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      23.10.2012 12:42
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      A Great Looking 2G Phone that's Simple and Easy to Use for Everyone, especially First Time Users.

      In 2008, I lost my phone at my first year of Nottingham University, it was an expensive £100 Samsung purple phone at the time. I immediately started looking for cheaper alternatives on the O2 website, not wanting to purchase another expensive model, I found another Purple phone for half the price, it was the Nokia 5000. In fact, it came in a range of colours including bright green, bright baby blue and metallic purple. I went to a local O2 shop and told them about my lost phone and they immediately offered me a deal of free £20 credit with my new phone, so I actually got the new phone for £30, instead of the RRP of £50.

      The one good thing about this phone, is it looked a lot more expensive and flashier than it really is. In fact a lot of my friends mistook it for a high tier phone and would ask me for advise on what to get next, even though I wasn't a proclaimed expert at the time. That being said, I've learned a lot about this model of phone, since I still use it to this day. With 4 solid years of good use, I am now starting to look for something expediently sophisticated and better, while maintaining the flashy look that most phones rarely carry. Even the most expensive ones, often look dull and ordinary, I know you can often purchase cases for them but they somehow just aren't the same.

      Anyway now for some in depth information about this phone. It was released in 2008 and since then, it will be no surprise to you, has long been discontinued. However you can still pick up unlocked and used versions of the phone for between £20-30 on Ebay. You can get a locked phone and buy a code to unlock it to any network for £3 on most phone code websites.

      The phone is exceptionally light at 74g, I sometimes forget it's even in my pocket and look for it before I leave, only to realise it was already there. Compare this to the latest iPhone, it's about 40 grams lighter, and every bit of weight counts since you have to carry it everywhere. The screen is about 2 inches big and the dimensions of the phone are, again, smaller than an iPhone, 106mm in length, 46mm in width and 0.44 in depth. The depth is the only criteria which is bigger than iPhone, which is around 0.30mm. Anyway, pretty good specs for a budget phone so far.

      Next criteria, the phone is 2G only, no 3G functionality at all, 3G was just coming out at the time and almost entirely exclusive to the iPhone back in 2008. The phone has MP3 ringtones which sound great, option to download polyphonic ones and the ability to send ringtones to your friends for free via bluetooth or create your own ringtones by transferrring supported MP3's to your phone. The phone speakers in general are average qualuty. On loudspeaker, there's some slight distortion, while on standard headset mode, there's zero.

      One of my main grievances with the phone is it does take too long to start up from switching it on. The phone can sometimes crash if you try to enter the phone contacts too soon to make a call while it's still starting up. However this is somewhat offset by having the capacity to store 1000 contact numbers. Also I've received so many text messages and never had to delete a single one, so the memory on this phone for that feature, is very impressive. It's also fun to read back previous messages from a couple of months, even few years ago. The phone also allows you see any messages you sent out, in case you forget what you put the night before.

      Some contemporary features that are lacking and could be a possible deal breaker for some are no USB, no WLAN, no memory card slot. The camera quality is at 1.3mp but most of the time is set to 256k because you need to activate a certain setting in a particular moment, for the pixel rate to ever go that high. I frankly find taking pictures a farce because they are blurry and low quality. This is defintly one of the worst features of this phone, especially compared to an iPhone. You can still send and receive pictures on the phone but they cost 50p a time on a pay as you go service or mobile. Also the quality hardly makes it worth it.

      There is an MP3 player and FM radio which is a nice feature but capacity is very small, around 128mb. I never use this feature because my normal MP3 player is much better and this only has about 4 hours on full use. The literature says the phone can last up to 336h on standby but from years of testing, I know this isn't true. I've left it on standby many times and the battery has always completely drained within a couple of days of not checking it.

      The standard applications that come pre-installed in the phone include a calculator, a calendar, a converter for currency and weight, a stopwatch etc. All of these have been helpful and have been used at one point or another. There's the option to download more apps if you need so. There is also a games folder which comes with Snake III, which is no way near as fun as previous incarnations. There's Backgammon, with the option to play against a friend if they have a compatible phone. The other game is called City Blocks and is the best one of the bunch by far. You have to stack blocks on each other, in a contruction yard, without them all falling down. It's tough, requires great timing and perception, you get a big bonus, if you land each block perfectly on top of each other. If you don't and the blocks land blocks at angles, the whole chain of blocks will begin to wobble and eventually fall off with a series of wrong moves. It's like a complex phone version of Jenga.

      The Nokia 5000's durability is suprisingly highly. It's survived being thrown against a wall in anger, dropped on a concrete path and even water being spilled over it. These accidents have more than tested it's overall durability and way surpassed my previous phone, which couldn't survive even the smallest of falls. The Nokia 5000 is still as shiny and new as when I bought, with no discolouration or visible scratches.

      Overall the Nokia 5000 is a good phone, although in this era, it's probably only for those that want a phone of simplicity and ease of use. The lack of contemporary features and the flexibility to do all the things you want is a big drawback. So if you care about accessing Facebook, Twitter and taking high quality pictures on the go or browsing the internet without restriction, then I would look for something more sophisticated. This phone more than met it's requirements and would actually still be an excellent choice for a first time user or a small child.

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        17.06.2010 22:35

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        Basic, yet up-to-date phone.

        This is a great simple phone. It sends texts and you can make calls, which is really all I bought it for. The WAP facility is rather finicky and unreliable I have found, but that could be to do with signal strength in my area. The camera and video capabilities are good quality and are easy to use. It's fantastic to find a phone that is not overloaded with functions that you simply have no use for, yet still manages to be stylish, slimline and lightweight!
        On the downside, I have had a few problems with charging the battery, the charger provided with the phone does not have a particularly good connection with the port on the phone, which often means you have to jiggle it about before it starts to charge.
        Overall, if you want an easy-to-use phone without all the latest gizmos and gadgets, but which doesn't look like a dinosaur, then the Nokia 5000 may be the one for you!

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        28.01.2010 03:41

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        Value for money at the time

        I had this phone around a year ago, because my old phone broke and so when I saw this being sold cheaply, I thought I would buy it.

        The Nokia 5000 is overall a decent phone. It is easy to use for pretty much anyone, it even managed to hold around 500 texts for me at one point. It also fits nicely and neatly in your pocket. The phone itself has only basic features and has little memory. You are not able to upgrade phone memory either as this phones has no memory card slot.

        However, the phone with its basic features managed to last me around 9 months or so. Over all the phone was great for the £40 I paid for it. It was easy to use and I would recommend this phone to anyone who is not good at using phones, or someone buying a first phone.

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        10.06.2009 22:38
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        Would not recommend

        I had this phone for 18 months. Gorgeous to look at. Slim line but weighty, felt very substantial, had it on contract with vodaphone. Like most nokia phones it was easy to use. Did not take long to find my way around and for a middle aged mother that has to say something. Ring tone very loud which was a major bonus. When that phone is in the depths of a handbag you need something you can hear. The only problem that I had was the reception. This was totally a major problem. When somebody rang me the sound started to break up. I rang vodaphone and they told me to turn off the 3G. This I did but still had the same problem. They then said it was the sim card so they sent me out another. Still the same problem. This may be a gorgeous phone to look at but if you need to make a phone call, especially if you are with vodaphone, I would not go there.

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          07.03.2009 04:29
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          If you can live with the missing features, definitely consider it.

          The Nokia 5000's design is undoubtedly attractive and stylish. The 3-colour scheme used by the case works really well, but the best iconic lime green colour is still exclusive to T-mobile I believe. I've been using my 5000 for a few months now and the quality of the case seems very good, and none of the green paint has scratched off as I initially worried it might.

          The 5000 actually looks very similar to the 5310 expressmusic also made by Nokia and sold for about £30 more. The 5310 has some extra features like a memory card slot, better (2MP) camera, and music playback keys.

          One of the best features of the phone is the large, clear screen. It's bright and has a 320x240 resolution so everything displayed is very clear. Viewing the main menu and text message inbox makes use of the extra screen area and resolution to display more text on the screen at a time. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a way to do this when sending texts though.

          The menus themselves are intuitive to navigate and use, as always for Nokia phones. The included FM radio is also a nice feature and more useful to me than the "games" they include these days (whatever happened to simple entertainment like Snake 2?!). And for those people who love to walk around blasting music, it also plays radio through the speaker, although you still need headphones connected ("as an aerial", apparently) for that to work.

          The included camera is only 1.3megapixel and the quality isn't fantastic, especially compared to many recent phones. It does an acceptable job (for a 1.3MP phone camera) outside, but struggles a lot in low light. Photos will probably be OK for a picture message, but I wouldn't really want to try printing them.

          The lack of memory in the phone is probably one of its most serious disappointments. It has only 10MB-or-so free, which is enough for a just two or three songs (odd considering Nokia includes a full mp3 player function) or several photos.

          The phone also seems to struggle handling large images, possibly down to the high screen resolution or the lack of memory again. For example, if you set a 1.3MP camera photo as your wallpaper, the whole menu system on the phone slows down noticably, yet with the included Nokia wallpapers, it runs fine. Fortunately, the Nokia wallpapers are nice enough that I can cope with this.

          Overall, this is a decent phone, it's just a shame it feels like it's been deliberately crippled (poor camera, no memory card) to make sure people still buy the almost identical-looking 5310 expressmusic at a higher price.

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            16.10.2008 04:33
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            Good with limited features

            Nokia 5000

            It's GSM Mobile by Nokia with beautiful design. I am going to share some good advantages and disadvantages by my experience which I know about Nokia 5000.

            Specification*****

            Dimension : 106 x 46 x 11.1 mm.
            Thickness : 11 mm
            Weight : 74 gm
            Display : 240 x 320 pixels
            Color : 65k
            Screen : QVGA with 2 inches

            This mobile is very nice device in display. Its screen size is 2 inches, which is very good. This mobile QVGA display with 65k colours, shows better view of pictures, video and images.

            This mobile is always standing behind to compare of other mobile in memory feature. Its own memory is only 12 MB, which is not sufficient. It is neglected by most of users for its memory feature.

            This mobile provides 1.3 mega pixels camera facility, which is good in this category. Flash facility is not present. So you can use it in clean weather and under sunlight for better shot.

            This mobile provides GPRS connectivity with class 10, 32-48 kbps speed for checking E-mail, send MMS and SMS. We can connect with Bluetooth also for transfer little song, picture and wallpapers etc. Bluetooth facility is very good for this level mobile but one thing is very disappointing everybody that is its memory. If it provides moreover memory, its Bluetooth features can become good use.

            This mobile provides FM radio facility which is necessary of present. It provides 15 minute's FM recording and we can listen recording in its music player function. In absence of inadequate memory its FM recording facility is very good for listen song when we want. It is having music player availability also, which is good by its fine sound quality. Its music player can be used for MP3, AAC, Midi WAV and AMR.

            This mobile's contact memory is up to 1000 which is best in its entire category.

            This mobile come with standard BL-4B battery, with 700 mAh capacity. It's having 4 hours of talk time but in practically we will get almost 3 hours of talk time only. It's fine but not sufficient.

            Final discuss*****
            Overall it's good new launched mobile with its attractive slim design. Its price is about £60.
            So this is not much expensive but it should be improved in memory size and battery backup.



            Thanks to all for reading.

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              11.10.2008 05:55
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              Good entery level phone with adequate features

              Nokia 5000
              N-series phones from Nokia are most popular all around the world and most selling phones also with top popularity. Time to time Nokia has launched some budget level phones also to balance the market in all category phones. In the June this year a new entry level phone launched by Nokia with some good features with slim design and that is Nokia 5000. I will discuss here it's some good features with advantages and disadvantages also.
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              The first good feature in this phone is its slim and attractive design with 106 x 46 x 11.1 mm, of dimension it can call as slim and handy design, the thickness is about 11mm and it is the considerable point in this phone. Other dimensions are something like common with compare to other phones. Weight is also very light with approximately 74 g, and over all its design is slim and attractive.
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              This phone has two network capability with GSM 900 / 1800 for all world except America and GSM 850 / 1900 for American market, so if you have a American model than it will not work in all other countries. That is not a problem because this phone is not targeted with frequently travelers peoples and this is a budget or entry level phone and in this category it has adequate features.
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              Display size is also good and it is higher with compare to other phones in this category and the Size is 240 x 320 pixels, 2.0 inches TFT display with 65k colors. 2 inch size in entry level phone is very good and the display is bright and visible in all weather conditions. There is no problem with its LCD display it deals well at all.
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              Memory size
              If we consider memory size of the phone than it failed to provide good memory size, there is no card slot in this phone and it has only 12 MB of shared memory that is something nothing with this kind of phone which has a feature like music player and camera also!, so here it failed to provide good memory size.
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              Connectivity center
              In connectivity basis it has GPRS connectivity with Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps of transfer rate and the good feature here is it has a Bluetooth also. So we can say that in entry level phone it has a good connectivity features.
              The next feature which is more important is its FM radio; I think most of this category phone has this feature and it if more important now a days because the trend is now moved to FM music and it is essential in mobile phones.
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              Camera point
              Now here Nokia also provided 1.3MP camera, this consider as a average camera in mobile phone but there is no adequate memory or memory card slot so that there is no mean of keeping this camera in this phone. The better solution may be that if there is no camera in this phone and instead of keeping camera a good memory size should be provided.
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              Battery life
              Battery life is satisfactory with Standard Li-Ion battery,700 mAh (BL-4B) and having a 4 hours of talk time, but in practice you will get about 3 hours of talktime only. In Fm and music playback time also it has same back up.
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              Final talk
              Over all it is good entry level phone with slim and attractive design, but it should be improve in terms of memory size and battery back-up period.

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              PRODUCT FEATURES:

              Capture images and video with a 1.3 megapixel camera and admire your moments on a 2" QVGA display

              Listen to your music or the radio while on the move with an integrated music player and FM radio

              Share images, videos, and ringtones via Bluetooth or GPRS connections

              Keep in contact with SMS, MMS, email, and Nokia Xpress audio messaging