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Reviews - Nokia 5110

This phone is small and rather light. It fits just fine into your hand when you are talking. The voice is clear and microphone catches your speech well. I have experienced some strange breaks (from 0.5 to 2 seconds) in speech during phone calls, but I don't know whether they were due to the phone or caused by the network. Probably the signal just wasn't good enough, since I have experienced similar breaks with Nokia 1631 and Philips Fizz too.

The graphical menu system with Navi-button is clear and easy to use. Phone has 3 games (Memory, Snake and Logic) which are the same as in 6110. But beware: playing games consumes battery and if you play a lot, you may accidently run out of power. 5110 also has a simple calculator and clock with alarm.

Storing and finding phone numbers is really easy. When you're searching for a number, you can choose whether the list shows just name or name and number. Speed dialling and memory status (free/used locations in SIM) are also good functions.

You can store 2 different kind of settings for SMS. 5110 shows a clear list of received SMS-messages and you can easily reply to them or get phone number from the message. You can choose for how long (1, 6, 24 or 72 hours or 1 week) phone tries to send the SMS. Writing is also easy (4 lines of text) and you can use capital or small letters. But there is one fault that really bugs me: when you're writing SMS and want to add some non-alphabetic character you may have to press buttons for a while, because order of these characters is not very wise. I don't think is one of the most used characters. Otherwise SMS-messaging functions are very good.

My battery (Standard Battery 900 mAh, NiMH) has lasted for about 4-5 days, but I have had 5110 for such a short time that I don't know how battery will behave after long usage. The battery moves about 0.5 millimeters while installed to the phone, but this has caused no problems. Extended battery (BatPower 1800mAh, NiMH) which I had in my 1631 used to move about the same amount and the SIM-card sometimes moved along with the battery and had to be re-installed. SIM-card in 5110 is locked to its' place, so it can't move.

The X-press covers are easy to change, but changing requires a coin or something similar and some brute force. The covers stay on nicely, but you have to install them properly, otherwise they will move a little and you will hear unpleasant sounds.

Nokia 5110 has many same options and functions as Nokia 6110. In principle it is 6110 without infrared link, user groups and possibility of making your own tunes. You may browse through Nokia's 5110 and 6110 pages and you will find out there's not much difference between these two phones.

j_katajala@hotmail.com

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