Nokia 5200 Review – Music-Based Slider Mobile Phone

Nokia 5200 Review: Released in 2006, the Nokia 5200 was one of the first Nokia phones to tap into the growing trends that phones could also be used as music players. Nokia were not the first, and others such as Sony Ericsson were leveraging the Walkman branding to good effect. Previous models such as the Nokia 5510 and Nokia 3300 had also featured music players and loudspeakers. However their effectiveness was limited by a lack of storage. The Nokia N91 came with a whopping 8GB on board, but this was a top range phone and out of the price range of many.

So the Nokia 5200 solved many of these problems. It used the microSD card format which allowed larger capacities of data to be stored at lower costs. It also was a cheaper construction, featuring the rubberised design common in many of their lower-end phones. However at the same time it featured a camera, Series 40 software and a 256k colour screen.

Two versions were released at the same time. The Nokia 5300 was the better (and more expensive version) which featured a sharper screen, better camera, more music controls and improved Bluetooth support.

Full specifications here.

These phones were quite novel but ultimately nice to use. A later version – the Nokia 5310 – saw the slide ditched in favour of a straight candybar model, and the ‘XpressMusic’ tag for these phones was born.

Nokia 5200 Review Pros: 

  • The screen was much improved over the previous Nokia 3220 – it now was 2.0 inches and supported more colours giving images a more vibrant look.
  • The phone accepted the new microSD cards which allowed for a large amount of music and data to be stored at a much lower cost than before.
  • It now comes with a dedicated music player which can be activated by buttons on the side menu: the phone can function as a proper MP3 player.
  • Customisation is still possible despite the slide and the phone featured rear covers.

Nokia 5200 Review Cons: 

  • The phones rubberised design was a blessing and a curse. It was more protective against the elements but longer term was prone to disintegration.
  • There was no standard headphone socket: the supplied headphones were much poorer than the Sony ones.
  • Bluetooth was on the phone but did not support A2DP for wireless headsets.
  • The spec sheet of the phone was worse than the Nokia 5300 but the cost gap was not that large.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects: 

Both the Nokia 5200 and Nokia 5300 are distinctive handsets – the 5300 being different in that it has more music controls on the exterior. These may be reasonable sellers but a big minus point is that many of the used ones are difficult to keep in good condition. Much like other Nokia phones such as the Nokia 5210, the rubber parts are prone to crumbling, especially on the side buttons.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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