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This was the phone that put me off nokia for life. A competition prize in 2008, this handset was with me for 8 months before it became totally unfit for anything short of a doorstop. I recieved it before the uk release and was expecting a lot from this new 'fashion and music' phone, it wasnt worth the petrol to the sorting office to collect the parcel if i am honest. firstly the software, what an absolute pile of rubbish that was, first crash was after a week, I was horrified as it came with no warranty as a competition prize and nowhere could repair it as it hadnt been released. then the slider key to operate the music player fell off, that left the phone virtually unusable. As time went on the phone broke more and more, the cover for the battery refused to stay secure, the software crashed anything up to 6 times a day and the battery life was nothing spectacular either. i sent this to a phone recycling site and got £40 for it, i felt like i had robbed them having sent them such a terrible phone. a friend at work owns one too, she says much the same about hers
I've had this phone for about a year and a half and I've had to get it fixed once and I've had to replace it once (within it's guarantee). It's been a very good faithful phone and I wouldn't be without it. The camera is 3.2 megapixel and autofocuses. It is awesome! It's extremely clear and I can even take photos of people jumping without it blurring. Although, if you zoom in all the way the photo goes very small. Photo and video playback is very good and you are able to fastforward through videos and edit photos. Uploading videos and photos to the computer is easy with the PC Suite that comes in the box and you can also backup and store contacts and other details on it. The battery, when it's at it's lowest, only takes around an hour to fully charge and it has a good life if you don't use the camera loads. Memory is amazing, mainly due to the memory card. I have around 1000 photos and about 70 videos stored all on the memory card plus about 30 songs with 351mb to spare. It's a 940mb memory card. On the phone memory I currently have 9200 messages (I'm trying to get to 10000!), but annoyingly when you turn it back on it takes AGES for it to load up so you can actually text again. My fault I guess! The format is typical of Nokia's and extremely easy to navigate and it's a good size and weight to keep in your pocket. It also looks quite cool but unfortunately they didn't have the blue and black one I once saw on the Nokia website. The main problems I have encountered which made me replace it were: the keypad would lock and not let you unlock it for a while, it would cut out randomly and almost 'reset' and have to wait for messages to load up and the screen would go fuzzy for a second if you're playing a game or something. Unfortunately these problems are still on my current phone (minus the random one second fuzziness) but I love it too much to care! Of course there is the music slider which is a main feature of the phone. It works well and the sound quality and volume is very good although I'd appreciate a quieter quiet volume. The radio is good too if you have the wire/connector in the right place! However, I have noticed poor build quality with it but it doesn't really affect me. It is also capable of WAP internet which is good with the service I'm on (O2). Uploading videos and photos to the computer is easy with the PC Suite that comes in the box and you can also backup and store contacts and other details on it. Overall, I love it, and even though there are flaws it does everything it's meant to.
I had this phone for about a year and a half. I thought the camera and video was fantastic on it; better than my actual digital camera! It was extremely easy to transfer files of music/photos from the phone to the computer and visaversa, this was mainly due to the use of a memory card in the phone which could be removed. The phone is of course concentrated on the music player, which is very good, versatile and easy to access quickly. The only problem i found was that sometimes i would switch the music on by accident which was rather embarrassing at times. The slider was very easy to use and generally the phone was very easy to navigate around. However, after a few months of having the phone the music 'slider' just under the screen caused some problems as both bits of plastic either side of the slider broke off. But these easily superglued back on. The major problem was when one day the screen kept blanking out on me and then the next day it blanked out and never turned on again. I tried everything but it seems the phone just died. When the phone was working i was very happy with it but i am puzzled as to why it suddenly stopped working.
I've had this phone for a month now so wanted to let others know what I think of it. Now, your criteria may well be different from mine but the features I wanted from a new music phone were: Good music features (obviously) Easy to use Good memory Decent camera Looks While the 5610 ticks all of these boxes it has let me down in an area that I hadn't even considered before I started using it in every day life. First however I'll cover off the 5 criteria I had thought of: Music features As you would expect from a music phone the music features are spot on. The sound quality is excellent from the built in speaker, the headphones and via my bluetooth stereo headset. All the various music formats I have tried work just fine. The FM radio works well with good reception. My playlists and album art all transfered to the phone with no problems at all. Easy of Use I find using the phone very easy, if you're used to a Nokia you'll be familiar with the navigation straight away but if not it is still very intuitive so won't cause you any problems. A nice feature is music slider key that lets you quickly and easily switch between music, radio and phone. The navigation pad and keypad work well and feel nice to use. All the features you'd expect are available and easy to use, set your own ringtone music, send & record audio messages, email, play online games and surf super fast with 3G (the web browser is Opera). Decent camera The camera is 3.2megapixel and to be honest the photos look just as good as the ones I take on my 5MP N958GB. Good auto focus and video messaging looks as good as any phone I've used. Good memory Being used to 8GB with my old N95 I have been spoiled but this phone comes with 20MB built in and up to 4GB easily added with a microSD card. To get all the music i needed loaded I had to use the extra memory but this was easy to do. Looks I really like to looks of the phone, the screen is really really colorful and clear as well as being a good size 2.2inches (apparently). The slider looks and feels nice to use. While not very slim the phone fit nicely in a small pocket and is a joy to carry around in comparison to an N95. So what let me down? It was the build quality. The music slider key I found so nice and easy to use broke after a couple of weeks. While I got a free replacement from my network it doesn't bode well. Even the replacement seems to be a little shaky with a few rattles. A few buttons seem looser than I would like. I think after my 12 months contract is up I will be in need of the new model. Having said all that i've never kept a phone for more than 18 months, so will it really be a problem? (Also on Ciao)