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5630 XpressMusic: Say It and Play It

5630 XpressMusic: Say It and Play It

The XpressMusic line has been so vastly improved that it isn’t even funny. Two years ago, XpressMusic phones (known here as XpressPlastic) were akin to Fisher-Price toys for tots – now, the line has expanded to include Nokia’s first touch-screen phone (5800 XpressMusic) and a bunch of actually decent midrange models. What the heck happened?

Unfortunately, I can’t answer that question, but I can shed some light on the newest XpressMusic, the 5630. The 5630 is a quad-band + 3G (WCDMA 2100/900) candy bar that’s super thin @ 12mm, and runs the Symbian OS. That in itself is a huge bonus, as most of the phones in this price range are S40 “dumbphones”. I’ve lost track of which S60 version we’re up to, but there’s definitely some noticeable differences in the interface – one being the addition of a scrollable quick contacts bar, which stores 20 people (names and images). Looks cool.

What’s interesting: Say and Play, a new feature to hit Nokia phones that allows you to say the name of an artist or song and have it play. Voice recognition is nothing new, but at least you aren’t just restricted to saying things like “SILENT” and “NORMAL” and then waiting 30 years for your phone to switch profiles. Now you can say “HOLLA BACK GIRL” and wait 30 years for Gwen Stefani. It’s a handy feature, though – at least, it sure beats one-handed scrolling through songs while driving.

But back to the phone. Even though it’s a music-centric phone, there’s no stereo speakers, at least as far as I can tell. But you do get a 3.5mm stereo jack as a consolation prize. And a 4 gigabyte card in the box, with support for 16 GB microSDs. And some dedicated side buttons for when “Say and Play” isn’t good enough. (aside: how come you can’t use voice commands to go to the next track?)

The camera is 3.2 megapixels, and comes with a dual-LED flash, a secondary VGA camera, some junky digital zoom and photo sharing via Ovi Share and Flickr.

As for other notable features, the 5630 does have WLAN/wi-fi, 7 hour talk time, and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP/AVRCP. Expect the candy bar to come out sometime in the second quarter of 2009, along with everything else Nokia’s been throwing out. Price? A nice 199 euros ($256 USD). Not bad!



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