The Nokia 5130 XpressMusic has sold over 13million units till date. Check out the review of the phone here which also details the phone’s tech specs, features and price.

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The Nokia 5130 XpressMusic will go down in history as one of the most widely sold phones. This music phone has hit the right note by offering the bare minimum at a competitive price. Nothing else comes close.

Design and Looks
Following the release of the 5310 XpressMusic and 5220 XpressMusic budget music phones, Nokia went ahead with designing a phone that was even cheaper than its older sisters, enter the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic which packs in the same features as the other two. In terms of design, all three phones sport distinct and original looks. The 5130 assumes the classic chubby bar shape as opposed to the slim profile of both the 5310 and 5220. Yet the unassuming design of the 5130 is both appealing and practical.

The phone has a metallic looking plastic rim that surrounds the edges of the front fascia. The upper left side of the rim houses the backlighting illumination for the dedicated music keys (which are just below the lights and at the side.) The phone has a large 2 inch display that produces 256K colours at QVGA resolution. Although this may sound somewhat disappointing, the phone's large pixel density akin to those on phones with 16 million colour screens translates into wonderful picture quality. While the sunlight legibility of the phone is good, colours do get washed out and hamper readability. Unfortunately backlighting and contrast are fixed and there's no ambient-light sensor either.

Squeezed just below the display is the flat keypad. The small keys offer decent tactility but typos are likely if users have large fingers. Above the alphanumeric keypad and just below the screen are the soft keys and the navigational D-pad. The elevated D-pad is finger-friendly and so is its confirming centre. The dedicated music keys to the left side and the volume rocker to the right are also just as tactile as the keypad. The microSD card slot is also to the right, and being hot-swappable, its position could not have been better. The phone is also capable of handling cards holding up to 16GB of music; only initialization of the music onboard the card takes time.

The back of the phone is also very attractive. It is dark purple in colour and sports several interesting features. For one, the camera is surrounded by a metal plate that sits on the top half of the back and the bottom has some interesting patterns just above the phone's loudspeaker. Connectors include a standard 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port and the obligatory charging hole. All of them are found at the top of the phone. The microUSB is the only port treated to a removable plastic cap.

Overall, the build of the phone is great and uses quality plastics. The only problem with the plastic is that it's glossy and a regular finger-print magnet.

The phone makes use of the user-friendly but outdated Series40 user-interface. It does not support smart dialing or java multitasking but thank heaven for small favours, there is atleast voice-dialing. But don't smile just yet, remember, there is no Active Standby that is available on almost any S40 device today.

Telephony is good and the phone makes use of Nokia's proprietary active noise cancellation technology to suppress background noise during calls. The phone's loudspeaker is of good quality and worthy of the Xpressmusic trademark.

Talking of music, the phone sports a cosmetically revamped XpressMusic player with all the necessary functionality. The player skin is customizable with different themes and with each new theme, the virtual interface changes too. The backlighting that illuminates the positions of hardware music keys also doubles up as dancing lights that blink to the rhythm of the music. There are six equalizer presets plus the stereo widening effect. The stereo widening effect does wonders and makes listeners forget that they're listening through their headsets; when on loudspeaker, stereo widening has no effect on the output whatsoever. Now would be a good time to mention that the 5130 XpressMusic has some of the best audio output standards in the handset market today, so with a decent headset you're guaranteed to get a very accurate reproduction of the sound.

The FM radio is nothing special, it does the job. There's RDS support and automatic scanning and saving of stations. The radio like the music player features changeable skins. The phone's video player sports all the necessary functionality. Apart from 3GP, it also supports MPEG4 format. Unfortunately most users will find the smallish screen unsuitable for watching videos. Videos and the video player can be accessed from the music player itself or from the file manager.

The 2MP camera is about as good as it's going to get on a budget phone like this. Not that it's a deal breaker but it's also the bare minimum camera available on any phone these days. It offers four white balance settings, three quality settings ranging from high to basic and a few other effects. The camera's optics is much better than those of 2MP units on older models and this makes up for the generally poor image quality of 2MP cameras. There is no dedicated shutter button to capture photos or videos; instead you have to use the confirming centre of the D-pad for this purpose, and given the tactility of the D-pad's confirming centre, this is guaranteed to cause handshake.

Another good feature of the phone is that Opera Mini is the pre-installed browser. It offers nice page rendering and is very easy to use. It also applies image compression when rendering sites on your phone; this will save you some currency if you use a limited data plan. Other apps on the phone are the standard ones seen on every other S40 model.

There you have it, the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, a stylish no-nonsense feature phone that offers users with more than they pay for.

  • 2.0” 262K colour QVGA resolution display
  • Good build and attractive design
  • Dedicated music keys with blinking music key illuminations
  • Awesome audio quality
  • 2MP camera
  • XpressMusic player
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack

  • Nokia Headset WH-102 (available with phone)
  • Bluetooth Headset BH-103
  • Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-504
  • Mini Speakers MD-8

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Nokia 5130 XpressMusic Price India
Price:Rs. 5,200
Warranty (years): 1
Color Options:Red-Black and Blue-Black

Technical Specifications of Nokia 5130 XpressMusic
Overview Body Type Bar
Battery Life/Talk time 6.0 Hours
Standby Talktime 288 Hours
Dimensions Width 47 mm
Depth 15 mm
Length 108 mm
Weight 88 g
Camera Camera Yes
Secondary Camera NO
Camera Resolution 2 MP
Camera Flash N/A
Auto Focus NA
Display Display Size 2.0 inches
Display Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Dispaly Type TFT LCD
Colours 262K
Memory Internal Memory 30MB
Card Slot Yes
Complimentary Card 1GB
Expandable Memory 16 GB
Multimedia Features FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
Connectivity Options Wi-Fi NO
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared NO
USB Connector Yes
Technology Cellular Network GSM
SIM Type Single SIM
Operating System Operating System Java based Series S40 UI
Features Input Type Alphanumeric Keypad
Handsfree Speaker Yes
Flight Mode Yes
Inbulit Dictaphone Yes
Flashlight NO
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