Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
Newest Review: ... 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 h... more
Sexy Nokia 5000 Phone For Girls & Guys
Member Name: Innocent_Girl
Advantages: Very Light, 3 Sexy Colours, Stores 1000 Contact Numbers, MP3 Player, Apps, Games, Low Price, Durable
Disadvantages: Slow to Start Up, No 3G Support, No USB, 4 Hour Battery Life on Full Use, LQ Camera
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.
Summary: A Great Looking 2G Phone that's Simple and Easy to Use for Everyone, especially First Time Users.
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