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Review: Nokia 5300

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Apr 5, 2007, 10:54 AM   by Eric Zeman

Our in-depth review of Nokia's new music phone. Is the music player good enough to leave your MP3 player behind? Find out. NEW: Video tour

The Nokia 5300 XpressMusic is a mid-range slider phone that offers a host of music-centric features. With one-button access to the music player, it attempts to send your MP3 player to the bottom of your junk drawer, as well as serve as a converged handset that can handle all of your calling, Web-surfing, and photography needs.

The 5300 is compact and its multi-colored design gives it a fresh, young appearance that will appeal to the hipper crowd. Based on Nokia's Series 40 platform, the user interface is easily customized to match whatever your mood is, and you can share that mood by blasting your tunes through the 5300's loud internal speaker. As solid as the music player options are, though, is it enough to make you forget about your iPod? Find out.

About the author, Eric Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.

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Apr 6, 2007, 12:22 PM

nice taste in music Eric!

i'm assuming that it was your music on the phone.
It was. Thanks.
That is exactly what I thought when I saw that screenshot. 🙂

Apr 11, 2007, 4:48 PM

Great Video Review

Thanks guys.

I really think this is a much better choice music phone than the Samsung UpStage.
It's also better than the Motorola Rizr.

Apr 12, 2007, 9:48 AM

Voice activation feature

I noticed you said nothing about the Voice Activation feature on the phone. You can use it to access programs on the phone as well as make calls by holding the right soft key or the volume down key until a tone plays and speak now appears on screen.

I personally don't like it because you need to learn how the voice tags are spoken by the phone and then imitate them. Trying to call my mom's cell phone by saying "mom cell" I recieved either contact not found or a list of items to choose from that twice out of 10 tries came up with her on the list.

Apr 11, 2007, 3:55 AM

Rogers Wireless Nokia 5300 has a different media player

Just an FYI for any of you Canadian folks reading this article and considering the 5300: The Rogers Wireless version has a completely different Media Player.

Some of the key differences are:

-You can NOT minimize the media player and so it is impossible to do anything else while listening to your music (you can still minimize the FM radio).

-Almost all users have issues with the Rogers Media Player not "seeing" their tracks or if it does giving them a "DRM error".

On an unrelated note I stopped using my 5300 largely because of the fact that it has no Email Client. (what phone in 2007 does not have an Email client?)
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