Nokia 5130 XpressMusic Review


Welcome to the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic review.  It was released earlier in 2009 but we only got a chance to see it in the flesh while comparing the T106 recently.  The Nokia 5130 XpressMusic is considered a lower end phone in terms of pricing.  Although not comparable to the Telstra T106 we did anyway!

It runs the Nokia’s mass market S40 operating system so – the screensaver and powersavers we develop will work on them!  As far was we are concerned the S40 is a fast and simple operating system.

It’s the small brother to the similarly named and more expensive 5310.  Hence the functionality is limited even compared to other higher end S40 based mobiles.  However what you do get is a still reasonably featured phone for playing music, making calls and texting, organizing your life including a fully featured alarm so you can wake up on time for everything.  Perfectly targeted to the younger crowd.

The 5130 XpressMusic is not an iPod Touch by any means but as a standard mobile phone focused on playing music it does a great job.

The standout feature is a proper 240×320 pixel screen that looks good.  It also has the industry standard 3.5mm earphone jack and the sound processor is music focused.  Although it does have a web browser this is not a 3G phone so your experience will be a bad one.  At least it has something for emergencies.

There is not much else we can say about it – typical good but entry level Nokia mobile phone.  So if you want a phone that can do most things and want your music to sound good then this model may suit. However there are better ones out there that do much more for around the same price the catch is that the models are older than this one.  Eg. 6300.  Older is sometimes better. If you are considering the 5130 it may also be wise to look at alternatives from other manufacturers.


  • Nokia 5130 XpressMusic
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800 /1900 MHz)
  • Design
    Candy Bar
    L107.5 x W46.7 x D14.8 mm
    Weight 88 grams
  • Display/s
    External TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    2MP main camera
    Picture format: JPG
  • Video Camera
    176 x 144 pixel
    Movie format: MP4
  • Connectivity
    Micro USB
    Bluetooth V1.2 – Supports FTP / HFC / A2DP
  • CPU
  • Memory
    30 MB available to user
    Up to 2Gig MicroSD Flash cards
  • Ring tones
    AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, MP3, 64- Midi, WMA, WAMR, MXMF including video
  • Features
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    Featured music player
    FM radio
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Customizable backgrounds and screensavers
    Picture Viewer
    Voice memos
    Voice command
    Calender and organizer
    Battery BL-5C 1020mAh
    Up to 12 days Standby, 6 hours Talk Time
  • Package contents
    XP/Vista Compatible PC suite
    Personal hands free kit
    Travel charger
  • Price history
    From $199 AUS 2009 (Pre-Paid)