is OK – it is an active TFT display that supports up to 260 000 colours. The phone has 2 displays and the external screen is a CSTN display that supports up to 65 000 colours.

The display has the Active Standby feature prevuously available on smartphones only. Active Stanby allows access to favorite applications or calendar entries directly from the idle screen.

More 6125 Features

Messaging cababilities include MMS, IM (instant messaging), push to talk, Nokia Xpress audio messaging and e-mail. A new interesting feature is the support for Flash and the Macromedia Flash Player.

Is This a Music Phone?

The phone has a MP3 player that plays popular music formats (MP3, MP4, eAAC+ and WMA). Music files can be stored on a hotswappable microSD memory card.

The 6125 has Bluetooth and you can use wireless stereo headsets on the phone

We Say

The 6125 may not have the latest look like the Razr, but offers many advanced features for a mid-range Nokia. The flight mode issomething most mid-range phones are missing, but this is available on the 6125.

Pictures: Nokia 6125 photos [http://www.nokiainfo.net/blog/index.php?itemid=67]

Nokia 3250 Music Phone Quick Review

You could say it´s a budget version of the N91 and aimed for the mass markets. Nokia 3250 will not keep Santa busy as the phone is shipping next year in the first quarter 2006. Estimated retail price is 350 Euros.

Key features:

– Supports MP3, M4A, WMA, AAC and eAAC+ music files

– 3.5mm connector for headphones

– 262K color TFT display (resolution of 176 x 220 pixels)

– Stereo FM radio

– Bluetooth

– USB 2.0

– Triband

– Talktime up to 3 hours, music listening up to 10 hours

Comments and Conclusion

The Nokia 3250 is an good alternative if you plan to buy a music phone. In terms oif technical specs and features it seems to be somewhat better than the Motorola Rokr iTunes phone. The Motorola Rokr has USB 1.1 (can take up to 40 mins. to transfer 100 songs), 512MB TransFlash memory, and the iTunes software is limited to store 100 songs. The Nokia 3250 uses the Nokia Audio Manager software to transfer music files from PC to phone. This is a clear disadvantage compared to Motorola that synch with iTunes.

P.S.

Nokia has traditionally been using the MMC format for storage, but this phone relies entirely on microSD (TransFlash) cards. The microSD card is based on TransFlash(TM), which was developed by SanDisk in cooperation with Motorola and is the world’s smallest flash RAM memory card format.