Nokia 5210 Review
Review: April 2003. Updated March 2004.
The Nokia 5210 is designed to be hard wearing, even outdoors. The outdoor
theme is enhanced by the inclusion of a built-in stopwatch and thermometer.
Apart from these features, it's a good-looking all-round performer at
a budget price.
The infra-red modem enables the Nokia 5210 to easily interface with
a laptop for example. The x-press on covers are designed to protect
against bumps and scratches.
Not as compact as the Nokia 8210 or 8310,
but subtantially lighter than the Nokia 3330, it's a good phone to hold
in your hand, and feels chunky without being heavy.
Overall an unexciting phone with a below-average specification, dubious
claims to be hard-wearing, and a number of software problems reported
- Voice activated dialling
- Predictive text messaging
- 35 ringtones plus customisable ringtones
- Phone memory (250 names and numbers)
- Changeable x-press on covers
- Picture messaging
- Data capability with built-in infra-red modem
- Games, clock & stopwatch, thermometer
- Size: 106 x 48 x 23 mm
- Weight: 92g
- Battery standby: 60 - 170 hours
- Battery talktime: 2.5 - 3.5 hours
- Vibration alert
- Dual band
Nokia 5210 User Reviews
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Average rating from 101 reviews:
Reviewed by craig from england on 26th Jul 2012
my 5210 is now 9 years old n its great, ideal if u work outdoors like
i do. And who is bothered about taking pics n internet their is computers
n digital cameras for that
Reviewed by charl from england on 22nd Nov 2004
it's cool but you could get so much more.And as for hard wearing and
designed for outdoor use, who are they trying to fool. My brother had
one and used it just like boys do and the screen caved in and you couldn't
get the cover off.And all he did was take it to work.It's ok but if
you want something that can be used outdoors get something else.It is
easy to use though.
Reviewed by Vaud from Swift Gloal on 22nd Nov
It is built to last, its sturdy and if you want a good one get an original
from Finland,not Hungary,Germany. Its the bomb
Reviewed by doods from Philippines on 16th Nov
why get this phone????? get a 5100 or a 5140! this is a waste of time
and money!!!! It suxxxx!!!
Reviewed by Jahanzeb from Pakistan on 16th Nov
its really a very good n fantastic fone very eisier to pick it n use
it all proper function r available in it its also a shock prof set i
love it very very much it also a very dashing set wth difrents loving
Reviewed by Alex from London on 9th Nov 2004
Everyone says how it lacks a camera and this that and the other, but
3 years ago when made it was top of the range just technology has improved.
If that's what you want then go for a newer phone that has been thought
up from the 5210 like the 5140. I have had it for a year and a half
now and i think that it is a good phone, it can't help ageing.
Reviewed by Chealsea Gaydon from Bristol on 2nd
My god this is the worst phone I've ever seen it lacks the camera phone,
I cant belive any-one would buy it . Forgive me for being petty
Reviewed by Winnie the pooh from england on 1st
this fone was good but no colour screen..no camera, its nothing compared
to da new fones out. Its very hard wearin and i had no problems wiv
mine wot so ever :)
Reviewed by Patrick Calvert from England on 31st
The 5210 is a good fone but lacks many features such as: camera, colour
screen, downloadable games. Basically its very out of date. If you want
a basic fone thats extremely tough and hard waring then i would seriously
consider this fone. I have thrown this fone as high as i could into
the air and it fell back down onto grass an nothin broke at all. Out
of all the black and white screen fones this is better than all of them,
but it cant compare to colour screen mobiles.
Reviewed by syed from uk on 29th Oct 2004
a smaller better version of the nokia 3410. has standard nokia features.
not a good phone. buy a camera phone. 6230. dont buy this. it may be
small but sony ericssons can do better than this. save the cash for
Reviewed by toria from england on 27th Oct 2004
this phone has done me proud for nearly 2 years. its really tough i
can chuck it around and it doesnt smash or anything so i dont have to
worry about dropping it or anything. Sometimes it freezes up a bit when
i write a long message and the on/off button is a bit fiddly but other
than that its really good. To buy a new cover its pretty expensive but
you dont have to get the official ones. oh yeah and when you turn the
phone on sometimes the phone is a little slow to register the simcard.
Reviewed by Lulu from UK on 26th Oct 2004
This is a great little phone - bypassed by camera and colour phones
now, but it is extremely sturdy. Thermometer is quite iffy and the on/off
button is a b*gg*er to press but is general works very well. All of
the people giving this phone poor reviews obviously have faulty phones!
If you have no signal then either your phone is broken or your network
is rubbish! If it switches itself on ond off whenever it wants - then
IT IS BROKEN! The phone does not normally do this! WAP seems to work
Reviewed by Jen from Scotland on 25th Oct 2004
It's quite ugly and it doesn't have any fancy features, but it's small
without being silly and it's pretty light. It's also pretty tough -
it won't break if you drop it and even if you crack the screen of the
cover the screen of the actual phone is pretty safe. I think I had mine
for about three years and my brother eventually inherited it. I now
have an SL55, which is a thing of beauty, but I still hanker for my
good old 5210 because it was so much more reliable.
Reviewed by MMCM from UK on 23rd Oct 2004
Excellent phones -- far better than the new 5140, which is overloaded
with silly gimmicks you'll never use as they are so bad. The 5210 has
a MUCH, better keypad, is far simpler to use for calls and SMS, and
is smaller and lighter too. You don't a need colour screen. You don't
need a low quality camera either. Nokia went downhill after the 5210
and now targets all its phones at the kiddy market.
Reviewed by Paul from England on 17th Oct 2004
ok but it frezzes when i try to go on games write messages and anwser
the fone! wait it rubbish im going for the up grade 5140! i love nokia
Reviewed by Adrian from Romania on 13th Oct 2004
I used to play Space Impact while taking a bath and drop it into the
deep hot water when got killed :-) and believe it or not it's still
working... since 2003 there've been many "water impacts".
Reviewed by jennings from uk on 10th Oct 2004
Builderproof phone! Have 40 of these,leather cases and in 18months only
1 has got mangled,1 other suffered a cracked screen.Excellent.
Reviewed by some1 from Egypt on 30th Sep 2004
An excellent phone if u r the kindda of ppl whop always drop things...!!
It's really hard , i remeber i drpped it once from a window in the 2nd
fllor and it's still OK...!! the problem is with switch ON / Off key
, but it's Ok, u may remove the cover to switch it On and OFF, the battery
doesn't last too long (not more than 40 hours ) even with new batteries.
t's major problem is with the ringtones , which are very low, i miss
many calls coz i can't hear it ringing...!! and if it's in UR jacket
, u wouldn't feel the vibration..!! anyway, i'm gonna buy another one
, but it worth tryiin....!!
Reviewed by ikatie holford from england on 21st
the nokia 5210 has been excellent it has stored lots of numbers(witch
i need)! it has some good games on that are good to play on long journeys
as i go to carrdiff every week it also has a alarm clock witch wakes
me up on the morning.it has just been outstanding.i would definetly
recommend it to other people.
Reviewed by Tedwyn from Philippines on 15th Sep
The Nokia 5210 looks really cool and rugged. It's got a nice amber backlight
and an orange housing. Other than that, the phone was buggy. The vibration
worked 50% of the time. You need to press the keypad hard because it
is made of rubber. Not GPRS-capable. Xpress-On covers are very expensive
and there are just a few colors to choose from. Good thing I only had
this for a short while. Whew!
Reviewed by Alex from England on 1st Sep 2004
I think this phone is alright. I got it after the 3310 and it was much
lighter, much smaller and much better. The thermometer was useful as
was the stop watch. I'm getting the nokia 7250 in a few weeks, so that
hopefully is even better!!! the4 only downfall with this phone is the
memory, you can only hold 10 messages (and thats with a flashing symbol
so u cant recieve anymore and including the outbox messages! I would
recommend this phone to clumsy people as its bouncy and shouldnt brake.
Reviewed by jeremy from london on 27th Aug 2004
ive had this phone as a back up phone for a year it is really boring
and i had to replace it with the 1100 the phone is good fun yo throw
around and thats all
Reviewed by Andy from Scotland on 21st Aug 2004
I'm just about to replace this phone with a 6610i and I'll miss using
it! The best thing about this phone is the durability - I've used it
every day since December 2002 (it's August 2004 now) and there are hardly
any wear marks on it and I have not needed to buy another cover. You
can throw it, drop it, have it rained on and it'll still work. It does
very occasionally crash while using WAP and when you are writing a large
text message (more than 2 SMS long) it's very slow and the predictive
text button to change the words (the # key) doesn't work but again that's
only very occasional. I was looking to get a free camera phone on upgrade
with the same design (but I wasn't successful) as I drop my phone a
lot, so I guess when I get my new phone I'm gonna have to be a lot more
careful! If this phone is still available and you don't mind a 2 colour
screen and are prone to being clumsy, buy it!
Reviewed by Rachel from England on 15th Aug 2004
This phone is brilliant I am incredibly clumsy and have dropped it multiple
times but it is still in great condition. It's easy to use, small, stylish
and sleek. I'd recommend it to people with busy lifestyles especially.
The memory isn't very good though, you can't store many messages in
the inbox. You can use picture messages and screensavers on this phone.
It has WAP and even an thermometer! It's affordable so i'd recommend
it to anybody.
Reviewed by alex from uk on 28th Jul 2004
I've just got rid of this phone to get a camera phone. It holds many
memories for me and is an excellent phone. The description says it is
splahproof and shatterproof - so i've dipped it in a pint and thrown
it full force against a wall repeatedly just for research. Although
i've had the case broken twice (the screen breaks easily) the phone
has never had any problems. i'd definetely recommend anyone to buy it
and strongly suggest Nokia comes up with its next phone designed for
the nutter. I hope they make it fireproof...
Reviewed by libby from scotland on 27th Jul 2004
I have had the phone for about a year now. Hold lovely memories for
me. The working of it I find a re ok. It does crash quite a bit when
writing text messages. Very anoying. Other than that I find it a lovely
Reviewed by Reena from Malawi on 16th Jul 2004
I've had this phone for nearly two years ...and it is really great for
a clumsy person (like me!)...I've dropped it hundreds of times on really
hard surfaces....but apart from a few scratches it has worked perfectly....unfortunately
the battery is on the blink now and I'm thinking of upgrading...I'll
miss my phone!
Reviewed by John from UK on 9th Jul 2004
Top phone for clumsy people like me.
Reviewed by Joey from Belgium on 7th Jul 2004
I bought this phone for about 6 months ago and I must say I really enjoyed
it(Gonna buy Sony Ericsson T610)! It's easy to write a message,it has
fun games,the menu is easy to use and the ringtones are very loud! A
must-have for people who don't want to spend alot of money on their
Reviewed by Ryan Brooke from England on 14th May
this phone in a word, rubbish. it says it's shock proof, i dropped it
and the screen smashed!!! games don't work, messaging takes for ever,
and thermometer is as everyone else has said, way out!!! The battery
is also c**p, it says up to 150 hours, mine would be lucky to do 150
minutes!!!I can't wait to get the 3300! Nokia this phone is a no no
to anyone, very dissapointed with this phone!
Reviewed by Chris McNally from Scotland on 27th
The Nokia 5210 is the most rugged phone you can get, lately phones nowadays
are flimsy compared to the older, (bricky) phones, and not built as
well, fairly easily broken. They were just better. Nokia 5210 however,
is built to last, its sturdy and a fine phone. To address some of these
issues i've seen on here, I'll come to it in a minute, but first I got
my Nokia 5210 back in Jan 2003, so thats about 15 months I've had my
phone, and its fared me well believe me. Some say it switches itself
on and off, i don't think it does, it hasn't done that to me unless
the battery is finished. First thing that struck me about the Nokia
5210 is that I thought its battery life wasn't too flash. Saying that
its got enough features when used to drain that power. Still its okay
for a few days only standyby. The thermometer is a funny thing, yes
it isn't accurate but then I didn't know its not done until its stopped
flashing, and honestly the heat the phone generates, particurly with
the great XPress-On shell casings must obviously contribute to its inaccuracy
! At times the reception can go, and might seem rather poor when the
sheltering isn't all that bad (or obstructive) but i guess that can
be with all phones. Most times its fine, and really i'm picking, this
ain't much of a problem at all. I haven't experienced those txt freezes
some report either, granted it went off once while sending, but that
was due to the battery going. Now onto the power button, it is rather
tough (i believe its part of the solid casing, anyone ?) and first time
i didn't quite get it. First time it went on i may have not pressed
enough, the starting animation froze and i had to power off and on properly.
Anyway yeah it takes a little getting used to, though from just yesterday
my phone seems to take twice as long (power button held down) before
it turns on, I hope something hasn't gone wrong with it...i like it
my 5210 and not quite ready to give it up ! Only other little critical
things are sometimes, (doesn't really do it anymore tho) when surfing
WAP it it kinda crashes and resets the whole phone, resulting in reception
disappearance for a bit. And the whole phone once at times froze when
trying the WAP bookmarks (even just resting on the option!), and doesn't
reset until you try to access the phone. But it probably doesn't even
do that anymore, i never bother with silly bookmarks/ and anyway on
the plus side my O2 Pay As You Go Wild N5210 apparently charges me ZERO
for using WAP, ain't that sweet ? I personally highly recommend this
phone to all, in a line its solid, reliable, and robust !! I don't need
to explain it contains the usual fine array of Nokia features...........
Reviewed by Neil from UK on 14th Apr 2004
A bulletproof phone, marred only by its habit of "crashing" while typing
or scolling thru messages. Very Annoying. If it died, I wouldnt get
another, although i like the idea of a phone that will survive a beating.
Shame about the software.
Reviewed by elena from england on 9th Apr 2004
DON'T BUY THINS PHONE, its the most rubbish phone i've ever had, it
turns its self on and off when ever it wants to, it resets its self
when im in the middle of writing a text, the thermometer doesnt work,
i've had it for 6 months and i cant get a signal anywhere and even when
it says ive got 1 i still cant ring or text anyone, the only good thing
about it is that it's water proof. yes it might bounce but when you
drop it it screws up the electronics inside and once you have dropped
it, it will soon stop working.i've had 2 of these phones and they both
did the same thing, please dont but this phone its a waste of money
Reviewed by Medel from Philippines on 7th Apr
You know... This phone is so Great!!! It has an Orange backlights and
Covers and the Signal is so very fine!!! It usually fits your lifestyle
and you can download Ringtones, Logos and Picture messages!!! But I
don't know if you can download Games in this phone and I didn't know
if this Phone had GPRS or not!!! Um... This also contains WAP 1.1 allowing
you to keep track of News, What's latest and E-Mail Headers. And this
also contains Full animated Profile Logos and Graphics.
Reviewed by Alan from UK on 22nd Mar 2004
Had this phone for about a year. Dropped it in a pool and it still works
- it's fairly robust but heard from friends that the screen can be a
bit fragile (not the iner one, the outer plastic one). Battery life
gets 5* Not very exciting but an honest-to-goodness phone. Not good
enough for 5* but too good for 3! Have a good one!
Reviewed by Mitja from Slovenia on 26th Feb 2004
Nokia 5210 is the best mobile phone I ever used. The phone is very easy
to use, you can download ringtones,logos but I dont know if you can
download games. The phone has every think composer to make your own
ringtones,picture editor to make your own pictures,thermometer to mesure
how hot is it,stopwatch and 5 great games. I think that this is the
best nokia mobile phone. Thanx for reading my review.
Reviewed by Ayaaz from UK on 20th Feb 2004
This phone is invincible. If you get this phone dont bother to insure
it for accidental damage! I have watched my phone bounce down 30 conrete
steps and still it works fine. I have dropped it so many times, thrown
it, watch it take 10feet falls on to roads and still no problems! it
is invincible. Reception has never been a problem for me.
Reviewed by hamzah from england on 20th Feb 2004
i think it is a very f##### good fone.buy it it is very outstanding
i like it becouse i like it u can get good ringtones for it on muffmunch.com
iiiii sssssssssssssaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiddddddddd bbbbbuuuuuuyyyy
Reviewed by Benedict from England on 25th Jan
Got this for free with a 12-month contract and have no complaints. It
is tough which is useful and I have had no real problems in 13 months
of ownership. Very occasionally the signal has disappeared unexpectedly
although never while I have been using it to talk. On all such occasions
turning on and off again has fixed the "problem". I don't require an
all-singing, all-dancing device; just something that is reliable and
does the job. The Nokia 5210 fits that bill and I hope to get a year
or three further use out of it!
Reviewed by sarah mcbrinn from uk on 23rd Jan
i had this phone since xmsa and at first i though it was a good phone
but it some times things dont work and it crashis if you rread this
my number is 07986249584 so u can tell me if you phone does this as
Reviewed by Gabriel from Romania on 17th Jan 2004
I got the 5210 a month ago and the phone works fine, minus the battery
that should hold more than 2- max 3 days, and the ringer witch I can't
(lost at least 15 calls) hear when I'm wearing it in my pocket. I like
it because it's robust and don't have to pamper it too much, good signal.
I'm going to change it in a couple of months for a Siemens with camera
Reviewed by matty from UK on 16th Jan 2004
Dreadful piece of kit! Started cutting off mid call despite having reception
bars, and freezing during text messages. Got worse and worse. The Link
were c###, could not care less. Orange were not much better. Finally
got a replacement handset and guess what??? same bloody problem!!! It
must be a known design fault but neither Orange nor the Link would accept
it. Awful, would not give to someone I hated!!!
Reviewed by Lollie from UK on 11th Jan 2004
don't get this phone! rubish
Reviewed by Jim from UK on 7th Dec 2003
This phone has been very loyal to me throughout the last year ive owned
it. i had a nokia 3210 then a 3310, so the orange backlight was a breath
of fresh air from the boring green. However, in the past month or so,
the backlight has been fading alot, but eleven months for a piece of
technology these days is outstanding. And i did manage to break my 5210
once, so i thought. about an hour into mourning the loss, it revived
itself, and lived on. Great little phone. I'm upgrading to a 6610, and
i hope its built at least half as well
Reviewed by Carsten from UK on 5th Jan 2004
If you're likely to drop your phone on concrete or only use it to talk
then this phone might be for you. However, if you send texts then avoid
it - Even after having had handset replaced it still freezes or auto
resets itself in middle of typing message. Got to stage when it's happening
too often to ignore so going to have to replace it, which is a shame
because it could be an excellent phone.
Reviewed by Jody James from Jamaica on 5th Jan
I truly think it's a awesome phone. I really love, user friendly, outstanding
features, strong signal stength, beautiful, durable outer shell, large
phonebook capacity. It's everything I anticipate in a phone. I real
Reviewed by P.I.M.P from England on 1st Jan 2004
It's the Best Nokia phone ive never seen. Amazaing Beatiful Special
Etc. Im lovin it, ( parapapapap) im loving it . ;):)):):):):):):):):):):::::):):):):)
Reviewed by Daren from Australia on 30th Dec 2003
This phone is absolute ####!!! if rating choice had no stars i'd give
it, i needed phone to be on 24/7 as i use it for business & the stupid
thing kept on turning it self off when fully charged, this happened
from new took it back & telstra said 2-3 weeks turn around till i get
it back & they had no loan phones, buttons are too small, cuts out when
talking & switches off signal strength VERY poor just an absolut c###
phone. just bought sharp gx10i LOVE IT & had the great pleasure of smashing
5210 with a brick looks better now!!
Reviewed by hgfhdf from uk on 27th Dec 2003
nothin wrong wit it.nothing exceptionally gud bout it.gud for business
men. one word- simple.
Reviewed by mahmoud maher from Egypt on 24th Dec
phone is great i had it 12 months ago it works fine had no probs whatsoever,
it's tough, reliable and gues what thermometer actualy works ;) i hope
i can upgrade though but i am having a tough time choosing between 5100
and the 6600
Reviewed by Tracy from Wales on 9th Dec 2003
On the whole gismos like the alarm and calculator, calendar etc good,
the phone not so good. not matter where i am the phone keeps losing
the signal, bleeps and goes off. So just when you have been hoding on
for ages and you finally get an answer, bleep bleep and phone goes.
Had many nokia but time for a change. worst of the bunch
Reviewed by Wawing from Indonesia on 7th Dec 2003
I had this phone for about 9 months now. Well even though the power
button hard to press, the thermometer is not quit impresive, the signal
is kinda lame n the price of its chasing is killing me (the price whichs
applies in my country)... I love 5210,no worry about the rain when I'm
on my bike because the only problem is how not to get my clothes wet!
the menu is kinda old compared to the newest phones on the market. Still
it's a reliabel phone when you're a really mobile outdoor kinda person...
in the near future I'm looking for upgrading to a 6510, which the radio
fm that is going to support my job at a radio station...
Reviewed by Eric from Northern Ireland on 4th
I am going to really miss this phone! It is a company phone and I am
being upgraded to a 6100. The 5210 is bullet-proof! I have dropped this
phone more times than I can care to remember. In fact because I am upgrading
I threw it at the floor in the office and kicked it into the wall as
a demonstration of its toughness. Thing is nigh on indestructible. I
used it outdoors on a boat for a whole year and it has been drenched
by waves countless times but still works. Love the the large screen-saver
clock. Anyway, I had no problems with this phone whatsoever!! Goodbye
phone. I just know the first time I drop my new, sexy 6100 on the floor
and it smashes I am going to be praying for my good, old reliable 5100
Reviewed by Dale from England on 26th Nov 2003
5 (*****) stars is a must for this phone for the simple reason it works!
it works when faced with a poor signel and more importantly it works
after having been droped (several times to my shame - but it still works).
The buttons are small enough whilst at the same time large enogh for
a man to use without feeling girlie (sorry girls). A mans phone, for
those that wnat a phone 1st, second and third and not maybe the latest
gadets or games or silly ringtones _ its what it says it is on the box
- a phone.
Reviewed by ema from north yorkshire on 21st Nov
well what can i say ?! i luv this phone i cant drop it and it still
lives ! iv had it a year now and i still luv it good size and the shock
prof it brill ! smart phone big up nokia !
Reviewed by donald from uk on 15th Nov 2003
got it from orange as an upgrade.worked fine first 6 weeks then worked
only when it felt inclined.i could hear everthing but peeps only heard
me sometimes.i d hear..oh its donald then a click as they hung up.i
m a business user its essential to me so i complained to orange...their
like ...sale of goods act says 28 days and your not insured by us go
away.complained to nokia their like bring it here we re just 40 miles
away.complained again to orange..got the we ll phone you back/we ll
sell you a new 1 at 70 pounds.i said .are you joking i spend 2000 pounds...yep
2000/pa with you...this is 8 weeks old and i m having to carry another
for when it don t work.they said sorry go away.so i phoned back hour
later and said ok i m under contract for next 10 months whats your cheapest
plan......10 pounds a month but no free calls......i ll take it....but
no free calls sir.......its in the dustbin ....your not getting a penny
more from me and i m not paying for a new 1......they then sai d we
ll send you a new 1 for free.now i got there in the end but orange are
pathetic,and i will have my revenge...in 10 months
Reviewed by Dale Dobson from England on 13th Nov
Excellent! My 5210 has been dropped many times during the past 12 months
with not so much as a scratch. The phone is both robust and reliable
with the buttons being a sensible man;s size (unlike many a phone today.
Well done Nokia - 5 stars
Reviewed by Heikki Autere from Finalnd on 11th
I have had Nokia phones some years. I have allways been very satisfied.
I have not even thought to buy some other vendors phone. I had 3110,
3310 and now 5210. Nokia 5210 is same quality as 3310. I like both,
but 5210 is lighter and I need it's screensaver watch, because my age
(52), the clocknumbers in earlier phones were too small. Some days I
was confused with new logic in applivcation of the phone, but I have
allready used to find everything I think I need in phone. One thing
I miss, that is personalized ringingtones (in 3310) for different callers.
Reviewed by J from UK on 8th Nov 2003
Ive Had the phone for about 14 months now and i have never had one problem
with it. The 5210 i got was one of the first ones to come out. The txt
messaging on my phone is just as fast as the 3310 i used to have. In
14 months i have never had a 'insert sim' message. It has also never
crashed. The battery is far superior the 3310 battery. The on/off button
may be a little fiddly but i personally rarely use it. The picture editor
is great fun once you have learned how to use it. Its a great phone
for people who always damage their phone. People often forget that the
phone is marketed as a tough, durable phone not a feature rich handset.
Reviewed by Korben from Belgium on 3rd Nov 2003
this phone is a nightmare ! I've ouned it for 6 months and i could use
it for about 2 months, the rest of the time it was at the repair-service.
No one could understand me when they called or when i called them, so
i had to repeat everything 3 or 4 times. The 3de time i gave it back
to repair it they swaped the whole inside of the phone and guess what
!?? The problem was the same ! It fell out once and a while, somethimes
i was unreachable for no reasen. This phone sucks !!! NEVER BUY THIS
Reviewed by ........ from ........... on 1st Nov
this a good phone, but u shud only really buy it if ur clumsy. its a
bit late and not very advanced. look who cares if da f**kin thermometer
don't work, who needs 1 anyway???? u shud buy it if ur a builder! i
personally think its v. expensive considering u can get a 3510i 4 £80
which has colour! whereas i bought dis fone 4 £100. its easy to use
and simple, but i tend to find that most nokias seem 2 b basically da
same. is it true that a 72sumin is da same as a 5210? i don't no wot
ppl r sayin about it switchin itself of its neva dun that wiv me!
Reviewed by from Scotland on 28th Oct 2003
Had it for about 2 months and it freezes far too often. Nokia don't
seem to care any when you question them about it either. I would recommend
everyone to stay clear of this phone.
Reviewed by greg from soudi rabia on 26th Oct
ive had this fone 4 9 months now. its gr8. ive washed it in the washing
machine and it still works. wicked design NOKIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!!!!!.
ive just had 2 probs tho: it takes to long to load messages and picture
messages, n it says 'insert sim card' wen its already in. anyway, go
out and buy it on orange pay as you go. remember to buy a txt saver
4 £20. it gives you 5 txts free a day 4 a year. that it 1825 txts i
Reviewed by naddy from india on 23rd Oct 2003
hai, the nokia 5210 is too good phone. but it have some nagative points
like 1) slow rings tones 2)on/off switch probblem,incorrect thermometer.
but its perform exellent.
Reviewed by James B from Preston, England on 18th
this phone is good for a business man. so what it does'nt have the latest
technology but it is reliable and user friendly
Reviewed by John from Australia on 15th Oct 2003
Have owned Nokias, Siemens, Motorolas etc since first mobile around
8 years ago. Nokia 5210 is the only mobile I have EVER had which I cannot
kill with my careless leaving of phones on dashboard of car - (34 degrees
minimum every day here in Darwin), my driving off with them on the bonnet
of the car, dropping them down wall cavities ( I am an IT technician),
losing them at the beach, throwing them at errant children, etc, etc.
This is an outstanding phone IF YOU WANT A MOBILE PHONE. If you want
a games machine or an organiser buy something else. The games are quite
ordinary, the thermometer is OK, the stop watch is great at the car
races, but this is a great phone - you will not kill it, damage it,
break it or even insult it. I am about to upgrade to the n-gage Nokia
simply for the games and the Calendar compatibility with MS Outlook,
but on those dirty, difficult jobs I will swap SIMS cards to the 5210
and use that. The 5210 NEVER fails me.
Reviewed by no saying my name from england on
7th Oct 2003
my uncle gave me his phone with some really good ringtones and pic i
had it for 3/4 days now and it is working fine i agree about the on/off
but it is ok i didunt know that u had to wait for the themoter to stop
flashing thanks i am 12.
Reviewed by Peter Jay from UK on 28th Sep 2003
Had the phone for over a year now and no problems, easy to use and very
robust, its been dropped several times and still works. No problem with
the on of switch either. the only problem i have had was not with the
phone but with a cheap express on cover from D**ons which was too small
it was hard to change and if you caught it wrong caused the phone to
switch off. Great little phone.
Reviewed by PeterB from Australia on 17th Sep
An excellent, small phone with all the essential features you need.
The rugged design and rubberised casing should make this a durable phone.
The display, while small, is very clear and easy to read, even when
I am not wearing my glasses. The keypad has a nice, positive feel to
it. I love the auto kepad lock that can be enabled to come on after
a pre-set time. This coupled with locking the keypad to the phone code
makes it quite secure. Good battery life and quite sensitive. Voice
transmission is nice and clear. Only negatives are the difficult to
use on/off button. It requires an unnecessarily hard and long press,
I can see why others complain about being unable to turn the phone on.
This switch is not for the faint hearted. Turning off is far easier
as a menu comes up after a short press. An excellent phone if you can
master the on/off switch. Feature wise, this phone may be becomming
a little dated, but it is more compact, better looking and cheaper than
it's newer Nokia 5100 stablemate.
Reviewed by ali from india on 10th Sep 2003
it is W .POOR
Reviewed by robert from uk on 9th Sep 2003
software continually crashes, so am gonna upgrade, i wouldnt touch one
no thanks nokia
Reviewed by Benny from Australia on 9th Sep 2003
The 5210 is an amazing piece of technology. 12 months on and going strong.
A few friends of mine agree, and whats all this stuff about the power
button? There seriously is nothing wrong with it. I have dropped it
in buckets of water, thrown it at a wall,lost it at the beach, NO DAMAGE
or Sand whatsoever! Yeah, the buttons are a bit hard to press but I
like it, it gives it a sense of being a tough phone, not a flimsy little
japanese phone that will break as soon as you start speed typing. I
would like to suggest to people who think the thermometor is incorrect,
that you are supposed to wait until the reading has stopped flashing,
and the phone has to be placed in shade, not in sunlight!! Thats how
the Meteorology people get their readings, under shade, not sun... But
anyways, I'm looking at upgrading to the 5100 because I have had absolutely
no problems with the 5210, Love it, and my friends are continuously
commenting, "When you get a new phone, can I have your current one?"
- Just a good all round performer. Making Calls, Sending SMS, Entertainment
all in one. The Trifecta for Nokia.
Reviewed by ali from england on 26th Aug 2003
nice phone with loads of features i dont see why everyone is complaigning
about the on/off button it really isnt that hard
Reviewed by Thomas from Uk on 17th Aug 2003
The 5210 is a neat little phone, and coming from a 3310, has many great
new features. The shock/waterproof shell has saved its ass more than
once! it survived being dropped into a pint of beer and being thrown
oput of a moving car! but the OS is well dodgy! it gets mixed up and
crashes, and sometimes it even turnes its self off. But having said
that, its a good phone, it has Wap, a thermometer, easy to use calander,
an auto keylock, and all the other usual Nokia stuff. if you're the
clumsy sort, or just want a phone that takes more of a hammering than
most get this phone!
Reviewed by Andy from England West Midlands on
16th Aug 2003
Originally I purchased this phone on the T-Mobile Network on a 12 month
contract from Phones4U in walsall England. This was purchased for my
partner who at the time loved the looks of the phone and of course its
small size. Positive things about this phone 1) Size 2) Water and Shock
Resitant 3) Excellent Battery Performance (around 14 days standby max)
4) Unusual Looks 5) Speaker Good on repaired phone Negatives 1) Thermometer
was stuck in the 2% Celcius even in mid winter. 2) Texting was rather
slow even on T9 (not very good if your an impatient texter). 3) Speaker
failed on the first phone I had bought (purchased in July 02 and returned
for repair in early October 2002. 4) The carrying strap was pathetic
and an encouragement to any muggers around (if it was tri band i would
not have run around new york with it). 5) Lack of GPRS Other than that
a reasonable phone and one which i passed on to my mother which she
is now still happily using without any problems.
Reviewed by Jase from UK on 11th Aug 2003
Dont even thing about going near this phone! its 'break proof', it bounces
on the ground so if you drop it its ok, but the software corrupts itself.
Always turned on and off on its own.. deleted everything on my sim.
Deleted stuff u cant delte.. I had 3 of these phones and they all did
the same! RUBBISH!
Reviewed by Chris from England on 8th Aug 2003
This phone is for people who regularly drop their phone. It does not
try to be anything fancy, so anyoone who moan's about this should never
have bought it in the first place. It does it's job and you can drop
it in the pub after spilling a pint on it. The only problem is that
it takes too long to open messages.
Reviewed by Matthew Bradburn from England on 2nd
The only reason for me giving this phone two star, is the fact that
it is totally waterproof and shock proof, I went swimming with it, sailing
with it and have thrown it at a brick wall, but it still works, oh yeh
it also got driven over. But apart from that it sucks, this phone is
so bad that nokia should have paid me to get one. Only buy because of
the shockproof skills.
Reviewed by Andy from England on 30th Jul 2003
Robust, light, simple. Easy to text. It is what I looked for when I
bought it. Reception a bit suspect in someareas, but could be my network
Reviewed by alex bradley from england on 28th
well this is the 2nd nokia i have had the lsat being 402- that was ace
until it broke!(my fault),this phone is quite gd,with a few features
but th eonly reason im getting the 7210 is because this phone is defunct,NO
ONE USE SINGLEPOINT they are truly bull .... the on/off button is stiff
to press,mine froze evry time i went on services,i.e wap.also wen i
sent a txt it froze when i typed quickly, and it got through across
a train line,it hit a chair on the other side(so much for shock absorbent
covers) and came apart and it said inseert sim when it was inserted,(the
holding thing became loose.now im getting a nu fone!! it was o.k its
down to personally experince rally,
Reviewed by lookman from nigeria on 26th Jul 2003
i've had the phone for 3 months now and it hasn't given me any problem.
it looks trendy and quite affordable. the case really protects it...av
droppd it a no of times and it didn't know it dropped... the casing
is not even scratched. the infrared too is great and handy. unlike many
reviewers, the power button is no problem to me. the battery life too
has been great unlike my old 3310. the only setback i av wit it is the
animated screensaver which freezes after some 20 seconds. the ringtones
are short...and why the hell can't nokia give them names instead of
the nos? the thermometer has been great though i don't really av much
use for it. on the overall i'd say it's a good phone for the price.
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 22nd Jul 2003
i've never had any problems with my 5210. And like with all phones some
poeple have problems, some don't! Personaly i think its a great phone!
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 21st Jul 2003
I was very impressed with this phone when i first got it and for the
first 3 months....then the problems started. over the next 4/5 months
i had to send my handset for repair twice at local and regional dealer
before it was sent back to Nokia a further 3 times with the same re-occuring
problems (which only seemed to last for a maximum of 2 weeks between
repairs). eventually i was sent a replacement handset and i have had
a few recent minor problems of a similar nature. i have never had full
confidence in the performance of this phone and i can't wait until next
month when i am due an upgrade so i can get rid of the thing!!!!
Reviewed by bubu from Romania on 15th Jul 2003
Same thing with the on/ off switch, hard to use. Something else in that
contact service message comes on when powering up, then the phone freezes
Anyway of fixing this? As for robust weather resistant case forget it,
the only way to prevent moisture intrusion is to put it in a condom,
unused of course!
Reviewed by bubu from Romania on 10th Jul 2003
10x god is all i can say about this phone! I have it for more than 1
year, my battery is ok, thermometer still works, his first case is a
bit wrecked, but i bought another one. It never turned on/off, it never
frozen, it never switched menus, thermomether went below +20 C, and
it`s great! I will now sell it and get 200$ for it. I inttend to buy
a 6310. I would always recommend a Nokia 5210! Buy one! Even one of
one year old, with a 124 hours lifetimer still works at 100% !
Reviewed by - from Philippines on 7th Jul 2003
The 5210 is a good phone. Handy, rugged-looking (I have the blue cover).
A problem I keep encountering is that the menu gets mixed up more than
once. Say I open a message in my Inbox, read it and once I press the
Options, instead of getting the options Reply, Edit, Forward (etc),
I get the menu to select the language (e.g. Automatic, English, etc.)
Can anybody tell me what's wrong here? I'd really appreciate if you
can write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks a lot.
Reviewed by - from wales on 4th Jul 2003
This Phone is c**p . it has got a big time power problem and the themometer
is no where near right ( dont by . all other nokias i cant fault
Reviewed by Dean from UK on 3rd Jul 2003
Well only for the fact that you dont have a no star rating that i cant
select it . But if i could I certainly would. Having been a big fan
of nokia phones Im afraid this one is the rougue ..WHY??????? well......any
phone is no good with out decent reception and sometimes I have no reception
in good areas. VERY FRUSTRATING! if it wasnt shock resistent I would
throw it against the wall this phone is within its 28 day purchase and
going straight back to Virgin from where i bought it and would suggest
they throw it in the skip!3330,s are far better!
Reviewed by lara from australia on 30th Jun 2003
This is a terrible phone. Keeps switching itself on and off, for no
reason. screen also seems to freeze for no apparent reason. wouldn't
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 4th Jun 2003
Very robust, quite small and surprisingly light and the clock screensaver
is really useful - I don't wear a watch! The features I like best are
the profiles and calendar. Only downside is it is starting to look a
bit dated and is common as muck especially the blue. The ringtones are
hardly the most exciting and the ring volume is a bit low, especially
if it is in a pocket/bag. If the little speaker opening in the top is
covered it is very hard to hear. I don't really look after my phones
and most don't last long, but this one shows no signs of wear and tear
after nearly a year. After having an Ericsson T28s this is bulletproof.
Recommended, but try the new Nokia 5100 which adds polyphonic ring tones,
colour display, FM radio and looks great.
>Reviewed by Decyfa aka MC Psyka D from UK on
29th May 2003
well it is kinda ight but i've broken 2 of the 'shockproof' cases and
nw have a plastic case. wen the fone gets a knock it sez insert simcar,
and sumtimes the fone cuts out, which is REALLY annoying. battery doesnt
seem as good as the 3310 (previous fone)
Reviewed by Da Vinci from Netherlands on 16th
If like me, you work in an office and outside, then this is a phone
worth considering. It robustly designed and compact to boot. I have
found that the reception of the 5210 is great as well. I would agree
that the power button, might be a problem for some people, however I
have had no problem with it at all. If you need another ringtone or
operator logo, then these are available, for a small price. Overall,
I recommend this phone; well engineered and reasonably priced.
Reviewed by Sarah from Wales on 13th May 2003
This phone keeps turning itself on and off, which is pretty useless
in an emergency, if I hadn't had it for free off someone I would take
it back and demand a refund!! Even though the thermometer DOES work
on my phone, unlike many others, I still don't feel the need to know
the temperature. As for AJ, if you come to Barry market on a Tuesday
you can get a 5210 fascia for £5 What a bargain!!!! So, anyway I'll
be on the look out for a new model pretty soon, if I see one lying around
Reviewed by anwar, v from india on 5th May 2003
first of all thanking you for giving us such an oppurtunity.this is
fourth model of nokia i`m using.every model i had used had its own merits.i
really liked the 5210.the only inconvenience i had found on it is its
on/off key;its a bit hard.
Reviewed by A.J from UK on 26th Apr 2003
I think that the Nokia 5210 is an OK phone, it doesnt break or scratch
easily, and so if you drop it accidently it doesnt matter. The only
thing is that the ringtones on it are very boring and short. Why cant
it have more snazzy and cool ringtones. The other set back is the express
on covers. They are quite expensive, and are very limited in colours.
Apart from this, its an OK everyday phone and is reliable.
Reviewed by - from Netherlands on 25th Apr 2003
I've got the phone for almost a year now and I never had any problems
with it. It always works and the batteries are still ok. The thermometer
also works, it can be inaccurate by a few degrees but most times its
right. The shells are a good protection for the phone,I've dropped the
phone a few times and it just bounces of the floor again...if you are
fast enough you could catch it :P. In general i'm satisfied about the
phone, it's better than the Siemens I owned before. In a week I'll get
my new 6610, that'll be a big difference due to the colourscreen and
extra options. But the 5210 will still be in my mind as being a good
phone. it is the reason for me not to change to another brand than Nokia.
Reviewed by - from - on 22nd Apr 2003
Everything here for what i wanted, nothing broke easily and was thoroughly
Reviewed by Kojeys from - on 19th Apr 2003
Well basically I bought this phone because I needed a phone with Ir
capabilities so I could access my e-mails or internet via my pda ...
well it's sufficient for the time being the casing is definately hard
but well it is mend to save your phone from being scratched or totalled
in those unfortunate situations. With the current happenings in the
telco industry upgrading ad this point of time to something very latest
is not a good idea 3G is coming soon and we'll probably see a convergence
in PDA and mobiles soon, then I probably change
Reviewed by Derek from UK on 14th Apr 2003
Well what can I say that hasn't already been said, initially this seemed
a good phone, when I first received, hmmm I thought, not bad, then you
start using the thing, it goes down hill fast, its chunky, feels like
a kids toy, switchnig it off and on nearly breaks your finger. Thermometer
doesn't work, its always in the 20+c range? Why? The Picture Editor
has been useful, and the games are typically good Nokia games. The ringtones
with the phnoe are pants. I really looked forward to getting this phone,
and now can't wait to upgrade next month. Sorry Nokia but this phone
does nothing for your good name.
Reviewed by Paul from Kent on 10th Mar 2003
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I am now on my third 5210. they do have a power supply problem. It is
fast becoming a common problem. So be careful!! You have been warned.
Couple that with lack of style and function and this is a pretty poor