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Old 01-10-2009, 08:26 AM
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Nokia 5730 XpressMusic - part 1 - The Hardware

The consumer-focussed sister phone to the successful Nokia E75 has now appeared and I've been exploring what's different, what's good and what's bad. Is the 5730 really a case of 'fashion over functionality'? Or is it one of the most feature packed, and yet relatively cheap smartphones in the world? There are several surprises here, some good and some bad, but overall I came away impressed.

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Old 01-10-2009, 10:04 AM
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nice first part steve. Please also check the nokia email. I cant get the notification light work on my phone. It was working initially but after installing applications in the memory card the light has stopped working on nokia email. Works fine on built in pop, missed calls and messages. Also i found gps antena weaker than other phones like e71 and N79. I hope firmware upgrade resolves this issue. What firmware have u got on your phone ?

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Old 01-10-2009, 12:03 PM
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The gaming keys you mentioned are not at all clear in the snaps. Can you please post one with them 'lit'?
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:16 PM
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re: gaming keys. Yes, I'll add a photo. Give me 30 mins.... [Edit: now added to review feature]

re: GPS signal. Did a trip yesterday, no losses of signal, worked fine for me....
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:35 PM
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I don't agree with the camera quality. I bought an E75 after reading of the E75 review, and I must say that it had the worse 3.2 Mpx camera I saw in a phone, pictures were noisy and colours were washed not to mention the lack of focus. My 2 year old HTC Tytn II made better pictures

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Old 01-10-2009, 01:26 PM
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@raduci: Well, all I can say is that I've taken and analysed many GREAT E75 photos. I'm tempted to say it's user error at your end. Or maybe you've got a 'bad 'un'?
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gps works fine outdoors but i encountered disconnection number of times while driving with windows rolled up. Never happened with my e71 or N79. Steve can u please tell what firmware have u got on your phone and have u checked nokia email?

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Old 02-10-2009, 04:53 AM
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Thumbs up Awesome Review Part 1

Steve! Great job! I am very much looking forward to your next installment for this phone! I won't ask any questions because I know you will more than likely cover them in your following installments. Have an awesome day Steve!

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Old 02-10-2009, 06:20 AM
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@slitchfield
I would say the contrary: you had a good camera unit. If you search the internet you will see that all the reviews are complaining about the camera quality of the Nokia E75. Check this link: http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_e75-review-342p8.php my pictures were exactly like the one in this review.
Maybe there are different batches of Nokia E75 ?

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Old 02-10-2009, 06:44 AM
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No, the E75/5730 are a whole heap better, camera sensor/aperture-wise than the 5800. Have a look at this photo - e75fest.jpg - lifted somewhat at random from my set of photos of a festival this summer. Light was good-ish, slightly overcast, it was about 5pm. Comments on the raw quality?

Oh, and see this piece from today's blog postbag. FAR more people agree with me that the E75 has a good camera than disagree.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:31 AM
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Thumbs up Yeah! Absolutely right Steve

So up yours Raduci! 5730 Rocks!

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Old 02-10-2009, 11:09 AM
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@raduci : perhaps you really got a bad unit.

The same website you linked reviewed the XM5730 camera as "good" image quality wise. And I doubt Nokia placed different sensors in these two. Maybe you needed a firmware upgrade?

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Old 02-10-2009, 11:15 AM
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More fuel to back me up. Working on the next 5730 review part, I've included several more great photo examples. And they're taken from a very small sample, I haven't just cherry picked the best ones. To be published on Monday, by the way....
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Thumbs up Battery life?

Nice review. Looking forward to the rest. I have heard that the battery life is not so good. Please do comment on that as well.
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@Samarta

The 5730XM has the same 1000mAh battery that's in the E75, sadly it doesn't have the stunning 1500mAh BP-4L battery that's seen in the E52, E55 and N97 (I believe?)

You're estimated to get a few days out of it with very moderate use, but you'll most likely charge the phone up every night if you want to make sure it lasts the next day
 

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