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      25.10.2012 19:20
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      I would certainly recommend this cell phone for people who do not need the newest tecnology.

      I brought my Nokia 5530 Express Music cellphone back in january 2010. It was my first touch cell phone. I have always loved Nokia due to their traditions and classic design. Generally, I have been very happy for this cell phone and Im still using it. I brought it because it has a classic and light design. I prever design and functionality instead of brand new tecnologies. The cell phone is much smaller relatively to other touch phones which I prever. This is much easier when you carry the cell phone in your pocket, I think. The thickness is larger, which might be negatively for many. The cell phone is indeed a music phone and I have listened to a lot of music via my cell phone.

      Positive elements: Classic design, small dimensions, resonable menues, contact list on the front desktop with pictures of your closest friends and family, nice radio and playlist function with reasonable sound quailty, the touch quality is rather well.

      Negative elements: A bit thick, the internet connection is bad, it is difficult to surfe contineously on the internet, the lock on the right side.

      The most critical problems with the cell phone are the lock and the access to the internet. I have used the cell phone to log onto the internet and surfing however it is really slow and it does not work that well. It is okay for you who just want to check your facebook and mail - but nothing more. Another bad issue is the lock function. Many times I have called my contacts without knowing it simply because I have forgot to lock the cell phone.

      A good practical thing about the cell phone is that it is very robust and resistance towards damages. I have lost the phone several times on the floor without any consqeuences. This is definitely a big plus for me.

      Overall, I will rate this product with 3 stars. It is a great cell phone if you like a simple touch phone with few modern tecnologies. This is a cell phone for you who prever simple tecnology and functionality in a modern way.

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        14.07.2012 19:56

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        Turned out to be a rubbish phone.

        This is the only phone I've had for less than a year... it was that bad! Initially I thought it was great because it was the first phone I'd had that was touch screen and could do so much more than my old phone, but after a few months it became very slow and would freeze frequently. By the time I'd had it 10 months, it sometimes took more than 5 minutes to open something that I'd pressed. So frustrating!!
        So what was good? The phone is nicely designed - not too big and feels well built. I like this sized phone a lot more than some of the bigger ones around now. The price is also good for a smartphone (although now there is more competition because smartphones are common). The music player and headphones it came with were as good as they claimed too. That's what the phone is designed for and I think they've done a good job - it's easy to choose a song and the sound quality is great. Most other features of the phone are also fairly decent, when it was new out the box and so initially I couldn't really complain.
        The problem with it was, as I said, after a few months it started playing up and it got worse from then on. It honestly became the worst phone I've ever had! It didn't do what it was designed for anymore. Whether this was just my phone or the model as a whole I don't know but from my experience, it isn't worth the money.
        A more modern alternative I would recommend now is the Samsung Galaxy Ace. It costs about £150 so isn't too expensive, is about the same size but works so well.

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        06.07.2012 09:38

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        Great for anyone looking for an easy to use, practical smartphone

        This was my last phone, except mine was the pink, illuvial version. I have to admit, I was in a hurry in the phone shop and didn't really put a lot of time or research into choosing this phone. I just really liked that it was pretty and the guy in the shop said it was good, so thought I would give it a go. I hadn't had a Nokia since my first ever phone, and usually bought them for my Mum as they are so simple to use.

        A few days in and I was hooked, I absolutely loved the phone. It was really easy to use, had lots of good functionality and the battery really lasted well. I downloaded a few apps and they worked well, however I had the phone before I really started using the internet on in, so can't comment too much on this.

        It's an 'xpress music' phone, so I did download a lot of songs on to it and use it as my main MP3 player, which worked really well. The sound was good and I found that I used it a lot in this way as it was easier than having a separate MP3 player.

        I had the phone for almost 2 years and had no real problems with it atall. I have now sold it to my Mother In Law and she has had it for over a year. She uses it every day and gets on really well with it, despite not being particularly savvy when it comes to technology (bless her).

        The only thing I will say is that it will occasionally freeze. The screen will go black but the bottom lights will stay on. It's easily rectified by taking the battery out and putting it back in, but not ideal. That said, it probably only happens once every couple of months max and doesn't really affect the usage of the phone.

        A lovely phone which I would recommend to anyone - it's a great option as a first introduction to touch screen phones, as it was for me.

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        09.06.2012 01:32

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        A phone that works well with a few flaws that can be overlooked for the price tag

        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.

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        26.01.2012 20:50
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        A great phone with long battery life, great sound and overall fantastic functionality!

        I really love this phone! It has a complete touch screen that is very sensitive and easy to view at 2.9 inches. Aside from the screen, the phone has 3 touch sensitive buttons underneath - call button, main menu button, and the terminate button. Less visibly is a touch sensitive media button located at the top of the screen which brings up various options like video and music. There is another smaller, physical button at the side which you press to bring up the camera function - this has been extremely useful for taking pictures on the go without going through menus. One press and the camera function is ready to use, another press and you can take photos immediately. The camera is 3.2 megapixels with a single LED flash - the camera takes good quality photos and also focuses well. With 4GB worth of storage there is plenty of space for storing photos and for trying out various applications.

        The SIM card is accessed by pushing open a thin panel at the side of the phone under which the card is hidden. This caused me no trouble in inserting. In the same place, you can also access the memory card. Please note that it looks a little deceiving - I didn't immediately think that the card would be stored there since with previous phones it's just been under the battery.

        The phone comes with a handy stylus - you can manage pretty well without it, but I like to pull it out for when I have to scroll on long webpages for example. The stylus slots very neatly under the phone at the side. It's really easy to pull out and use whenever. I also like to use the stylus for more precise applications like doodling!

        The phone does feel very durable and sleep - unfortunately I've already dropped mine from a small height several times (behind the bed...) but it still remains in virtually perfect condition. The phone is pretty lightweight and fits very comfortably in my pocket. I was a little worried at first, since the phone is locked by a little slider at the side of the phone. This has not been a problem and will not unlock easily by accident. It's also probably worth mentioning that this is a second-hand phone that's been used by a previous owner for more than a year. Despite this it has remained in excellent condition from body work to functions. The phone dimensions are 104 x 49 x 13mm and pretty light at 107g making it very easy to carry.

        The sound quality is very, very good. I enjoy using the Nokia for listening to radio at night with my headphones plugged into the 3.5mm jack. The volume button at the top of the phone on the right hand side is also very comfy to use for adjustable loudness when you're on the phone to somebody or just listening to music.

        I really like this phone and envisage myself using it for another year at least - it has all the functions that you would need whilst remaining excellent quality. The phone is durable with no fragile elements that you have to worry about. The battery life is also very good with a standby time of 351hrs, a talk time of 4h54minutes and continuous music playback time of up to 27hours. With contracts, the phone is pretty cheap for a touchscreen mobile. I would definitely recommend it!

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        06.12.2011 21:19

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        the touch screen is very hard to get the hang of, but once you have it's easy! The camera makes up for the touch screen and the speaker is louds so great for playing music.

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        28.11.2011 08:06

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        Let down by it's touch screen, but a good phone.

        I had this phone for a while before I bought a Blackberry last year. I have a number of different issues with this phone, the main one being the touch screen. Comparing it to other touch screen phones such as iPhone, HTC etc is pointless because this is a much cheaper phone, but there comes a point when touch screens aren't really touch screens!!! This was a nightmare to use, and I usually had to use the provided stylus just to go about my navigation. The applications available for this phone was abysmal, but I did like the fact it was compatible with games such as Labryth, where you have to twist and turn the phone, a similar feature to the iPhone. The camera is good quality, the design is nice and it was fairly easy to get the hang of. Also it's a good phone for keeping music and using like an mp3 player. All in all this is an alright phone, especially for the money, it's just the touch screen and applications that let it down.

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        07.09.2011 13:18
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        Great speakers on this one , one for music lovers

        The marketing for this phone concentrated heavily on the fact that it has specially powerful speakers and great connectivity with WMA and MP3 files. Weve all seen them, or should I say heard them on the bus or train. The annoying tinny sounds of a crappy phone speaker with no bass blaring out rap or grime or whatever the kids are into these days. Now Nokia have made a phone where the sound no longer sounds tinny...great (can you hear the level of sarcasm in my tone!)
        Most companies compete over screen resolution and smartphone apps etc. User interface is extremely important.Most smartphones use an Android or apple system set up. Where as this phone (one of the earlier smartphone products) uses an interface called Symbian. But in my opinion it cannot match up to today smartphones they are just too sophisticated.

        Value: Around £160 for the handset, or around £30-25 a month on a contract. Nokia are known for their value-for-money phones. But unless you have a passion for having a particularly good phone speaker , then really you would probably be better off getting an Iphone or a samsung galaxy / HTC for the techy bods. Occassionally the phones own computing can get very slow and it is frustrating to wait for it to catch up.

        The Nokia 5530 isn't particularly thin or small, nor is it particularly light at 109 grams, owing to the amount of technology in phones these days they rarely are. Its gloss black plastic case is pretty robust, having dropped mine a few times its held up well. I also like the back of this phone though, its rubber so it doesnt move around on tables, the pattern is a wavey line efect. The screen is a fairly impressive 3.2 inch high resolution touchscreen. But I find that the buttons on the touchpad are slightly too small so I find that I have to use the stylis no mater what.

        Obviously the phone needs to make calls, the phone does what you would expect, it does have good and clear call quality but only when you can get connectivity signals at our end but I have had people say to me that the signal at there end sounds a little crackly sometimes or that it keeps cutting out. This happens even though the phone is telling me I have a clear 5 bar signal so I am alittle perplexed sometimes.

        What is jhas got in high quality are the stereo speakers and the speakers work well (especially if you put them into pint glass which actually amplyfies the sound ! little tip there. The stero speakers give better than average surround sound for a phone anyway and the music media navigation is very easy.
        Contacts and menu navigation are fairly easy to use as with all nokias. This phone has kinetic scrolling featuring intuitive fingertip, stylus, or plectrum control, and vibrant touch response. It also has automatic screen rotation, a full keyboard for fast messaging, and handwriting recognition. There is a dedicated media bar which means mobile entertainment is always on hand. There is also a scroll bar which is useful for longer lists. Texts are equally is easy to use. But there is no ipod style historical threads which show the conversation at length ! Text input is carried out by a traditional keypad (with optional T9 prediction), or a full qwerty keyboard if you turn the phone sideways so it is your preference. If you actually write using the stylis it can convert this into text, but it takes a while and I find that the words are not always 100% right.

        There is a 3.5G connection on this phone so the internet will be slow to use out and about especially the GPS, the phone also has WiFi which spees up browsing somewhat, the web browser isnt the best but it does, OVI as can be downloaded will allow you to procure both free and paid applications but the cateloge is not as large as with apple or android markets.

        The camera on the phone is pretty good, a carl zeiss tesar 2.8/ 3.7 wide angle 3.2 megapixel lens - it takes good daylight photos but darkly-lit photos are often grainy. It also has a powerful LED flash.
        The battery lasts around 4 days fully charged, the music / radio connectivity function is pretty good but will drain the batteris quite rapidly, still you`ll get 2-3 days out of it.
        There are also volume and camera control buttons down the side, and a MicroSD slot for detachable memory input, useful for storing photos and music.

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        13.06.2011 13:44

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        Good for the price!

        I've had this phone for over a year now on a contract with T-mobile, £15 for unlimited texts and 300 minutes, not bad! A main advertised attraction of this phone is it's music capabilities, unofortunately the actual functionality of the music playing is pretty poor and it gets pretty slow when there's anything more than a few hundred songs loaded on, so I wouldn't plan on buying it to replace an ipod or mp3 player.
        I must though compliment the "robust-ness" of the handset, I've dropped it almost everday but other than a few cosmetic deffects it performs as it did the day i bought it!
        The touchscreen is also another positive attribute of the phone, it was a pleasant surprise to find a smaller phone that performs as good as it does.
        The apps availiable in the nokia suite are limited, but many are free being a bonus!!
        GOOD!

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        12.04.2011 10:14
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        great entertainment phone as many of smart phone functions

        My new Nokia 5530 Xpress music phone is fully touch one. It is specially designed for entrainment activities. When connected to its headset we can experienced high quality of music experience. Their is easy to use camera on button so it is easier to have good snapshots with its 3.2 mega pixel camera which also has the auto focus functionality and the better flasher.
        Considering its internal memory or RAM it has total 120.0 MB internal memory .Phone memory is 86.07 MB and which can be upgraded using a micro SD memory chip. If you install heavy mobile applications or lots of applications the phone will be slightly slow on day to day usage.The battery time (stand by time) is up to 5 or 6 days but if you play songs and videos continuously the stand by time will be reduced up to 2-3 days. Considering the interior design of this phone the SIM card inserting position is little bit complicated. You have to use the plastic pen provided with the phone to insert or remove the SIM card. Those information are on the back cover of the phone. The back cover is very thin and it is strongly recommended not to use quick force to open or it 'll be broken. the USB port is also little bit uncomfortable to pin the USB data cable. Considering the connectivity , the phone is integrated with blue-tooth and Wi-Fi facilities but there is no 3G facility or 3G cam to connect via 3G. Considering the out look it is more similar to Nokia 5800 Xpress Music smart phone. Phone can be connected to PC via Nokia OVI suite to handle phone data and for install mobile applications. Many of modern mobile applications specially entertainment applications are well compatible with this and if you use anti virus soft ware it may be more useful for optimized functioning of the smart phone

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          28.02.2011 17:45

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          You can't beat it on value. If only the OS was better...

          When this phone came out we were beginning to see the start of the operating system war that has now become a big part of the phones that we are seeing today. This phone runs Symbian v3 which is probably one of the poorest OS out there today. I guess this is why Nokia have scrapped it. However, when you look at the phone's features and what it can do this becomes almost completely irrelevant in the way that it has the inbuilt wifi connecter and the touch screen and the great music capabilities of the phone.

          What you have got to remember is that this phone is £100! That's incredible value for money! I can use this phone to connect to the internet, get apps of the nokia Ovi application store and, yes, I can even text! The OS may be very poor but in benefits of the phone outweigh anything that this problem brings up. The phone's stylus that fits in the shell of the phone does get easily lost too when the locking mechanism that holds it in packs up (Which it most definitely will) but you can still use your finger easily.

          In short, this phone represents incredible value for money and unless you want to spend over £150 for one with a better OS you can't beat it

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          07.02.2011 18:35

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          A well priced full featured phone, but with an is that doesn't live up to the hardware

          The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic certainly looks the part - it is robust and well made as well as being stylish and ergonomic. At 2.9 inches and 360 by 640 pixels, the screen size is neither massive nor high resolution on this phone, but for considerably under £100 pay as you go there has to be some compromises in hardware. 

          In terms of features, this phone seems to be packed with them. It not only has 2G but also has WIFI, which is a real rarity on a phone as cheap as this. This allows you to browse the web for free and download emails in WIFI hotspots, such as BT Openzones ( if you're a BT customer of course). The battery life seems to be pretty good - I've had mine on standby for the last 2 and a half days and it isn't dead yet, so I suppose this is an advantage too.

          The 5530 has a 3 mega pixel camera, which is not brilliant for a phone now, but is good enough for taking quick Facebook snapshots. It is also worth mentioning that this phone has a built in flash, which I find really useful for taking pictures inside. Another feature is that it has a movie recording capability, providing you have a big enough micro SD memory card (this is not necessarily included in the box, I got it as part of a deal). 

          The main downside of this phone is the interface. The installed Nokia operating system is really clunky to navigate through, and it it near impossible to browse the web as half of the screen almost is taken up by a control panel. I find finger typing is not as easy and intuitive as with my IPod touch, which is a real shame, and I have to resort to using the supplied stylus frequently which makes typing a pain stakingly long process. The only part of the interface that I do like is the music player/fm radio player (yes it does have built in fm), which I think obviously should be good because It is called the "XpressMusic" after all, but it is simple easy to use use.

          All in all I feel the 5530 XpressMusic is a good buy if anyone wants some extra features at a low cost. If you just want to call and text, there is no point getting this phone and you may find it a little fiddly to use, so I would go for something like the LG Cookie which has a simpler interface.

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          07.02.2011 01:42

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          If the phones faults were sorted then this would be a cracking phone.

          The nokia 5530 is a very sleek and stylish mobile phone available in black and red or pink and white, therefore would suit either a male or female user. The user interface is very easy to use once you have become familliar with it, the phone comes with a range of useful features of which many more can be downloaded from the nokia ovi store.
          The phone performed particularly well as a music player and camera. I was very impressed with the quality of the photos taken by the camera on the phone the flash meant that pictures could be taken regardless of the lighting conditions, producing photographs that are on par with those taken by a digital camera.
          The media player volume is very impressive and the quality of the speakers is good with very little cracking even when at full volume.
          These functions were nicely accompanied by a nice added extra of a 4gb memory card standard with the phone meaning no disappointment of taking a few photos and finding the memory full.

          The battery survived relatively well even when making good use of all the phones features.

          However with good also comes some bad...
          The software provided with the phone for sync between pc and phone was very poor and quite difficult to use (and I am a very computer literate person) I also found that it would very often stop responding and made my pc run quite slow.
          Another quite major fault I found with the phone which made me decide to get rid was that when I was using applications sometimes the phone would either operate as it should, come out of the application,lock up, turn the phone off or produce a white screen of which the only option would be to take the battery out of he phone. Many people may argue that this was a one off problem but in the space of the 28 day money back period I had 3 of these phones which all had similar problems therefore after the 3rd I decided against this phone and had a different model altogether.

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          01.02.2011 13:44

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          DONT GET THIS PHONE

          when i first got this phone i thought that as this is my first touch screen phone it was fantastic and easy to use. i couldnt believe it that there were alot of free applications that were easy to download. i found that after only having it for about 4 days there were dead pixels on the phone that could be easily seen. i took it back to the shop and they replaced it with no problem. with the new phone i started noticing that after about a month then there dead pixels on this phone. when i took it back to the shop they wanted to send it away to get fixed as i needed a phone this was not an option so kept it. i found though that there were more problems as the phone crashed when a call came in and the only way to stop it would be to take the battery out. i would advice NOT to get this phone

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          18.01.2011 22:10
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          A great quality low priced smartphone, perfectly sized.

          *****A Brief Introduction*****
          The Nokia brand is something that people trust. A long established european company specialising in innovative technology's and telecommunications. Their phones have continuously been seen as reliable and attractive. The Nokia 5530 Xpress Music is a smartphone with a user friendly touch screen interface and an easy to use music player, a big part to this device as seen it its name.

          As a smartphone you will find it has a dedicated operating system and clever features which enhance performance. I bought this phone as an affordable alternative to the iPhone which I felt was to expensive. This device seemed to posses all the same features as the iPhone and was smaller.

          *****The Tech Specs*****
          The smart phone boasts a reasonable 2.9 inch touch screen which is not too big and is comfortable to navigate. It can be controlled by your fingers or by a small stylus which is tucked neatly away in the side (I personally rarely used the stylus as I found it unnecessary). The connectivity of the phone is also a nice addition, this includes its wifi capabilities allowing you to sign into a nearby wifi signal.

          The phone also boast a cool 3 megapixel camera with advanced functions like auto focus as well as video recording capabilities. There is also a flash for darker environments. It is also possible for the memory capabilities to be increased through buying a memory card which goes near the sim card. Taking a leaf out of Apples book there is an app store with great quality apps ranging in a variety of types from games to educational.

          *****Design*****
          The device has a very simple yet defined design. It is essentially a slim rectangular phone with rounded curves around the edges creating a good fitting into your hand when holding it. The phone is all black with a red trim around its centre giving the phone an edge to its look. The speakers are situated on the front at the bottom and top of the screen also like with the red stripe it breaks up the black.

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