Don't let the Nokia X5-01's pink exterior fool you; it's a seriously good music phone.
The Nokia X5-01 is the newest member in a long line of Nokia feature phones aimed at music lovers. While the X5-01 may not be a game changing phone, it knows its strengths and sticks to them.
Nokia X5-01: Features
The Nokia X5-01 is a Symbian 9.3 S60 handset that's powered by a 600MHz processor and comes with 200MB of internal (expandable using microSD cards). It supports Wi-Fi and 3G but unfortunately doesn't come with a GPS chip.
The Nokia X5-01 sports a 5Mp camera with an LED flash that can shoot VGA videos. The Nokia uses a 950mAh battery - which doesn't look so great when compared to the 1200mAh batteries that are so common out there, even among budget phones. The X5-01 has a small 2.4in display with a 320x240 resolution and 256K colour output.
The phone is very small, with dimensions of 74x66x17mm and a reasonable weight of 129g.
However, if there's one thing that the X5-01 is really, really good at, it's music playback.
Nokia X5-01: Design and usability
Like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro, the Nokia X5-01 can be described more accurately as 'cute' than 'elegant'. I was also provided with an unfortunate pink device that was certainly not my colour of choice. Thankfully, there are other colours available, including more sober versions of graphite and azure. The X5-01 does undoubtedly have a unique look that sets it apart from the run-of-the-mill phones that you see nowadays.
For such a petite phone, the X5-01 is very well built. It uses an almost perfect mix of plastics and metal. The slide-out action (which reveals its four-row keyboard) is also smooth and doesn't unravel any shaky parts. But, like most other phones in its price range, the X5-01's screen doesn't impress. The screen is colourful enough but viewing angles aren't great, and neither is its response to direct sunlight.
As I mentioned earlier, the X5-01 runs the Symbian S60 v3.2 UI, very similar to the one found on phones such as the E63 and the E72. It is therefore probably one of the most familiar and easy-to-use UIs that you can find on a non-touchscreen phone. The X5-01's interface is also breezy and didn't slow down at any given moment.
Of course, one of the main attractions of the X5-01 is its four-row keyboard. The keyboard is great to use (although I would have preferred some space between the keys) with nicely moulded rubber keys that are comfortable to type with. Apart from the keyboard, the X5-01 has a number of hardware buttons including the standard D-pad upfront surrounded by a number of navigation and shortcut buttons. All the buttons are placed well but the placement of the camera lens when the keyboard is slid out is suspect, since my index finger managed to cause issues when shooting photos.
Nokia X5-01: Browsing and multimedia
While the default browser on the Nokia X5-01 is usable, the small screen ensures that you really won't be spending too much time browsing the web on this phone. However, the browser is functional and has a decent feature set.
The X5-01's 5MP camera takes good looking outdoor shots which look sharp and have sufficient levels of details. Indoors, however, the absence of auto-focus means that images come out with less detail, and look smudged. The flash on the X5-01 is reasonably powerful and works well even up to a range of six feet. The X5-01 also shoots good-looking VGA videos too with deeply saturated colours and crisp audio.
Images shot with the Nokia X5-01
The X5-01's small screen is not particularly meant for watching movies on, and is just about okay to watch short video clips. However, if there's one thing that the X5-01 is really, really good at, it's music playback. The Nokia's audio playback suits just about every genre of music and is complemented by great-sounding external speakers. The X5-01 is also one of the loudest phones that I've reviewed. Combine that with a decent set of sound customisation options and what you have in the X5-01 is a phone that's ideal for enjoying music.
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