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Review: Nokia 5300

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Using the 5300 as a phone is as easy or complicated as you want it to be. If you slide the 5300 open, the keypad is automatically unlocked and you can dial your family and friends in a number of different ways.

If you've left the 5300 in its factory state, your number one fave is the first option you have. Simply hit the call button and that person is automatically dialed. If you hit the center of the D-pad, a menu will ask if you want to call or message that person. Scrolling through the top five is easy. Whoever's picture is highlighted as the largest is the person you'll be calling when you hit the call button.

You can dial numbers on the keypad, or use the speed dial functions, which can be assigned different contacts from the MyFaves selections. You can also access the phonebook and choose a contact to call from there.

You can also make phone calls with the 5300 closed, using the MyFaves feature, or dial from the phonebook. Ergonomically calls feels a little awkward when you hold the closed 5300 up to your face.

With the MyFaves screen disabled, hitting the send key brings up a list of your mosts recent calls. Once you've selected a previous call, hitting the send key again will initiate a call.

The phonebook is accessed by pressing the left function key. Once in it, you can perform searches, start typing the contact's name, or simply scroll down the list. Once you've found the contact you are looking for, hitting the center of the D-pad brings up that contact's details. The left function key lets you access a number of different options for that contact, including assigning 1-touch calling.

Otherwise, the calling and phonebook features of the 5300 are comparable to most other phones.

 

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