Nokia 5220 XpressMusic review: Funky-shape jukebox

Nokia 5220 XpressMusic is set to play for it all in the mass market segment. A bunch of music niceties, slim waistline and novel design are crowned with the XpressMusic logo, and that's enough of a commitment to cool sonic experience. The gentle price tag only makes things all the sweeter.
But the new XpressMusic mid-ranger needs to make an epic run. It follows in the wake of Nokia 5310, which the house claims to be the best selling music phone in the world with more than 10 million units sold globally. So, no wonder we start this review with a bag full of mixed feelings.
Nokia 5220 is priced quite close to Nokia 5310 and, while obviously positioned below (model designation), it manages to outperform it in quite a few tasks. Well then, besides exploring the newcomer today, we will also be trying to resolve a rather challenging XpressMusic dilemma for all music-loving fans out there.

Nokia 5220 XpressMusic is breaking free of the traditional bar form factor and that's a nice attempt to spice up the XpressMusic portfolio and turn up the youthful appeal of the lineup. It's a lower midrange handset alright, but it's a style statement in its own right.
If it's megapixel count and ample touchscreen that gets you excited, you are bound to look elsewhere. But the Nokia 5220 offers a truly music-rich experience at an attractive price tag. If that's your game, hop on and let's see how cool is saying no to symmetry.

Key features
10.6 mm slim and lightweight body
Exciting asymmetrical design
Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
S40 5th edition user interface, FP1
2" 256K-color display of QVGA resolution
Ambient light sensor
Hot-swappable microSD card slot, 512MB included
Snappy 2 megapixel camera (with NIPS low light optimization)
Decent keypad
Nokia Maps
Yahoo! integration
Nice set of enjoyable games
Music features:
Dedicated music keys
Music light effects
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
Dedicated music chip
Stereo loudspeakers
Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Large capacity battery
Main disadvantages
Cheapo plastic build
Tri-band only
No 3G support
No smart dialing
No multi-tasking
No office document viewer
QCIF video recording (only good for MMS)
Nokia 5220 XpressMusic is a nice music-centric offering that stays on the path of the most popular music handset by Nokia - 5310 XpressMusic. What could've been an utterly unassuming handset was it not a tad askew, surprisingly manages to address many of the issues of the higher-spec'd 5310. So much so that making the choice between the two seems a tough call now that their price tags are pretty similar.


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