Nokia 5140 Review
Review: September 2004. Updated September 2005.
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.
Features of the Nokia 5140 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
- 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 100 reviews:
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 adrian chappell from uk on 1st Sep
worst phone i have ever owned about as durable as a sheet of tissue
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Tomy from USA on 28th Mar 2005
IT IS A GOOD PHONE BUT IT COLOUR IS NOT SO GOOD BUT GENERALLYIS GOOD
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 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 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 Glenn from Belguim on 24th Mar 2005
This phone is so baaddd don't buy it you waste your money
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 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 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
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
Reviewed by JamesPhillips from England on 27th
Just got the phone yesterday and it is worth the money, only real let
down is the FM radio which has a bad signal, but camera is v good for
a phone and all other features are very good.
Reviewed by Luke from Australia on 26th Nov 2004
I got this phone to replace the 5210 that I had. I have been very happy
with the features and have been able to use some of them in my work.
Re: the compass, Make sure that you calibrate and input the declination.
I find you have to hold the phone very still to get a clear shot, but
the quality is good. The Other features such as the loudspeaker are
great. It works well with my carrier. The only downside is the wait
for the ex-press on covers and gps cover to be released.
Reviewed by Hope from england on 24th Nov 2004
THIS PHONE IS AMAZING!!!!!!! I LUV IT! I GOT IT 2DAY AND I CANT PUT
IT DW! SO 2 ALL THE PPL SAY ITS RUBBISH *TUTS* LOL ANYWAY ITS GREAT!!
AND I LIKE IT! X
Reviewed by liz shell from england on 14th Nov
This phone is outstanding,faboulous, a micale!!!!!and fabolous looks
Reviewed by David Norman from UK on 12th Nov 2004
Nokia 5140. I upgraded to this Nokia 5140, from a completly different
phone, the Nokia 6610. Mainly because I do a lot of outdoor work now.
The 5140 is robust, splashproof. I like not having to worry if it does
get pushed around a bit while I work. I expected it to feel cumbersome
carrying it around, but on the contrary, it hasn't been like that at
all. I especially liked the keyboard, after the diddly little one on
the 6610. They give a satisfying scrunch using them. They dont seem
to be especially hard to use. The clarity of the calls are excellent.
The `feel` of the phone is good. I think Nokia have got it right with
the size of this one. The screen could have been bigger, but I soon
got used to it, as it gave me five names on the phone listing on one
screen load. The facilities are excellent. It has all the business features
of the 6610 including space for postal adresses, and email address and
lots of different phone numbers, and to do list, and calander. AS WELL,
as the out door stuff, like compass, fitness programme, it has a camera
which is mediochre, but also an excellent FM radio. It has email facilities.
I am enjoying using this phone a lot. I think Nokia have been forward-minded
in giving it the office features as well as some unusual outdoor features.
Ok, maybe I will never use the compass or the fitness programme, but
I have used the torch, and the radio. Apart from this, and the smallish
screen, it's a very enjoyable phone to use. Maybe if you are looking
for a phone to tuck into your top pocket while in the office it may
not be a first choice, but for a no nonsense, nice to handle mobile
I have been very pleased with it, and pleased that I did choose this
particular model. It's nice to have a phone that is just a little bit
Reviewed by Jojo from England on 12th Nov 2004
This has got to be the worse phone in the world! The radio only works
when you hold the phone in a set position, do not move it or boom!!
you lose the station. Trying to change to line two activated the torch!
I guess I had better put something nice....erm....the compass is ok.
To sum it up, if you haven't got one.....don't bother. Buy a compass
and a torch, much cheaper option!
Reviewed by warren from england on 9th Nov 2004
i thought this phone would be great,it looks good and is fun to use,but
thats about it,the buttons are to close together and unless you've got
tiny fingers forget it.
Reviewed by VyRuZ from Romania on 31st Oct 2004
Heys. I gots this phone for 1 month now. I can tell you that it's a
good phone. The features work well (camera, compass and thermometer),
despite what you guys say. The camera is GOOD for taking pics at a range
of up to 3-4 meters (that would be about 12 feet or so). Phone memory
is good, haven't used more than 800k out of 4 megs so far. Software
has ABSOLUTELY no bugs. The DISPLAY IS 4096 COLOURS BECAUSE TFT DISPLAYS
ARE MUCH MORE FRAGILE THAN STN's. And as nokia doesen't have a 65k colours
STN, they used a 4096 one. So the screen was made to be tough, not very
very pleasent. Keep this in mind when you buy a rugged phone. I give
it 5 out of five, because it's a good phone and everything, and i mean
everything works perfectly. Only thing i can complain about is that
at times, the 2 phone shells kinda` jiggle a little, and i had to put
a little piece of paper between the phone and the shell, to counter
Reviewed by bah from gb on 22nd Oct 2004
i dnt kno wot ur chatin bout dis fone is amazin bruv!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by mmcm from uk on 21st Oct 2004
Awful squashy, stiff keypad buttons make it a pain to use -- soft keys
are an ergonomic nightmare due to being so small and close to other
keys. Image quality lousy, but only a fool wants a camera on a mobile
anyway. Overflowing with silly gimmicks only a child would appreciate.
Other than that, it's not too bad at all.
Reviewed by Dhonzkie from PH on 18th Oct 2004
I have waited for this phone for the longest time, and bought it the
second I saw it in an electronic shop. I really love everybit of it.
Don't really care much if the screen resolution is not that good (Man,
if you want great screen resolution, buy a digicam instead). Have you
tried downloading the pics to your PC? They're good too! Anyways, I
bought this phone because of it's durability and slick design, and got
what I paid for. For those who got bad receptions and other weird things
going on with their phones, I suggest you try asking for a new one (you
do have warranties, right?). Mine is working perfectly, of course don't
intentionally drop it in a bucket of water... Cheers!!!
Reviewed by Tim Harvey from UK on 15th Oct 2004
I am used to using a P800 and XDA 2 and needed something a little more
robust for when I go hiking. Dont want to have to get a stylus out when
it's blowing a gale. Setting up e-mail V difficult, GPRS still to go.
Synching a real pain to set up-awaiting a call from the Nokia help-desk.
VERY unhappy that the GPRS sleeve isn't available and I am struggling
to think why you'd buy one without it. No Synch cable in the box as
not supplied. NOT happy about that either.
Reviewed by Sven from Sweden on 30th Sep 2004
I just love my 5140. It's got everything I need and the camera is pretty
good (for a phone). A little big but it's worth it!
Reviewed by Nige from England on 16th Sep 2004
I think Richy must have a duff phone. My 5140's temperature sensor is
absolutely spot on accurate. The electronic compass is far better than
the one on my Garmin Etrex Summit and as a phone it is fabulous. This
is a real winner from Nokia. I just hope you can get the cover off easier
than I did. I'll let you know about the GPS cover when it arrives!
Reviewed by Richard from England on 14th Sep 2004
Previously had a 5100 which proved robust but buttons were difficult
to use due to rubbery action. 5140 much better and additional fuctions
useful in outdoor or rough environment use. If you want pretty pictures
this is not the phone for you and not as good looking as 5100, but for
the environment it is designed to be used in it is excellent.
Reviewed by Larry from Philippines on 14th Sep
my 2 friends and I have the same problem with this phone, the loudspeaker
would activate by itself. very dangerous when you unsuspectingly put
the phone next to your ear to answer a call. suggest buyers wait until
they fix this major flaw. too bad the Siemens M65 is being recalled.
Reviewed by Richy from England on 27th Aug 2004
Only had this phone for 2 days so far & I love ALMOST everthing about
it. The compass, thermometer and Sound meter are all good fun, but of
course completely pointless & hopelessly inaccurate!! (it is a phone
after all) Only gripes: It;s bigger & heavier than my old 8310 (no going
back now, girlfriend has that :/ ) and, THE FLIPPING THING WILL ONLY
MAKE / RECEIVE CALLS IN LOUDSPEAKER MODE!!.... i will speak to orange
tomorrow, but this has taken the shine off my new toy! p.s YES I have
switched loudspeaker OFF whilst in a call, it makes no difference. Oh
well, if you want one, get one...I can;t think of a phone I'd want more
for the time being.
Reviewed by Lewis from England on 22nd Aug 2004
I cant wait to get this phone! Hopefully, I'll get it for my birthday!
:-D It looks so cool and It's even got a digital compass!!! I give this
phone 5 stars, even though I havn't got it yet! I'll write another review
when I get it! (hopefully!)
Reviewed by Douglas from Scotland on 21st Aug
This phone is GREAT!!! the built in features are so entertaining. I
ve had the phone for a week and I havent used all of its many features.
The design is cool but ive tryed to download games and ringtones, but
it says that there is no GPRS conection avalible. Please e-mail me at
email@example.com if you can solve this problem, still, a
must- have phone
Reviewed by Ellie from england on 5th Aug 2004
Well i havent got this phone at the moment and im still not sure wheather
i should get it as i have been looking at all the different reveiws
and its seems that most of the reveiws are mixed on the camera quality!
Some people are saying it is good some are saying its bad! i just dont
no wat to think anymore! but i have rated this phone 5 stars as it looks
good! and sounds it from its discription! But some one give me a straight
answer whats the camera like gd or bad!??
Reviewed by Kirby from PH on 29th Jul 2004
Been using this phone for over two weeks, and I'm loving every minute
of it! Has a ton of features that keep me occupied everyday. Plus, everyone
who sees the phone is instantly impressed. It's definitely a great conversation
piece! Few things that disappoint me though: I can't seem to switch
off the game sounds even if the phone is already on silent mode, so
I can't play games at night. Then my service provider tells me that
they're still waiting for the 5140's WAP settings; this means I can't
yet subscribe to the WAP service. i have to carry the phone in an upright
position inside my pocket, otherwise I find that it switches itself
off (weird, or maybe it's just a firmware bug). And I do wish that they
included the data cable in the sales package. Despite these though,
I still like this phone a lot, and would recommend it to my friends.
Reviewed by ally from england on 23rd Jul 2004
this is a really good phone with loads of extra features, from the camera
and video clips which are good quality down to the torch which is just
a fun touch! the only thing i would say is the shells are really difficult
to remove, which is pretty standard for nokia and some of the keys are
too stiff to begin with. it is also easy to miss and get the wrong key.
i have had this phone for 2 weeks but the key pad has already split
so am about to take that back to be changed...kind of defeats the object
of it being water/dust proof!! i still rate the nokia 3310 as the best
key design and easiest to use but this one is cool... :-)
Reviewed by Antoine from France on 22nd Jul 2004
I have already a 5100 nokia cellphone and as I was very satisfied of
it I expected the 5140 to be even better. I bought immediately as available
the 5140 and I was very disappointed : the lcd screnn is of poor quality
with a digital noise that run all over the screen the keyboard is too
sensible and the key are too flat the camera is of very poor quality
even if it can take images at 640x480 : blurred I cannot understand
what happened and why Nokia did so many bad changes between the excellent
5100 and the new 5140 Finally I decided to keep my old 5100 and to put
my 5140 on ebay
Reviewed by maher from egypt on 14th Jul 2004
Well, i've been following up on this phone even b4 its launch. I have
been having trouble deciding which phone to buy, the 5140 or the 3200.
To be honest, i want to make the most of the phone features while retaining
an affordable price (don't we all). the 5140 hasn't been introduced
into Egypt yet, so if u can provide info on it in comparison with the
3200 that can help me decide to buy the 3200 or wait 4 the 5140, pls
mail me on: firstname.lastname@example.org.