Nokia 5500 Sport in-depth review -

Look and Feel

The Nokia 5500 Sport is rubberised for protection so feels touch and resilient. It's cinched in the middle and reasonable compact, and feels good in the hand.

Features

The Nokia 5500 Sport offers a Symbian OS, a two-megapixel camera, an MP3 music player and expandable memory, text-to-speech, push-to-talk, Bluetooth, PIM and a sports training programme. And a tiny LED light.

Ease of Use

The traditional Nokia usability is here, and the Symbian OS is intuitive and easy to pick up. A single button allows you to switch between tasks.

Performance

The Nokia 5500 Sport is a good little worker. The screen is small but good quality, and photos are good enough for small prints but not world class. Music sounds really good, and the fitness training programme has limitations but is pretty effective.

Battery Life

A talktime of 240 minutes isn't bad but sits in the 'average' category. A little more would be nice - especially if you are training for the Marathon.

 Nokia 5500 Sport Review -
4

Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:48:27 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

8

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

8

out of 5

Features

6

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Solid build and packed with features like a decent camera, music player and sports log, with a distinct design.

Cons:

Its rugged build means it has a relatively small screen for a smartphone.

Nokia has turned out tough sports phones before, but it has given this one a brain. The Nokia 5500 Sport has most of the features present on Nseries smartphones, bar 3G, but is the smallest smartphone Nokia has ever made.

Tough phone

Tradesmen have long sought a robust Bluetooth-capable Nokia that would allow them to take calls on the road. Finally it's arrived. The self-employed can also make use of the 5500 Sport's productivity applications, contact book and easy diary synchronisation with Microsoft Outlook. The same diary offers a way to both record and manage a range of sports training activities. An LED torch is a practical feature that will get plenty of use.
A rubber screen to isolate the connectivity and charging port and a screw-locked battery compartment help keep dust and moisture out. The combination of stainless steel, hard-plastic and softer shock-absorbing trim serve to make it a tough handset.
The Nokia 5500 Sport has a relatively compact frame and sits well in the hand.

Text-to-speech

Nokia has made much of the 5500 Sport's multitasking capabilities. A single button on the side allows you to switch between functions, and text-to-speech capabilities mean the phone will read your text messages while your hands are full.
The 262,000-colour screen is a good platform for viewing pictures taken on the two-megapixel camera. The cam takes pictures of a high enough resolution for small prints, but colours can be a little flat and lacking in contrast compared to top-end camera phones.

MP3 player

Sound quality is good using the supplied headphones and handsfree adaptor. This adapter enables control of tracks, volume and ability to plug in any conventional headphone set. Nokia ditches its usual MMC card slot in favour of a tiny miniSD drive. The handset also supports a walkie-talkie style Push-To-Talk system, where the service is available.
Compromises have been made. The screen is smaller than a typical smartphone, and 3G has been left out.

Sports training

The sporting functions have their limitations, but offer an easy way to keep a handle on your training. The Nokia 5500 Sport works in tandem with Nokia Sports Manager software, which allows you to review your training on your PC. It is set up to record walking, running, cycling, rowing and stair-stepping, although you can customise it to record other activities. To measure movement the phone must be clipped to your hip with the provided phone holder. After entering your age, height and weight you are ready to go.
Nokia Sports Manager application allows you to build a training diary with minimal effort and offers a handy visual guide to how hard you pushed yourself over a run - information that can be useful to hone your training regime. The application allows you to quickly compare performance on similar runs, giving you clear visual clues on which part of a run you pick up the pace and when you start to flag.

Bluetooth

Even disregarding the sports training features, the Nokia 5500 Sport is a tough, feature-packed smartphone that's no larger than an ordinary Nokia. If you want the organiser functionality of a smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity in a tough, compact shell, the 5500 is a good choice, and one that may prove popular with tradespeople.