Last weekend i thought how about buying something new and exciting for my wife. And then the Achilles striked and 5530- Nokia’s new addition to the touch world was in my hand. Cost $ 250 – INR 12500.
The scoop on the newcomer
I know you all want the skinny on the 5530, but you already know it from the game. Yes, this phone has a large touch screen with tactile feedback (I like to say it touches you back) and no physical keys; a 3.2-megapixel camera and LED flash; Bluetooth, WiFi, and EDGE for all your connection needs; a music player for all the stuff you download from the Nokia Music Store; widescreen video playback at 640×360; hot-swappable MicroSD slot (4GB included); and a standard 3.5mm audio plug for your rocking headsets.
In the Box
he brightly colored box that was sent to me was HUGE and completely different than any recent Nokia device that was packed in a very small box. I have no idea why Nokia used such a large box and hope this isn’t what we actually see from the retail package shipping from Nokia USA. There was on a charger and small USB cable in the review box, but listed on the Nokia USA site you should find the following in the retail package:
- Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
- Nokia Battery BL-4U
- Nokia Travel Charger AC-8U
- Nokia Short Connectivity Cable CA-101
- Nokia Stereo Headset WH-205
- Nokia 4GB microSD memory card MU-41
- User Guide
When you first pull the 5530 out of the box, I think you will be as impressed as I was with the compact form factor that feels great in your hand. The silver front highlighting around the display looks great and the highlight stripe (blue on this unit) is stylish too.
Specifications for the Nokia 5530 XM are the about the same around the world since there is no 3G wireless radio and include the following:
- Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900) with EDGE data support
- 802.11 b/g WiFi
- Bluetooth 2.0
- 2.9 inch 640 x 360 pixels touchscreen display
- S60 5th Edition
- microSD card slot (4GB card included)
- 3.5mm headset jack
- BL-4U 1000 mAh Li-Ion battery
- 3.2 megapixel camera with 15 fps video support
- Dimensions: 4.09 x 1.92 x 0.51 inches and 3.77 ounces
The Nokia 5530 XM is available in black with red accents and white with blue accents. The eval unit I have is the white one with blue accents around the edges. But in all far better screen experience than 5800. And the form factor rocks. Nokia have trimmed the phone’s size a bit, down to 104×49×13 mm (from 111×51.7×15.5 mm), as well as its weight to 107 grams (from 109 grams), so that now the 5530 feels more palm-friendly than its sibling.
This is not a high end Nokia device and is not as feature packed as the Nokia 5800 with the integrated GPS receiver and 3G wireless radio missing from the list of specifications. However, it is a reasonably priced unit with some decent features and great looks.
Nokia 5530 is one of the recent additions to the comprehensive XpressMusic range manufactured by Nokia. This 5530 is an accomplished music mobile phone which offers a huge variety of different features and functions that can also perform a multitude of tasks. From its impressive touch screen through to its entertaining media playing abilities this new Nokia phone is a veritable feast of functionality.
The integrated camera is a 3.15 mega pixel unit which operates at a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. To help those in need when it comes to taking quality images, the Nokia 5530 supplies autofocus and an LED flash, this ensures images are taken with sufficient illumination as well as being in focus. If required a photo editor is also provided for editing of images whilst on the move. Alternative means of recording events and subjects is provided by the video recording and playback feature which records at 15 frames per second.
Nokia updated the Contacts bar capability on the 5530 XM compared to the 5800 XM with the new ability to add more photo contacts to your standby screen where you can simply flick the contact photos side to side and see 2 full faces and half of two more in one view. I have more than four (the standard on the 5800) and appreciate this new layout to quickly call, text, and email my family. I have four shortcuts on the bottom of my standby screen and other widgest/control/notifications appear as well. For example, the media player controller is a nice function that I use quite a bit.
Looking up at the top of the 5530 XM you will find one of the stereo speaker openings and the power switch. On the bottom is where you will find the other stereo speaker opening, microUSB port, 3.5mm headset jack, standard Nokia charging port, and stylus. Yes, there is a plastic stylus in the unit, but the only reason I pulled it out was to slide out the SIM card. Use microUSB for charging?
The stylus runs up a silo on the left side with the access at the bottom. There is a long plastic door/cover on the bottom half of the left side that hides the microSD card slot and SIM card slot. The SIM card slot is similar to the Nokia 5800 XM and you have to remove the back cover and battery to remove the SIM card with the stylus sliding it out the slot.
I also immeiately noticed some updated smooth transitions that appear as you launch apps, go to different menus, and perform other functions on the device.
You will find all the standard S60 5th Edition apps and utilities loaded on the 5530 XM, including the S60 browser, Facebook app, YouTube, FM radio, Nokia Podcasting, Nokia Music Store (worthless to me in the US), Bounce game, Global Race Raging Thunder game, Dictionary, Ovi Store, and more. This is a media focused, lower cost device so there is no business focused apps like QuickOffice and Mail for Exchange. Everything seemed to work fluidly and there was ample phone memory available for loading apps and running them with no worries (unlike even some high end devices like the N97).
While the 5530 comes equipped with a run-of-the-mill Nokia’s music player, all thanks to its great headphones, it sounds much better than the 5800 out-of-the-box. I’d even say that in this price segment it’s hard to wish for more.
The hardware is solid, RF reception and call quality are very good, and the display looks fantastic.you’re after a mid-range handset and music is a key factor that you look for, then you could do a lot worse than the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic. The 5530 targets a broader and to a certain extent greedier audience, where consumers want an affordable touch-friendly phone with music smarts. an affordable touch-screen with excellent music capabilities, it’s definitely one to consider. In a nutshell, this is a phone aimed at being cute and simple, with enough wow factor to turn heads.