Nokia XpressMusic 5320 review
Nokia's XpressMusic series received no less than four devices since the highly acclaimed Nokia 5700 made its way on the shelves. While most of these XpressMusic phones can be considered mid-level in technical features. Targeting youngsters that prefer music quality over the phone's versatility, XpressMusic series make their life easier by offering a wide number of phones at a rather fast rate.
Nokia 5320 XpressMusic looks and feels fresh and daring. It seems the right phone for those youngsters that are changing 3-4 handsets per year. Covered all in plastic, the pattern on the back and both sides makes users get a good grip. The classic bar form factor may look boring at a first glance, but upon close examination users will remain with a nice feeling, as the plastic used at manufacture is very well polished. The device measures 108 x 46 x 15 mm and weighs 90g. These numbers don't make it neither small, nor too large.
Above the small 2 inch-display there's a secondary camera for video-calls, but also a special key called Own key. Below the screen there's a standard Symbian keypad, with large buttons, which are a little too embedded, so typing fast on the phone is out of the question.
The big D-pad button is large enough for any finger, but I found it very weird to control. Nokia says the D-pad features 8-way control, especially created for playing N-Gage games. That means that you have to be very careful when using the Navi key. Besides the two soft-keys on both sides of the D-pad, there are the Symbian menu key, the two Accept/Reject calls keys, and the usual C (Delete) key.
The Power button has been placed strategically on top of the phone, and can be used for various functions, besides turning the device on/off, change profiles, lock keypad. Nokia 5320 is definitely a music phone, thus you'll find that it features three external keys, on the left side, which can be used to control the music player.
On the same side of the phone, Nokia placed a microSD slot for memory cards. The slot is covered with a plastic stripe, which is impossible to pull out, without removing the back cover first. The right side of the candy-bar features a dedicated camera key and a large dual volume key. The microUSB port, the charger port and the 3.5mm jack port have been cramped on the bottom side of the phone. The 2 Megapixel camera on the back features a dual LED flash, but lacks any protective cover.
Overall, Nokia 5320 XpressMusic is a good-looking phone.
Display and Camera
Nokia 5320 features a 2 inch-TFT display, supporting 16 Million colors and 240x320 pixels resolution. Besides its small size, the screen is pretty good, in accordance with Nokia's standards. It's readable in the sunlight, and features good brightness and nice colors. For more in-depth info regarding performance, check out the benchmarks below.
The 2 Megapixel camera features a dual LED flash, which is somewhat useless, as quality of the pictures is very low, no matter if they are taken during the day or at night. Auto-focus capabilities are lacking, also some protective cover, thus leaving the lenses susceptible to scratches. The maximum resolution that users can set to take pictures is that of 1600x1200 pixels.
Nokia 5320 XpressMusic is a quad band GSM handset, HSDPA (3.6 Mbps) compatible, which features GPRS class 32 (100 kbps), EDGE 32 class (296 kbps), High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data (57.6 kbps), but lacks Wi-Fi.
Instead of being a complete multimedia solution for those looking for the perfect music phone, Nokia 5320 XpressMusic only offers a glimpse of how might such a phone be. The product comes with Nokia Music Headset HS-45 with AD-57 remote that enables users to change the headphones with better ones.
The FM radio has a standard interface, and can automatically scan and save the available stations. It features RDS support and Visual radio. The Visual radio application can download all the local stations and save them to the handset with their names. Both functions, radio and music player, respectively, can be ran in the background with no problems.
Nokia 5320 also includes Real player for playing video clips. The video player can be displayed in both normal and fullscreen modes. Unfortunately, the small screen makes the whole experience rather frustrating.
The 890 mAh Li-Ion (BL-5B) battery has an officially stated life expectancy of 250 hours in standby and of about 3 hours and 30 minutes in talk time mode. Also, Nokia states a music autonomy of almost 1 day (24 hours). Unfortunately, our test unit only managed to play music continuously for around 12 hours. Moreover, talk time was even lower, and we were forced to charge the unit every 2 days, without using it too much.