At , we pride ourselves on comparing, reviewing and testing some of the best small smartphones in the world – 5G mini-beasts with increasingly impressive Snapper lenses, video resolutions, audio cuts and ecosystem enhancements to make our collective lives a little more easier (and hopefully more sociable) with each new iteration.
And this phone is none of those things.
For some, the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio is little more than a news recorder with free true wireless headphones on the back. But through slightly older eyes (read: mine) it’s a pretty cheap joy, serving up not just a slice of pure nostalgia with 4G added, but also a lesson in how far we’ve come in two decades.
Remember what it was like to get your phone up and running, back in the day? Even if you weren’t alive in 2000, you have that experience here.
I appreciated the chance to take a fresh 1,450mAh battery out of its little plastic wallet, take the back of my new device, align the three battery contacts, put it in the device, screw it all back in with a wish and a prayer. , turn the earphone around and turn on the power button like it’s 1999. It’s like riding a bicycle…
But now, there are new things to do! With the 5710 XpressAudio, you can also snap the color-matched headphones onto the back of the phone to plug them in (there’s a sliding door that oddly covers the camera lens when open) and follow the onscreen instructions to pair – them to the 5710 and lo – you can listen to MP3s! Or do as I did and go straight to the FM radio tab in the menu and listen to the chosen station choice.
It’s a strangely futuristic retro experience – original “wireless” meets new-school wireless connectivity, but in a device whose newest relative is the XpressMusic line of Nokia phones that were discontinued in 2010.
In fact, the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio looks older despite its 4G capability. In my hand, it harks back to the Nokia 5310 released in 2007, or even my beloved 3210, when playing a “hidden” game or composing my own ringtone was entering a high-end realm exclusive to experts.
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Yes, there’s Snake Xenia on board (still just as addictive) and yes, the headphones fit well – although these are basic affairs and if you’re after something that sounds great and don’t need to come with your own phone, head over to our best roundup. of budget wireless headphones.
But the real reason I think people will love this Nokia dual-sim has nothing to do with the included headphones, fun as they are.
Its features are humble, and in an age of super-expensive foldable smartphones, the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio’s 48MB of RAM and 128MB of internal storage (which can be extended up to 32GB with a MicroSD card, where the small SIM slots) present a reassuring proposition with known, wallet-friendly limits – there’s a cost-of-living crisis, folks.
The phone comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA screen and a 0.3MP rear camera with an LED flash module, which is much little to write about. It is powered by a Unisoc T107 processor and comes with Nokia’s S30+ operating system.
But here’s the thing: it’s 138.9mm long, 47.7mm thick and 16.2mm thick and the screen is nice and big. It weighs 129.1g and there are two big volume buttons on the left side as you look at the screen – but you can, of course, lock them.
For me, the big draw is this: Nokia claims that the 5710 can “last for weeks on standby”. Now, this really is the Nokia of old! Imagine a phone you could rely on for days… and days. My iPhone is ready at 5pm, and that’s a good day! I crave that kind of resistance.
Perhaps, in these uncertain times, I’m yearning for a little piece of the past, but with 4G and additional headphones – I still love my ‘dumb’ 2006 iPod Classic because it does fewer things than any smartphone, after all. I believe the desire for a device that does its dedicated job of communicating well enough and little else, for a low-cost fee, is growing.
The Nokia 5710 XpressAudio will cost just $76 / £75 (about AU$129) and is available now from Nokia, but will hit other outlets and online platforms on September 19.
Will it become one of the best Nokia phones of 2022? It seems unlikely. But that doesn’t mean there’s no place for it. Quite the opposite actually – and I will beat anyone who says otherwise in Snake Xenia…