Nokia 5140i Review
Review: September 2005. Updated November 2006.
The Nokia 5140i is an uprated version of the 5140,
and goes some way to addressing the shortcomings of the 5140. It's marketed
as an outdoor phone, with its main feature being that it is tough and
resistant to wear & tear. 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 5140i comes with a range of sports-inspired features, including
a torch, electronic compass and thermometer. The "Fitness Coach"
application enables planning and recording of activities, as well as
sharing of training data with training partners. There are also sports-related
wallpapers, animated screensavers and MP3 ringtones.
As well as the outdoor-related stuff, the 5140i comes with useful features
like an integrated camera & video camera, a stereo FM radio, and
an integrated handsfree speaker.
The two biggest problems that the 5140i shares with its predecessor
are the keypad and the display. 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. The STN (passive matrix) technology
used for the screen means that the display is difficult to see when
outdoors - a real problem when you consider the target market for this
phone. Neither of these key issues have been addressed in the 5140i.
The replacement for the Nokia 5140i is the Nokia
Features of the Nokia 5140i include:
- VGA camera (640 x 480 pixels)
- Video recorder and player
- Display: passive matrix, 65,536 colours, 128 x 128 pixels
- Stereo FM radio
- 24-voice polyphonic ringtones / MP3 ringtones
- Integrated handsfree speaker
- Voice features: voice commands, voice recorder
- Speed dialing
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Flash Messaging, Instant Messaging
- Push To Talk
- Games: Bowling, Adventure Race
- Downloadable Java games and applications
- Wallpaper & screensavers
- Special features: Standby light to locate the phone, flashlight,
compass, thermometer, alarm clock
- Personal organiser functions
- Caller ID with image
- Connectivity: Infra-red, Pop-Port
- Data transfer: GPRS class 10, EDGE
(download speed up to 177.6 kbps)
- Size: 107 x 47 x 24 mm
- Weight: 101g
- Talktime: 2 - 5 hours
- Battery standby: up to 300 hours
Nokia 5140i User Reviews
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Average rating from 103 reviews:
Reviewed by |-|ans from Netherlands on 3rd Aug
I bought mine a long time ago (2006?) and -still- the dang thing is
working fine... finally the case broke (had to use ductape to keep the
lower flap covering charger slot in place, but that lasted very long)
but found a replacement cover for a few euros so I am afraid I will
still not easily get rid of it...
Sure: I do not need fancy features (which it lacks), but for calling
and messaging this one keeps rocking!
Reviewed by Markus Rønning from Norway on 17th
I had this phone from 2006-2011! I loved the speakers and the sound
Reviewed by ali from gujrat pakistan on 24th Dec
i like like like like the 5140 mobile please give me price
Reviewed by Ian from UK on 4th Aug 2007
I'm a soldier. This phone is the business. I've had one for three years
and subjected it to all sorts of unmentionable things, including dropping
it in a mountain stream for over 24 hours, deserts, arctic, but it keeps
ticking. I'm now going to upgrade to a 5140i because the waterproof
flap has worn off. Very popular with my colleagues. Most of the "Duty"
phones I've seen in the last few years have been these things. As for
the "Gimmicks": Forget bluetooth and keep the flashlight and the compass.
Both particularly good to have when you don't have the real thing handy.
Reviewed by frank from uk on 23rd Jul 2007
when are nokia going to build a variety of splash proof phones for the
hardy person and home keepers (they arrived from heaven about 3 years
ago - children proof mobiles and they are virtually indestructable yippee),
consider making them smart looking and blue tooth compactable? i personally
would keep buying only these types of stronger phones that last and
actually save you money if you use them correctly.
Reviewed by George Kiernan from Ireland on 21st
I bought the 5210 ( the first one ) in 2001 it finnaly died last week!!!!
I have the 5140 since 2005 It is still going strong!( I own 2 phones)
Look at every person in the construction industry and a 5140 is what
they have - WHY --- BECAUSE IT WORKS!!!!! Want to look Cool buy a prada
or apple phone ( But what ever you do dont drop it) Want a phone thet
works no matter what buy the 5140 - nuff said I am buying a 5140i to
replace the 5210!!!! worth 6 stars!
Reviewed by Nick Simpson from UK on 17th Jul 2007
I've just bought one of these, for one very good reason: On a recent
sailing trip to the Norfolk Broads, my mate dropped his with the torch
on into 4 feet of water. It was 2.00 am and we were rather the worse
for wear...At 10.00am we decided to try and fish it out to retrieve
the SIM card. It came up in the net with the torch still on and fully
operational. OK, it may not be the most trick bit of kit on the market,
but it gets my vote as a sports phone!
Reviewed by Rob from Fernando Poo on 12th Jul
I threw mine as hard as i could (got a bit stressed, lack of signal,
virgin's fault not the phone)it flew a very, very long way and landed
on concrete, apart from some serious sctatches it survived. SHOW ME
ANOTHER PHONE THAT CAN DO THAT! P.S. managed to get a signal were the
Reviewed by Josh from Uniten Kingdom on 24th Jun
i purchased this phone after seeing on the television commercial that
it was virtually indestructable. Encouraged by this fact, i had an urge
to try and break it lol. didn't take much, just dropped it down a flight
of stairs at school. screen broke and the case was smashed to pieces.
be careful with this phone!!!
Reviewed by Caroline from Northern Ireland on
17th Jun 2007
My mum had this phone and my dad buy her a new one becuase it was so
awful looking! it was seriously terrible and the buttons would never
Reviewed by MAT from UK on 16th Jun 2007
BAD IT DOSENT HAVE ENEY THING GOOD
Reviewed by Alistair Eld from UK on 14th Jun 2007
I am a plasterer so my phone gets dropped, knocked, scratched, gets
wet and gets regularly covered in muck and plaster, most days i have
to chip hard plaster off the handset and then soak the cover in water
to remove the last bits. It's the tuffest phone out there, this is my
third, one got stolen and i snapped the screen on one but that was not
a fault of the phone. The only downside is the camera/screen is not
as good as it could be and not much memory but it more than makes up
for it with tuffness.
Reviewed by Heartless from UK on 7th Jun 2007
I have had three of these phones over the years now and i would not
be without it, very durable and sustained a lot of falls and abuse.
pity the games are so poor but i can live with that lasts a week on
standby with minimal use and whilst pictures and video are not fantastic
it aint important to me. if you use a phone more as a functional accessory
rather than a design accessory then this phone is fine.
Reviewed by craig dunn from uk on 5th Jun 2007
Im a bus mechanic/ transport mansger and my phone gets real rough treatment.It
is really tough and takes the knocks.It doesnt bother with oil or diesel
ingress either.I have had four of these now.I think the earlier one
was better for me on a personal level.I only phone or text.I'm at this
moment looking for a replacement under warranty, it keeps losing the
signal just like my last one. If you're rough with stuff this is the
Reviewed by Robin from Poland on 25th May 2007
Does what it says on the tin. Much mention has been made of the small
keypad. I don't get it. I have pretty large hands and don't have the
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 23rd May 2007
I have had the 5140 for a couple of years and its been amazing. Very
rugged, except for losing the rubber flap that covers the charging port.
You wouldn't believe the places this phone has been. Just 'upgraded'
to a 5500 that is total rubbish. Vodafone are delvering a 5140i as a
replacement tomorrow, thank god.
Reviewed by Yawn from UK on 18th May 2007
Getting on now but if you have no desire for all the modern 'fashion'
add-ons, it'll last a lifetime doing what it says on the tin - robust
and reliable phone. As for that chap below who said "awful phone" because
of no blue tooth...errrm, this is your company's fault not the phone's
dummy! Get them to get you an appropriate handset!!!
Reviewed by ChrisB from UK on 16th May 2007
I've had the 5140 (original) version of this phone for a couple of years
and I love it. I've looked at nokia's rugged smarphone replacement,
but the reviews said that battery life wasn't that hot (ie, daily charging).
Reading the reviews below, people seem to dislike it for things like
poor video quality, no bluetooth, the menu button sticking out (doesn't
that reviewer use the automatic keylock?), and problems with the screen
breaking when they dropped it (frankly, these people should be more
careful with expensivy electronic equipment - it's not meant to be indestructible,
just more rugged than a standard phone). The lack of bluetooth and poor
quality video doesn't detract from the usefulness of the phone. If you're
the sort of person who finds themselves outdoors (in humid or rainy
environments), or in dusty situations, then this phone is perfect for
you - you'll just have to forgo the bluetooth and video. If, however
you just want to take photo's of your mates, then go for something else.
Another useful feature is the built in torch (which I use regularly,
whether searching for something at the back of a cupboard, or walking
the dog). Yes, it's not a perfect phone as there are phones with more
functionality, but it does have a decent battery life (ie, it lasts
around 5 days between charges (but I don't make too many calls, I use
the torch more!)). However, for it's intended use (outdoors, rather
than offifce / nightclub) it's absolutely perfect. I have no worry about
it getting rained on, or taking it to the beach. That's why I give it
Reviewed by Declan from Ireland on 11th May 2007
Overall, excellent signal and appears to be unbreakable. These functions
such as thermometer are gimmicks. Battery life is so-so. However, serves
its purpose well, have it ages, never any problems. Less gimmicks, I
would have given 4 stars.
Reviewed by pvnsudhir from india on 7th May 2007
super model and exellent features
Reviewed by Lexi from England on 25th Apr 2007
Had 5140 for 2 years, pretty much the same as 5140i, does that explain
how much I like this phone. Not one day I have regretted having it.
I do get funny looks having it as it isn't a very popular choice among
Reviewed by Ed from Ireland on 25th Apr 2007
Fantastic phone, used it with an aquapack in the water, the pack leaked
a bit phone still working. What a phone. The compass is an extremely
useful feature. The newer models do not seem to have the compass
Reviewed by wendy from england on 23rd Apr 2007
Reviewed by mr Quakk from Russia on 21st Apr 2007
i love phone. its realy good.the butonns are not small .
Reviewed by Laura from Sweden on 18th Apr 2007
This one SUCKS!!!!
Reviewed by steve from uk on 31st Mar 2007
Awful phone. Company supplied and no bluetooth !!!! I spend most of
my time running about and can't use handsfree. No point in a new phone
that does not have bluetooth. Very dissapointing.....
Reviewed by Andrew Brent from Australia on 26th
This phone is very very ordinary. The spirit level is a joke, same with
the compass and other tacky options.It is a toy more than anything else.
No one can say this phone is outstanding, it is the opposite. It must
have been designed by people in the boardroom, not by people who use
Reviewed by mark from ??? on 19th Mar 2007
ive 1 and its good...
Reviewed by David from Sweden on 14th Mar 2007
Very good mobile phone! This cell phone is great for those who don't
want very many special features, such as mp3 player. I, myself, believe
that mp3 player should be bought seperately. If you buy a cell phone
with a good mp3 player and with a memorycard, it will cost you a great
deal more than buying a good mp3 player seperately. Many cellphones
feels very plastic, but this cellphone is different. I love the feeling
this cellphone gives, and you don't need to worry if you drop it or
if it becomes a little wet. + water- and shock resistant + small and
handy + built in compass + Doesn't feel plastic - No quadband (you can't
use the phone in Asia) - Not very good compass
Reviewed by Bob from Scotland on 12th Mar 2007
This phone sounds good. It looks good and is an excelent phone. I've
droped it and it didn't break or even scratch. I've accidently dropped
it in water and it still runs fine. This phone is the ideal mobile phone
for people who are clumsy and like outdoor activities and adventures.
I phoned up the gadget show (with my new phone) and asked them to test
the phone on toughness and they did. They drove a car over it and it
still worked fine. They said it was easy to use and overall an extremely
good phone. they rated this as being 5 star. This has loads of cool
features like the flashlight, the thermometer and the calculater. This
phone is a must buy and 100% excellent.This is the best phone ever.
Reviewed by Navroze from India on 1st Mar 2007
This phone is brilliant.I havent had a days trouble with it.Its perfect
for an outdoor sports junkie like me.Its cool to take to the poolside,for
a run,to the gym,anywhere,anytime this phone is the best!
Reviewed by wendy from england on 22nd Feb 2007
great strong phone.easy 2 use and lots of memory. camera infared video
radio games tones and lots of uva stuff. only thing is a bit slow on
start up but overall fantastic phone.
Reviewed by daniel from caister-on-sea on 21st
it is agreat phaone and its strong its eaven been ran over by a car
before and it still was not damaged and it is well water proof i luv
Reviewed by Rendra from Indonesia on 16th Feb
Best phone for outdoor enthusiasts... ever!!!
Reviewed by HUMPH from UK. on 13th Feb 2007
I HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF THESE PHONES VIA. UPGRADES AND I HAVE 2 ACCOUNTS
WITH O2. THEY ARE REALLY GOOD I TEND TO WORK ON SITE A LOT AND NEED
A VERY ROBUST PHONE...THIS FITS THE BILL !!!!!!!
Reviewed by mistryman from uk on 18th Jan 2007
small,cool and has lost of function this is a great phone it does not
have a mp3 player and no bluetooth and no mega-pixels resaulting to
only 3 stars
Reviewed by Mike from Finland on 31st Dec 2006
Great phone, had it for 1 year now, no problems at all. Thinking about
getting a Nokia 5500 soon, but will definately keep this as a backup
too. Buy iy if you get a good deal, still nice in black.
Reviewed by Yan from UK on 27th Dec 2006
A bad design is the menu button which if you dont keep the phone keypad
locked when in you pocket it will send several picture messages or blank
text messages without you knowing it. The Menu button protrudes more
than the rest, Try it out just keep pressing the menu button and see
who you send the picture/blank text to. I would never buy another one
Reviewed by Matt from UK on 9th Dec 2006
This is an appauling heap of junk. The camera is rubbish and get scratched
really easily. The sound meter is rubbish and has about a 5-second delay
on it and is not very accurate. Furthermore, the video recordings are
of appauling quality. Seriously, dont buy this phone. You WILL be disappointed!
Reviewed by andre from new zealand on 17th Nov
Have owned many phones....I bought my last one-K750i sony, Beautiful
phone, bought it because has a good camera take really good photos on
a memory stick all good...I work on boats, this presented an issue-
dropped my phone in the bilge and got a little wet, very quickly dried
it, nice still going, wot a relief!!! 1 week later wouldn't charge up,
checked it out salt corrosion through the board. throw it away!! Needed
a replacement and saw the 5140, thought it might have more of a chance
doin what I do. Well best choice I ever made- has lotsa a stupid features
you'd never use, altho the compass not bad, it's rugged as the marketing
says, totally useless for photos, screen not bad, turn up the contrast
better. But the mains thing I require: Can throw it around, has a torch,
radio good, looks rugged like me, battery lasts, don't have to treat
it like one of those stupid $4000 virtu phones..
Reviewed by JB from Aus on 10th Nov 2006
This phone is great its built for ppl who drop it, use it all day not
for geeks looking for good technology or programs. I was working on
a development site and a 30tonne truck ran straight over my phone and
it works perfectly not a problem. I have dropped many times off ladders
and off roofs and doesnt even say "insert sim" so if you have a problem
with this phone take it to nokia cause you must have a 1 in a million
dud. Anyone who complains they dont like it for reasons like the programs
are usless or its ugly or other stuff you obviously have the wrong phone
This phone is fantastic for doing what its made to do and for being
used by ppl its designed to be used by.
Reviewed by Very Dissapointed from Australia on
9th Oct 2006
DO NOT DROP THIS PHONE ON ITS BACK!!! It will likely break when dropped
from modest heights (1-2ft). It has no rubberised protection on its
back. I broke my screen this way, and another 5140i owner told me he
similarly broke his speakerphone. This phone is a dud. It is not as
durable as you might expect. Poor warranty support by Nokia. The buttons
are fiddly and small, particularly the on/off button. The screen is
too dark to read when it is not backlit. The operating system is horrible
to use. The thermometer is so slow to react, it will measure the temperature
in you pocket for 15 minutes after you take it out. The earpieces aren't
well designed to fit human ears. Leaving in your pocket without first
locking the keypad will likely send the last picture you took to someone
in your address book - which can lead to possible embarrassment. Do
NOT buy this phone. It blows.
Reviewed by Lee from United Kingdom on 4th Oct
Recieved this phone as an upgrade and was quite impressed with some
of the features (although i will probably never use them) my only concern
is that recently Nokia's operating software seem's to be a bit glitchy
and this phone is no exception. Anyway phone performs well and is very
rugged ideal for people who seem to drop or break phones constantly
Reviewed by Dr_Zoidberg from United Kingdom on
4th Sep 2006
It's a nokia. I was given this by my school to use, and swapped back
to Sony Erricson 610 as this is a MUCH better phone. Nokia phones are
like Ford cars, OK if you want what everyone else is using - individuality
takes me away from it. Um, being able to drop it and it keeps working?
My 610 does this also and without the plastic.
Reviewed by Mitchell Mushambi from Zimbabwe on
29th Aug 2006
I`ve had this phone for two days and its absolutely brilliant.The reception
is sometimes fuzzy but id highly recomend it.
Reviewed by Jeffrey Willis from UK on 24th Aug
Ok for the first few months then the rubber power inlet cover started
to tear, the side rubber started to peel off. You will need small fingers
to operate this and the battery life is mediocre. Nokia have refused
to give me a new cover on the grounds that the outside of the telephone
isnot part of the warranty - huh ! So, the outside of the phone is not
part of the phone - I gave up arguing. It does have a spirit level which
will impress those who leen over to one side when walking,,,,,,.
Reviewed by Johnny Jayster from England on 23rd
It's raight good..... Tough, with loads of good features that are useable,
such as Compass, Thermometer, Decibel Reader, Voice Recorder, Camera
(not brilliant but OK). As a builder it's fantastic......wouldn't have
anything else (unless they bring a 5140i+ out)
Reviewed by Dylan from Ireland on 11th Aug 2006
Great little fone, fairly good styling, not the best screen quality
though, still a very sturdy and strong phone! The low quality screen
is still really bugging me!!!
Reviewed by Ed from UK on 10th Aug 2006
The thing I love about this phone is its ruggedness. It is very robust
and has proven itself time and time again - its been left out in the
rain, soaked with beer, thrown (by accident) at a brick wall etc. etc.
I fancy flip phone would last five minutes with me! Great standard Nokia
features also such as its compatibility with the PC Suite software so
I use it like a PDA. Compass is great and you soon get used to the keypad,
my only moan is the small memory - you can't store many extra ringtones
or take many pictures.
Reviewed by Joe from UK on 21st Jun 2006
I love these rugged phones. I'm in the Army and have taken it all over
the world, in all environments and in all weather conditions - it has
never let me down, even in 50+ degrees in a sandstorm during the war
in Iraq - no bother. So what if the buttons are chunky and it's 'difficult'
to text with - the sort of people who use these phones are not the sort
to spend hours piddling around texting. It achieves comms regardless
and I will keep buying these phones as long as I am in my chosen profession!
Reviewed by thethirdrat from UK on 9th Jun 2006
Superb phone. Would've given it 5 stars if it had 3g and a better camera.
The organisational tools are better than my Nokia 6680 'smartphone'
- calendar and alarms are more flexible, it's easier to use and it's
hard as nails. Oh and who video calls anyway? If you want something
that you can treat like any other tool and rely on to do a job buy one.
It's the Landrover of the mobile phone world.
Reviewed by richard from england on 6th Jun 2006
Good if you drop it it wont break but very slow and takes ages to load
up wouldnt buy another phone like this thou.
Reviewed by Lapin from England on 6th Jun 2006
I've had all the phones in the nokia 5100 series, even back to the 5110
way back when, all the way up to the 5140 which i had for 2 or so years
(which had the same design). People whine about how the buttons are
difficult to use, maybe u ought lift some weights, i find no problems
pressing the buttons! Ive never seen a phone as durable as this, i lead
an active life, i BMX, rock climb, bungee jump, (i jumped out my bedroom
window, landed on my fone, and it was fine). If ur a buisness man or
an indoorsy type then no this phone's probably not for you, but ITS
NOT DESIGNED FOR YOU! < of course the cameras not very good, theres
not much to take photos of at 100mph tho. This is an outdoors phone,
if you go outdoors alot its more of a tool than just a phone. More forgiving
than any dog, wet it, beat it up, throw it at bears to scare them away,
and then pick it up and call your mum... tell her you'll be back late,
because you're going to drunk test your phone. This is an amazing phone
if your going to UTILISE it. Regards Lapin
Reviewed by Greyo from UAE on 3rd Jun 2006
If you want to take pictures - buy a digital camera If you want to take
videos - buy a video camera If you want to play games - get a game boy
If you want to listen to music - use an mp3 player If you're looking
for a chunky, hard-wearing, no-nonsense, outdoor style cell phone that's
easy to use & does the basics well; look no further.
Reviewed by Luke Murfit from London, UK on 1st
******************* This look like a James Bond phone and has plenty
of features to show of with such as: torch, radio, digital compass,
spirit level!, heart monitor, fitness advisor, walkie talkie mode, loud
speaker, thermomitor, camera, video, waterproof and smash proof (to
a point) and belive it or not, it's a phone! ---- BUT ---- As good as
these are the WOW factor soon wears off and it becomes a pain to Text
and use because the the buttons are so tough to push due to the waterproofing
and smash proof. So if you are a text like me then I suggest you deffinatly
don't buy this. I'm waiting for my upgrade and will deffinatly change.
Also the stiff flap at the bottom covering the usual holes becomes a
pain when charging or going handsfree plus the I have never known it
so hard to enter the battery section, all to make it crash proof. Conclusion:
A good Nokia menu, with loads of features and gadgets but hugely let
down by the difficult to use key pad. ****************
Reviewed by RickyK from New Zealand on 29th Apr
For the professional, you don't need precious space taken up by crappy
games. For this, the Nokia 5140 is a great little phone. I'm an Irish
pro DJ in New Zealand and I wanted a phone that was lite, compact, cool
colour and a great set of useful features. I especially love the FM
Radio, pretty good reception, and the Sound Leveller. Nokia - just 3
things this phone lacks: 1. In settings then shortcuts.. you are limited
to the feature you want as a shortcut. 2. Is an internal arial possible?
Instead of connecting a long stringy lead. 3. The screen quality is
a little below average. Very noticeable. Especially for the market they
are aiming at. But all in all.. a great phone hat looks cool and great
Reviewed by izzy from uk on 26th Apr 2006
this phone is wicked i wish it had bluetooth but arwell its a good phone
for not much money! also extremerly useful when i got caught in a black
out!!! keys easy to use
Reviewed by hanan from watford, england on 12th
i got dis fone afta ma samsung e310 broke it wernt da bst fone in da
world but it woz much betta dan dis fone da only reeson im r8in it 2
stars is coz it haz a radio wich iz ok and da rubery case so weneva
i drop it it dnt brke n it dnt scrach wich is gd coz i drop al ma fones
a lot even if i reeli lyk em! i obviusly dnt meen 2. if i buy a fone
it has 2 hav a good camera but dis 1 has da worst camera iv ever seen
and it only holds 20 pics!!! but i dint reeli hav a chois. so if u lookin
4 a fone i wood advise u not 2 buy it !! x x x x x x
Reviewed by Jon from UK on 10th Apr 2006
This phone is excellent i have had no problems with it yet. Its a good
phone for a builder because i dropped it a few times and it still looks
the same as when i took it out of the box just a little dirty. The transfer
speed on the infared is also amazingly quick. I would definately recomend
Reviewed by Tim from UK on 27th Mar 2006
Brilliant phone had the 5140 since 2004 no problems still going strong
until I got this phone. I have tried to get along with two other phones
V3 and an N70 I got in Feb 06 but they are just not what im looking
for. A phone is a phone, the cam is just OK. I ride BMX and Trials and
I have dropped it out my pocket so many times its stupid and its still
going. The keys are nice to use when you get used to them, I much prefer
the keys over modern alternatives.
Reviewed by Jimbobaloo from Ireland on 4th Mar
i've had this phone for two days and it's absolutely brilliant.didn't
believe the guy who sold it to me so i threw it out of the second floor
window,landed on concrete and not a scrach on it.the radio reception
is sometimes a little fuzzy but i'd highly reccomend it!
Reviewed by Shaun from Aus on 23rd Feb 2006
Simply fantastic. It is the best fone i have ever had and all of the
functions work exeptionally. the only problem is that it doesn't have
blue tooth but the infrared works perfectly and connecting it to the
computer is hassle free. i dropped it by accident from a high car onto
cement and there wasnt even a scratch. Overall i am very happy with
Reviewed by Sarah from Scotland on 11th Feb 2006
This phone is a nice design, though when you are texting, the buttons
are very stiff and therefore makes it easy to make mistakes or miss
out letters. The quality of the camera is also quite poor, but overall
this phone is fairly good.
Reviewed by Tony Carey from England on 30th Jan
Had the phone a little while now and it has been great. Initially I
had some issues and spoke to Nokia Service Centre - It was sent to them
Freepost and returned 3 days later with latest software put on free.
Now it is a great phone - just disapointed with camera.
Reviewed by anonomous from australia on 21st Jan
i only had the phone for a week and the screen broke when i dropped
in the grass. I idvise everyone to steer away from this phone.
Reviewed by Guido from Italy on 22nd Jan 2006
Mate this phone is fully sick uleh. I luv it. Thanx Guido
Reviewed by Charlie from UK on 16th Jan 2006
I got this phone last week and it's going straight back! I was using
the V3 before this, but this phone just isn't that useful. It's got
to many useless feautures like Thermometer, Compass etc. So, if you
actually needed to use these as part of your hobby/recreation/job etc.
you would most likley be using the real things - not the ones on your
phone! The display is tiny, blurry and the keys are designed for people
who have very small fingers! As I'm constantly using the back key to
correct mistakes. The camera and video are atrocious and the sound recorder
is appauling for the price. Avoid!
Reviewed by Ilkka from Finland on 16th Jan 2006
Having this for a couple of months now I can say that sa my second Nokia
in a row it's really user-kinda-friendly. There's more than one ever
is going to need with fitness-coach, compass, etc. The sounds are great
(supports real tunes). What's really great is the flashlight. You usually
have your mobile with you, but no flashlight when you lose your car
keys in a bush. The hands-free loudspeaker is quite a disappointment,
but it works. For an outdoor gadget like this the camera is a bit too
much, but I guess it's a matter of opinion. The screen doesn't show
off very well - especially if the screen saver is on. The keypad is
rugged, but needs a heavy touch. The navigator keys are too small to
hit accurately. But all in all without these little flaws a great phone
in it's price range. Would have got 4*, but maybe next model...
Reviewed by love it from aust on 11th Jan 2006
i wasnt gonna write a review but just this arvo i went 4 a swim in my
pool and i took my phone with me by accident was in there 4 like 45
mins got out and felt my pocket and there it was i pulled it out wiped
it with a toewl and nothing was wrong with it i rang my GF and she said
sounded like normal!! could not believe it!! I LOVE MY 5140i
Reviewed by spongebob from pinapple under the sea on
7th Jan 2006
thismobile is the ****est thing ive ever had. the caseis cracked and
falling off so wateva u do DONT buy it 'cos u'll regret it instantly
Reviewed by trev or tj from Australia - Brisbane on
7th Jan 2006
A big thanks to Nokia , Once again you have developed a user friendly,
tough rugged phone, congrats to all the team at Nokia, job well done.
very impressed. tj..
Reviewed by Mike from UK on 31st Dec 2005
I purhased my 5140i for Christmas, It's a smart looking phone, with
more than the necessary features for the average human. No problem with
keypad, great handsfree loudspeaker. I then got possessed and went to
buy the Xpress-on GPS SHELL, which automatically downloaded the GPS
and Travel Guide ( map ) navigation software. GPS works, slow but I
have nothing to compare it with. The Travel Guide software is a total
let down. ie it doesnt even load. I have done everything anyone can
do. Called, and email everyone you can think of ( including all nokia
support available ). Seriously, I get this impression that no one knows
anything about it, or ever seen one working. Downloaded configuration
settings about 20 times.( even inputting them manually). "Cannot synchronise
with remote server".... the proverbial error message.. So whatever you
do, if you need a satellite navigation map system, take heed... ( unless
you know someone who manages to get theirs working immediately).. Otherwise
the 5140i is a great phone..
Reviewed by jonny williams from Irland on 18th
i got dis fone yesterday.its brilliant.i love all its features.id recommend
it 2 any1.yet another great
Reviewed by monkey from down under on 12th Dec
love this fone its great a nother good fone from nokia,love all the
Reviewed by Calin from Romania on 2nd Dec 2005
After having an Ericsson R310s for about 3 years, I can say about my
new Nokia 5140i that it's a great phone. I didn't have problems with
anything. The battery is more than ok, I don't have to charge it for
5 days (24h/24h), althoguh I speak a lot and I listen to the radio.
For me, it's the best phone I have ever had. I hope Nokia is going to
continue its outdoor tradition. For my needs, it is outstanding indeed.
Reviewed by Huw from Cardiff, Wales on 19th Nov
Not being stuck up a mountain in the middle of the night, I dont really
rate this phone. The keyboard is small and reasonably difficult to use
(I'm continuously using the back key) and the screen is too small (perhaps
my own fault as I've had Nokia phones previously). Not 3G applicable.
No, dont like it, take it away.
Reviewed by captainjam from UK on 17th Nov 2005
Got this as a second phone as I travel a lot and do some mountain trekking
and didn't want to bust my £500 pda phone. Its a tough little beast
with just enough features to get you by. So far, it hasn't let me down
despite being dropped from a 1st floor window and being subjected to
extremes of heat and cold as well as damp. Keyboard can be fiddly but
no more so than similar sized handsets.
Reviewed by Dave from Uk on 10th Nov 2005
I have the 5140 but the 5140i has certain improvements. Basically this
is a very good phone if you are working out of doors, which I do. It
can take getting rained on, and dropped. The screen is very small, but
the advantage is you dont feel you are always going to scratch it. I
had no problems with the key pad, there again it is a rugged key pad.
The reception is perfect. Good calender feature etc. All postal address
can be put into the phone book. It may be chunky, the screen is small,
but it is a rugged and reliable phone. Camera did what I wanted it to
do; the radio feature is good, and it works ok on the loudspeaker.
Reviewed by Dekka from Scotland on 28th Oct 2005
Great little phone. Of course there's not much point in giving it 5
stars because it doesn't have "all" the features. However, what it does
have, it does very well ! MP3 ringtones sound great, the phone is light
but incredibly robust. Haven't found a fault with it yet !
Reviewed by an from UK on 17th Oct 2005
Was dissapointed with the Camera its not as good in my opinion as the
Sagem MyV52, and removing the case to insert sim card got to the poit
where I thought I was going to break it. Not a bad phone but not as
good as I had hoped it would be.
Reviewed by Grazvis from Lithuania on 3rd Oct
Big, hard 0 button, sometimes have problems with software if wallpaper
is animated... missing of bluetooth, mini_usb. Internal memory too low,
aren't any posibility of external memory... And too many holes for dust
and water... It's phone for 2003-2004 but not 2005 year!
Reviewed by Andy from United Knigdom on 2nd Oct
Yet another superb phone from Nokia. Very easy to use, rugged and with
useful gadgets like a compass and torch. Would not touch Sony Erikson
with a barge pole. Stick with Nokia.
Reviewed by Martin Wood from Scotland on 21st
I have had this phone for a while now and i have to say its outstanding.
No other phone i know of has these great features, such as the torch,
compass, radio, decibel meter and thermometer. Its also practically
indestructable. Sure enough it does have a little bit of "lag" when
it comes to typing texts or whatever, but i dont see this as a problem
that will affect the overall rating. Ive dropped this phone numerous
times, and absolutely nothing has happened, not a scratch. I'd rather
keep this phone than upgrade because id rather have a phone that lasted,
than having an expensive one that wont stand a chance. Above all, its
well built, durable, packed with features, will last a lifetime, and
looks outstanding... Well done Nokia.
Reviewed by Bob (happy owner) from UK on 20th
Hey Ice, what's your problem with the firmware? Nokia service points(resellers)
will upgrade the firmware for free if you find any fault with it....my
phone has no prolems whatsoever.
Reviewed by ice from Belgium on 16th Sep 2005
The software of tis phone sucks! I've contacted Nokia and they don't
want to solve my problem.
Reviewed by Mike from U.S. on 13th Sep 2005
5stars for this phone, tough and great durability. An upgrade of the
old 5140, they just made the screen 65k colors from the 4k colors and
retained the good features of the old 5140. Recommended for outdoor
users like me.
Reviewed by Gary from England on 9th Sep 2005
Cool fone considering how hard i am to please. Seems to be durable and
'bouncy' which is ideal for my clumsy hands. The compass is a cool application,
even though i know i won't use it seriously unless a nuclear winter
comes my way. Ringtones are standard stuff, albeit a little boring and
uninspiring as with all mobiles. Given i m thmost unsporty of people,
i felt a bit of a fraud when i got it but that isn't an issue. I reckon
this one's a winner!
Reviewed by Trev from England on 1st Sep 2005
Who on earth says the Bobby charlton of phones?? Ive never heard anyone
say that ever! It is a good phone tho, especially as i got a free i-pod
shuffle with it!! No blue tooth tho
Reviewed by Gary from UK on 30th Aug 2005
After taking the decision to move from my trusty Nokia 6310i which had
given me years of hassle free service the choice was overwhelming. This
phone seems to be an extremely good choice as it has not let me down
yet and is packed with super little gadgets such as a compass! The sound
quality is good as are most of the functions that i have actually used.
The only downside is that the battery does not last anywhere near as
long as the old 6310i which is a bit of a pain if you're off for a few
days camping......now, where did they hide the bottle opener?!?
Reviewed by Antun Karlovac from USA on 27th Aug
This phone has pretty bad reception (at least in the US). I'm sure it's
the phone and not my provider: My wife and I both have European tri-band
Nokia phones, so we're stuck on the 1900MHz frequency here in the US.
We're on exactly the same plan and provider. My Nokia 5140i will drop
calls while her Nokia 3220 will hold a clean, strong signal. My phone
won't even be able to make calls when it has only 1-2 bars of reception,
and it drops calls constantly. In the UK, it seemed to have OK reception,
although the UK is so much more comprehensively covered.
Reviewed by toby brian from nigeria on 22nd Aug
the phone's just too user friendly and good enuff to be proud of. since
i've been usin' it, i've not had any problem with it and i have no plans
of changing it at least for now
Reviewed by Dekka from Scotland on 11th Aug 2005
Not a bad piece of kit at all. OK, in this day in age it almost seems
unforgivable for a mid-high priced phone not to be released without
Bluetooth, but this really isn't aimed at that kind of market. Besides
the Infrared works just fine, and it's easy enough to hook up to PC
via USB cable. Nice little screen, a decent camera, excellent tones
and overall excellent "robustability", I am well pleased with this purchase.
Reviewed by Meng Nan from China on 11th Aug 2005
My best phone so far, will probably use it for the next 5 years. Maybe
I will need to replace the battery after about 4 years, otherwise it
will work fine for sure.
Reviewed by flora from england on 3rd Aug 2005
Dis fone is gd my frend has it the gd thing about it is it survives
nearly n e thing its a rele rele strong fone thts waterproof but i dnt
like the buttons nd its hard 2 use iv got da best fone eva which is
nokia 3220 now if u want a rele rele fun fone wid camera video but 4
a small price get tht one! i thnk this fone is gr8 thgh thts y iv given
Reviewed by Leeyadabest from UK on 25th Jul 2005
This phone is great it's tough strong it will survive neally every thing
Reviewed by A Harman from UK on 19th Jul 2005
I bought this phone because I water damaged my Ericsson K700i and quite
frankly wish I hadn't bothered. The user interface is rubbish, every
contact has at least 3 different entries, its about as rugged as an
old Nokia 402 which you could drop from 6 feet and it would bounce.
The flap at the bottom is not going to keep out dust let alone moisture
or "splashes". On top of that there's no Bluetooth! But it has got a
torch, compass, spirit level?? stopwatch, countdown timer, camera, sound
meter and thermometer for those who dont make calls often!
Reviewed by Niall from Finland on 24th Jun 2005
The NOKIA 5140i is an excellent Series 40 model. Robust construction,
shock resistant, intuitive UI, and a compendium of functionality. The
5140i really is a must mobile for the active bods! Best in Black too!
Reviewed by mrste from england chorley on 21st
this is the greatest phone ever i want evry 1 in the world to have it
it is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool and gadgety
Reviewed by Daniel from England on 10th Jun 2005
Simply a work of art regarding functionality and ergonomics! Also a
beautiful phone to look at, with exceptional performance! Nokia 1 :
all other companies 0!
Reviewed by pedro from spain on 6th Jun 2005
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it is as u say in england the bobby charlton of phones. got phone for
80euros a good phone, cee u on the beaches ladies.