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Nokia 5310 – The Redesigned XpressMusic

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Back in the day when keypad phones rule the phone market, the OG Nokia 5310 XpressMusic is a premium built with clicky music button controls on the side. It has the Mp3 Player feel. Fast-forward to date, this 2020, Nokia releases a reboot of Nokia 5310 without XpressMusic in the name, Just Nokia 5310. The all-new–Nokia 5310.

What’s in the box?

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Specification

Nokia 5310
Design
88g
Plastic back
White + Red, Black + Red
Display
2.4″ TFT
240 x 320, 4:3
167 PPI, 27.5% stb
Camera
0.2mp VGA
Performance
Mediatek MT6260A
8MB RAM
16MB Internal Storage
expandable via MicroSD (32GB)
Battery
1200mAh
Features
Bluetooth 3.0
3.5mm Jack
dual stereo speaker
microUSB
FM radio
MP3 player
GPRS, Edge
Price
P2,090

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Redesigned

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The design and components of this Nokia 5310 are different from the original, they retained the accent color and they made it simple. The buttons on the side aren’t clicky though and the outside layer is rubber. Keypad buttons are clicky and simple, the ok button is smooth and still, on the front, it now has a dual front stereo speaker on top and bottom to give you the best purpose of this phone–music player. The display is a TFT screen in a 2.4″(240 x 320 pixel) display. On the back is a plastic matte finish and a single cam with LED Flash. The camera is a VGA 0.2MP. On top are the micro-USB and a 3.5mm jack of course.

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Opening the back cover, we can see the 1200mAh removable battery, underneath is a dual sim slot. There is no guide for micro sim slot so you need to get the house of the standard sim size. There is also a slot for microSD which you can put up to 32GB external memory.

So what’s inside?

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Nokia 5310 runs on Series 30+ OS with 8mb of ram and 16mb of internal storage. Navigating on the menus using the joypad, I found some games but only the Snake is the free game the rest are demo and you need to buy the full game. A lot of time-killing games are already installed and fortunately, it has a Mobile Store to get more games, apps, ringtones, and wallpapers. The rest is the typical apps you can see phones, Messaging, File Manager, Fm Radio, etc. Inside the settings are again typical, though I found one little unusual setting. The restore factory settings are only one click away with no confirmation alert if you want to restore it to the default settings. So you might be careful not to click the restore factory settings after you change other settings.

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Hear the sound

The audio is good and loud but distorted in max volume. But thanks to the stereo speaker the audio was enhanced. There is something noticeable about the high tones being more dominant than the bass. The bass is good and the overall sound is crisp. The buttons for the music controls are not so clicky it is responsive but a little push and you might click the button unwantedly. When adjusting the volume you may also accidentally click the next track button on the other side.

Connectivity

Connectivity is good we have a dual-band 2G connection and it is great. It compensates the required download files of the sites versus the speed of the 2G connection. Of course, it will still depend on the location.

Verdict

Overall the nostalgic feel isn’t that bad nor good. Though we feel the modernity rather than nostalgic which is a compliment. Music player feel is superb and decent we love how it makes us feels like it is a phone and a music player at the same time. The Nokia 5310 costs P2,090 a great modernized keypad phone with improved sound and display that is really worth it.

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