Saturday, July 18, 2009

I spy : Nokia 5530 XpressMusic

Okay, I didn't actually spy. Went to a Nokia 5800XpressMusic gathering at Sunway Pyramid earlier today. Basically a bunch of us from Lowyat.net met up with the people of Nokia Malaysia. It was a session where we shared information and prompted feedback to Nokia Malaysia.

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The people from Nokia were very receptive of our views and feedback on the Nokia 5800XpressMusic. To show their gratitude, they even brought out the smaller sibling, the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic which is scheduled to be released in Q3 of 2009.

We were a lucky bunch to try out the new phone and this is my impressions. Firstly, the screen. It is a wee bit smaller than the 5800, but features a higher density screen instead, meaning that it is sharper. The screen is noticebly brighter and the colors were much more vivid. Also, the home screen has improved, you can now put contacts as well as a shortcut list; compared to the 5800 which you can only put either one.

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The 5530 was a wee bit smaller as well, and features a chrome/stainless steel finish to the faceplate. The black is now completely plastic as opposed to the rubberish feel on the 5800. I prefered the latter as it would make it less scratch prone. Also note that the camera is not as recessed as the 5800, which meant it would be easily scratched.

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Next the interface. As you would have probably seen on youtube, it has kinetic scrolling. It was a joy fiddling with the kinetic scrolling, and we had already feedback to the Nokia Malaysia crew that we would like this feature on our 5800 as well. Lets hope we will see it in the near future.

The 5530 retains almost everything from the 5800, with exception of 2 features. 3G and A-GPS support has been removed in order to keep the costs low. Which mean we would be expecting a lower-end Xpressmusic phone with touch screen capabilities. They didn't tell us the pricing and the amount of storage they would bundle together with the 5530 (gsmarena.com quotes 8gb microsdhc), but I suppose they will be officially announcing it soon.

Thanks to David,Ernie and Glen of Nokia Malaysia as well as the others (didn't catch your name properly, sorry) for inviting us over and for the lunch as well :D

1 comment:

あきこ said...

nice phone, but really does look like yours! it so easily create a "worn out" look with all those fingerprint and dust(?). XD