Nokia 5700 Review: Smart Performer

By 07:39 Sun, 08 Aug 2021 Comments

It seems that music phones are becoming an increasingly vital part of every company's portfolio. It's therefore no surprise that a lot of effort is put in developing such devices, which explains the constantly improving functionality and performance. We'll now have a see at Nokia's most recent creation in the genre - the Nokia 5700 XpressMusic family. Just a quick glance at its features tells you this phone is promising, to say the least. But practice has taught us that features are not all that a handset is about. Stay with us as we find out what this heavyweight musician is capable of.

Nokia 5700 official images

Key features:

  • Fast and responsive user interface
  • Excellent display, with unmatched legibility under direct sunlight
  • Great earphones
  • Symbian S60 3rd edition FP1
  • Sporty, youthful design
  • The swiveling part is well-built and very functional

Main disadvantages:

  • Awkward joystick
  • Weak bass
  • Bizarre Menu and C keys
  • No Pencil key
  • No built-in 3.5mm jack

Nokia 5700 went off to a flying start with its very release, earning itself quite a number of fans. Smartphone functionality topped with music phone charisma was sure to appeal to all walks of life. Although its design was originally meant to mostly please the young, Nokia 5700's curvy lines and lacquered plastic are enjoyed by men and women of all ages.

Nokia 5700 - first see is promising

We started this review with a couple of questions on our mind, and we put the phone to the test looking for the answers. First and more important, we were wondering which one gained the upper hand in Nokia 5700 - music phone or smartphone. And secondly we wanted to know what had changed in the music lineup since the Nokia 3250 release. Answering the first one was going to involve a lot of digging, while the other didn't need this much of an effort. Only a quick glance at both handsets' specs was enough to convince us that Nokia had not been wasting their time. The display is now bigger and offers QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution and 16M colors. Connectivity has undergone a major improvement, with 3G support added. All that, plus shedding a fine 15g of weight, clearly shows that Nokia 5700 and Nokia 3250 are two phones that simply do not belong to the same class.

The box

The retail package we got the phone with was quite well equipped. Alongside a 1 Giga Bytes (GB) microSD memory card, there's a wired remote serving as an adapter for plugging the included 3.5mm earphones into the phone's 2.5 mm jack. The earphones turned out quite a pleasant surprise, but we'll come back to that later when we see at the music capabilities of the handset. The other package contents included an adapter for the microSD card (making it compatible with standard SD card-readers) plus a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable. Of course a DC charger was also present and, to our greatest pleasure, we found out that this phone was using the latest Nokia AC-5 charger. It's the most compact and yet best performing among its Nokia siblings. A Compact Disk (CD) with the required software for synchronizing your phone with a PC, a manual and a booklet highlighting the Nokia 5700 most vital features complete the box contents. Most of these of course are strictly market-dependant, so we cannot guarantee that everyone will acquire the same bunch of extras that we did.

The retail package has some pleasant surprises for you

Revolver Action

The phone comes in three different color versions including Red, Gray and Black but with all of them the rotating part and the top part are finished in very nice looking lacquered white plastic. It looks very durable and blends well with all the different color versions of the rubber sides and the plastic battery cover. We received the black version for testing and we have to admit we liked that color combo very much.

We are more than pleased with the construction of the 5700. The casing didn't produce any creaks during our test, and it didn't seem likely to start playing up after a few months of use. The phone is also very comfortable to hold, the rubber sides provide for a remarkable grip.

In terms of size Nokia 5700 is a small bit above the average. It is bigger than common phones (108 x 50 x 17 mm), but not as heavy as you would've guessed from the numbers. It weighs exactly 115 grams. And, a real nicety: the phone is fingerprint proof with even the shiny plastic surfaces very hard to blotch during normal operation. In other words, cleaning is no issue for 5700 owners.

We'll now have a see at Nokia's most recent creation in the genre - the Nokia 5700 XpressMusic family. Just a quick glance at its features tells you this phone is promising, to say the least.


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