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Nokia 5130 XpressMusic review

 Review: July 2009  

Last updated February 2010

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: This is a cheap and cheerful phone from Nokia with an excellent range of features for the price. Available in Red and Blue.

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The 5130 seems at first glance to be an updated version of the 5310 XpressMusic phone. But wait ... maybe that should read downgraded. Although the 5130 is a newer phone, it's a less powerful one. First the size - there's no other way to put this, but the 5130 is fat. It's longer and wider too, and heavier. Just bigger all over. But for no obvious purpose, as the battery life is no better and the screen is the same size as the 5310, at 2 inches across. And the screen shows only 256,000 colours, instead of 2 million on the 5310. The memory card slot supports smaller card sizes too - restricted to 2 GB.

Everything else is the same as the older 5130, so what exactly is the point of this phone? Well, it's dirt cheap, and that's its key merit. You'll see from the user reviews below that the phone has a tendency to freeze. But for the price? Well, you could do a lot worse.

Nokia 5130 XpressMusic features include:

  • 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
  • Video camera
  • Display: Active matrix LCD, 240 x 320 pixels, 256,000 colours, 2 inches
  • Music player (MP3, MP4, AAC, eAAC+, and WMA music files)
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Ringtones: Video ringtones, MP3 and MP4 tones, eAAC+ tones, AAC tones, WMA tones, 64-voice polyphonic MIDI, message alert tones, and alarm clock tones
  • Integrated handsfree speaker
  • Voice commands
  • Voice recorder
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (SMTP, POP3 and IMAP 4) with attachments, Nokia Xpress audio messaging
  • Games: Downloadable Java applications
  • Animated screensavers, wallpaper, themes
  • Internet: Nokia Mobile Search, WAP 2.0, HSCSD, EDGE
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, modem, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Memory: 30 Mbytes plus microSD card (up to 2 Gbytes)
  • Organiser: Alarm clock, calendar, to-do list, notes, calculator, stopwatch and countdown timer
  • Flight mode
  • Quadband
  • Size: 108 x 47 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 88g
  • Talktime: 6 hours
  • Battery standby: 288 hours
  • Music playback: up to 21 hours

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Reviewed by RAMASHIA NDONDENI from SOUTH AFRICA on 12th Jan 2015
Thank you nokia,i love you

Reviewed by Brian from Kenya on 27th Nov 2014
This phone is having a software problem i have repaired mine more than four times this year please check on that.

Reviewed by John Orford from Philippines on 20th Sep 2014
I don't need or want a super-sophisticated phone - I never use the camera - and this is perfect. Very easy to switch in the dark (time to get up yet?). I make my own tones from music files and the sound is good. Sad to see it being phased out - the replacement is a complex and irritating thing.

Reviewed by Yuvraj from India on 17th Jul 2014
Its body is soo weak and when i download somethng it appears no valid certificate....

Reviewed by Jeevanathan from Srilanka,thannamunai on 22nd May 2014
Good ilike phone 5130-c2

Reviewed by Midhunsaji from India on 18th Mar 2014
I lv it so much...coz am using dis phone abt 6yrs...i hav feel no prblmz, .

Reviewed by Sajjad ashraf from Pakistan on 27th Dec 2013
Outstandng mobile with fast internet.

Reviewed by Tshiamo from South africa on 6th Nov 2013
Having problems downlouding java games

Reviewed by Mandeep from India on 2nd Nov 2013
To much problemes

Reviewed by Xbel from Nigeria on 5th Oct 2013
I so luved n enjoy d fone wish it supported whatsapp it wld have bn d best nokia fone even but still i luv d fone

Reviewed by Rashkan from Tanzania on 20th Sep 2013
I like nokia

Reviewed by Snksnk from Pakistan on 11th Sep 2013
Best mobile ilike this

Reviewed by TIM SEMITALA from on 21st Aug 2013
Actually i bought this phone this year but its a bit complicated as music player and browser stop functioning but i credit it for its data speed

Reviewed by U.H.W.SENARATHNA from Sri lanka on 27th Jun 2013
It's good

Reviewed by ganesh from india on 27th May 2013
Good mobile and fast internet

Reviewed by Josh from england on 22nd Apr 2012
it a good music phone

Reviewed by Aarush from India on 18th Apr 2012
I love it. Superb music quality, display and internet speed.
Instead camera is not so good but i still love my xpress music.

Reviewed by sanjay from - on 18th Mar 2012
I like!!

Reviewed by Mohamed kasimkhan from India on 19th Feb 2012
Very nice...,

Reviewed by Jean louis from Kenya east africa on 12th Feb 2012
Ilove my 5130c-2 At first ihad battery power fast drainage until ichanged the battery from 890 (m.a.h) to 1220 (m.a.h)max amp hour always check battery sticker m.a.h capacity

Reviewed by Fatehjit from India on 22nd Dec 2011
I hate! Because its battery backup is very low

Reviewed by Debasish midya from India on 19th Dec 2011
Camera is not good in low light than other 2 mp mobile

Reviewed by Ehtesham Farooq from Pakistan on 17th Dec 2011
i love my mobile.

Reviewed by Vicky from India on 10th Dec 2011
I hate because not supported any application or game

Reviewed by Tracy de Wet from Zambia on 28th Nov 2011
I think initial charging has affected my phone's battery life because it is POOR. It's always letting me down, no matter how long I charge it! The music doesn't disappoint though, which is its prime feature. Still, i love my xpress.

Reviewed by Subin from India (kerala-thiruvalla) on 25th Nov 2011
My name is subin. I have 5130c2. It has a: Low battery life. Good music player and playback. Memmory capacity is also poor. But looks beautiful.

Reviewed by Sha Aman from India on 11th Nov 2011
India best mobile nokia 5130...

Reviewed by mrinmoy from UK on 2nd Nov 2011
i love it its my one of the awesome cell phone 5130c2

Reviewed by Michael Corleone from UK on 31st Oct 2011
i don't get it how you guys have given this stupid mobile 4 to 5 stars.It ain't even a smartphone idiots. If you'll give 5 stars to this then what'll will you reserve for galaxy nexus?

Reviewed by Yash from UK on 25th Oct 2011
It's very good i love its music player and its sound

Reviewed by aaronffff from UK on 20th Oct 2011
this is a rubbish phone always freezes takes ages to load up!!!!

Reviewed by Adeola from UK on 13th Oct 2011
It's not an everlasting phone one day i put d phone inside my pocket next thing i discover is dat it is off i try to on it back but it could not on then i took it to some phone repairer and they all tel me that all their effort on the phone is in vain that there is no solution to the phone again

Reviewed by mrinmoy from UK on 23rd Sep 2011
i love this mobile its just awesom 5130 have all good feature

Reviewed by Prakash from UK on 17th Sep 2011
Hello..I like mobile but music is not good.even headphones is cheap quality. not suit for name music express. Best music in nokia 6233.

Reviewed by anonymous from UK on 10th Sep 2011
Very easily attacked by Viruses so cant use bluetooth that often... memory card got corrupted within a week :((( also color of the navigation button disappeared within few days... Sorry to say but did not like the phone that much...

Reviewed by Krupa from UK on 5th Sep 2011
I've been using 5130 since a couple of years and it has never given me any trouble even though i've mishandled it a lot of times. the music options are amazing. the camera is worth the price. the rate is perfectly affordable. the features in it are worth more than the price we pay. an easy and a long-lasting phone.

Reviewed by Bommasanilaxman from UK on 4th Sep 2011
Very very good

Reviewed by Deepak kanwar from UK on 31st Aug 2011
Phone is very best but signal is very weak, is the major problem of this phone.

Reviewed by Raj from UK on 27th Aug 2011
It,s bad

Reviewed by Munir from UK on 20th Aug 2011
Good, bt nt better

Reviewed by waseem from UK on 16th Aug 2011
Its music play vry good and camera clearity also vry good or its video clearity is also notbad i like 5130 vry much.

Reviewed by israr khan from UK on 14th Aug 2011
Its good in all aspects, but its slow speed and blur camra....

Reviewed by tuku from UK on 12th Aug 2011
nokia 5130 is a good mobile. support 4gb micro sd card

Reviewed by rabin khadka from UK on 17th Jul 2011
i think this mobile is not good.couse many trouble in this mobile like software always going.

Reviewed by Sarmad from UK on 26th Jun 2011
It's battery power work 30 minutes by charge it full

Reviewed by suyash from UK on 16th Jun 2011
This phone is well in use.

Reviewed by J M from UK on 14th Jun 2011
I had this phone for a while, and am looking for a new one. Great phone! By the way, the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic supports up to 8GB MicroSD cards, not 2GB!

Reviewed by ugochukwu,Nigeria from UK on 6th May 2011
its very portable,sleek and powerfulll!Thumbs up Nokia!

Reviewed by Naveen.SN from UK on 24th Apr 2011
This phone is good in only in music. So better don't buy this go for another 1

Reviewed by Alauddin from UK on 21st Apr 2011
Its Excellent

Reviewed by tosh from UK on 18th Apr 2011
Phone is nice but nokia software support sucks. The power saver and sleep timer disappeared from Display setting a year and half ago and they still haven;t managed to fix it! THis means phone screen gets blank every 30 seconds unless you do something. Manual says you can adjust this but you cant.

Reviewed by Faisal from UK on 8th Apr 2011
An awesome phone.price is very low.Very comfortable to use.the music player is outrageous.best music phone i ever had.and the 2 megapixel camera takes great photos during the day time,used it for 2years.keep it up NOKIA!

Reviewed by Cyrill John from UK on 1st Apr 2011
A good handset to rule thyself by using the better features at it's lower price. Really good.

Reviewed by Amal from UK on 26th Mar 2011
It does not 3G and it will get stuck sometimes(i don't know how).battery life is the worst.video recording clarity bad. 2G internet is good & faster.camera clarity good & supports a resolution of 1600x1200.cheap rate(4500rupees in the year 2010).good sound quality.music player is the best.If the cell supports 3G,it would have been 1of the best

Reviewed by vikram from UK on 26th Mar 2011
phone is good but there must be flash with camera and a fast media player.web browsing is excellent but no support for pdf files.and battery backup is very less.i strongly recommend s60 or higher phones.

Reviewed by hajo daniel from UK on 21st Mar 2011
the best simple nokia phone i have ever seen

Reviewed by Bree from UK on 16th Mar 2011
This has to be the worst phone I have ever had, its software is just rubbish!! it is so prone to viruses, I have taken it to Nokia to be fixed more than three times in a span of one year!! First the music player died, then the camera died, then it deleted all my messages in my inbox!! I would discourage anyone from buying this phone

Reviewed by Akshay n from UK on 8th Mar 2011
It is cheap and good handset . I like it

Reviewed by Abir from UK on 4th Mar 2011
If application can be minimizable 5130 'll the 7 star rated

Reviewed by ????? ?????? from UK on 1st Mar 2011

Reviewed by Oscar from UK on 28th Feb 2011
It's a stupid phone,it's mini-opera doesn't download

Reviewed by Micky from UK on 25th Feb 2011
This phone is pretty and nice and I love it

Reviewed by jack from UK on 10th Feb 2011
iv had this phone for over a year now, and iv dropped it so many times, it keeps bouncing back, it'd have to be a pretty good phone to make me change to it! love it

Reviewed by Spike, Tenerife, Spain from UK on 9th Feb 2011
Supplied free by the service providor, Movistar, 12 months ago, this little phone has been great, and I have always been a Motorola person. The camera is good, the music and radio is good, I have a 4g memory card in mine and its loaded with music and videos. Its been marvelous even if the back has always been a poor fit from new.

Reviewed by Bonnie from UK on 6th Feb 2011
i think that the phone is absoulutley brill !!!!! but i aggree that it freezes quite a bit

Reviewed by Ryan from UK on 6th Jan 2011
i bought it last year in May 2010. Its actually a really good phone.I dropped it once in the water and its still working good as new!! The speakers are great and so is the music system. But I need wifi so I think I need a better phone.

Reviewed by Abhishek from UK on 2nd Jan 2011
i m using its a nice mobile.

Reviewed by mahendran from UK on 1st Jan 2011
It's nice phone.I'm using it for last 1 year.I'm loving it.But it's battery life sucks.

Reviewed by ango from UK on 23rd Dec 2010
i hav had this fone for a yr nw.. i guess its alryt.. i have adjusted to its horroble-ness.. the picture quality is so poor and internet doesn't work.. the music side button stoped working ages ago.. this was a realy bad investment..

Reviewed by syed sadaath from UK on 5th Dec 2010

Reviewed by Narendra from UK on 28th Nov 2010
Very very good mobil . But a small problem . Thats problem is soft ware complet

Reviewed by maverick from UK on 18th Nov 2010
this phone is rubbish! its exactlly the same as say a nokia 5300, theres nothing new on it. the speaker distorts really badly, the camera is useless, it freezes and overall a waste of money! i have 1, its just disappointing from nokia!

Reviewed by sweta from UK on 2nd Nov 2010
this is an excellent phn.....jst luv it...

Reviewed by dan from UK on 1st Nov 2010
i feel for the price,this is a comparatively good phone.

Reviewed by Kien from UK on 5th Oct 2010
I think u shouldnt buy this fone.1st,it look not pretty.2nd,the keypad is bad.its software is extremely bad.many erro appears after u buy it

Reviewed by rajitha from UK on 4th Oct 2010

Reviewed by vins from UK on 2nd Oct 2010
I love it as my heart, but feel sad becose it has no video player.

Reviewed by ache from UK on 6th Sep 2010
scores on value for money....but definitely lacks bass...not good for r&b & hip hop...performance is average...nothing much to be excited about only the price...

Reviewed by Amit from india from UK on 15th Aug 2010
Nokia 5130xpress music is very bad handset from nokia. It have lots of problems like white screen, hanging problem etc so i have this handset

Reviewed by Raj from UK on 12th Aug 2010
Bad piece n5130 b coz anytime hang

Reviewed by Abhitosh from UK on 11th Aug 2010
Xpress music 5130 is dearth cheap for its price. Battery pack up is simply superb and it becomes more clear when it is contrasted with Sony's mobile. Internet opera browser works quite well. Speed is really good. Music quality is superb, extremely clear, and free from that stridulating noise which now a days forms the feature of all the cheap music phones. But headset which comes with this handset is simply pathetic. You should rather use Philips cushion comfort specially meant for this piece. Another negative aspect of this set is its external speakers which tend to get choppy at higher volume. But in ultimate analysis phone is a real masterpiece. Far ahead of its ilks. Gives you the feeling of being in mainstream with thousands of new themes available.

Reviewed by dheeraj kumar from UK on 11th Aug 2010
bad look ......nd nthng dat wch show modernity

Reviewed by ranjith from UK on 11th Aug 2010
super for music lovers but it gives software problem in the time of listening ur fav songs more than three times

Reviewed by Karen from UK on 7th Aug 2010
I have had this phone since February 2010 and I love it. My Nokia Flip phone gave up the ghost and I went out and bought the 5130 without doing any of the normal research I do before buying a new phone. I love this phone, great value and would hightly recommend it. It does everything I want from a phone. I paid 115.00 euros as I live in Cyprus, but it was well worth it.

Reviewed by Charles munene mithamo from UK on 2nd Aug 2010
just bought one, its awesome.

Reviewed by John from UK on 2nd Aug 2010
an OK phone which has never frozen on me BUT the screen is absolute rubbish in anything like bright-ish sunlight.

Reviewed by KZM from UK on 29th Jul 2010
This phone is so great!!!

Reviewed by Sammy from UK on 27th Jul 2010
I had some problems with the phone such as every file and application deleting from the phone; calculator, music player, radio, even nokia tune also was lost etc. I enjoyed using the email connectivity & music keys

Reviewed by Hajara Ayuba from UK on 24th Jul 2010
I so much like the hanndset.

Reviewed by Stephen Miles from UK on 12th Jul 2010
Let me start out by listing the phones bad points. The battery life is awful. The standby time is only a couple of days at best, and it takes over 1 1/2 hours to charge up. Now the good points. The music player is as good as a phone twice the price and i am using a 4gb memory card. I bought mine at ASDA for 85 just before they had a sale and it was reduced to 45. Overall an average kind of phone

Reviewed by Jtjmj from UK on 10th Jul 2010

Reviewed by Rutha from UK on 9th Jul 2010
I love this model...i like it better than nokia 5233. The only drawback i've discovered till now, is that i'm not able to watch you tube videos...although that's network provider's fault.... Awesome cell...go ahead, and buy...

Reviewed by Anand from UK on 5th Jul 2010
Don't do a mstke buying this

Reviewed by rothy from UK on 4th Jul 2010
best mobile in cheaper rate....

Reviewed by CASH MONEY from UK on 2nd Jul 2010
I think your phones are the best

Reviewed by rahul from UK on 1st Jul 2010
the phone is so beautiful Plz know that where i find body and haddi of nokia 5130

Reviewed by Anubhav from UK on 25th Jun 2010
this phone is good .BUT i have aproblem in increasing its heap size .please help me.contact me on (anubhav_patnaik@yahoo.co.in)

Reviewed by pappu from UK on 25th Jun 2010
it is the usless mobile i ever use

Reviewed by Fanyana hadebe from UK on 20th Jun 2010
My N5130 always have errors on save pages why?

Reviewed by DON from UK on 15th Jun 2010

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