Nokia 5630 XpressMusic Review

The Nokia 5630 XpressMusic is a slim powerful music oriented Symbian phone. It runs on Symbian S60 3rd Edition with Feature Pack 2 and sports 600 MHz ARM11 processor. It’s slim and compact and features N-Gage support. It is only 2mm thicker than the much popular Nokia 5310 XpressMusic and even fits in your hands perfectly.

In the box you will get a wall charger, phone purse, 4GB microSD card, a pair of earphones, audio player wired remote, microUSB cable which is comparatively too short, software miniDVD and a user guide. The best thing is that the box is made from recycled materials only – good news for all those nature lovers and the charger is of great energy efficiency.

The display of Nokia 5630 XpressMusic measures 2.2 inches with QVGA resolution. If the screen was a bit larger it would have been the best piece on the shelf. Nevertheless, we are completely satisfied with its color quality which is 16 million colors and that it remains usable even in direct sunlight.

Navigation and keypad buttons are one of the best that we have ever encountered. They have enough room and feel really easy to press. The music player controls are on the left hand side while the camera shutter and the volume rocker are on the opposite side. They all lack enough travel and feel slightly unpleasant to us, but the good news is the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic is equipped with standard connectors only. The 3.5mm earphone jack and the micro USB, the latter is used to plug-in the charger and connect your phone to the computer (which is too small to connect). The backside of the device is very pleasing with the rig it pattern that helps to prevent the phone from accidently slipping out of the hand.

As we mentioned in the beginning the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic is a Symbian S60 3rd Edition with Feature Pack 2. It comes with a new host screen that is called “contacts bar” and looks quite similar to Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. As its name suggests it visualizes up to 20 contacts each one of them appearing with its assigned picture. When you select the entry you can see the call history and the messages you have exchanged. The same function is used to follow RSS broadcasts. Apart from contacts you can place an info box to notify you of newly received messages, chat requests, Wi-Fi scanner and upcoming calendar entries scheduled for the day. The main drawback is that all of these cannot be visualized at the same time. You also have an option to place a scroller at the bottom which gives you quick access to the music player, radio, web browser, internet searches, N-gage web portal and phone gallery.

The Nokia 5630 XpressMusic delivers very good internet connectivity thanks to its high speed 3G and Wi-Fi capabilities. Pages are loaded fast without issues. The Symbian S60 browser features built-in YouTube video player support but unfortunately auto flash elements cannot be opened. The phone also supports several of the most popular social network services like Facebook, MySpace and hi5.

The Nokia 5630 XpressMusic sports a 3.2 megapixel camera with double OLED flash and its interface offers us a multitude of options such as time shooting, color effects, white balance, exposure etc. again the snapshots have unrealistic colors and without perfect details. Video is captured at 640×480 pixels resolution and 15 frames per second and the device seems to catch environmental noise pretty well too. However, the overall quality is passable provided there is enough light.

The gallery hosts all videos and snapshots. If you have a snapshot in your task ring and want to browse through the next one, a reduced preview window pops up and when you select the one you want then picture is smoothly shown in the fullscreen.

The music player is acceptable and comes with equalizer and sound settings. The loudspeaker disappoints and the box comes with a pair of earphones that delivers the sound that is rather sharp and irritating. Despite the manufacturers’ promises, the Nokia 5630 has failed to impress its audience with its audio quality. The good news is the sound quality gets much better when you plug in a better headgear. The integrated Real player allows you to watch MPEG4 videos, but the thing is videos with resolution width of over 320 pixels stutter heavily and the 2.2-inch screen is not really fit for watching videos anyway.

The Nokia 5630 XpressMusic comes with a very robust battery that allows 24 hours of continuous audio playback. Unfortunately, the in call quality is far from being the best as the voices of people are sounding muffled, monotonous and at times it is really hard to catch on to them. Despite of all the above mentioned issues the model is really pleasing. Nokia 5630 is slim, snappy, delivers a good internet surfing options and its new home screen is comfy indeed.

Key features at a glimpse

  • ARM 11 600 MHz processor
  • Quad-band GSM support
  • 3G with HSDPA
  • 12 mm slim
  • 2.2″ 16M-color QVGA display of excellent sunlight legibility
  • 3 megapixel camera, enhanced fixed focus and dual LED flash
  • VGA video-call camera
  • Symbian OS with S60 3.2 UI
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with UPnP technology
  • Bluetooth (with A2DP) and microUSB port
  • microSD card slot (16 GB supported, 4GB included)
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • Dedicated music keys
  • N-Gage support
  • Ovi Contacts integration
  • Contacts bar on the homescreen
  • N-Series-like gallery
  • Carrying pouch supplied
  • Text-to-speech Message reader system application

2 comments

  1. Thanks for post. It’s really imformative stuff.

  2. aaa…looks like i’ll hav to rethink again..

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