Nokia 5130 XpressMusic Mobile Phone Review

Nokia 5130 XpressMusic is Nokia’s cheapest option for music lovers on
the go. It’s about a phone call to about 800 million, which initially
will have everything you need without costing the whole world.

A lot of plastic, little squeaking

Here we find, as expected, a lot of plastic. Nevertheless, there is not
much to report about the squeaking, and the phone works at all pretty
smoothly put together. This is a traditional phone form factor and few
moving parts, so that it feels relatively sturdy enough out his
explanation there.

The phone is relatively compact if not among the smallest. It weighs
enough that it lies comfortably in the hand without perceived as too
heavy to have in your pocket.

Keys and display

Keys are also relatively good. They are a bit small, but considerably
better than the keys found on Nokia X3.

In addition to the usual function keys and numeric keypad, we find
multimedia keys on the side of the phone. These allow you to rewind,
start and pause playback in your phone’s music player.

Because you have to turn off the keyguard before these works, you lose
some of its function. The same can also be said about the volume keys on
the other side of the phone. Also, these do very little as long as the
keypad lock is on.

The screen is small and the angle of visibility is low. It is still not
as bad as other affordable phones we’ve tested.

The menu system of the Nokia 5130 is good like old S40. Here, there has
not been terribly significant change for a while. Yet it is easy to
understand and easy to navigate in.

Basic Functionality

The sound quality during conversation is good, and the volume can be set
very high. This suited this phone well also to those who are struggling
a bit with hearing or to use the phone where the environment gives away
some noises.

Text messaging is quick and easy to write with a good glossary and keys
that are responsive and easy to hit.

In the box

  • Nokia 5130
  • Handsfree
  • Chargers
  • Micro USB cable
  • Battery
  • Micro SD: 1 GB

A phone at this price (Rs. 5,500 in India), we do not expect to be
loaded in advanced technology. It is also not what we get in Nokia 5130.
Edge has the fastest surfing speed, and both wireless networks and
super-3G are outstanding by their absence.

Many Java tools

Here we actually meet in a positive surprise. Nokia 5130 is equipped
with Opera Mini as the only browser, so you get actually a capable good
browsing experience right out of the box with 5130 – despite the low
network speeds.

This is all pretty typical of the phone. Here are Java-based remedies
for the most part. A simple and functional MSN client is pre-installed.
In addition, we find the software to use Nokia’s Ovi services installed
on the phone.

In the static tests, 5130 is not too bad either. In the standard Java
test, it makes very good and far better than many other phones in the
same price range.

In the 3D test, 5130 is less out but because of screen quality and size
it isn’t a phone that will be used very much in advanced game. Thus, it
is important to have good performance in the normal application
execution, which 5130 has.


The Nokia 5130 is probably about far from an office phone you can get.
Nevertheless, the S40 system is running with a small and easy e-mail
reader. This is very easy to set up – especially if you have one of the
most common free email services today.

If, for example, Gmail retrieves the phone down the settings yourself,
all you need to do first is to provide an email address. The phone
retrieves looked down settings before you must supply your password.

Do you have a job, however, address that require the security of
connection and something other than the default ports in the settings
does this too. You can choose to set up email manually, and as long as
you know the settings is relatively plain sailing.

Are you first to complete e-mail settings, you will appreciate that the
Nokia 5130 actually displays HTML-formatted e-mail right out of the
mailbox. Because the phone only has EDGE connectivity, it’s still not
the fastest e-mail phone we have used. Surprisingly, however, 5130 is
suited to simple e-mail use.

Physical connections

On the connectivity front, the phone is easily fitted to the price to
be. We’re talking about standard micro-USB connector and mini-jack.
Nokia standard charger connector can also be found, even if the phone
just as easily charges through micro-USB to PC or other chargers.

Bluetooth can be found in version 2.0 with A2DP, so that the wireless
headset in stereo is fully supported.

The phone has support for memory cards up to 16 GB, so you can have very
large memory card if the need should arise. It follows basically the
memory card of 1 GB which should range to about 200 songs.

Changing the memory card is fast and easy as the door to the memory card
is accessible from the outside. This card can also be changed along the
way, without turning off the phone.

Nokia 5130 boasts a lot of entertainment features. Among other things,
comes with a stack of play.


Here we find a sort of sequel to the original Snake from the first Nokia
phones with games. Snake III is at all a kind of thick and slow replica
of what his time was fun.

Guitar Rock Tour is as one might expect a Guitar Hero clone for the
phone. Game mechanics are straightforward, if it were not for the music
to play for is of the same quality as the old ringtones.

Bounce Tales is actually a very entertaining sidescroller. Think Super
Mario, with a ball instead of a plumber. Simple and easy controls and a
familiar concept make this a winner on the bus.

Rally 3D is surprisingly easy to play racing games. The controls are
precise and you have multiple levels along the way. Cars and tracks must
be unlocked. Definitely one of the better Java-based car games we’ve


Nokia 5130 has built-in mini-jack. This means that normal headphones can
be easily connected to the phone without the need for transitions or
other things.

Hands-free kit that comes with the Nokia 5130 is good enough but not too
much. It works during talk, but stops other time. Connect the other
hand to the other headphones the sound is immediately better. The phone
gave satisfactory results in both sets. It is slightly bass heavy, but
it is not so dark that it destroys the midrange and treble.

The music player is easy to use and have a good assortment of music
based on artist or album – or just the alphabetical listing of the

The phone is referred to dedicated music keys, but neither these nor the
volume keys work while the keypad lock is on.

In the past, Nokia has thrown in a wave we have seen more of the
handsets from Asian manufacturers. We are talking about the flashing

Nokia 5130 has light across the multimedia keys on the side, and these
flashes in time with the music. Fortunately, the feature may be turned
off in the months of the year it is July


Nokia 5130 comes with a camera of 2 megapixels. Color reproduction is
good, but the pictures are a little small detail.

Video function is also on the camera, but here we are talking about
video in very low resolution. This ideal is not footage from the Nokia
5130 into something other than simply MMS use.

Frame rate is too low that it makes sense to do something more with film
clips from 5130.

Final Words

Nokia 5130 has been in the market a while and is Nokia’s cheapest mobile
during XpressMusic graphic design. It is also one of the very cheapest
that comes with both memory cards and mini-jack output.

This is good enough to take a call, but not to listen to music. We have
not drawn much. Many headphones before, and many more expensive phones
fail at the same point. It is when we connect to other headsets that we
really feel that the Nokia 5130 has potential as a music phone.

Also, with larger headphones, it is able to draw with good volume, even
though the sound quality drops slightly when the headphones are heavier
to carry.

As it should be for a typical secondary telephone, it is also comes with
a handful of games. Specifically, there are four Java games supplied.
Two of them are not much to brag about, while the other two would be
able to put a youth out of action for significant amounts of time.

Bounce Tales and Rally 3D is both good games to pass the time with. The
controls are good, and it’s nice floating in the Games. More levels and
development during mean that these are extra entertaining. Snake III is
disappointing in relation to its spiritual origins, we think, and Guitar
Rock Tour belongs to be played in the living room with decent music.

Nokia 5130 has a camera of 2 megapixels. It is also able to record video
in 176 x 144 pixel resolution. Video is recorded at 15 frames per

Video capture works, but that’s all. When we talk about MMS clips, we
barely have that. The low frame rate makes the flickering film clips,
and besides some small sample videos we let the function largely be left

The page still makes the Nokia 5130 much better. This makes the camera
much exactly what colors and white balance concerns but the pictures are
not particularly detailed. The pictures are still good enough to use on
the internet or MMS.

To print photos in small sizes you can possibly get good results for
some images, but Nokia 5130 is certainly not a phone we recommend for
photographers. Taking price into consideration this is still approved.

The Nokia 5130 is not so well equipped for connectivity front. Here we
find the fastest EDGE connection. Nokia has solved this beef in the best
manner; Opera Mini is the only browser in 5130.

This is quick and intuitive for them, even if the bandwidth is poor. It
is not latest version of Opera Mini we find here, but your browser does,
however, the benefits are far better than the usual browsers we find in
this price range.

The e-mail in 5130 also surprisingly benefits. Here we find the wizard
that takes care of most of the large-known providers, but you have to
know the settings even if you have more specialized setup.

We tried to set up both a Gmail address and work address with enhanced
security. Both went away in a hurry and the reader was unable even to
show off your e-mail with the colors and formatting, such as a normal
e-mail reader on your PC.

Nokia 5130 offers excellent sound quality during a call. You can also
set the volume very high, so you should be able to pick up the most,
whether you are struggling with hearing or located in noisy

Text messages are quick and easily being done due to a good keyboard.
The best is that the keys are slightly larger, but this is the most
getting used to. It is easy to feel their way to where you are and the
response is good.

Calendar and contact list, as we know from S40. We get many
opportunities to add extra information and most presented very clearly.



  • Form: Classic
  • Dimensions: 107.5 x 46.7 x 14.8 mm
  • Weight: 88 g (with battery)
  • Volume: 65 cc


  • Size: 2.0"
  • Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA)
  • Up to 256k colours

Keys and input method

  • Numeric keypad
  • Dedicated music and volume keys
  • Voice commands

Colours and covers: Red, Blue

  • Micro-USB connector
  • 3.5 mm Nokia AV connector


  • microSD memory card slot, hot swap, support up to 2
  • 1 GB microSD card included
  • 30 MB internal dynamic memory (incl. Pre-loaded content)


  • BL-5C 1020 mAh Li-Ion standard battery
  • Talk time (maximum): – GSM 6 hrs
  • Standby time (maximum): – GSM 288 hrs
  • Video playback time (maximum): 4 hrs
  • Video recording time (maximum): 1 hr
  • Music playback time (maximum): up to 21 hrs

Operating frequency: Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Data network

  • CSD
  • GPRS release 4, class B, with GPRS multislot class 32
  • EDGE GPRS multislot class 32
  • TCP/IP support
  • Capability to serve as data modem
  • Support for MS Outlook synchronization of contacts, calendar
    and notes

Local connectivity and synchronization

  • Bluetooth version
  • Support for PC synchronization with Nokia PC Suite

Call features

  • Integrated hands-free speakerphone
  • Number screening for messaging and calls
  • Automatic answer with headset or car kit
  • Any key answer
  • Call waiting, call hold, call divert
  • Logging of dialed, received and missed calls
  • Automatic redial
  • Speed dialing
  • Fixed dialing number support
  • Vibrating alert (internal)
  • Side volume keys
  • Mute/unmute
  • Contacts with images
  • Conference calling


  • SMS
  • Speed dialing for SMS sending
  • List of recently used numbers in message editor
  • Multiple SMS deletion
  • EMS picture messaging (send and receive)
  • MMS version 1.3 message size up to 600 kb
  • Automatic resizing of images for MMS
  • Nokia Xpress audio messaging
  • Common inbox for SMS and MMS messages
  • Distribution lists for messaging
  • Cell broadcast


  • Supported protocols: IMAP, POP, SMTP, OMA EMN
  • Support for e-mail attachments

Web browsing

  • Supported mark-up languages: HTML, XHTML
  • Supported protocols: WAP 2.0
  • TCP/IP support
  • Opera mini browser
  • Nokia Mobile Search

Camera: 2 megapixel

  • Java MIDP 2.0
  • Flash Lite 2.0
  • Chat and instant messaging: Windows Live Support and Mobile QQ
    (only in China)
  • Opera mini browser
  • English-Chinese dictionary
  • Translator
  • Nokia native Email


  • Bounce II
  • Rally 3D
  • Snake III


  • Recommended accessories
    • Nokia Mini
      Speakers (MD-8)
    • Nokia Bluetooth Headset (BH-103)
    • Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset (BH-504)
  • Compatible accessories
    • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-500
    • Nokia Bluetooth Speakers MD-5W
    • Nokia Bluetooth Speakers MD-7W
    • Nokia Mini Speakers MD-6


There is not terribly much negative points we have to say about Nokia
5130. Not long ago, we find the basic call functions what is expected to
get. This phone even allows you both to read e-mail and listen to music
with quality capable of this price tag.

There are a lot of phones around the same price point, but not so many
that do the same, and not so many that makes it as well.

Nokia 5130 is a cheap phone with slightly better screen and larger keys,
but this is still considerably better resolved here than in the
recently tested Nokia X3.


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