Review Nokia 5610 cell phone

Review Nokia 5610 cell phone


Basic Specifications
General Network Frequency GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network Type GSM
Form Factor Slider
Size Size 98.5 x 48.5 x 17 mm, 75 cc
Weight 111 g
Ringtones Ringtones Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, MP4, WMA, AAC, video tones
Vibration Yes
Phonebook 2000 entries, Photocall
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Display Type TFT, 16M colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches
Memory Phone Memory 20 MB internal memory
Card Slot microSD
Battery Capacity Standard battery, Li-Ion 900 mAh (BL-4CT)
StandBy Time Up to 320h
Talk Time Up to 6h
3G Yes, 384 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
Wi-Fi No
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared No
Additional Features
Camera 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, video, flash; secondary QVGA videocall camera
Music Music Player MP3/MP4/AAC/eAAc/WMA player
FM Radio Yes
Games Yes
  Java MIDP 2.0
Stereo FM radio with RDS
MP3/MP4/AAC/eAAc/WMA player
Nokia sensor
World Clock II
Converter II
Built-in handsfree
Voice memo/commands


The music slider Nokia 5610 XpressMusic falls in to the middle class music phones of the manufacturer, combining a youth design and a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash and autofocus, FM Radio with RDS, the ability to play videos with “quality close to DVD” and a 3G connection. With these specifications, the phone can easily be considered a direct rival of the Sony Ericsson W910.

The Nokia 5610 is dedicated to all those who look for a stylish mobile phone with ultimate music and gaming experience. The Nokia 5610 offers touch screen facility, expanded memory, dedicated gaming and music keys, large LCD screen and an impressive battery performance. It is also compatible with the Nokia Music Store that was announced recently.

Design and Feel :

On the surface the Nokia 5610 is a standard slider design. The top half of the phone features call buttons, selection buttons and a four-way directional key for menu navigation and music controls. Under the slider is a well-spaced numeric keypad which we found easy to use for calls and messaging. Below the screen Nokia have added a spring-loaded switch for fast access to the music player and FM radio. This is a really handy tool and it would have been great to see it used to access more menu features, maybe cycling through all the applications displayed on the standby menu. 

With dimensions of 3.9 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches (98.5 x 48.5 x 17 mm) and 3.9 oz (111 grams), 5610 is far from being the smallest. In contrast, Sony Ericsson W910 is slimmer and much lighter. Nevertheless, the Nokia model is very well balanced and fits very well in your hand, but when in the pocket of your jeans, it will be felt at all times.

Keypad , Display and User interface :

The Nokia 5610 has a glossy black plastic front panel that covers the D-pad and softkey controls, plus scratch resistant covering over the 240x320 pixels, 16.7-million colour display. Inevitably, this along with the pimpled plastic back cover, and glossy plastic keyboard, gives the Nokia 5610 a plasticky feel that the aluminium framing doesn't do much to offset.


On the front side, we have the 2.2” QVGA (240 x 320) TFT display with 16.7 million colors. It is covered by a scratchproof glass, which is a fingerprint magnet. It has a very good contrast and the picture is beautiful with well-saturated and lively colors. We were pleasantly surprised by its performance in direct sunlight. Everything was visible, but as if slightly faded. 

Over it, is located the brightness sensor accompanied by the speaker and the video calling camera, which is red and resembles a robot eye.

User Interface

Each way on the Nokia 5610 D-pad can be assigned basically any function. The selected shortcuts can then be set to appear on the display when active standby is off. The active standby mode is a standard feature for S40. Nokia 5610 offers a particularly practical voice control. It needs no voice tag pre-recording and works with many of the phone's features.

The phone's firmware is updatable straight through the GSM network. New versions are downloaded and installed on-the-fly, without the need of a PC.

Features :

The menu in Nokia 5610 is based on the classic Symbian 40, which makes the phone easy to use thanks to a long history on the market and assures reliability. But there are applications including java-based software that were preinstalled in this Xpress Edition. 

Likewise, the 3.2-megapixel camera on the back of the Nokia 5610 is practical but unexceptional. The specs look good, including auto-focus and LED flash, however, the test pictures we took, while colorful, were often out of focus, particularly when trying to focus on a subject. Landscape pics look great, and the pictures of people or objects are more than adequate for MMS and blogging online, just don't trust it to capture your precious memories. 

Unlike the Nokia 5310, the Nokia 5610 is thankfully a 3G phone. To make best use of the faster data speed Nokia have included a shortcut to their Download! application. The Nokia 5610 will ship with a 1GB microSD card in the sales kit, and can accept microSD memory cards up to 4GB, but there's no doubt a dedicated music phone needs internal storage.

Performance And Battery Life :

The Nokia 5610's all-round performance is excellent. The menus are fast and responsive and there is almost no lag when opening applications.  Part of this speed can be credited to an absence of multitasking, as in, applications close when you exit them rather than remaining open in the background in case you want to return to them quickly. 

Battery life is about average; we saw four days between charges with light use, and we charged every second day when using the music player for a few hours each day. 


Overall, the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic has some attractive elements for a non-smartphone music mobile; its slider switch is a nice touch, shuttling you between the standby screen, music player and radio quickly and smoothly. And the look of the phone is certainly striking. Best though is its fine music player. The Nokia 5610's size may be an issue with some; there are slimmer and lighter 3G music mobiles on the market that may have more slimline appeal to the fashion-conscious. The music player interface and controls are pretty standard for a recent Nokia Series 40 handset and not as sophisticated as, say, the latest Walkman phone player. A 3.5mm socket on top, rather than a headset adapter affair, would have been welcome too.

Pros & Cons :

+ The display can be used in direct sunlight
+ Solid sliding mechanism and long-lasting battery
+ It's not expensive for what it offers
- Mediocre sound quality during a call
- Low level browser capabilitie
- microSD is under the back lid, which is hard to remove