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      03.10.2003 13:15
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      • "Really Really BAD Software... tisk tisk: Nokia"

      ************* * Introduction * ************* I wanted a phone for along time, I didnt really want any fab features, just wanted a small, light and inexpensive phone to use for Business and Pleasure. My initial idea was a Nokia 8250 from eBay... I won one for ?81 ($137.50 AUD) and was in the process of paying when I saw this stand-alone Nokia 5510 (only one on Auction on eBay.com.au!) going for $135 AUD, and I bid for $137.50 I remarkably won the phone for exactly the same price as the Noia 8250.. Obviously I had to tell the Nokia 8250 salesperson to take a hike, and got a bad rating as a result.. But I got the Nokia 5510. ***************************** * Features, Functionality & Design * ***************************** As I said, I didnt want a flashy mp3 player or radio in my phone.. I just wanted a phone! But when I checked out the Nokia 5510, on Nokia websites, and review sites such as DooYoo, I found out how great the Nokia 5510 was.. When it arrived I was shocked! All the pictures I had seen showed the phone to be incredibly big and bulky, but when I got it, it was quite small.. I myself have been the owner of a Noka 3330 previously, so I wasnt dismayed or annoyed by the size, only thing was the way it should be held, the slanted sides put me off, but I got used to it... The features are astounding! Perfect sound quality (with comfy headset!) wether using the mp3 player (64mb - enough for 2cds if you compress properly) or the fantastic radio (10 presets!) ... Its ease of use was OK.. But took some time to get used to playing Snake II with the new controls... Argh! But I got the hang of it, now I play Snake II the same as I did on the Nokia 3330. The design's OK.. Could be slightly better... The wasted "silver" lining of the screen could of been used to make the screen bigger, if not, colour... The screen's just a standard Nokia one, but could of been colour if they tr
      ied hard enough... The fact that u need to stick in two HDD plugs for the headset and handsfree put me off, and it makes me harder to hold the phone and type when you do so... No wonder the Nokia pictures only show people listening to music, and never typing at the same time :P ********** * Software * ********** I dont know what Nokia Designers were thinking of when they came up with this... Im using Win2000 with enough spec to triple if not, quadrupal, the minimum spec for the software... Its ease of use comment is a JOKE... I ended up making each mp3 its own playlist on my first try.. and whats the point of putting the mp3s into .lse format, even though there the same size???!?!?!?! And they dont delete themselves afterwards either :@ ************ * Conclusion * ************ Hot phone, nice look, smaller than you would of thought... Great features.. Bundled with loads of stuff.. Good design, overall.. could of been better... Terrible software.. Ive made my own now, and am using that.. Nokia has annoyed me quite a bit!!! Slightly annoying keyboard when you plug cables in.... I would definetly buy this phone again! I would buy it as a gift, but make sure the person has mp3s or CD's to rip :P Thats the only thing that makes this phone combat its design flaws and shitty software... The fact that it has great features, great sound quality, and flawless QWERTY keyboard... I've bought it, and so should you! Thanks for reading my review, its my first, and I know it sucks, and isnt complete... But for my first, I dont think its too bad... :P Thanks, Joel.

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        01.12.2002 22:20
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        • "No Scrolling Artist/Track Names On MP3 Player"

        It's not the newest phone, but I had my eye on the Nokia 5510 for quite a while. My birthday came on 26 November and money in the bank allowed me to get out and buy one. It's not that cheap though considering the relative age of the model - £99.99 pay as you go O2 from The Link, though it would have been £10 cheaper if I went with T-Mobile. Anyway, the phone is surprisingly light for the features it has and is not that much larger than the 3310 or similar series. However, comments such as "I want to hold your brick" arose on occasion. Phone handling is like any other Nokia phone and is functional and very good. Texting is very convenient. It will take a day or two to get used to the more convenient QWERTY keboard but after that it should be a doddle to use. Now to the reason why you would consider buying this phone. First of all, it's a Nokia. Yes, secondly it has an MP3 Player and a Radio built in. The sound quality is magnificent for the size - the same as a CD player, of course if the encoding is 128kbps or higher. The memory space is 64MB and I managed to fit on about 14 songs on it. If you take a 4 minute song as 4MB, that's about 13 songs. A bit stingy for some, however it is good for me as I only put my favourite songs on. Contrary to nearly every review of this phone, I have found Nokia Audio Manager 2.1 very functional and easy and simple to use. It has never crashed on me though I have a powerful computer running Windows XP Home. Adding MP3s from the Hard Disk to the Nokia database is simple and copying to the "Portable device" as in the 5510 is even more simpler. Also, you know if you've gone over the 64MB limit by a simple and colourful bar chart. One bad thing with the MP3 player is that the artist name is not always displayed but that's probably the fault of the MP3 file. I'll update this review if I have found a solution. Also, if the song title / art
        ist is too long for the screen, only part of the name is displayed. At least, Nokia should have made it 'marquee' across the LCD screen. The radio is quite good however the interface could be improved. However, once you add the memories, it is quite easy to use. An interesting bonus is that the headphones can be used as a hands-free unit so you don't have to hold the "brick" or phone up to your ear. Ending a call can be done by pressing the button on the microphone. The games included are Bantumi, Snake II, Space Invaders, Pairs II and Bumper. Playing games with the keyboard is a little awkward however this can be overcome quite soon - after about a day of 20 minutes use I'd say. Overall - this is a highly rated product and one of the best if not the best MP3 mobiles on the market (OK, the O2 xda is in a league of its own). A definate must buy if you are going to buy a new mobile and are in to the MP3 scene of downloading music. However, hurry now as The Link only had one left. It's on clearance and you get a cheap camera which they give you free. Emphasis on the cheap though. Not even a Zoom. It's an Olympus Trip camera. Oh well, I didn't expect one anyway.

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          05.09.2002 22:34
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          • "Not very robust."

          First opinions of the phone where good. The phone worked well, the phone has a good sound quality in both calls and playing MP3's / Radio. The phone comes with a hands free kit and all the software and cables required to connect your phone to your PC (The software is also very easy to install and use). The phone comes with a selection of games (Snake 2, Reversi, Space Attack, Pairs 2, Bumper). These games are enough to keep you amused in the short term but you are unlikely to want to play these games a few months after you bought the phone (Though additional levels for Space Attack can be downloaded from the Nokia website). The design of the phone (QWERTY Keyboard Style) looks strange and can draw comments from your friends, though the speed that text messages can type text messages makes up for it. The bad points of the phone are that the composer has been removed and that it is no longer possible to send ringtones to friends (A feature that I really valued in previous versions of the phone). Othe r bad points are more serious, have had to get repairs to one of the volume buttons and one of the data ports though this is only a minor inconvenience as both where fixed the same day at a Nokia service centre (I am looky to live near one, it takes 5 days to be returned if the phone has to be sent away.) I would Reccomend this phone only if you type a lot of text messages are needed the MP3 Player / Radio.

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            22.08.2002 20:42
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            If you can get over the fact that this phone is a step backwards as far as size goes, I think that anybody who texts a lot will really love this phone. the qwerty keyboard is fantastically fast, allowing you to run rings round people with their la-de-da predictive text input, and all the extra characters are available by using the Shift key, just like a normal keyboard. The keys are a bit small, but as long as you have a bit of a thumbnail you can still hit the right keys easily, and anyway the only solution would be to make the phone bigger! The Mp3 player is great with its plentiful 64 mB of memory, and the software is easy enough to use, you can set it to browse your hard drive for all mp3's. The 'Audio Manager' converts copies of your mp3's to a special format that the phone can use, and this also seems to work whatever the bitrate they are recorded at. I have used files from 32 kbps to 196 kps on my phone, at the lower bitrates there is room for 2-3 hours, and at least 1 hour of high-quality music will fit. The FM radio also works well, although I would have been more impressed if Nokia had made it RDS, so you wouldn't have to manually re-tune it if you move to an area with a different frequency. The only other criticism is the standard of the earphones, cheap plastic things with foam covers Yuk! I don't know if Nokia make a better after-market kit. add to that all the other great features like Voice Dialling, Voice Memo, WAP, Games and Chat, you will never be bored with this phone! To sum up: 1. Keyboard Great, loads of texting fun 2. Size okay - bit too big for pocket 3. Weighs hardly more than 3310 4. mp3 player great 5. Radio fine, would prefer RDS 6. Headphones rubbish

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              09.08.2002 01:49

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              A good phone. superb if you are a music lover like myself - Advantages: MP3, Radio, Reminders - Disadvantages: Big, You can only use your right ear

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              08.07.2002 05:20

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              Very Great phone - Advantages: trendy, useful - Disadvantages: horizontal

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              08.07.2002 03:31
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              The Nokia 5510 is a rather large phone, that unlike others is more horizontal. This is possibly to make use of the QWERTY keypad, for those that don't understand, this phone is designed to be easy to use for people that are used to keyboards therefore the buttons are placed in the same way. It may take a while to get used to not pressing each button 2 or 3 times unlike other phones. Nokia have got rid of the predictive text on this phone, which is in my opinion a good thing. It gives you more freedom (yes I do know you can turn it off) to write what you want in your texts. The features which I mainly bought this phone for were the Mp3 player that lets you download up to 2 hours worth of music and play it through the headphones/handsfree set that came with it. Downloading the music is made more difficult by the slow and awkward Audio Manager (provided by Nokia with the phone) that tends to crash constantly on some peoples computer. However music quality on this phone is amazing even giving you options by selecting the genre of the music your listening to to get the best possible sound. Also you can listen to the radio. I also bought this for the WAP access, mobile internet if anyones wondering. WAP isn't anything compared to real internet access but to get latest information Its alright. The battery power like most nokia phones is not comparable to that of the motorolas, I find that my old motorola phone lasted 3 days or so without needing charging wheras the nokia's tend to need it every night. The battery bar moves dramatically down with any attual talking on the phone and that is probably the most annoying points about it. Also as with most nokias you have the option of adding ringtones, logos even downloading games. If your interested in those type of things. I do suggest if you have the money and don't mind more of a bulky phone that this be the phone you go for. It's function and the mus
              ic quality is in a world of its own.

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                27.06.2002 05:41
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                Introduction ----------------- For those of you that do not remember what this phone is let me remind you. This was the phone that was advertise for a very long time under the slogon "Looks weired, sounds great". The reason for the sounds great bit was thatit has a 64mb mp3 player built in and FM radio the reason for the looks weird bit is that it has a full qwerty keyboard running along it. When I first got it I was apprihencive as to its practicability due to its apparent size in the picture and because no one I knew had it. However after using it for a while I descovered this feeling was largely unfounded and that accept for a few niggles is a very good phone. Specification and Description of Features ----------------------------------------- Availability: Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific in the 4th quarter of 2001 Weight: 155 g Dimensions: 134 x 58 x 28 mm, 165 cc Talktime: 2 h 30 min - 4 h 30 min Standby time: 55 - 260 h Key features: Digital Music Player and Recorder, Nokia Audio Manager PC software for copying personal CD's, organizing and downloading music files from a compatible PC to the Nokia 5510, FM stereo radio, full keyboard for fast text input, 5 games, WAP, multiple chat, multiple SMS sending Operating frequency: EGSM 900/1800 networks in Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific Colors: Available in two colors : Groove Red and Melody Blue (Specs quoted are taken from the nokia.co.uk website) The main thing I have found that has put people of this phone is its apparent size and weight. Firstly the picture shown in the advert makes this phone look a whole lot bigger than it actually is, in truth this phone is only a little bigger than the 3310. AS for the wait this is only a little heavier than the 3310 which is 133g and this phone is 155g. The 'digital music player and recorder' is in fact just a plain mp3 player (a good one with high quality sound
                though and with 64mb of space which is about enough for 2 cd's) just that the files need to be converted into a special type of mp3 which cna not be copied. This is done by the bundled software which I will expand apon later. Recording from the radio also produces very good results. Even though the radio does not have an external aerial the reception is allways very good even in areas where one would expect it to be bad. The keyboard I found was much more than a gimic and really did speed up typing into the phone for text messages and e - mails through wap. The talk time and standby time allthough nothing special is still very good and I have found the actual times for these to be at the top end of the range given above. Apart from the musical features this phone is in everyway identical to the 3310 and if you open the phone up one can see it uses most of the same moduals of components. Therfore this phone still has voice recognition, about 5 games (with downloadable add on packs some of which are free), wap, multiple texting, vibrating alert as well as several other less important features. Bad Points and Missing Features of the Phone ----------------------------------------------- There are not many bad points about the phone but there are a few. Firstly the software for transmitting mp3's is appauling. It needs a lot of word to work on windows xp and crashes regularly. However it does transmit quickly. Another slight problem is that the back is very hard to take off which is less of a problem because of another problem that you can not change the cover. Being realistic (i.e. not colour screens) the only feature I would like this phone to have that it does not is infra - red. This is so as I would like to get my e - mails via my palmtop. Oh well. Conclusion ---------------- Overall this is a good phone that has a lot of prejudice against it. Although most people who have seen it have been curious some hav
                e been skeptical. However if you are looking for functionality in a phone or simply want an mp3 player or radio to carry arround I would recommend this phone because allthough it might be bigger than most phones, it is smaller than a phone and a mp3 player and of course the phone is cheaper (I got mine in a deal for free).

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                  21.04.2002 04:48

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                  An excellent phone let down by poor software which doesn't support WinXP without a few tweaks - Advantages: 64mb mp3 player, built in radio - Disadvantages: big!, poor software

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                  28.01.2002 22:31
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                  Well after the constant bombardment of adverts from all angles, I finally gave in and went and bought myself a 5510 on contract, for a reasonably priced £50 I will try and give you a good guide as to what the phone offers and what it gets wrong. The phone itself ================= The first impressions was the size of the phone, it’s big but not as big as the adverts seem to portray. Slightly larger than a Nokia 3210 although suprisingly it is slightly lighter. The phone functions in pretty much the same way as most Nokia's do. It has all the usual features. The Text messaging is vastly improved with the inclusion of the QWERTY keyboard. It takes the chore out of typing out long-winded messages. The keyboard does take a little adjusting to though and I still found myself double tapping letters instead as if it was still phone keypad. Thankfully Nokia have removed that awful T9 dictionary, predictive typing would have been a good idea if it was actually useful and if people wrote messages in proper English. The Tones section includes spaces for 7 ringtones, however as in all new Nokia's the composer has been removed. It has all the other usual functions including vibration and voice activated dialling which is something Nokia should improve, as it doesn’t work at all well. The phone also offers a selection of screensavers and WAP access to the Internet, the screen is perhaps a little small for WAP however. Also included is the regular games (available on the 3310), however there is also a new Pinball game called Bumper. The can prove to be a little difficult to play due to the situation of the screen in relation to the keyboard. For me that doesn’t really detract from the phone as a whole as it don’t buy it play games on (I have a PC for that). MP3 Player & Radio ================== The MP3 player does basically what you would expect from an MP3 player, the 64MB capacity means that a
                  good quantity of music can be loaded onto the phone. The controls are simple and easy to use also. It has a graphic equaliser and although it is not outstanding it does what it is supposed to. It’s a step up from my old MP3, which had a tendency to wipe its memory at any given opportunity and strangely had no off button! I was of course quite pleased to also receive in my package a small CD with 4 tracks on including "The Space Between" from the advert by the excellent Dave Matthews Band. Just a little thing but it pleased me. The Radio is a FM radio, and will allow you to store 10 channels; the sound quality is crisp and the reception good. The only disappointment for me is that the MW band isn’t included it would have been useful for listening to football commentary if it had been Both these features require the Nokia headset to be connected to the phone for them to function, thankfully this will prevent accidental use of both the MP3 player and Radio while the phone is in your pocket. Nokia Audio Manager Software ============================ I’m not sure what Nokia were thinking when they wrote this program. Firstly it is ver memory intensive, using 14MB of RAM (more than MS Access!) Secondly it stability leaves a lot to be desired and it is very prone to crashing. Finally it has the extremely annoying problem in that it writes the files in your MP3 library to its own file type (.lse I believe) This would be fine, though the process is far too time consuming even for only 50 or so MP3 files. It also takes up the equivalent disk space again to store these. The software would be much better if it did this process each time you wish to transfer files to the phone. Conclusion ========== This is a good phone, perhaps a little on the bulky size but it’s a small price to pay for the features included. The QWERTY keyboard is a breath of fresh air as I’m sure most people
                  would prefer it to the number pad. Both the MP3 player and the radio are good quality and the fact they are part of phone removes the need to purchase batteries as it can simply be charged. The software is a big let down, poor stability, memory sapping and Hard Drive space grabbing. Nokia need to go back and rethink their Audio Management software thankfully this is a problem that can be fixed and hopefully in the long run will be fixed. It does currently detract a little from the excellent quality of the phone. I would recommend this phone to anyone, if you aren’t hung up on having a tiny phone or on having a stylish phone and want something functional then but one tomorrow. There are very few phones that can stand up to the Nokia 5510.

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                    29.12.2001 01:58
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                    My second review for a mobile phone, this time for the Nokia 5510. I saw this phone really as a luxury rather than a necessity when I was deciding on a new contract. I wanted something a little bit different, and this seemed to fit the bill. Although I already have an mp3 player (my first review coincidentally), I thought this one would be very useful as I would not have to keep buying new batteries for it, and it had a radio as well. "What the hell" I thought, and got it for my Christmas present. The phone as a phone does everything you would expect it to - it tells you everything that previous Nokias have, duration, names, numbers, times of call. The one thing it did have missing that I wanted was a composer for the ring tones - I assume we are all meant to join Club Nokia to get these sorts of things. But I had to get Match Of The Day onto it somehow, so I sent it from my dad's phone. Whew. Panic over. The phone as radio performs as well as any other phone/radio I've used. The antenna is inside the cable provided with the package, used as a pair of earphones and a hands-free device should you want to use it this way. It has 10 preset stations, and most importantly of all, it can pick up SGR Ipswich. Brilliant. The phone as a music player is probably why you;re reading the review, it's definetly why I would be. In comparison to my Thomson Lyra, it boasts the same quality in music playback. It also has a 'graphic equaliser', which equalises to 9 presets that affect the output, which is more than my Lyra (although the Lyra offers a more 'real' equaliser). It holds 64MB of storage, which depending on how you compress your music, holds between 1 hour and 2 hours of music. Transfer is done via PC, external source (such as stereo) or you can record from the radio on the phone, but from PC - phone is via USB. This is supposed to be fast, but it is around as fast as my Lyra, which tra
                    nsfers via my parallel port. The main gripe comes about the software. Nokia Audio Manager is bad software. This hardly surprised me, the special edition of Real Jukebox that came with my Lyra was pathetic, but this is worse. I wouldn't go so far as to call it the worst piece of software I have used, but it's up there. I can see why it is - it has to do something complicated, and Nokia would also have been wary of the many possibilities for pirated songs to be recorded to and from the player. But still, it should perform better than this. My main complaint is that the software converts any mp3 you want to convert into a file with the extension .lse. This apparently means it has been protected for for local use (meaning if it ain't lse, it's not going on the player). This is fine, but it copies it to your hard disk as well as the player. I've tried to stop it doing this, but it does this to save you doing it again later. Great. But what if I have over 1GB of mp3's? And that's nothing compared to what some people have. So my hard disk space could just disappear should I keep all these .lse files. Which I won't. The phone is realitively bulky, compared to my previous Nokia 3310, but in exchange for the features I don't mind. The QWERTY keyboard I do like, it stops that mind-numbingly stupid "Autospell" function. It is quite fidgety though, as the keys are quite small, which also makes it difficult to play Snake II. It comes with a new game, Bumper, which is a pinball-type game, and seems quite jolly, if you like that sort of thing. The underside of the phone has sockets for the headset and hands-free kit and the charger, and the side has sockets for the data transfer from PC and stereo, as well as buttons to start the radio, music player and volume controls. I like these buttons - they're well-placed in my opinion and are a lot better than going through all the menus to get the damn r
                    adio to start. All in all, I like the phone very much, it's the software that comes with it that I have issues with. If only someone could provide software to transfer mp3's to an external device that doesn't involve the coputer crashing and the software giving up.

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                      29.12.2001 00:49
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                      I Bought this phone as it was reduced FROM £99.99 to £49.99 on a BT Cellnet Contract which I initially thought was an excellent buy. I have returned the phone because I was not happy with various Niggles I found. To start off, I thought this was the Phone for me, more than Just a phone, it has a large capacity 64mb mp3 player built in to allow storage of upto 2 hours of music as well as an FM Radio which will store 10 presets. It also has a lithium battery which means you can charge it anytime with no worry of memory effect. Apart from this it is identical to the Nokia 3330, for those of you who dont know this phone it has predictive text messaging, send long sms messages upto 460 characters, alarm clock, clock, 10 reminders, various ringing tones, wap, vibrate alert, profiles, good games. The phone comes with an assortment of leads, one is the headset which is very comfy. It doubles up as the handsfree kit as well, with one plug going in the phone for the music and the other for taking calls. If listening to music it will pause when you receive a call. The great thing about this phone is that you can store plenty of mp3 files on the phone which can be downloaded from your pc or the internet using the supplied usb cable which fits into a socket on the side of the phone. There is also a cable for connecting the phone to a cd "line in" socket on the back of a cd player to copy music to the phone. The other cable is a headphone adapter so that you can use any headphones. The software which comes with the phone is Nokia Audio Manager version 2, 2001. I found this to be TEDIOUSLY SLOW in organising files to copy to the phone, it crashed my computer more than once, even after doing a clean reinstall it was still frustratingly slow. Just scrolling down a list of 30 mp3 files on my PC it took an age - absolutely dreadful and this put me off straight away. I have not known a worse piece of software- I think this is poor softwar
                      e design by Nokia rather than my PC, I had more than the minimum requirements and I have never had problems like this before with ANY software I have used. Actually downloading files from PC to phone was fairly quick it was just navigating the files which was ridiculously slow. The length of the phone was not bad,138 mm, its actually quite small compared to the pictures that are shown of it. Width is 58mm which is almost 6cm-wide and bulky. Its quite thick too at 28mm and weighs 155 grams, similar to a Nokia 3210, not a problem, the problems are the awful software and the fact that you have to use both hands to type a text message using a qwerty keypad which is a good idea in practice and fine if you are a touch typist, but for those used to a normal keypad using T9 its a lot slower and a poor substitute. The keys are slightly smaller than those found on a 3310/3330, and There is no T9 on the phone. Another niggle is that the music volume keys are situated on the side and not the front of the phone making it awkward to access them. If they had put them on the front it would have been far easier to control. They are not lit up so if in the dark you will have trouble seeing them. The battery cover is a bit of a nightmare too, even the assistant in the carphone warehouse could not get it back on! I had to do it but its very awkward, much worse than a 3310/3330 which some people find awkward. The other phone/mp3 currently avaialble is the Siemens sl45 which is small light and can be upgraded from 32 to 128mb of memory, I would say this is a better buy although it will cost in the region of £100-£130 on contract it is a proven quality piece of equipment. All in all a good idea and the music quality is very good on the mp3 and the radio, but it is let down by terribly slow software, poor ergonomics/usability and is bulky. Only buy if you love your music and dont mind these niggles. I would say that if Nokia redesign the software,
                      get rid of the horrible keypad and make it smaller, lighter and more like a proper mobile then it will be a best seller in the future.

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