Nokia 5140 review
| ||Review: September 2004
Last updated September 2005
In a nutshell: The Nokia 5140 is the latest in Nokia's 5xxx series of durable phones designed to be hard wearing for outdoor and sports activities.
Nokia claim that the 5140 offers "Enhanced durability and resistance to the elements and usage in sports inspired lifestyle." It's debatable just how durable the phone is - soak it in water or drop it onto a hard surface and it's likely to break, just like any other mobile - but Nokia have certainly made an effort to protect the phone against minor bumps and splashes. The outer shell is tougher than most, and being changeable it can be replaced if it gets scratched or scuffed. The bottom flap helps to protect against water damage, and there is an inner module to provide additional protection against water damage.
The 5140 comes with a range of outdoor "lifestyle" inspired features - camera and video recorder, flashlight, FM radio, thermometer, decibel meter (?), and a good personal organiser with an extensive calendar and notes option.
Sadly, the display is still only 4096 colours and is small at 128 x 128 pixels. The STN technology used means that the display is difficult to see when outdoors - a real problem when you consider the target market for this phone. Nokia really lags the competition when it comes to display technology. Polyphonic ringtones are also basic.
The camera provided is of average quality and the video recorder rather poor quality. The memory available is limited and so video clips are short. The poor quality of the display means that pictures and videos are small and hard to see.
The keypad, like that of the Nokia 5100 is not very easy to use. The keys are located close together and are not very responsive. This helps to protect the phone from water damage, but is not very user-friendly.
Overall there are some good features about this phone, and some ho-hum features. For people who are familiar with the Nokia style and are looking for a mid-range phone with added durability, this could be a good choice. Our recommended phone for outdoor use is the Siemens M65 which offers improved protection and better features. The Nokia 5140i is an enhanced version of the 5140, although it still has problems with the keypad and screen.
Nokia 5140 features include:
- Display: 4096 colours, 128 x 128 pixels
- Integrated VGA Camera (640 x 480 resolution)
- Video player and recorder
- Xpress-on™ shells provide protection against splashes and dust
- Improved durability to offer protection against accidental bumps
- Bottom flap gives extra protection for connectors
- Stereo FM radio
- Integrated handsfree speaker
- Polyphonic and mono ringtones
- Voice recorder
- Decibel meter
- Multimedia messaging (MMS) - up to 100 kbytes per message
- SMS chat
- Downloadable Java games, plus Adventure Race game and Fitness Coach application
- Personal shortcuts
- Voice dialling
- Extensive calendar with busy view of the week, improved notes view for each day, snooze on calendar alarm
- Alarm clock, Notes, To-do list (up to 30 entries), Stopwatch, Countdown timer, Calculator, Wallet
- Connectivity: Pop-Port™ interface, Infrared, SyncML
- WAP 2.0, GPRS class 10, HSCSD (High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data), EDGE Class 6 (3+1, 2+2)
- Vibration alert
- Tri-Band operation (EGSM 900, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900)
- Size: 107 x 47 x 24 mm
- Weight: 100g
- Talktime: 2 - 5 hours
- Battery standby: 6 - 12 days
Nokia 5140 user reviews
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Average rating from 132 reviews:
Reviewed by Pixie
on 29th Jul 2010
Fab phone - must be 6 years old now - has been regularly dropped and has been thro the washing machine twice, once for the whole cycle. Dried it out and it's fine!! Don't make them like this any more, unfortunately!
Reviewed by Dan
on 10th Jun 2010
From the years I have had one I find it to be a very strong phone capable of surviving many falls and accidental submersions, but the screen is small, the graphics are dull and the compass is very difficult to calibrate.
Reviewed by Mohammed khan
on 29th Mar 2009
Good phone 2 buy for 20
Reviewed by mohammed
on 29th Mar 2009
i loved this phone ti has for outline and good style body i just love it
Reviewed by Dan
on 20th Dec 2008
amazing, i brought it when it was first released, still going with no problems. I give it lots of abuse from water and drops yet still works a dream.
Reviewed by Michael
on 16th Oct 2008
My customer recently replaced this 5140 with a Sonim XP1, as the Nokia doesn't have bluetooth for the driving headsets.
Reviewed by Matt
on 31st Jul 2008
Its highly durable - i've thrown it off the floor (forcefully) numerous times, tried to burn it, drown it in a puddle and it has survived almost totally unscathed. Yes the screen could be better, there is no bluetooth, only one poor game, and some lame ringtones but overall its excellant. I've had my 5140 for about 4/5 years now and still don't want to change to a newer model
Reviewed by Ramiele
on 25th May 2008
I've had this phone for four years and it still works like day 1. The memory isn't much and the camera is outdated now, but it's still great for calling and texting. The flashlight is useful and the tough, changeable shells are a great idea. It's been with me everywhere and has survived a washing machine and a drop in the tub. I had the 5100 before this which I also loved, but the buttons were tougher to press on the older model.
Reviewed by bill
on 29th Feb 2008
had this phone since it first came out, and its still giong strong, not one problem, dropped it in water, dropped it down stairs, stood on it, e.c.t.e.c.t its in pefect working order, it makes call and send textmessages. Perfect
Reviewed by riette
on 2nd Nov 2007
dear nokia , i'm desperately looking for the nokia 5140 , it has been discontinued in south africa , and that was the only model that was ''danie-proof'' . danie is my husband , one of our countries' whale watching operators , and with being out at sea and on the beach daily , the 5140 is THE phone that has lasted the longest .i urgently need another , even if it means oredring it from abroad ,or alternativel you can let me knoe if there is a similar model which will be as durable in south africa.sadly i must say our customer service in south africa is not the best ,and if only cell phone shops can direct you what to buy , but the shop assistants just pull up their shoulders when we ask for this model , if i explain what kind of work my husband does , and that he cannot have these fancy little phones ,they are not very helpful in suggesting an alternative. please can you email me . we have contracts with autopage in south africa .my husband doesn't need anything fa ncy , but this phone was definitely the MOST hardy of all phones he's had over 12 years .
Reviewed by Jude
on 13th Oct 2007
Brilliant, had mine 3 years, and only want a new one for size (it's not tiny by any stretch of the imagination, it's still fine and it's been through the washing machine twice!
Reviewed by Jack
on 26th Sep 2007
I have hade this phone for the past two years and i have not had any problems with it.I bought another phone to replace it just out of intrest and give my Nokia 5140 to my wife but i have had swap and have it back because its user freindly.Also being amachanic i drop it so often but it doesnt break.THIS PHONE IS GOOD I TELL YOU.
Reviewed by Thandi Mahuluhulu
on 24th Sep 2007
I luv this phone more than any phone i hev ever used.Its durablu, long battery life, cool ear phones, its the best so far & i still hev it . Why did u hev 2 discontinue it? by the way how can i get hold of the ear phones- bn looking all over south africa for them. email me :email@example.com
Reviewed by Bjorn from swaziland
on 6th Jul 2007
The phone is great for the outdoors and so on, but in the first few months of having my phone, i had to have it fixed three times due to software problems, After 2 years I still have the same phone, exept now my camera will not function, it just vibrates now, none of my tones or recordings work, and it looses reception atleast 4 or 5 times an hour for a couple of minutes each time, which becomes really frustrating if you taking a call. What I'm trying to say is that, it seems that nokia spent all their time making sure that it was rugged externally, and forgot all about the internal problems the phone may encounter.
Reviewed by andrew
on 10th Jun 2007
i like it but every six months or so the software changes and i have to go to a special store to get it updated
Reviewed by Djura Serbia
on 12th May 2007
This phone is very good.It has a nice look. Also i can shower with him
Reviewed by Munonye kelvin
on 15th Feb 2007
I just GOT the phone toady...And guess what it is interesting and got everything i want.. Am thinking about buying several more.
Reviewed by Gabriel Osorio
on 3rd Feb 2007
Exelent mobilefone i am a chilean and i have one nokia 5140 is very interesting and bkn fone i take a photography in a kar(120 mph) and take it!!! (I speak spanish so my vocabulary is very poor) but thanks to read good bye
Reviewed by Rob H
on 8th Jan 2007
good phone dropped it in the bath a few times but is still good, well made not too heavey
Reviewed by James Wilson
on 18th Jan 2006
Great phone. Shame that it is not indestructable. It didn't take too kindly to falling off the roof of a moving car at 50mph and then being run over by the one behind! Suprisingly however the sim card did survive. The phone itself is easy to use, like all Nokias. However the buttons are a
bit tough to text with. The camera is not that great but all the other features more than make up for it. Thermometer, compass, torch and for some reason a decibel meter. The only use for the decibel meter that I could find was to see who could shout the loudest with my friends. If you like to have a phone with all the small gadgets then this is the one for you. The only thing that it is missing however is a tooth pick.
Reviewed by matthew
on 3rd Nov 2005
purchased this phone on 31/10 . found it to be very good, good USEFUL features such as radio, thermometer, compass and soundometer. Also a torch. The screen is ok but when you use the camera, what you see on the screen does not represent the quality of the image, it is infact better, i emailed a pic to an email address and it looked better. This phone comes with many features you wouldnt think were useful but are. One thing, do not put the plastic stand attachment on the phone as you cannot get it off, i had to use a knife to get it off, scratching the back of the casing. Good phone overall, battery is protected with a rubber cover. i would recommend this phone to anybody.
Reviewed by Patrik from Sweden on 2nd Nov 2005
Very good phone. Screen could be better, though. If you get it for a
good price, then it is a great deal. Will last for many years to come.
Battery lasts 4-5 days for me. Recommended.
Reviewed by Drew Peacock from Germany on 30th
This phone is quite good. Display, and general functions are good. Camera
is average- often not a very clear picture. Has extra things like compass
and thermometer- pointless unless you really do need them. Limited cover
change- black, red and blue. However, it is a practical phone. Fine
if you don't want anything fancy!
Reviewed by George from South Africa on 20th Oct
I find this handy but its battery! Gosh. poor poor battery life.
Reviewed by happy chappy from south africa on
15th Oct 2005
this is a very good and strong fone its the best for sporty people and
also the people who always drop there fones.. with its exellent features
to chose from ull get over the bad screen pixels... Please buy this
fone its the best ever!!!!!!
Reviewed by Ben from UK on 7th Sep 2005
So...I'm on my first replacement (see below) and this one doesn't receive
a signal! All day I've been wondering around two towns trying to get
a signal, but nothing. No idea what the problem is, but this handset
seems to be one to avoid. And I still have another dud to go through
before Vodaphone will consider giving me another handset. Very dissapointing
- I'm losing important calls.
Reviewed by Paul from Belgium on 6th Sep 2005
It is a solid good phone with great features. Recently visited China
where this model is not sold. I was offered much more expensive phones
in exchange for this one, declined ofcourse lol
Reviewed by Ben from UK on 2nd Sep 2005
Upgraded from the one before, which I liked. I wanted to tough casing,
but this phone has been a dissapointment. I don't care for the extra
features and the buttons are very difficult to use - like typing a number
wearing rubber gloves! A big issue is how sluggish it feels - I prefered
the basic, not-colour screen of the old model - quick to navigate. Not
sure about these things, but it appears to be low on memory. And now...
the thing has died. It switches off during calls, behaves erratically
and is being replaced ASAP.
Reviewed by Dan from England on 1st Sep 2005
best fone i have ever had... fantastic camera and videocamera... the
wireless bloothtooth and amazin display took my breath away.. design
is sleek and modern and has impressed all of my friends... easy to function
and a certain hit with the females... i would definitely recommend this
fone to anybody, it will change your life
Reviewed by adrian chappell from uk on 1st Sep
worst phone i have ever owned about as durable as a sheet of tissue
Reviewed by Sami from Suomi on 31st Aug 2005
I think it is a great phone, however, right now you can buy the 5140i
which has a better screen for almost the same price. The radio and the
other features are amazing.
Reviewed by Barbie from Ireland on 29th Aug 2005
This fone is ok. i have seen and had better but if you wanted a cool
phone with a camera then get this. It is also waterproof. My mate is
getting this fone for her birthday
Reviewed by ... from hong kong on 23rd Aug 2005
It's memory is small, and it doesn't have expansion slot if your looking
for music and photos storage forget it.
Reviewed by Nigel from England on 5th Aug 2005
Nice little phone. Screen display could be better but does everything
its meant to do. I have had mine for 8 months now and have dropped it
and knocked it many times without breaking it. I also take this phone
to work in a tough environment where I work with tools machines ect
and it stands up to allot of punishment. Some keys a bit of a fiddle
for large hands.
Reviewed by MIKE from UK on 3rd Aug 2005
AGREE PRETTY MUCH WITH THE PREVIOUS REVIEW, I PARTICULARLY WANTED A
PHONE WITH A RADIO FOR WHEN I'M OUT WALKING, AND THIS GIVES VERY GOOD
RESULTS AND IS EASY TO USE,IT CAN EVEN BE VOICE ACTIVATED.IT IS A SHAME
YOU CANT ROUTE THE RADIO THROUGH THE SPEAKER, BUT THE HEADSET IS USED
AS THE ANTENNA, IF NOKIA COULD DO AWAY WITH THAT IT WOULD BE GOOD. THERE
IS NO DOUBT THAT THE DISPLAY IS DIFFICULT TO READ IN DAYLIGHT, BUT IT
WAS GREATLY IMPROVED BY CHANGING THE DISPLAY BACKGROUND COLOUR TO DARK
RED AND INCREASING THE CONTRAST.THE ORGANISER FEATURE IS VERY GOOD BECAUSE
YOU CAN SCROLL THROUGH THE MANY FUNCTIONS AND ARRANGE THEM TO BE MORE
ACCESSIBLE ON THE 'GO TO' KEY.TORCH -USEFUL. COMPASS-USEFUL FEATURE
IF YOU ARE CYCLING OR WALKING AND ONE LESS THING TO CARRY, ALTHOUGH
I DONT KNOW IF IT WORKS IN POOR SIGNAL AREAS.I CANT COMMENT ON THE CAMERA
QUALITY BECAUSE I HAVEN'T GOT A CABLE TO DOWNLOAD, BUT IF YOU WANT GREAT
PICTURES BUY A CAMERA iIM SURE IT WOULD BE GOOD ENOUGH IF YOU HAD A
SHUNT IN YOUR CAR AND WANTED TO RECORD THE SCENE.BATTERY LIFE DOESNT
SEEM TO BE AS GOOD AS EXPECTED BUT THEN I'VE NEVER LEFT IT ON STANDBY
LONG ENOUGH TO BE SURE.THERMOMETER - REASONABLY ACCURATE IF YOU DONT
USE THE PHONE - USING IT HEATS IT UP AND THE READING REFLECTS THIS.SOME
OF THE CRITICISMS I'VE SEEN, SEEM TO BE THE RESULT OF PEOPLE NOT READING
THE MANUAL AND SETTING IT UP PROPERLY.TO SUMMARIZE NOKIA COULD MAKE
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PHONE, BUT I WONT BE CHANGING BECAUSE THERE SIMPLY
ISNT ANOTHER PHONE THAT I'M AWARE OF THAT HAS THESE FEATURES
Reviewed by Tallulah from England on 2nd Aug 2005
I have had this phone for 12 months and I think it is brill. I am due
to upgrade and to be honset I don't really want to because I am worried
my next one won't be able to keep pace. My only regret is that I have
been paying for insurance on this phone all year and not had to use
it once!! It is packed with features and I think I have used everyone,
some all the time, and yes even the decibel meter in a science lesson
at school (I'm a teacher not a child.) Don't get me wrong, I am not
easily pleased and if I had designed the phone I would have done somethings
differently. I think the FM radio would have had more use if you could
hear it through the loud speaker, the phone is a little wide because
of the shell and yes I agree the display is not the best. But lets not
forget that this is a phone not a hifi/laptop/£400 digital camera. I
would reccomend this phone to anyone who like me spends a lot of their
Reviewed by Markko from Estonia on 28th Jul 2005
I am very happy with my 5140. Working perfectly for 9 months now. If
your screen breaks in one month, then just get it replaced. The guarantee
is 24 months. I have dropped mine many times, with no problems.
Reviewed by marco from england on 22nd Jul 2005
This phone is garbage! 5 months after i bought it ,it died,it was replaced
but now keeps turning itself off,mid conversation,texting whatever...the
camera is pathetic,the video is pointless!...i cannot believe i paid
£200 pounds for this rubbish! looking at the quality of other handsets
in this price range from different manufacturers i find it hard to believe
a company such as nokia could launch this phone...if your'e thinking
of buying this phone,do yourself a favour,and look elsewhere.
Reviewed by ForegoneConclusion from Wales on 21st
This 'phone is lousy for anyone who works outside. DO NOT BUY IT unless
you work nights in a foggy area as any light above say a 20 watt bulb
renders the stuff on the screen invisible. It isnt rugged either. Broke
the screen within 6 weeks of buying it something I had never done before
with other phones. Some of the features are ok but the buttons and menu
navigation is poor and ponderous.. I lack sufficient enthusiasm to continue..
Reviewed by kevin adams from england on 19th Jul
brilliant!! it is the best phone that i have ever had. I really think
that the coompas comes in handy whaen i am walking up the mountains.
To me this phone is better than the samsung d500 and the motorola v3.
If there is someone out there, wanting to buy a phone then this is the
Reviewed by Steven Drumm from United Kingdom on
15th Jul 2005
This is a great phone if you want a hard wearing durable phone, the
screen is not greatduring sunlight and pictures and videos look bad
when viewed on the phone, but when viewed on a computer or a Motorola
v3 the pictures were of great quality, v impressed, radio is good.all
gadgets are good,(Compass,Torch). When I upgrade I will hang on to this
as a spare or for when a durable phone is ideal. if the cover get scratched
or abused , easy to replace, not as dustproof as I would have liked
Reviewed by Hayley from England on 13th Jul 2005
I have found the good things about this phone are really good, and the
bad things are really bad! Features such as torch, radio, robust design,
stopwatch, camera, ease of use etc. etc. are great. Compass and thermometer
are nice additions but not very accurate. However, I would agree with
EVERYONE about the display - outside on a sunny day, its impossible,
and very difficult to see on a normal day. NOKIA - you need to deal
with this, for future models its diabolical. As with my old phone I
would like to use the screen saver clock, to tell the time but I can
never see it! The keys are not too difficult to use (although I have
small fingers) with the exception of 0, which involves a digging action
with a long nail to work (a real pain for texting). The hard casing
also makes it difficult to hear people when they call unless you have
it on max volume, and even then its a bit muffled. This was a cheap
upgrade for me and better than my last phone, so it suits my needs,
but if I had spent a lot of money and had high expectations I would
be asking for my money back.
Reviewed by Craig from Wales on 3rd Jul 2005
Sure this fone mite av the gadgets n da capability 2 stil work afta
bin tortured (e.g. Smashed, burnt etc.) But within 4 months of buyin
it the screen stared 2 mess up n eventualy da damn fing decided 2 go
on strike so i was wivout a fone, also afta managing 2 get da screen
workin agen the signal ad gone and the files like the recordings an
video files r messed up, th sound keeps stuterin. Bad fone, strongly
recomend 2 not buy it!
Reviewed by james harrison from United Kingdom on
3rd Jul 2005
It's a good little phone, i always buy these types of phones i.e 5100
i bought it twice and a nokia 5120. All of them are very good phones
for clumsy people like my, because i am always dropping them and banging
them when in my pocket. Could have some more games (only one) and a
Reviewed by karl from uk on 27th Jun 2005
dropped it stood on it wet it and sat on it, (all accidental) and it
Reviewed by grame from scotland on 25th Jun 2005
it is a very gd fone for the active cause it is hard to break and it
is durable yet it has all the gd features a normal fone would hav if
Reviewed by ben from u.k on 12th Jun 2005
the greatist phone ever made well better than the motorola v500
Reviewed by samuel from England on 10th Jun 2005
This fone is wicked,but I wont rate it outstanding
Reviewed by C.Raja from Botswana on 7th Jun 2005
The Phone is very good for an outdoor and clumsy person like me. I had
all the similar models of splash and Bump proof phones. Cons : 1. This
one has the worst keypad. It is hard to press the '0' key. 2. The shell
is very dificult to open. 3. All the features are great but of poorer
qality very unlike NOKIA. Pros: 1. The sturdy shell 2. Compass 3. GPS
enhansment !! 4. Short cut keys 5. Built in Sprit Level and Flash light!
Reviewed by erik from uk on 7th Jun 2005
very good battery life. robust. display slightly dull in bright lights
but no probs with visibilty or volume. compass useful for any purpose
where knowing the direction to +-5 degs useful, wind direction, cloudy
day in a city, forest etc i.e. fine for basic navigation but not precision
stuff, orienteering or mountaineering. thermometer ok. torch a little
lightsaver, quite bright and uses very little power overall very happy
and when replace it will do with the 5140i.
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 3rd Jun 2005
I read the reviews on here and visited my local phone shop. What a huge
disappointment this phone is. The BAD points and some are really. The
Display is truly awful, totally unsuited for anything but dull days
and indoor work-bearing in mind this is marketed as an a outdoor phone.
The ring tone volume is way way too low. Fine if you live in a Church
or Monastrey but hopeless in modern noisy life. The compass is just
a gimmick, to market it as an gps orienteering aid is dangerous and
to be honest you may as well buy a £1 ball one the sort you stick on
Ford Escort car dashboards from Halfords. It gives the digital read
out to the nearest degree but with no guidance index on the phone to
line it up makes it useless. (Anyone who has had a proper map compass
knows what I'm on about) Thermometer, er Why? Fitness coach err Why?
Nokia you are having a laugh? FM radio only works with the headset on
The good points. Small size and lightweight. Comclusion A truly overpriced
piece of junk which will get pubescent kiddies excited at having a feature
rich phone. Non of the features which are neeeded, useful or necessary.
Reviewed by bill from uk on 27th May 2005
Very good, dropped it but it still works!
Reviewed by Christian from Finland on 25th May
This is a really good phone. yaaaaaaaaay yo yayo
Reviewed by Charlotte from England on 23rd May
Its an excellent phone for me anyways ,its cute ,handy,colourful and
just billiant Pleaz buy it!
Reviewed by Mac from Italy on 3rd May 2005
Gary why don't you upgrade to the 5140i? It will be out soon. It has
a better screen and improved durability. I'm totally happy with this
Reviewed by Gary Wordsworth from UK on 1st May
I am a fisherman and I usually kill phones within 3 months as they get
left on deck, trod on, water damaged, in short I am an animal. Apart
from having a job working the keys in gloves, this is a great phone.
I've had it 9 months and it might even make it through to upgrade time.
Guess what, I'll replace it with another 5140.
Reviewed by David from England on 30th Apr 2005
The phone on a whole is fine, i only got the phone for its apparant
'protection' and water proof'ness(due to being a plant operator things
get bashed around)... i have had mobile phones for around 8 years..and
never broke a screen...i buy a phone with added protection and pop...the
screen breaks...maybe i shouldnt bother?? and just get a 40pound phone
Reviewed by Huw72 from UK on 29th Apr 2005
Does anyone know how to get the 'delivery reports' activated on this
phone for text-messaging. I can get to 'Message Settings' then 'Text
Messsages' and then 'Sending Profile' but to get 'Delivery reports'
switched to 'Yes' I have to select 'Profile 2'. The problem is, whenever
I do that, I find the phone immediately goes back to 'Default profile'
which does not give the option of turning 'Delivery reports' on. Am
I doing something wrong? Otherwise, the phone is ok. The compass is
very accurate while the thermometer is a few degrees too high. The stripey
background on the address book is a pain, but worst of all is the dark
screen which makes reading anything on it a chore a lot of the time.
Reviewed by Nikolai from Denmark on 29th Apr 2005
I've had this phone since last summer, the only flaw is that the screen
only has 4096 colors. I will upgrade to the 5140i this summer which
has 65K colors and mp3-ringtones. That model will be perfect.
Reviewed by Souiseh from nz on 27th Apr 2005
This phone is really tragic, is is supposed to be the most durable and
weather-proof phone on the market but its just a chunky, small screened
bomb. I dropped it onto my CARPET bout a month ago and ive lost screen
power. It still works but there is no light behind the screen. DO NOT
Reviewed by kickass
on 27th Apr 2005
well iv had this phone for ages now few months i aint really happy wi the cam on it or the display i suppose it quit strong coz i droppped it from my roof when i was on it and it didnt brake * oopps but i dont know y ppl say it cant put contacts on thy jst annoyin shut up lol it still gd i guess
Reviewed by Simon from England on 21st Apr 2005
This is junk!!!! no features at all. Orange are liars too - in the shop
it said the phone had 65,000 colour screen and 10mb memory well they
lied so took it back. get a 6230i or a 7270 :)
Reviewed by Simon from Switzerland on 21st Apr
I have been using this phone for 9 months now and I think it is very
good. It has a lot of functions and the size of the phone is still reasonable
small. Somebody wrote here that it is very difficult to move contacts
to the phone, I have to disagree at this point. An easy way to transfer
your contacts (if you have more than the SIM card fits) is to transfer
them to the Nokia Pc Suite program with infrared or cable from your
old phone. After that it is easy to put them in your new phone. Removing
the covers can be a little tricky, so if you need the swap SIM cards
often this is not the easiest phone. Otherwise it is excellent.
Reviewed by lance from usa on 19th Apr 2005
pros: strongly built and very good sport design, blue color is very
fits for me all the functions, easy to use and fast response, sound
quality and volume is good, keypad is easy to use and anti dust rubber
make it easy to hold, my 7210 falls every week. cons: up key is not
easy to use, display is not good as clear as 7210's in the sunlight,
fm still need headset, camera is a garbage, if there is a 5130 without
camera, I will definitely buy.
Reviewed by jc tyler from luxembourg on 18th Apr
Sorry about my previous review; I have to rewrite it. It's not only
the display that stinks. I have a 300+ contact list which I can not
import into the Nokia. There is no way to list the contacts in a simple
way. The thingie is so overloaded with completely unnecessary garbage
you barely remember what you bought the beepin piece for in the first
place. The striped background, which I haven't found a way to change
yet and believe me I've looked, is very disturbing. Too much eye candy
anyway. This is not an outdoors mobile, this is a plaything for kids
who also buy rubber robots. etc etc etc This is one mobile I regret
having bought. Now, they did not develop a superspecial lousy software
for this phone alone, did they? Cos you see I've looked at newer models
and the conclusion stays the same: Nokia has lost the script.
Reviewed by jc tyler from luxembourg on 14th Apr
I bought the Nokia 5140 to be used outdoors and since this mobile was
developped specifically for that, you'd imagine that all those things
that you need most outdoors would work best. What is the absolutely
FIRST thing you need outdoors? A display that you can read under any
outdoors circumstances. What did I find out already when I charged this
one the first time? Its display stinks. It not only stinks a little,
it stinks a lot. You don't see a bleedin thing on this display. When
it charged the first time, it took us MINUTES before we noticed the
charge indicator. Try to read this thing in full sunshine. What good
is a mobile with a lousy display? No good. How good is an OUTDOORS display
that you can't see? No beepin good at all. If you need an outdoors mobile,
get one with a good display and buy a rubber case to stick it in. How
a company like Nokia can produce this thing without being deeply embarrassed
is beyond me. That a company like Nokia has apparently not managed to
correct this error since its debut is a very bad sign. And I bet all
those responsible for this still work for Nokia... they were probably
the luminaries who insisted on putting a fitness coach into this thing.
I'll let you know soon as I hear the first pro athlete training with
the help of her mobile. An outdoors mobile without a proper display
is like a 4x4 without traction control: worthless. If I owned Nokia
stock, today I would have sold it.
Reviewed by DF from England on 12th Apr 2005
This Nokia 5140 was part of an upgrade package from Orange, the phone
seemed fine apart from a poor display and difficult to use buttons.
The camera isn't particulry good either but that's to be expected looking
at the specifications. However, after approximately a month the phone
stopped working completly while it was being used and is now completly
dead. It was sent back to the manufacterers under the warranty only
to be returned a month later with a short note saying thayt it was unrepairable
due to liquid damage. So much for their warranties, the phone had in
fact never been near any liquid and was in use when it went wrong. An
independant repairer has seen it since it went wrong and opened it up,
there are arrow stickers placed inside it by the first repairer to indicate
the damage, however, it takes a magnifier to see anything let alone
identifiy if it is damage or not. The moral of this is that if you want
a phone that won't be honoured under warranty go for it. As a result
of this sevice from Nokia I would not recommend their phones.
Reviewed by A from UK on 8th Apr 2005
If you want a phone to last, get the 5140. The screen is clear, the
buttons are responsive and it has great features too. Nokia have finally
bought out a phone that is robust yet sophisticated. Well done Nokia!
Reviewed by Laichh from United Kingdom on 3rd
From Nokia 5210 -> 5100 -> 5140, I own them all, from "build quality"
point of view, I trust the old 5210 most, I used to wash it under tap,
but not to any of his brother. This 5140 is an average phone, I found
very hard to press the '^' button when I first got it in Nov 2004, I
always hit both '^' and center access button at the same time, until
I have discover a very tricky way to press it, or I should say "pull"
it down with an angle of about 30~45 degree. The on/off button is not
as hard as 5210 & 5100 does, but this time the shell is very hard to
open. The enclosed holding clip design is rubbish, and none of his brother
did this job well. Fitness coach is not user friendly at all. It will
be nice is the screen backlight can go off a bit quicker when the touch
Reviewed by Micke from Sweden on 1st Apr 2005
Have you tried replacing the battery? My battery is good for 6-7 days
with light usage. I think the phone is very good, I have used it now
for 6 months. The Ir-port is very handy in my opinion. I can download
games and ringtones for free. There is even a program you can use to
transform songs you like to a form the phone understands. I can highly
recommend the Nokia 5140.
Reviewed by Bart from Belgium on 31st Mar 2005
This has been a complete waste of money. I bought this phone for the
so called long standby time of at least 6 days. Even without using it
much it drains the battery in less than 48 hours. It has been in the
shop twice now and the problem (whatever that problem might be) has
not been solved. They even claim that it was sended back to Nokia. The
next time I go back to the shop it will be to throw this piece of junk
in the guys face...
Reviewed by Hubert from Poland on 29th Mar 2005
I'll just say: GREAT. It maybe doesn't look nice, but some funktions
in this phone are outstanding.
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 28th Mar 2005
How do you download games??????? I've had this phone a few months now.
We had a powercut in the winter and the torch was a lifesaver. I use
the compass quite a bit for trekking and for finding south (when looking
for properties). The compass doesn't work near other magnetic sources,
but is accurate outdoors. The sound meter is great for complaining about
the noise at work. I've also used the stopwatch, thermometer (this also
works well for taking your own temerature), camera, video recorder and
push-to-talk - all of which work perfectly well but maybe lack a little
quality. Oh and i make calls aswell. All in all, it's a great phone
for an active clumsy person. However, I can't figure out how to download
games. The one game that came with it is rubbish. I'd like to download
Jetset Willy but I can't figure out how. Could someone point me to a
'step by step guide for dummies'
Reviewed by Tomy from USA on 28th Mar 2005
IT IS A GOOD PHONE BUT IT COLOUR IS NOT SO GOOD BUT GENERALLYIS GOOD
Reviewed by cem baytok from turkey on 28th Mar
everthing is ok. But "fitness coach" application has a bug in it. whenever
you try to upload a weight training program, it stops and gives "out
of memory" message (even I had a 3.5 mb. free memory). And customer
support does not have a record of such kind.
Reviewed by Matti from Finland on 25th Mar 2005
Hey Steve, seems the sales person really screwed you off. My first phone
was also the 5110, which served me well for 4 years (my father has been
using it for 5 more years now) The best replacement for your 5110 would
be the 3510(i) model. The buttons are surely big enough and it's almost
the same size as the 5110, just slimmer. I'm sure you can find a good
car kit for it too and the price of the phone should be about one third
of the price of 5140. I used the 3510 for almost 3 years before changing
to my 5140, which IMO is a great phone. To be sure you get a phone you
like, try it out in the shop before you part from your money. The 5140
suits my needs perfectly, nothing to complain about.
Reviewed by Steve from New Zealand on 25th Mar
Rubbish Rubbish Rubbish!! I have thrown my phone literally across a
carpark (After paying $550NZD 1 week before) and gone back to my trusty
5110. The buttons are far too small and I can't get car kit for it.
Ear piece supplied is enormous with a clip on it. We have purchased
4 of these lousy phones by suggestion of our local Vodafone supplier.
Apparently suggested to be the "best" replacement to the 5110 for contractors.
Not for us. Unfortunately we will lose money and sell the others at
a loss. The only thing I can say about it is that it survived the throw
(about 30 metres) on ashphalt I really dislike this peice of rubbish.
Why do phone manufacturers continue to make phones with whizz bang options......difficult
menus......and no aerial connections for car kits for fringe areas Surely
its in their best interests to have us using their network than not
using it because the phone is too small and not very sensitive in fringe
coverage areas. The rings are horrible and not loud enough and they
have removed the central one touch button that you could push multiple
times to delete/read messages. Audio out of the phone is extremely poor
and the hands free loud speaker function is a joke. Sorry we are not
a "sporty" bike riding types in my small company so we did'nt buy the
piece of junk for its looks. We had fantastic service from the 5110
and on the merits of that run, we believed the salesman and brought
four. Only afterwards did we find out that the "Car Kit" he said existed
was one of those chaep junky cigarette lighter numbers. (Not the same
as our proper 5110 carkits with a control box and outside aerial) So
its back to the drawing board to find a better phone. Nokia You now
produce rubbish!! I guess we should have read this great site first!!
Reviewed by Glenn from Belguim on 24th Mar 2005
This phone is so baaddd don't buy it you waste your money
Reviewed by Jelger from NL on 24th Mar 2005
Absolutely amazing phone. I especially like the fact that the volume
of the speaker changes according to the noisyness of the surroundings.
You always hear what the other person is saying even in a really loud
environment. With my earlier phones I experienced problems not hearing
properly in loud conditions. Also battery is very good, lasts for more
than a week!
Reviewed by Matias from Sweden on 17th Mar 2005
I love this phone. Camera is good, but to be able to see them properly
you need to transfer them to your computer first by infrared. Pc suite
is great for handling contacts and keeping backups of them if your phone
gets stolen. Has lots of functions and very good battery time. The radio
has good reception even in stereo. Flash light is useful too. The interface
is really great, writing sms is just behind one button, no need to scroll
through lots of menus first. Great!!!
Reviewed by dwpofj from dustbin on 17th Mar 2005
dis fone iz rubbish i bought it yesterday n i have gave it back it iz
a brick and iv bought a samsung d500 n it iz amazin go 4 it da camaraz
brill n i can hack in 2 plps files haha
Reviewed by Mike from Finland on 15th Mar 2005
Great phone, would be perfect if it had a 65K screen. Many gadgets you
don't find in any other phone.
Reviewed by Chris
on 9th Mar 2005
I have just argued with my service provider, wh02 will remain un-named, i have a 6600 and to be honest, it is like having a very badly constructed housebrick in my pocket. The 6600 broke! the camera stopped working and the little joystick mjigger failed to work in a down direction making the phone a pain in the arse to use. So i asked if i could "downgrade" to a 5140 because it has the GPS option. They said "no". to which i said: "this will cost you less money than giving me a free replacement." In the end they gave in and i have my 5140, which is great. It sends txts, stores numbers, takes photos of people i have never met when i am in the pub and is immune to beer spillage! I say well done Nokia - this is a true drinkers phone!!
Reviewed by danny from england on 19th Feb 2005
You people that are saying this phone is rubbish its a great phone its
does everything you could want it to do, but it would be better with
Reviewed by Lynn from Philippines on 13th Feb
Sure it hasn't got Bluetooth, or a spiffy camera or resolution, but
guess what? It's a phone! As long as I can send text messages, make
calls, and it survives my various acts of carelessness (which include
dropping it in the parking lot, falling out of my pocket, or spilling
iced tea on it), it's okay with me. The torch is pretty nifty, as well
as the sound meter and the compass. Texting is a bit fiddly with the
keypad, but you get used to it. All in all a sturdy piece of work.
Reviewed by Iain from England on 8th Feb 2005
Bought as a replacement for the 5100. Unfortunately it's the only phone
that I've managed to break the LCD screen on; I think that's because
it's got a slightly flexible cover as opposed to other phones which
are rigid. But to get it fixed is only £24 including postage...
Keypad could be a little easier to use, but it's a lot better than the
5100. The optional GPS is good but it drains the battery pretty fast,
takes quite a while to get a satelite signal, and the software parts
could be more integrated with each other - but I guess there may be
updates in future. Works better in the car than on foot for some reason.
But considering it's GPS on a mobile phone (which I think must be a
first) I can't complain. Email (POP) application is basic but excellent
- certainly better than any I've found to download. Don't really need
a camera, but I guess it might be useful if you have a car accident.
And I STILL can't see what anyone's going to do with the thermometer,
let alone the decibel meter... Torch IS useful though.
Reviewed by sallyriggins
on 8th Feb 2005
Lost count of the number of phones I've broken in the past, but this phone stands the test. Sturdy and strong, it also has the walkie talkie feature that looks set to really take off in future. If you like the outdoor life then this really is the phone for you. There's even a digital compass so you'll know you're always heading in the right direction. Bought this online and got (free) the Xpress-on GPS housing (a satellite positioning gizmo) so you can never have the excuse that you don't know where you are. Love it.
Reviewed by frances andrew from uk on 4th Feb
Too chunky and no sex appeal. The hands-free kit is difficult to connect
and when connected will not sit in the mobile phone holder in car. The
radio has poor signal The memory of the phone is too small to retain
any amount of photos and videos. The speakerphone is difficult to hear.
The thermometer is not accurate. Not the best Nokia mobile ever made.
I think that they no longer have the edge over other competitors such
as Sony Ericsson and Samsung. Definitely better phones around
Reviewed by ryan carter from uk on 31st Jan 2005
Its the best phone ever as soon as it came out i told my mum to buy
it for me thanks mum i love
Reviewed by Bob from England on 17th Jan 2005
This phone is brill if you get the more buisness type of cover
Reviewed by Danny from United Kingdom on 16th
i have had this phone for two months now and at first i was very pleased,
i was hopiing it had an mp3 player on it but the carphone warehouse
lied in there free christmas catalog, but if you buy a data cable or
in my case an irda device from www.mobileactions.com then you can download
the multemedia player to download movies to 3gp format(the format of
the phones videos) and you can convert MP3s to .AMR format using nokia's
"multemedia converter". No phones come standard with a cable apart from
the smart phones which rely on a computer connection to transfer data.the
camera quality is quite good, at first i thought the camera quality
wasnt very good at all, but when i uploaded the images to my pc they
were extremely clear and are big enough to use as full backgrounds.
The camera seems to be very dark at the time you turn it on but once
you have took the picture it is alot brighter, so this saves battery
power. although the screen is 128 x 128 pixels you can fit 640x480 pixeled
pictures. the screen is the wierdest and most puzzling screen i have
seen on a nokia, the screen seems to have a hazy effect compared to
some nokias that show a "crystal clear" display. the fuzziness does
work well thought with the backgrounds sometimes. although some of the
below reviews say that the keys are hard to use, they arent at all.
they just arent used to the center button inbetween the scroll keys,
previously i had a panasonic X70 and it has similar buttons and i had
no problems when i changed to my nokia 5140, if you cant use this phones
buttons then lose some weight or just cope with fat fingers on another
phone. i love the shape cant get wnough of it. the rubber bits on the
sides make the phone very comfy. the cases are hard to get off at first,
but as all products are used more in any case they "loosen up" and are
easier to remove. i can now remove the cases with ease. i have also
found a site where you can unlock your phone(s) for free....www.unlockme.com
i have unlocked 3 nokias now using that site, i suggest you use the
forum as it is the easier option. the compass doesnt seem to work stright
away as the components of the phone generate heat as they are used and
interfere with the temperature. all the temperature needs is time to
cool down to the temperature and it will adjust to the correct temperature.
nobody mentioned the spirit-level as i was surprised, it is used so
you can hold the phone horizontally so you cant get an accurate reading
on the compass. The Game Supplied on the phone is just plain crap, if
you want games get a nokia n-gage or go on goole.com on your mobile
and search for "free java games" or just give Ace-Games a visit. Some
of the gadgets you get along with your phone in the box are wierd. there
is an oval thing that has a magnifying glass and had a clip on it, i
thought it was a belt clip but it is actually a very "high pitched"
and i mean high pitched whistle and is good for annoying who or whatever
y ou want to annoy! lol the other thing is something that clips onto
the phone at the back (first at the bottom and then clips on the top).
there is also a kind of strap that clips onto the back of this, it is
very difficult to fix on and frustrating, but once its on its on and
isnt moving at all! i cant quite see what it is used for so i just put
it on my arm and put the radio on. you can adjust it so its nice n snug
on ur hand and u can have your phone ready in ur hand and still move
your fingers around. and at the moment i am typing with it in my hand
to show you something that it can be used for and its working! there
are many accessories that are exlusively for the nokia 5140 and cannot
be used on any other phones at the moment, like the heart rate thingy
magigamny and the cover with a sattelite nagigation system on it but
these are for people who would use the phone for what it is truly ment
for. if this is not your kind of phone dont mock it go find another
one, thats w hy nokia make so many, different people like different
things so overall i give this phone a 4 out of five because although
it isnt perfect it isnt bad but only a few things need to be improved
in the next model. i love this phone so i hope you can tooo!
Reviewed by Ed from England on 10th Jan 2005
I got this phone to replace my 5210 and although the compass and radio
are nice enough, i was very disappointed with the camera quality. If
you arent very bothered about a camera phone then this is a great choice
but the camera was my main requirement so i returned it and got a motorola
v620 instead which is much better.
Reviewed by from England on 9th Jan 2005
no1 can diss this phone
Reviewed by hello from uk on 9th Jan 2005
the phone looks nice [if different colour] i haven't given it all the
stars cos i dont like the things on the side, they ruin the phone!
Reviewed by ????? from Hell on 8th Jan 2005
i bought the nokia 5140 its really amazing , but if u say that there
the camera sucks there liers its really good and if u dont like it without
bluetooth then ur probably a spoiled brat so go buy urself a 6630 or
somethin but if ur not a spoiled brat buy urself a 6600 thats wat i
Reviewed by chris from UK on 7th Jan 2005
I have been using this phone for 4 months now and I haven't been able
to fault it. As a mountain leader I value it's ruggedness and although
not 100% waterproof i have yet to damage it, it's been dropped, soaked
and generally abused and still works perfectly. If i had to count the
number of times the torch has come in usefull! the decibel meter and
compass are in all honesty just gadgets although functional i wouldn't
rely on them, maybe good for deciding which way your garden faces to
position that sundial? the torch, thermometer, camera and PTT are indispensible
though. Great Phone.
Reviewed by Mz Law from Iraq on 3rd Jan 2005
this fone is rubbish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!its got da most rubbish colour
screen and my little brother says he wants to get it. i keep tellin
him dat it is complete rubbish
Reviewed by Tomi from Finalnd on 21st Dec 2004
Phone was very expensive, but i think it's worth of it. Phone design
is very good. At the beginning i have problems with small buttons but
day or two hard training made it and now buttons are easy to use. Menu's
are very simple even if there is hugely all kind of functions, some
are useless and some are very usefull. Camera is very good and images
are surprisingly good and i have used camera very often. Only bad thing
about camera is that when you take the picture and if phone swing a
little bit the image is blurred. So you have to had very balanced hands
:D Digital compass is very intresting function but as you quess not
very usefull. Yes it works very good but how often do you need compass
when you don't have real compass with you? What next? Let's look the
applications. Fitness coach application really sucks. And games, one
game and its not good at all. Back to the camera. You can take one minute
video but video is very poor quality. It's nearly useless. Then there
is Push To Talk feature but i cn't say anything about that beacause
it's not working yet in here. Radio is very goog and the headphones
are good beacause those have a bail which goes above the ear and they
dont drop off. I haven't thrown this phone to the wall so i can't say
anything about the impact resistance. But cover is plastic and thin
rubber so don't throw your phone to the wall, i think at it won't last
long. So after all this phone is very good an it is worth of it's price
and now it't cheaper. Very good phone, buy it. That's it. Thanks.
Reviewed by Roy from Israel on 20th Dec 2004
I bought this cellular last week, and it's perfect! espcially to my
needs, durable, has speaker, digital camera (don't get the bad impression
from the photoes seen on the cell's screen, in the computer they're
much better! It also has great FM radio, IR connecion allow you (with
Nokia PC suite) to manage your photoes & ringtones & other application
with you laptop (or regular PC, with apropriate USB cable). What even
more impressing: *it has a flashlight, great for outdoors! *the compass
is really accurate (checked with aircraft compass!!!). *Thermometer
- accurate and useful! *shared memory - all the applications saved on
the same memory (no limitation for messages or contacts) *PTT, like
a real walky talky!!! *Voice dailling *more... in conclusion, this is
a great cellular but for typical person. the one whom travel a lot,
need strong cell with cool function! really worth it!
Reviewed by Kerrie from England on 16th Dec 2004
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im glad i upgraded to this phone, its simple and easy to use and i like
the texting buttons on it. this phone is like a swiss army knife with
out the knife on it, its got nearly everything you need!! its a great