The Nokia 5130 is one of the latest in Nokia’s Xpress Music range, and is a glossy compact device which sports a 2-inch display with QVGA resolution with a lot of design appeal. It is slim and lightweight and boasts solid music playback as you would expect from an Xpress Music phone.

The Nokia 5130 is fast running and easy to use with the Series 40 interface 5th Edition with Feature Pack 1 which is one of the most user-friendly interfaces on the market. The phone’s firmware includes Flash 3.0, animated menus, submenus and icons. This quad band device is usable anywhere in the world even without 3G support. The pre-loaded Opera mini provides a great application which opens complex pages fast and efficiently.

The 2-megapixel camera on the Nokia 5130 does not make it a top-end camera phone, but produces reasonable results for a camera of this size. The musical capabilities of the Nokia 5130 are the draw card for this phone with a trendy audio player and which delivers high quality sound, particularly on portable loudspeakers such as the Nokia MD-9.

Aside from the capable music functions, the Nokia 5130 offers great performance as a phone with above average in-call and out-call quality. The Nokia 5130 is a capable device with a fairly simple music player and 3.5mm headphone jack to allow users to hear music from headphones or speakers and dedicated music keys on the side of the phone.

The Nokia 5130 is an ideal combination of lightweight design, music playback, and good voice quality. It is made of hard plastic that feels durable and measures 107.5 x 46.7 x 14.8 mm and weighs around 88g including the battery.

The layout of the keypad is comfortable with the keys being spacious enough and very responsive. The D-pad in the middle is easy to use with two available soft keys and the accept and reject keys around the main controller. The phone also boasts dedicated music keys (Forward, Play/Pause, Back) have been placed right under the LED lights on the left side of the device and a microSD card slot and two volume keys on the right hand side of the phone to enhance the music playback features.

The Nokia 5130 also includes some useful applications, such as Search, Alarm clock, Calendar, To-do list, Notes, Calculator, Countdown timer, World Clock and Stopwatch and comes with Opera mini browser installed for a smooth browsing experience. The phonebook can store up to 2,000 contacts each with up to six different phone numbers.

Nokia 5130 is fully compatible with GPRS and EDGE Class 32 and attain average to above average data transfer speed depending on location and carrier. The phone also features Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and EDR for faster data transfers and synchronization with PC through the proprietary microUSB port.

In terms of messaging, the Nokia 3150 accepts standard text messages, MMS (300 KB attachments), as well as emails through the message client which works with POP3, SMTP, and IMAP4 protocols, and supports more than one email account. The quad-band (GSM 850 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900) network-compatible 5130 has a good GSM signal reception.

The phone features 30MB of user free internal memory which can be expanded with the microSD slot card up to 2GB.

The Nokia 5130 makes use of a 1020mAh Li-Ion (BL-5C) battery offering 288 hours in standby and about 6 hours in talk time mode with continuous music play for around 19 hours.

Overall, the Nokia 5130 offers a good user experience for those looking for a phone in the lower price market that still offers the full features of the Xpress Music range from Nokia.

  • General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • Size / Dimensions 107.5 x 46.7 x 14.8 mm, 65 cc
  • Weight 88 g
  • Display Type 256K colors
  • Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.0 inches
  • Sound / Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
  • Speakerphone Yes
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Dedicated music keys
  • Phonebook 2000 entries, Photocall
  • Call records Yes
  • Internal 30 MB
  • Card slot microSD, up to 16GB (verified), 1GB included, buy memory
  • Data GPRS Class 32
  • EDGE Class 32
  • Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
  • USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
  • Camera 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels
  • Video Yes, QCIF@15fps
  • Messaging SMS, MMS, Email
  • Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
  • Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Games Yes + downloadable
  • Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
  • MP4/H.263/H.264 player
  • MP3/WMA/eAAC+ player
  • Organizer
  • Flash Lite 3.0
  • Voice memo
  • T9
  • Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1020 mAh (BL-5C)
  • Stand-by Up to 288 h
  • Talk time Up to 6 h
  • Music play Up to 21 h