A few weeks ago, it was a gadget shopping weekend for me and Arthur. Arthur needed to get rid of his old cellphone and buy a new one.  I’m so pissed whenever I try using his cellphone. Most of you probably know the problem with the navi key of Sony Ericsson. Well, for those who don’t, some models of Sony Ericsson uses joysticks as navigator. Yes, it is cool, but as time passes by, dirt starts to build up in its corners. Result? You can’t navigate your phone properly! It’s so damn annoying! Arthur tried to have it fixed, but in 3 months you just can’t navigate again! So for those who have Sony Ericsson with that joystick thing, ditch your phone right away if you start to encounter problems navigating. Yes, it’s that annoying!

Anyways, let me get down to business. There are four things that Arthur was looking for in a phone. One, as long as he can call and text, he is okay with it. Two, he needs a tri-band phone so he could use it in the States. Three, a budget phone as he doesn’t want to spend a lot for it. Four, of course, he wants something that looks presentable. Keeping these in mind and after browsing through all the available phones in the market, he ended up getting the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, which was released last February 2009.

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So did he get what he wanted with this Nokia 5130 XpressMusic? Lets see.

– Can he call and text? Of course! What’s the use of a mobile phone without these features! Hehehe! 🙂

– Is it a tri-band phone? Na-ah! It’s even better. 🙂 A quadband phone! Well, not that he is going to Japan, but who knows? Hehehe!

–  Is it within his budget? Definitely! This phone is surprisingly only Php 5,700!  

nokia xpressmusicBut wait, there’s more! 🙂 It has 2MP camera and FM radio (which he uses when he is bored). To top it all, this XpressMusic phone actually lives up to its name as the quality of music is very impressive. It has loud speakers considering it is such a small phone. It has a dimension of 107.5 x 46.7 x 14.8mm. Well, of course you have to be in an enclosed area to test its unexpected powerful speakers. We also tried attaching the phone to a set of Bose speakers and the quality of music is surprisingly better than my 1st gen iPod Nano. Now, we have been saving a lot of music in its microSD. Hehehe! 🙂

Now, what’s the bad side or better yet, the not so good side of this Nokia 5130 XpressMusic?

– It’s not a 3G phone, but who cares? We don’t really use 3G.

– It doesn’t have WLAN. Well, with it’s small screen, I don’t really think one will have the urge to connect to a WLAN.

– It’s made of plastic. With its price, I don’t think we still have to complain.

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Over-all, for a budget phone, I don’t think you’ll go wrong with this Nokia 5130 XpressMusic. I’m giving it a 5 out of 5. 🙂 (Plus points for the color! LOL! It’s available in red and blue.)