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A great combination of music and style, and Nokia 5300 looks sleek and performs well. The phone is very reasonably priced and has a range of different apps and features.

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      30.03.2011 21:05

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      Good first mobile phone

      This phone was one of my first mobile phones that I had. It has all of the features you would need, being at a young age you do not need all of these extra features such as touch screen, apps, etc. It is a phone that will survive nearlly any fall. I dropped it by accident quite a lot of times and it never broke. So this would suit anyone who is a bit clumsy and needs a phone that will actually still work if it gets dropped.

      The Music player on this phone is really good and can be customised to how you want it. So it is great for listening to music when you are on the go and also if you do not have a MP3 player or a Ipod. For a basic phone the camera isn't bad, and is certainly better than most of these basic start up phones.

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      09.10.2010 15:42
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      Fab

      I have had this phone for about two years now and it has proved to be solid and of good quality. A key feature is the integrated music player, and the side buttons add to the ease of use. However when I first got it I thought that the battery life was poor, but it tuned out to be not so once I'd gotten over the novelty of the media player! The micro SD slot can take cards of up to 2 GB, which is what I use. However, if this is more than a gigabyte or so of music, it can take a very long time for the player to load up or skip song! The actual phone part of this is greatly simple to use, and sliding the phone open can answer a call, as can closing it end a call, so not needing to use any buttons. The camera is of fair quality and has several different colour settings built in. An overall easy to use phone with plenty of handy and fun functions.

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        04.08.2010 21:20
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        a good mobile phone

        When I was changing my mobile phone three years ago, I knew that I wanted something different from my previous ones his time. Nokia 5300 Express Music appeared to be perfect for me. It seems to me that it was pretty popular (and perhaps fashionable) back then and during my trip to Prague I could see the adverts all over the city. I knew I made a good choice.

        I was given a choice of two colours: blue and red. I chose the second one as I thought it would be cooler and more visible but to be honest, I don't think either one of them is prettier than the other one. As in the picture above, you need to slide the screen up in order to find the keyboard underneath which I think is very cool but at the same time the mobile is quite thick (20.7 mm). Its width is 48.2 mm and the length - 92.4 mm which I think isn't too big.

        Installing SIM card and battery is very easy. Even though the person in the shop did it for me for the first time, I play around with SIM cards quite a lot and I found it fairly straightforward. However, sometimes SIM card may be a bit difficult to get out, especially if you have very short nails. Because of that I broke the metal thing holding the SIM card but I think it was purely my fault. Inserting microSD card was a bit more problematic for me and once someone put it in the phone for me, I actually left it there for good.

        What I find very important about a phone is its battery. I get very annoyed when I need to charge a battery every other day. This one needs to be charged every three to four days which isn't great. The good thing is that it takes only around three hours to charge it.

        There was a handset attached to my phone - headphones and cables. I used the headphones quite a lot as I basically treated this phone as my MP3 (I didn't have a separate one at the time) and I used to connect the phone to my laptop to manage the files which was very easy.

        The menu is very easy to navigate - you have 11 files and the most important ones for me were Messages, Contact, Settings, Gallery, Media, Organizer and Applications. I also have a Web access but at the time it was so expensive that it wasn't very worth the money. In another files, you can view the record of the calls made and received.

        There's a camera and video facility (1.3 Megapixel) which aren't of great quality. I personally think that I buy a good camera for a reason and I don't need a good one with my phone - I usually take pictures with it in exceptional situations. The microSD card has only 256MB which for me was around 25 songs and maybe 20 pictures. It motivated me to delete things I don't listen to anymore or silly images but I was getting really annoyed at times.

        The screen is 320 x 240 pixels so everything is clear and visible. I had no problems with receiving and making phone calls; you can regulate the volume (which I found very useful) or there is an option 'mute' which I never needed to use. You can also put it on loudspeaker.

        The features of this phone - apart from making/receiving calls and SMS - that I used is the radio FM (you can only use it with your headphones plugged in though), MP3, alarm, calendar, Bluetooth and stopper. Occasionally I used dictaphone, timer or reminder. I never actually sent a MMS or audio message, I never used IM service or infrared.

        The last thing I reckon I should mention is the fact that around a year ago I accidentally spilled a bottle of water in my bag. This phone was wet all over (and inside) but as it was hot, I managed to dry it within a couple of days. Surprisingly, it still worked perfectly fine, only Bluetooth didn't.

        Overall, I was a pleased customer of this phone for quite a while and I still think it is a decent phone. At the moment, this phone can be bought for around £60 which I think is reasonable.

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          16.07.2010 10:30

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          Overall a Great Buy

          I have just bought a Nokia 5300 for £40 after selling my N96 for a bit of extra money. I chose this phone because it offers XpressMusic and thought it might be able to suit my needs. I havent been using this phone for very long so i cant go into any great detail but i really like the way that the keys respond on the side of the phones screen and the media player functions. The phone sounds just as good as a N96 aswel which really suprised me!

          The phones build is better than my previous handset aswel, a lot of slide phones are quite fragile, but this one is as strudy as can be!

          I cant be too picky about this phone having owned a much more advanced one previously, but one thing that did get on my nerves is that if a phone is designed for music, then why can you only have a 2gb memory card as a maximum?

          Besides that small drawback the camera is actually quite good for an old phone, and the battery life isnt too bad either.

          If your looking for a good little slide phone at a low cost, i think i would have to recommend this one. Its very easy to use.

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          23.08.2009 23:24
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          Couldn't find any faults with this phone, anything you could want in my opinion.

          The Nokia 5300 _Xpress_Music is my current mobile phone and possibly the best phone I've ever bought. It's reliable, practical, and durable. Even though it has just a 1.3 mega pixel camera the quality of the photos is still very good, even when uploaded onto the computer with the included lead. You can connect to the internet from almost anywhere and also download many games, themes, applications, tones and pictures.
          The pictures, themes and tones range in price between 50p to £5 with the games averaging a cost of £3.50. However, I am basing this on my experience and the prices will undoubtably vary with network, these are the average prices of o2 downloads. Music can be downloaded from windows media player, any file in MP3 and WMA format will be compatable, although the latter taking less room on the memory card.
          This phone has a mini USB port which connects your phone to your computer to upload pictures and videos; and download music from your computer to play through the high quality speaker this phone has been fitted with to ensure an amazingly clear sound. On the side of the phone there are buttons which allow you to alter the volume of, change, pause and play the music and a button to open the camera and take a photo for those moments which you'd normally have to wait for your camera to turn on, load up etc.
          Also the phone has bluetooth and an infrared port to allow the exchange of pictures etc from one phone to another with a memory card slot under the back cover to put a MicroSD memory bard to store up to 2 Gb of whatever you want.
          I would recommend this phone to anyone who wanted a mobile phone as it's so easy to use, includes almost everything you could possibly want from a mobile phone; and is averagely priced at around £60 when bought new, I believe a very reasonable price compared to many phones on the market which don't have half the features of this phone.

          To avoid any accusations of plagiarism, I would like to say I wrote the same review on ciao.co.uk under the username giggsy91.

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            03.08.2009 16:04
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            4/5

            I brought the black version of this phone from o2 for about £30 at the time as i had money off from being on o2.

            Ive still got it a year later and ive never had any problems with it, its never froze or locked up and the slide function is still working a treat, its nice and compact and easily fits in your pocket without weighing a ton, there is an expandable slot for a micro sd card which you get with the phone when brought new, its an essential upgrade especially if you want to put music on your phone as the onboard memory is useless for storing a few songs.

            The camera is nothing special but being over a year old now and costing £30 you pay for what you get in my opinion but i wasnt getting it for the camera, it also has an fm radio which is good but can only be played if your headphones are connected to the phone else its useless.

            Being a music phone i expected the speakers to be half decent but sadly they are nothing special, i can imagine compared to any standard phone they are slightly better but unless i had one next to me i would'nt be able to tell, it has that 'tinny' sound you get from most mobiles when on loudspeaker and any bass coming from the song usually results in the distorted noise, sound is slightly better when having headphones plugged in and doesnt suffer from so much distortion.

            Messaging on the phone like all nokias is probably the best around, easy and registers each letter no matter how fast u can text, battery life is very good even now for its age it will last for a good few days but does die down quicker whilst making a call.

            Overall i have enjoyed this phone alot, the only one so far that ive havent had any problems with and does everything that it says on the box, highly recommended for an all round phone.

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            09.06.2009 21:08

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            a great phone at a reasonable price

            this handsome little slider phone from nokia is one of the favourite phones i have owned , i bought it for £ 49.00 from a t mobile retailer , and i have it on a 30 day contract @ £ 15 per month , for this £ 15 i get 200 minutes and 800 texts per month, i could probably get more now , but this is plenty for me.
            the phone itself comes with a camera and video,the camera is ok but the video isnt brilliant, there is a built in radio and music player both produce good sound through the supplied in ear headphones
            i also got in the box a pc datacable and software for linking to my pc ,handy to upload contacts etc,
            the screen is 2x1 inch approx, and the buttons are a good size , the menus are easily navigable,
            the overall extras are goo too for the price with the usual clock calender and to do list etc , theres also a good amount of tones and color schemes to play with and few games too, this phone also worked fine in the usa and europe , and handled calls and texts to and from both with no problems ,

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            13.05.2009 13:07
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            Not a good phone to go for if you want the latest syle, but good if you want a reliable mobile.

            You will notice that many of the reviews for this phone are from last year or earlier, which is because phones go out of fasion so frequently. However this little phone has stayed with me for over a year and I have no plans to get rid of it yet.

            I bought this phone at an o2 store. I say "bought", but I infact got it for free as I had been a Pay as you Go customer for so long and spend so much on topups that they decided I had earned myself a phone! It may not be the most good looking phone on the market, but it is very reliable.

            If you are after a phone to show off to your mates, this isn't it. As my friends said, it looks like a brick, but to me my phone is there to be useful, not to be a fashion icon!

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            06.12.2008 06:04
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            It is truly a great phone to own

            Well friends I bought this phone in the last year,and after using it for more than 1 year,I am very satisfied.It has everything,a good 1.3 MP camera,which takes good images,and the one thing is missing is the flash,but the night mode enables us to take images in a dark atmosphere.It's design is very cool,and I got the full black version of this phone.It's sound quality is pretty good,and specially if you listen through headphones,you feel extra ordinary friends.It can play many media formats,like MP3,MP4,JPG,etc...And it's memory is expandable up to 3 GB,so you there is enough space to store your favorite songs,movies,pictures etc...And the OS is pretty fast,and it helps me to navigate very fast.And it has Bluetooth 2.0,and a USB 2.0 port for sharing files with another device,or PC.It also have IrDA port,so we can send files through it also.And the battery life is pretty good to,it can stay up to 2 days after charging.And the price of this set is very much affordable too,so go ahead friend and try this cell phone,it is worth to try.

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              24.10.2008 11:30

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              Really not a good option to go for at this cost..

              Well at a first instance you might be having a view that the phone is a good one with lot of features at 5500INR but its not as per my experience.
              The camera is VGA which i think at this price should have been at least 1.3 MP.
              Next the slider is troublesome as when the phone gets few months old the slider gets stuck and speaker connection behind the back cover gets loose. So the speaker do not function when this phenomena happens. Sad..!The blue tooth stereo is there but let me tell you one thing it is version 1.1 the older one that sucks in speed and reliability. Good thing is that the looks are trendy as it is a music edition with memory support. You can add up to 2 GB of external memory.
              The video playback codecs are not good either. The pack doesn't come with a data cable which i think should be there. And finally its not a good buy as for about 5000INR you can get an LG dynamite with all the features that i am talking in this review.
              (orignially posted by me at CIAO)

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              20.10.2008 22:12
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              i wouldnt buy again

              Very chunky size, takes up a pocket !!
              The mp3 player is very loud so perfect for music in the garden, the fm radio is handy but only works when you have earphones in, bit of a poor design to be honest. the exterior music controls are great but the phone tends to unlock itself and you end up playing your music without meaning to. i had to replace the screen 3 times!! if you put a little bit of pressure on teh screen it will break, hence i brushed against a wall and the screen split severley.

              The built-in camera has a resolution of 1.3 megapixels, and there's a video recording option too. There's no flash in the camera and the picture quality is crap compared to samsungs or sony ericssons in this price range, but imaging is not really the purpose of this phonem th ephon eis for music and serves its purpose

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              02.10.2008 15:51
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              Easy for throwing in your pocket or bag without worrying about it

              I bought one of these so so long ago that I cannot accurately recall how much it cost. I think it was in the region of £69 from Littlewoods Extra online. It is still kicking around and comes out for occasional use, so I thought I would share my thoughts with you.

              First off, the size of this phone makes it instantly pocketable. At 92.4 x 48.2 x 20.7mm it is quite thick, but small in the other dimensions. It weighs just over 100g, so not mega-light, more average. The screen is 2-inches diagonal, small by some mobile phone standards, but more than enough for making calls, taking photos and the music features of the phone.

              It does have dedicated controls for the music and they work very well, but I never use it for that. It also has a 1.3 megapixel camera, which I use a fair bit and the photos are nice and clear and fine for posting online. I get roughly about a weeks standby from the battery and about 2-3 hours of calls before it needs charging. Again, this is more than acceptable. The buttons are a bit cramped though, so I don't get on too well texting with this.

              What makes me like this phone is that if I am going to the sports centre, or perhaps out on the bike, I do not want to take my iPhone. I want a cheap handset that I can throw in a pocket or bag. This fits that requirement. Also, if you need a phone for a teenager, then this is still quite funky, I don't think they would sniff at it.

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                29.09.2008 18:22

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                a good phone for music

                I'm writing this review because i like this phone very much. My family bought this phone for just general purpose. But, i was using this phone more, as it has music player with dedicated buttons for music changing, stopping. Usage is pretty easy with S40 user interface.
                As, i' m a game freek, i use to load as many games as possible and this phone's resolution is 240x320, which is very common for games. Therefore, it is very easy to get games for it.

                Talking about its looks and design:
                Its design is also good with slide function. It is available in red and white & black and white combination. But, i own the red one, which is much better looking combination.
                Music Player, Radio and Sound quality:
                Its music player is good with a great sound. Skins could be changed. Radio is also good with both types of audio output ( speaker/ earphone )

                Camera:
                It has a 1.3 mp camera with 8x zoom. Also, there are funny frames available.
                Problems Experienced:
                Yes, I experienced some problems such as:
                -Themes won't apply.
                -Battery life is disappointing

                Thats all
                Hope you get some help from this review.

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                28.08.2008 17:40
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                good with few bad points and value for money!

                I purchased this mobile phone the nokia 5300 longer than 6 months ago and it still works perfectly well.The 5300 has a high-quality stereo music player that supports all the main digital audio formats: MP3, Midi, AAC, AAC+, enhanced AAC+, and WMA. There is also a stereo FM radio. The Nokia Stereo Headset HS-47 is included in the sales package and you can plug in your own headphones via the new 2.5mm Nokia AV connector which can accept regular-sized 3.5mm headphones via an adaptor. I do find having the adapter quite annoying as i have forgotten it on many occasions when wanting to use my own headphones which has meant i cant listen to my music through headphones.A memory card lets you store up to 1,500 songs. The 5300 also has a camera, Bluetooth wireless connectivity (including support for a Bluetooth stereo headset) and plenty of other features to keep you entertained. I rate this phone because of its durability with music and its capibilities within the internet option. this is a good phone but has one disadvantage which is the slider, this occurs as the phone gets older the slider gets looser and tends to rattle. this is the only real down point i have found for this phone.

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                03.08.2008 12:23
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                It is a cheap phone that can be used to fill most jobs you would need it to do.

                I recently purcased this phone on t-mobile pay as you go and I have to say that it serves me well. It is absolutely packed full of features that you shouldn't turn you nose up at. It fits well in the palm of your hand and has a very smooth slideing system that still is as smooth as the day I bought it.

                The menu system is very simple to navigate and to find what you need everythis is where you would think it would be. The phone itself has a very wide range of features and applications, most the applications are flash or java based so there are powerfull. The phones internal memory is great it really wont let you down for storeing messages and contacts, to give you an example most phones have there inbox capped so you cant have more the 100 messages in it at any time unlike on the nokia 5300 where at the minuite i have over 2000 messages in the inbox and stilll have plenty of room for more. So you never have to delete that important message again. The phones mp3 and FM radio features are very good and can be quickly accessed by the hot keys on the side so you dont need to go delveing through the menus when you want to change track or station.

                The downsides to the phone are that it feels cheap and tacky. Also its keypad lock is not automatic when you close the phone it has been the cause of many poket phone calls. The radio struggles to hold a signal most the time so you end up listening to alot of static.

                Overall though it is a very good phone and I would recomend it to anyone.

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