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06/08/04 *I have added some comments to the end of this review. I have been using the Nokia 5100 for a year now so I think I am able to give a fair opinion of it. I did not get it because I particularly liked it but because it was on a special deal with Singlepoint4u. I got 500 off peak minutes per month (not cross network) and 50 free texts for £21 per month. The first thing I had to do when I got the phone (of course) was to install the battery and sim card. This is not as easy as on some phones because the plastic casing can be difficult to remove. Inside there is a flap that you need to lift up so that you can insert the battery. These precautions have been taken so that the phone can be as waterproof and shock proof as possible. More about the case later. The phone has a full colour screen, polyphonic ring tones and wallpaper. The phone has a lot of features which in my opinion make it good value for money and I will cover them in detail as follows:- Storing names and numbers The phone allows you to store several numbers for each person, for example you can have a home, mobile and business number you can also store their email address and home address. In addition to this each person can be placed in a caller group, so you can have a group for friends and another for businesses etc. There are various options that apply to ?caller groups? and these will be mentioned later. Messaging You can send two main types of message, text and multimedia, the latter allows you to send emails and attach pictures. The inbox and sent items can store up to 50 messages each and you can also have additional folders if you want to. Messages can be deleted one by one or a whole folder can be deleted. I ended up transferring special messages to a separate folder and then deleting the rest in one go. You can use the now obligatory T9 predictive text or, unlike some other makes of phone you can turn it off permanen
tly. One thing that I found to be a problem was that you press the star k ey to change the spelling of a word or hold the star key down for punctuation, this some times resulted in the word being changed if I pressed the button too many times by mistake. You can easily add words to the dictionary and have predictive text in other languages (useful if you want to text your French pen pal!) Profiles You can choose from 5 profiles and these can be personalized and renamed in any way you want. The options are ?Incoming call alert?, ?Ring tone?, ?Ringing volume?, ?Vibrating alert?, ?Light alert?, ?Message alert?, ?Keypad Tones?, ?Warning Tones? and ?Alert for?. This last option relates to caller groups and you can set it so that, for example the phone will only ring for friends and family and not when your bank manager calls! One feature I found very helpful was that the profiles can be timed. This means that, for example, you can set the phone to be silent while you are at work to return to normal when you go home at 5 o?clock. Radio The phone includes a stereo FM radio with stereo headset that I found to be very good. You can store up to 9 channels and these can be changed either from the headset or the phone. It would have been useful to have had a volume control on the headset but you can have everything. You can have radio playing through the phone?s speaker but you still need to connect the headphones as they act as the aerial. One thing I found annoying is that you can?t do anything with the radio (such as checking what frequencies you have stored) without having the headphones connected. The headphones also work as a hands free kit and if the phone rings or you have a message the radio cuts out. Gallery This is where your wallpaper and ring tones are stored. It?s nice to have a place to store these but it can be a bit irritating when you need to change one of these and have to go to the gallery rather than
just selecting them from a list. Organiser This has a calen dar and ?to do? list. The calendar allows you to select various types of appointment and reminders. I use it mainly to remind me of hospital appointments etc. and it does come in handy. It is fairly obvious what the ?to do? list does and you can mark your items low, medium and high priority. Games The phone accepts Java games in colour and has three games built in, ?bounce?, ?skydiver? and ?triple pop?. For some reason Vodafone doesn?t support games on this phone but you can download them from Nokia and all the other numerous companies that advertise in the papers and on the net. Applications The phone comes with a conversion program but other applications can be downloaded. Extras The following extras are included, calculator, stop watch, calorie counter (estimates the calories used for a particular activity), sound meter, and thermometer. All of them seem to work OK but the thermometer becomes inaccurate as soon as you pick the phone up as it reacts to your body temperature. Connectivity The phone includes infrared so that you should be able to communicate between two phones but I haven?t had this working yet. You can also have an ?always on? GPRS connection which means that you can connect to WAP without having to dial up. As GPRS only charges for what you download this is quite useful. Services This is for WAP. You can choose your homepage, connection options, bookmarks etc. WAP is in colour and you can also see some graphics. I have tended to stick with Vodafone and found this very good. Other points I haven?t mentioned the navigation keys. These are underneath the screen in the centre. In standby mode they allow direct access to writing a message, the calendar, the phone book and the light. I also haven?t mentioned the light, this is a built in tor
ch and can be useful if you?re trying to open your front door at night etc. I said earlier that I would come back to the subject of the case and in my opinion this is the only week point of the phone. The idea of the case is to protect the phone if it is dropped or gets wet and it certainly works well from that point of view, but the problem is that the rubber parts come away from the case and also tear very easily. In addition to this the plastic parts inside the keypad become bent so that the keys won?t work properly and I did find at one point that I had to remove the case before I could switch the phone on and off, as the button simply would not work. I am on my third case in just over a year and don?t think that?s a good thing. Maybe I have just been unlucky. Summary Overall I think this phone is excellent and has some very good features it?s just the case that lets it down. Added 06/08/04 I have read a lot of good things about this phone since writing my review but I stick to my opinion. The case broke again and so I put on a new one and swapped it for my step-son's Nokia 3330. The first thing he did was to break the case trying to open it!!!!!
Ive had my 5100 for around 4 months now. The phone itself doesn't have a scratch on it, thanks to the magnificent, sturdy, rubbery outer shell. The phone itself is a good performer. It was only £24.99 when purchased as part of an excellent contract offer on O2's website. A previous review of this model has been somewhat critical, but the comparisons made in reports are to phones which are a higher specification and hence more costly to purchase. The Nokia 5100 has a good colour screen which is lit by a white backlight. It has the ability to store screensavers which can be created using the plug in camera. It can also store around 70 polyphonic ringtones, which are played to a reasonably high standard. The menu's on the phone comprise of a phone book,messages, call register, profiles, settings, alarm clock, radio (which can be played using a plug in adaptor, the sound quality is excellent for the size of the plug in adaptor), gallery (where ringtones and pictures are stored), oragniser (with calender and reminder lists), games, applications, extras (calculator, countdown timer, stopwatch, calorie counter, thermometer and soundmeter-all very cool little gadgets to play with, and accurate), connectivity (inrfa red etc) and services (WAP, GPRS). This phone has everything on it I personally need to get by. The phone book has a huge memory, I wish I had enought mates to fill it! The phone comes with Bounce, Sky Diver and Triple Pop as its games, more being downloadable via WAP, GPRS and Infra Red. This phone is a fun little contraption, definitely one for the blokes, its very sturdy and can withstand all the knocks and bangs a mobile phone normally gets, without falling into 5 pieces. The only problem I really have with this model is the on/off button which is very small and difficult to operate, other than this, the Nokia 5100 is an excellent model and good value for money.
I have had my phone now since march. Yes I know too long or is it? Usually I get a phone then within say 6 months get completely bored with it. Not this time! I usually buy pay as you go phones you see for around 250 pounds, problem is I get bored then have to buy another one. When I saw this phone that was coming out I thought wow that does look a groovy phone-stupid reason to base buying it I know so I had a look at the features and thought well this phone is actually very good So then I looked at the price 250 pounds. Mmm I thought, do I really want to spend that amount again on a phone? So I had a look round and saw it on contract for 25 pounds on o2-this looks interesting I thought. It was 20 pounds a month for 500 free texts and 50 minutes anytime cross network phone calls. I thought I might as well get this as I wouldn?t be spending as much on a new phone like on pay as you go and in a year I can also upgrade it, so I ordered it. It arrived a few days later and I was quite impressed seeing as it was a bit bigger than my old phone which was a flip one. Now I seem to prefer the nokia models as my last one a Samsung had very basic colours on it and it didn?t vibrate when I bought a polyphonic ringtone- so once again was impressed with this and the colour screen Features This phone has quite a few features some I don?t actually use but I?ll list them anyway Polyphonic ringtones Picture messaging Optional camera attachment Colour screen Torch Thermometer Tri-band option(use worldwide) Games Wap Media messaging Alarm clock Calculator Timer Calorie counter Stopwatch Sound meter Profiles Gallery As much as I don?t use most of these I do find the calculator handy and the torch when I?m looking for something in the dark (which is quit often!) The gallery can hold quite a few ringtones which is good if you get bored
of one but want to use it at a later date The battery lasts quite a long time as well compared to previous phones I have had. Talk time around 3 hours and standby around 200 You can buy different coloured shells which are very vibrant and bright. I have the lime green one which I haven?t seen anyone else with yet so I feel quite individual The polyphonic ringtones which come as standard aren?t bad but I prefer to buy my own which do still vibrate when they ring which doesn?t always happen with other phones Thankfully I haven?t dropped my phone a lot but if u do it is protected by the shock proof shell Its easy to type messages, I must say easier than previous phones and you also have the option of predictive text which I don?t use personally as I cant get the hang of it but the options there. The phone also stores a lot of messages, I was up to 150 when my inbox said it was full so you also don?t need to delete messages all the time to make way for new ones All in all this is probably the best phone I?ve had and I wont be changing it for a long time (my husband is very grateful!)
I have had my 5100 for just over 4 months now. When it came through the post I opened it and was initially pleased that it wasn?t as big as it looked in most pictures but when I compared it with my old 3310 it was only a bit smaller and when I compared it with my friends 8310 it looked huge. The phone is quite big for a relatively new model, but this is mostly due to the clip on shell that protects it from bumps etc. The colour screen is ok, but not fantastic. The polyphonic ringtones sound quite basic compared with SonyEricsson models, for example, and the vibration is poor as the shock proof shell absorbs all the vibrations. The keypad is good and easy to use, as is the whole phone really. The phone, in my opinion looks very nice and is quite light. The phone is very useful at night as the phones? display and keypad both light up very brightly and there is a torch incorporated into the phone, which is useful when trying to find keyholes etc. The main function of the phone (the water and shock protection) works well and the rubber case appears unmarked after 4 months of (intense) damage. The wap on the phone is quite average and slow. You can be quite individual buying this phone, seeing how not many people own this model, that to me is an advantage. My overall impression of the phone is average. Not great, not terrible. Saying this, I would tell people to stay away from the 5100 and these types of phones (6100, 7210, 6610); as my friend has a 7210, which is very similar to my phone only looks different but the controls and content are the same and I would not recommend it. The price of the 5100 will be lowered soon, no doubt, and will probably be available on Pay As You Go. Other phones on contract are better than this one. PS Despite what the description on this site says the phone does have picture message capabilities (MMS) and there is a camera attachment which can be bought separately.
Ive had this phone now for about 3 months, it came the day it was released. Since i have had it i have been very impressed with how reliable it is. The battery lasts days and i thought that since it was a colour phone it would use up the battery a lot faster but it does not. I have used the touch from time to time when trying to find keyholes and stuff at night but i have not really found a use for the sound meter or the thermometer. One thing that i feel i should pint out is if you use the software that you can get for it to create your own polyphonics ringtones out of midi files, be aware that when they are converted to the phone they tent to be very quite and dont really make very good ring tones because you can hardly hear them when the phone is ringing. saying that if you purchase ringtones or use the predefigned ones, they are fine.It also has a loudspeak function that not only can be used for calls but also the radio. The only two bad points i can say about the phone are, the mms does not include sound or slide show features which is not the best if you have been sent a mms that someone has made animated. the other bad point is the fact that it is a bit bigger than some of the other phones around. but overall id have to say i have been more happy with this phone than any other one i have had in the past 5 years.