The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic isn’t in everybody’s month and it has not as much attention as the N97, N86 or the E75. Nevertheless, the 5730 XM has a lot to offer. Currently there is no device featuring a full qwerty-keyboard, dedicated music keys as well as gaming keys at the same time. Let’s take a closer look at its features.
Just like the E75 the 5730 XpressMusic has a horizontal slide out keyboard. The keys aren’t separated and feeling on which key you are is quite hard at the beginning. Also the fact that the keys are completely flat make it hard writing on it on the beginning. However, the keys are compared to other qwerty devices really big and after some days of using them you will fly over the keyboard really fast. In total you have four rows. The numbers are on the upper row together with letters. By holding on the numbers for three seconds or clicking on the blue arrow you write numbers instead of letters. Same thing with symbols like €, & etc. All in all the qwerty-keyboard is excellent and writing on it with both your thumbs is, after some days, easy and fast. So emailing and using twitter is a pleasure. The letters are in an old school matrix style wish I actually don’t like. Sliding up and down is really smooth and the slider isn’t any loose.
Music lover may welcome the dedicated music keys on the left hand side. Using these keys you can open the music player and control your music from everywhere you are in the menu. Also while gaming you can change the song or rewind. By the way, using the Say and Play function you can say a album, song or artist and the application will play it. But I don’t expect many to use that function.
The 5730 XpressMusic is a N-Gage device with two dedicated gaming keys on the top. Once you started a N-Gage game the orientation change and you’re playing in landscape mode. Having these keys you get a much better gaming experience.
WiFi, GPS and more:
However, there is much more than these hardware keys. Besides WiFi there is also GPS on board. Together with Nokia Maps, which is pre-installed, you can navigate easily. Most functions of Nokia Maps are for free but the most important function, voice guided navigation, isn’t free of charge. Other than that the 5730 XM comes with a bunch of appellations like Facebook, Windows Live Messenger, YouTube, MySpace, Files on Ovi and Ovi Contacts. Most of these applications just forward to the mobile webpage of the service. Running on S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 you can install many other applications, personalize the entire menu and home screen.
Who will buy it?
The 5730 XpressMusic has basically everything you need. From a 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, Wifi to a 3.5mm audio jack. If you listen a lot to music, like playing N-Gage games and don’t need the latest flagship the 5730 XpressMusic is indeed worth a look.