The Nokia 5730 is the first QWERTY enabled music phone from Nokia. Click here for a brief review of the phone that also details the phone’s technical specifications, features and price.

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The Nokia 5730 is one of the first feature phones available with QWERTY. This music phone which is essentially an E75 in disguise hits the right note among music lovers looking for an enhanced messaging experience. Being the first dedicated music phone with QWERTY, the expectations are high. But the 5730 carries off the weight of expectations well, delivering users with little to groan about.

Design and Looks
The styling of the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic is very similar to the 5630; with the distinctive red or blue frame around the front and the dot-matrix font alphanumeric keypad below the display, but slide out the QWERTY and you are presented with a wholly new phone. Strangely the 5630 has not made it to India yet, so the 5730's styling should be as new to users as QWERTY is to feature phones.

Unlike the 5630, the 5730 is pretty hefty at the waist line thanks to the sliding QWERTY. Like all XpressMusic phones, the 5730 features dedicated music keys to the side. The phone also has an N-Gage gaming rocker key at the top just above the display. The display is a 2.4” QVGA screen that performs reasonably well for Nokia's high standards; while sunlight legibility is passable, colours do get washed out under the bright light.

Below the display is the D-pad and the soft keys. The D-pad is amazingly tactile but the soft keys around it are flat and deep-set. They are hard to press and must be depressed exactly in the middle to register a click; sometimes it takes multiple presses to do so. The confirming centre of the D-pad also has an LED that can be programmed to indicate missed calls or act as a standby breathing light. Below the D-pad is the alphanumeric pad with the dotmatrix style font. The keys exhibit reasonable tactility but are squeezed-in to accommodate the large 2.4” screen. While the alphanumeric keypad is definitely not the best in the market, the QWERTY hidden under the phone sure is.

Easily one of the best around, the QWERTY performs as well as the ones on dedicated business handsets. By design the QWERTY layout is well thought out and houses large keys that provide excellent feedback. Most likely, the critics of QWERTY may find themselves favouring the QWERTY over the regular alphanumeric keypad on this phone. The sliding action of the QWERTY is customizable and users can set the opening action to launch an application of their choice and the closing action to return to the homescreen.

The phone sports the Symbian 9.3 mobile Operating System (OS) which powers the popular Nokia S60 User Interface (UI). The UI is in its latest incarnation; 3rd Edition featuring Feature Pack 2. This tried and tested combination of Series60 over Symbian 9.2 is a perfect blend of user-friendliness with software intuitiveness, and it does not fail to do its job but is unfortunately getting old and outmoded.

There are however a few changes to rekindle the interest in Symbian S60 for disenchanted Nokia users such as new UI animation and the Contacts Bar. The Contacts Bar is not unlike the Active Standby, but as the name suggests is dedicated solely to contacts. Similar to the Active Standby in design, it features a side-scrollable bar containing the photos of contacts and details of the currently selected contact below. It is possible to send messages and make calls over the Contacts Bar. Moreover, there is an option to read and update the RSS feed of the contact. Lastly the Active Standby also supports the TalkingPhone theme which is an alternative to the regular themes and reads out the contacts and details to the user.

The Symbian handset is powered by a 369MHz, 128RAM ARM11 processor which promises the OS is always ticking.

Not to forget the primary purpose of the phone, Nokia have ensured that telephony is good with calls being nothing less than crystal clear on most occasions. Naturally, like all Symbian powered phones, the 5730 supports voicedialling which is accurate most of the time. The phone's loudspeaker isn't the loudest around but music does sound nice coming out of it- just don't count on hearing the phone in noisy environments all the time.

The heart of the phone lies in the XpressMusic player which can be accessed right from the standby or homescreen or by the simple press of the play button. It does not boast of much added functionality over older XpressMusic phones but is optimally functional the way it is. Probably the only noticeable change in the music player over older XpressMusic siblings is the Say and Play feature which gives users the option of playing music by simply saying aloud the name of the artist or track they wish to listen to. Like voicedialling, the voice recognition here is pretty good and the phone gets it right almost all the time. Surprisingly the audio quality of the phone is not that great, infact there are many phones that aren't even dedicated music handsets that can outstrip the 5730 in terms of audio reproduction quality. Rest assured, if you have a reasonably good headset, the audio quality will come out quite well.

The built-in video player is provided by RealPlayer. It is sufficiently functional but does not play DivX or XviD formats. The 2.4” screen is also not big enough for a truly enjoyable video-viewing experience. To round off the entertainment section is the built-in radio which offers Internet radio apart from the usual RDS support and Visual Radio. To use the internet radio, all one needs in an active 3G or GPRS connection or proximity to an active WiFi network. Now might be the right time to mention the phone's battery life is quite poor. Owners are warned from prolonged usage of battery-draining features such as WiFi or Bluetooth lest they find themselves out of battery at the most inconvenient situations.

The 5730's shooter is provided by a 3MP unit that bundles in an LED flash and autofocus. Sadly the lens remains largely unprotected. Pictures taken with the camera are as good as it's going to get for a 3MP unit. The noise levels are under control while colour rendering and colour contrast are accurate. Sometimes the images are over-sharpened causing the formation of artifacts or loss of reolved detail. Video quality is pretty decent with videos being recorded at VGA resolution and as much as 30fps (frames per second.)

The 5730's on board applications include Ovi Contacts which is a Google Gtalk compatible Instant Messaging (IM) client. This means that not only can you IM with other Ovi members but also with people who use Gtalk, easily the most popular IM clients among Indian users. Ovi Contacts also lets users share their GPS positions which other Ovi users can check out using Nokia's own Ovi Maps. Another well known application is the QuickOffice suite that lets users open and read office documents, Accuweather that gives weather forecasts and finally we:offset which helps users calculate the CO2 emitted, say, on a flight they are about to embark on and accordingly buy carbon offsets to balance it out. The proceeds go to various initiatives around the world that are involved in capturing carbon and making our planet greener.

So, there you have it, the Nokia 5730, a QWERTY music player with smartphone capabilities, a tough competitor at an equally competitive price.

  • 2.4” 16M colour QVGA resolution TFT LCD display
  • Full QWERTY sliding keypad
  • Dedicated music keys and camera shutter button
  • N-Gage gaming keys
  • 3.2MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • GPS enabled
  • Standard 3.5mm audiojack
  • 369MHz CPU with 128MB RAM
  • Symbian S60
  • XpressMusic Player with Say and Play voice control support
  • Smart dialing
  • Easy access to contacts through Contacts Bar on homescreen

  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-205 (available with phone)
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-500
  • Nokia Mini Speakers MD-8
  • Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-504

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Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Price India
Price:Rs. 18,000
Warranty (years): 1
Color Options:Red, Monochrome, Blue, Pink

Technical Specifications of Nokia 5730 XpressMusic
Overview Body Type Slider
Battery Life/Talk time 5.0 Hours
Standby Talktime 280 Hours
Dimensions Width 51 mm
Depth 15 mm
Length 112 mm
Weight 135 g
Camera Camera Yes
Secondary Camera Yes
Camera Resolution 3.15 MP
Camera Flash LED
Auto Focus Yes
Display Display Size 2.4 inches
Display Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Dispaly Type TFT LCD
Colours 16 million
Memory Internal Memory 100MB
Card Slot Yes
Complimentary Card 8GB
Expandable Memory 16 GB
Multimedia Features FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
Connectivity Options Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared NO
USB Connector Yes
Technology Cellular Network GSM
3G Yes
SIM Type Single SIM
Operating System Operating System Symbian Series S60
Features Input Type Alphanumeric Keypad, QWERTY
Handsfree Speaker Yes
Flight Mode Yes
Inbulit Dictaphone Yes
Flashlight NO
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