Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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A tough phone that lacks in usability
Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
Member Name: OJEtchells10
Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
Advantages: Tough exterior, good styling, reliable, price
Disadvantages: Bulky, some less than average content
Yet another phone I have owned. This phone was my first phone that could do anything more than simply call text and use the ultra modern infrared to share information as well as being the first touch screen phone I have owned. As far as the touchscreen goes it works but I feel it is a bit of a marmite screen. Personally I didn't like it but I have met many people with the same phone who love it. It is a pressure sensor screen rather than the classic iPhone heat sensor which is good in some respects as it won't crack the screen after a small fall but it means it can be unresponsive and i had to jab the screen to get it to work properly a few times.
The features on the phone are relatively basic by today's standard of smartphone but it has all the features the average person needs to get by without needing an app for a sat nav or a photo editor or a coffee maker. This phone in fact does have an app store but it is not an android phone so you are stuck with nokias awful ovi store, hard to navigate, slow and with not much content it does not compare to android or iOs.
This phone is called the express music apparently for its superior quality music player and quality. There's no doubt the music player is good but only as good as the Sony Ericsson k800i, a much older phone. I wouldn't say it was so good that it's worth buying it over other phones simply for the music quality or functionality.
The phone can include internet and does have google maps if you are on the right contract but I found these features useless for most of the time I had my phone as they were too slow. And thats not just my Internet contract as I had the same one when I upgraded to a better phone and they worked fine. The screen can be very difficult to navigate on the Internet too not to mention on certain applications on the phone that require precise finger movements to get what you actually want to click on.
Like all Nokia phones though I can't complain about the brick like qualities that make the inevitable dropping of your phone not a problem. The only down sides of it bulky and hard exterior is I feel as if they have forgotten about quality. The styling is good but the sides and back are made of cheap feeling plastic and at more than a centimeter thick it's by no means slim (not forgettingn that it was released a while ago)
All these flaws add up but after all it's not an expensive piece of kit and if you want a phone that is certain to last for a while and do more than just call and text then I would recommend this back in jts day but nowadays you can get a low range HTC for the price of this.
Summary: A phone that works well with a few flaws that can be overlooked for the price tag
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