Review Nokia 5700 cell phone

Review Nokia 5700 cell phone


Basic Specifications
General Network Frequency GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 / UMTS
Network Type GSM
Form Factor Swivel
Size Size 108 x 50 x 17 mm, 84 cc
Weight 115 g
Ringtones Ringtones Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3, AAC
Vibration Yes
Phonebook 115 g
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Display Type TFT, 16M colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches
Memory Phone Memory 35 MB of user memory
Card Slot microSD
Battery Capacity 35 MB of user memory
StandBy Time Up to 290 h
Talk Time Up to 3 h 30 min
3G Yes, 384 kbps
EDGE Class 32, 296 / 177.6 kbits
GPRS Class 32, 107/64.2 kbps
Wi-Fi No
USB Yes, miniUSB
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared Yes
Additional Features
Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, video(QVGA), flash
OS Symbian Series 60
Music Music Player MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA player
FM Radio Yes
Games Yes
  Symbian OS v9.2, S60 rel. 3.1
Video calling
Java MIDP 2.0
FM stereo radio
Push to talk
MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+/WMA player
Voice memo/command
Built-in handsfree


The Nokia 5700 is a Symbian S60 3rd Edition FP1 smartphone. It's being sold under the XpressMusic sub-brand, which emphasises music and multimedia playback.

The Nokia 5700 is a monoblock phone which weighs 115 g. It has a casing made of glossy white plastic, and a black or red matt plastic middle section. There's a rubber flap on the right hand side which covers a microSD hotswap card slot, USB port and charging jack.

Design and Feel :

Instead of incorporating the Nokia 5300's slider design the Nokia 5700 Xpress Music offers a twisting base like that on the Nokia 3250. The keypad, camera lens, and dedicated music controls are located on different sides and each base position is used for a different function. With the keypad facing forward, you can make calls as normal and access all menu applications.

Turn to the left activates the camera's normal mode, while a turn to the right lets you take self-portraits. Or if you're pining for some tunes, just rotate the base a full 180 degrees to the right to start the music player. Due to its alternative design the Nokia 5700 is bigger than its predecessor (4.26x1.99x0.69 inches vs. 3.8x1.9x0.8 inches). Though the extra girth is definitely noticeable, the phone isn't too heavy (4.06 ounces) and it has a comfortable and solid feel in the hand. It may be too big for smaller pockets, but it will slip into a bag with ease.

Keypad , Display and User interface :

The keypad is rather unusual, it can be twisted to four different positions, each allowing easier access to a specific function of the Nokia 5700. There are volume controls built into the left side, and the on/off button is on the top of the phone.

The 5700 is a S60 3rd Edition FP1 multi-tasking smartphone, and is compatible with S60 3rd Edition applications and games. The Nokia 5700 runs the FP1 update of the S60 3rd Edition user interface, which contains new features and improvements over the ordinary 3rd Edition. 


The Nokia 5700's 2.2-inch (320x240 pixels) display supports a brilliant 16 million colors. Vibrant and bright, it's great for viewing everything from text to graphics, and it's quite suitable as the viewfinder for the camera. The menus are user-friendly and attractive, and we love that Nokia provides a description of unfamiliar applications if you hold the cursor over the corresponding icon. You can change the font size, the backlight time, and the brightness. Our only complaint is that the display attracts fingerprints and smudges.

User Interface

The heart of Nokia 5700 is its Symbian 9.2 OS. It uses the well known S60 3rd edition graphic user interface. Beside, Nokia has improved it by adding Feature Pack 1, which we first experienced in the high-class N95. The strongest advantage of Feature Pack 1 is its repeated alarm clock and the fact that its voice recorder is not limited to a miserly minute and allows hour-long recordings and quality customization.

The display naturally features an active stand-by mode. You have a band with icons for instant access to pre-selected functions at the top of the display and scheduled events from the calendar together with tasks in its bottom. There are 6 preinstalled themes in Nokia 5700, which is a respectable count compared to most other Finnish models. Along with the standard Nokia theme, there are 5 others, which all have names related to music, a reiteration of the phone's music image.

Features :

Running on Nokia's Series 60 OS, the Nokia 5700 offers a wide variety of features and applications.

The Nokia 5700's phone book is limited only by the available memory.  You can organize callers into groups or pair them with a photo for caller ID purposes. The polyphonic ringtone selection wasn't huge--just 18 64-chord tones--but you can use MP3 files to identify callers. What's more, the Nokia 5700 offers video ringtones and a selection of ringtone effects. Other standard offerings include a vibrate mode, text and multimedia messaging, a voice recorder, an alarm clock, a calendar, a unit and currency converter, a notepad, and a calculator. 

With so many diversions, we were glad to see the Nokia 5700 increase the measly 5MB of internal memory that the Nokia 5300 offered to a more robust 128MB of flash storage and 64MB of RAM. That gives you a lot more space to keep a big phone book and store lots of pictures and applications.

As a Nokia Xpress Music phone, the Nokia 5700's highlight is its music player. Like the Nokia 5300, the Nokia 5700 has everything we look for a in a music handset: there's stereo Bluetooth as well as a large selection of features. For your imaging needs, the Nokia 5700 offers a 2-megapixel camera that takes JPG pictures in four resolutions (two fewer than the Nokia 5300): 1,600x1,200; 1,152x864; 640x480; and 320x240. You get a variety of camera settings including three quality modes, three color effects, a panorama mode, a self-timer, a sequence mode for shooting six photos in rapid succession, an adjustable white balance, and a 4x zoom (half that of the Nokia 5300).

Performance And Battery Life :

Call quality was quite good overall, with exceptional voice clarity and plenty of volume. We encountered no static or interference from other electronic devices. We noticed the phone picked up a bit of wind noise, but in an improvement over the Nokia 5300, voice-response systems had little trouble understanding us.

Speakerphone calls were also admirable. The sound didn't become muffled at the higher levels, and there was little of the bass-heavy effect found on other speakerphones. 
The Nokia 5700 follows the Nokia 5300 by offering fantastic music quality. The output from the stereo speakers was much better than almost any other music phone, and it offered plenty of volume for an impromptu party. Deep bass was a little lacking, but otherwise we had few complaints. Not surprisingly, though, our tracks sounded the best over stereo headphones.

The Nokia 5700's promised battery life is rather short for both a Nokia handset and a GSM phone. Ratings include 3.5 hours of talk time, 4 hours of video playback time, and 10 hours of music time. Only the promised standby time was about what we expected, at 12 days. We managed to get a decent 4 hours and 3 minutes of talk time in our tests.


Having squeezed every last drop out of our Nokia 5700 let us end our review by putting everything in context and saying a few words about our general impression. We believe we've answered the question at the beginning of the review. The Nokia 5700 performance as a smartphone is by far superior to its music capabilities. The latter are only slightly above average. So if you are looking for a phone to use for strictly music purposes, you'd better look elsewhere. Are you after a balanced overall performance? Look no further. Nokia 5700 is exactly the phone for you and its unmatched speed will never make you regret your purchase.

Pros & Cons :

+ Fast and responsive user interface
+ Excellent display, with unmatched legibility under direct sunlight
+ Great earphones
+ Symbian S60 3rd edition FP1
+ Sporty, youthful design
+ The swiveling part is well-built and very functional
- Awkward joystick
- Weak bass
- Bizarre Menu and C keys
- No Pencil key
- No built-in 3.5mm jack