Pros Super tiny, amazing sound, sharp screen, FM Radio!
Cons Super tiny, confusing (for me) interface, terrible photo quality
Summary I've always had very basic pay-as-you-go phones . So, my flashy new red Nokia 5310 came as a surprise. This thing is so tiny I thought it was just printed material in the box. It doesn't feel cheap though. Has a nice feel in the hand with some weight for such a little thing.
I'm also a PSP owner so I had to buy something else for music. (not funny) The Nokia sounds fantastic through earphones or with it's own speaker. How Nokia can get that much volume out of that small package and Sony can't make the PSP even be heard in a quiet room next to my ear I'll never know! And, you get FM radio that sounds great to boot! (only through the phones though)
I find call quality to be excellent! I have made and received calls from a variety of locations and never been disappointed. Much to the chagrin of my friends with different carriers who swear it's been my old phone or carrier that sucked.Not so.
The tiny screen on the tiny phone is amazingly bright and crisp. It's just fine for viewing tiny photos and tiny little videos as well as playing tiny little games. Just don't expect to be taking really good tiny little pictures with the camera function. It's amazingly horrible! I may be hypercritical here but, even my old Virgin Cyclops had much better photo quality. However, it is a music phone, not a camera phone and it does music very well!
My biggest issue with the Nokia 5310 is the overall menu layout. This may be due to my inexperience with "plan" cell phones. I'll probably figure it all out with no problems at all. However, there are a lot of commonly used functions that are buried deep within menus. I think I can rearrange them but, I don't know how yet.
Overall, I'm very pleased with my new Nokia.
"Nice Phone"on by pj_in_nc
Pros Small, rugged and has good selection of features. Hasn?t let me down after six months of not very gentile use. Clear even when in noisy workplaces. Battery life is good, only drained battery twice left app on and didn't charge it for 2 days.
Cons A little quirky. Doesn't like my blue ant ear bud. Activates t-zone and voice recorder too easily. Reception is not always great, but that could be the carrier.
Summary Easy to use after adjusting from Moto. I use it for work and home (replaced land line). The small size is great; it slips in to any pocket when a belt case is not convenient. I have used it in harsh conditions, professional kitchens, where conditions very from hot and humid to cold (coolers), and always noisy. Also, it has been dropped several times and barely shows it. I will trade it in eventually, but only for a smart phone.
Pros Extremely thin fits nicely in pocket, Powerful speakers for music, Nice ringtones, Awesome color, External memory options, Pretty good battery life, headphone jack, good screen color & quality, themes.
Cons "Profiles" were a little hard to understand, camera quality was mediocre, no flash on camera and lengthy shutter delay, occasionally presses buttons in my pocket, no banner option, cannot change fonts.
Summary I love this phone because of its size, although it's small it is durable. I have dropped it a few times, and the phone has retained no serious dents/scratches. The menu navigating takes a little bit of getting used to. Instead of turning your phone on vibrate by simply turning down the volume rocker, you have to instead press the power button and go into a "profile" that is designed for being silent. You can create your own profiles, and the phone comes with preloaded profiles such as normal, silent, outdoor, and flight, The phone has kinda extremely lame wallpapers, not going to lie. However, the phone is designed for music. And music it is. The speaker is superb and can fill a room turned only 3/4 of the way up. You can also choose different themes for the music player, and there is album artwork. I was disappointed with the camera, but it wasn't horrible. The final result of the picture isn't bad, but keep in mind that there's no flash, so the lighting must be very bright. My problem with the camera is that once you press the shutter, it takes about 20-30 seconds load, and you cannot take another picture while it's loading. So for that it's pretty much useless for sequential pictures. There are some great effects though like black & white, false colors, sepia, negative, and polarize. Finally, there is a self-timer, but I'm not sure why you would want that for a camera phone.
What I love is the über-large message capacity. On the phone's memory alone (not my Micro SD) I could hold up to 2,500 messages in my inbox, and 1,000 in my sent messages!
Pros Lots of features
Cons A few things it is 'missing'
Summary I will be mostly be comparing it to my previous phone the RAZR V3.Forgot to mention the battery life. Its not the best I usually charge it once a day since I use the internet browser alot and send picture messages.
First thing I like about it was the display it has a very good resolution but is somewhat small. There are no controls to change the brightness which is one of the things the phone is missing. I will be getting protective case so I don't scratch the screen.
Many people say the phone takes bad pictures but I think for a phone it takes pretty good pics. The camera does not take pictures of objects in motion. There are six effects you can choose and you are able to change the white balance while taking pictures. The video camera is ok. The phone also has a photo editor where you can insert text, images, or a frame. You can also crop the image.
The phone has good email program with many email providers you can choose from. It also gives notifications of new emails, but it can sometimes lag by five hours. There are four IM programs you can choose from. The phone includes an internet browser which works very nicely.
I do not listen to any music but tested it out anyway. The music player works good and has easy controls. Music quality is excellent. The radio will only work if you have the earbuds or speakerphone connected but you can have it play through the phone or connected output device.
Call quality is alot better than the RAZR, however adding contacts isn't as simple as I would like it.
Transferring files is easy with the USB cable no software installation needed. I was also able to connect to my xbox 360 and transfer and view photos and play music. You can add any type of file to the phone to use it as a portable memory device.
The phone came with a few games installed including Guitar Hero 3. There was only the nokia ring tone when I got it. The vibration alert on the phone is pretty useless since you can barely feel it. I came with 1GB of memory expandable to 4GB I think.
Overall the phone is excellent and would recommend it to anyone even if they do not listen to music.
Updated on Jan 3, 2009
Updated on Jan 3, 2009I don't understand why people say the phone takes bad pictures, it's phone.
Here is a link to a picture of me I took.
"waste of money"on by SunnyAk
Pros Small so it fit easily in my hand.
Cons One day I woke up and the keys to unlock the phone just didnt work so I had to get a new phone, poor picture quality. While holding the phone I always accidentally turned the radio on.
Summary Overall I have had way better phones.. The phone had alot of issues. The ohoto quality is terrible and I could go on all day the phone just stunk.