Ability to record FM radio broadcasts using music player’s memory
New interface - with QWERTY keyboard for easier input
Slow response to keypresses
Keys on keyboard slightly too small
Issues with uploading music to the phone
Poor ambience from backlight
Sales package (should
1 x Nokia 5510 handset (NPM-5)
1 x 950mAh Li-ion Battery (BLC-2)
1 x dual headset (HDD-2)
1 x USB cable (DKE-2)
1 x audio cable (ADE-2)
1 x adaptor cable (ADA-2)
1 x charger (ACP-7A)
1 x Nokia 5510 software CD
1 x Nokia 5510 user manual
Although bursting with features and encompassing a unique design (especially its
looks), the Nokia 5510 was one of the most disappointing Nokia phone that I have
come to use since the 2110 was released many years ago. Based on the 3300-series
platform, the 5510 have been loaded with too many features resulting in the
phone reacting slowly to a user’s input - and being the biggest problem in my
point of view.
On first receiving the 5510 sales package, I found the box to be slightly
larger than that of other Nokia phones. This was because the phone is also
somewhat bigger than a standard Nokia 3300-series phone. The contents of the
sales package also included several cables, headset, battery, AC adaptor, and
also a CD including the Nokia Audio Manager software to manage the audio files
on the 5510.
The interface of the 5510 has been redesigned so that it can be used with
greater ease and comfort when it comes to both sending text messages and playing
the built-in games. Fitting the QWERTY keyboard onto the phone required it to be
used in a horizontal fashion instead - having the display located on the middle
of the phone. Although a new concept, I found the size of the keys on the QWERTY
keyboard too small making it difficult to use (as my fingers are quite big). At
the same time, trying to enter a phone number was also a hassle.
After turning on the phone, I found that it had trouble keeping up with my
keypresses when the software began to lag. This problem becomes especially
evident when a game (for example, Bumper) is played - where taps on the keypad
are not responded to immediately - and whilst typing text messages (especially
obvious if you’re a fast with a keyboard!)
buttons on the side of the phone makes it easier to activate the music
Putting all those problems aside, the phone’s MP3 player function is one of
the 5510’s selling feature. With 64MB of built-in memory, this would allow
approximately two hours of near-CD quality to be uploaded to the phone. The
built-in memory can also be used with the FM radio feature to record broadcasts.
An additional socket has also been made available for the phone to be hooked up
to an output device (such as a Hi-Fi). Several buttons on the side of the phone
makes it easier to activate the music player - an alternative from having to go
into the phone’s menu and doing it there instead!
Overall, the phone is very much similar to other Nokia 3300-series phones -
including battery life, software interface design and menu navigation. Features,
such as concatenated SMS messages and SMS chat, still stay as basic features.
One of the major differences is a slightly bigger casing and heavier handset.
Although this phone boasts many unique characteristics, the choice to buy
this phone really depends on individual tastes.