Review of GSM/UMTS-Smartphone Nokia 5320 XpressMusic
Sales package:
Li-Ion battery (BL-5B)
Charger (AC-
microSD memory card (512 Mb or 1Gb – size varies by region)
Wired stereo-headset (HS-45) with a remote control (AD-57)
User Guide
Software CD
The Nokia 5320 is another expansion of Nokia’s music-centric range, although this time around it’s aimed at the youth looking not only for sound quality, but also unconventional features. The 5320 just happens to have some, including Say and Play that allows the user to press a button, say some song’s title and artist and the handset will start playing it. But by and large, it is a mere gimmick that won’t be particularly craved among the phone’s audience. It works well, although it’s more along the lines of Sony Ericsson’s TrackID – happens to be useful, but very rarely. All in all, Say and Play aims to give the phone a bit more “wow” effect and bragging rights to its owner; in other words, just the thing the youth needs.

he Nokia 5320’s position is quite interesting too, since it’s the maker’s main mid-tier offering (220 Euro) – below is the Nokia 5220 XpressMusic, although it bases off S40 and doesn’t brim with features. Apart from music, the 5320 is also strong within the gaming department, as you have probably guessed, courtesy of NGage - it can run games in landscape mode, flaunts an 8-way navigation key and some other specific traits. All in all, Nokia has tried to deliver an all-in-one device for the youth. What’s more, unlike their previous shots at this segment, like the Nokia 3250 or Nokia 5700, this time around Nokia has broken away from cumbersome and gaudy designs. This has been made in an effort to cover the group of young people who don’t want to just fit the mold and would like to have something from a “adult’s” arsenal. I tend to think the 5320 XpressMusic can well be in the running for the “Teenager’s dream” title, but it won’t look out of place in the hands of 18-26 year olds either. In this sense Nokia has hit the nail on the head with this handset, as it combines a slew of different features with music moved to the fore.

As of today the market doesn’t offer any direct rivals to the 5320 XpressMusic – in fact, what can compete with an affordable (or at least priced commensurate with its feature pack) candybar-shaped S60-powered smartphone. It won’t be a bestseller, but within its target price-bracket the 5320 will be an offering to reckon with, plus it’s one of the best performers when it comes to playing music.

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Design, size, controls
The 5320 XpressMusic design sways more towards the “no-nonsense” end of the market, which used to be a trademark trait of Sony Ericsson’s products. Among its attractions are good plastic, glossy front fascia and sides decked out in matte plastic. The 5320 comes in a choice of two colors – blue and red, but they only differ in the color of the side plates and navigation key.

Since it’s a music-heavy device, mounted along the left edge are three music buttons that allow for one-touch availability of the music player and Say and Play feature. Further down is the microSD memory card slot with its seal sitting flush with the flush, which makes it quite challenging to open. I liked the pattern on the side, it makes the 5320 look not so flat, makes it more eye-candy. The phone feels robust in the hand, doesn’t creak at all. On balance, I couldn’t find anything to fault it on as far as overall look and feel goes.

The 5320 measures up at 108x46x15 mm and tips our scales at 90 grams, which are great numbers for a smartphone; while it’s not as miniscule as its S40-based XpessMusic predecessors, it is pretty much in line with feature phones size-wise. It readily slips into just about any pocket or purse.