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First Impressions: Nokia 5610 XpressMusic

September 8, 2008 in Nokia Phone Previews
First impressions of the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic

First impressions of the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic

After a brief stint with the sort-of-low-end 5310 XpressMusic phone, I’m now looking at its successor – the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic. The two devices share the same red-on-black color scheme, but the 5610 is definitely the beefier (in more ways than one), more functional brother.

So I’ve had it for only a couple of days, not long enough to write a full-fledged review, but enough time to get a feel for the phone. The official Nokia Phone Blog first impressions for the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic…

  • The 5610 is much thicker than the 5310, about 70% thicker.
  • The back cover is quite annoying to remove and reinstall, thanks to Nokia abandoning its typical slide-the-back-cover approach. Instead, the 5610 features a tiny release button located on the top of the phone, which only pushes out the top-most clip. You’ll have to pull and pry the (flimsy) cover off manually.
  • Music slider key: a shining example of the 5610′s biggest advantage and shortcoming at the same time. I don’t exactly agree with the look, but the thumb motion and the way the display transitions to the next screen is very natural/cool. Unfortunately, you can’t customize the damn slide key which means it’s only useful for switching between the music player, radio, and active standby. Nokia should’ve a) made the slide key into a little touch-pad and b) allowed you to map the two directions to any function on the phone.
  • There’s a 3.2 megapixel camera onboard the 5610, and it’s noticeably better than the 5310. Still, browsing photos isn’t as intuitive as the Nokia S60 interface, and I really wish that Nokia allowed the music slider key to be reused in certain instances (like the Gallery).
  • It feels solid, but still captures a lttle of that plasticky feeling a la every other XpressMusic phone.
  • This phone needs a 3.5mm audio jack. Come on Nokia!
  • The actual slide mechanism is well-constructed, and pretty satisfying if I do say so myself.
  • You can opt to add an animation when opening/closing the slide, and it has to be one of the cheesiest animations that I’ve ever seen. Basically, when you slide the phone up, you get some white circles and a Nokia logo that moves up a bit on the screen. And vice versa when closing the phone.
  • I don’t have any qualms/comments about the sound quality. Music, quite honestly, sounds the same as the 5310 and I haven’t noticed any difference other than the fact that the maximum volume is much higher than the 5310.



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