Over the years Nokia have established a reputation for producing popular handsets, yet have also proved daring in terms of design on some of there models. The new X5 is one such phone, functional, yet obviously designed to catch the eye and make a statement.
The really stand out feature of this new model is its design. Breaking away from the traditional rectangular form, this new phone is almost square in design. Measuring 74.3 x 66.4 x 16.9mm and weighing 129 grammes. The depth of the handset is relatively chunky, but this is due to the fact that the X5 incorporates a slide out Qwerty keyboard comprising of four rows of keys. The screen measures 2.36 inches and display a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. TFT technology is used and the screen can also show up to 256 thousand colours. It would be unfair to compare this specification to a smartphone such as the HTC Wildfire as the X5 is not aiming for this market, this is essentially a fashion phone with some excellent features thrown in for good measure. As with other Nokia models, the phone incorporates a light sensor allowing the backlight of the screen to be adjusted according to your ambient surroundings. Beneath the screen there is room to feature a five way navigational key which is flanked by the call and end buttons. To the sides of these keys are the home button, as well as a very useful dedicated music key, with audio playback an area that this phone really excels in.
The Nokia X5 has an RDS FM tuner built in, allowing a nice alternative to downloaded files. A 3.5mm headphone jack is always a welcome addition, meaning you can use you favourite headphones with the device. A multitude of audio file are accepted by the X5, including MP3 and WAV. It is not just musically where the phone is really well equipped, camera wise the phone features a high quality sensor. Images are recorded at a quality of 5 mega pixels, meaning they look equally as clear on the large screen as they do on the phones own display. An LED flash helps maintain this quality when lighting is less than ideal, and there is even the option to record video footage, with the resulting footage filmed at 15 frames per second in VGA Quality.
The Nokia X5 offers a great alternative to the wealth of smartphones currently available, scoring highly for its styling and offering a good range of multi media facilities.
The Nokia X5 and the Motorola Bravo are coming soon.