For those of you who don’t know yet, I lost my phone. How many times do I have to say that? I lost my phone. I lost my phone. I lost my phone. I lost my phone last October 12. It slipped off my shallow shorts pockets in the taxi cab on the way home from the pedia visit in Marikina.. last October 12. So if you cannot get in touch with me, I have not been replying to any of your messages, my number cannot be reached, it is because I have lost my phone. 🙁 I lost my beloved Nokia 5310 Xpress Music phone with all my wonderful music and my three thousand messages in the Inbox and Sent folders since I do not delete messages. 😐


In the search for the new phone, I still wanted an Xpress Music phone of course. So, first on the list was the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music with the following features:

3.2″ 16M-color TFT LCD 16:9 touchscreen display (360 x 640 pixels)
Symbian S60 5th edition
RM 11 369 MHz CPU, 128 MB of SDRAM memory
3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash
VGA video recording at 30fps
Dual-band 3G with HSDPA support
Quad-band GSM support
Capable GPS receiver and Nokia Maps 2.0 Touch
microSD card memory expansion, ships with an 8GB card
TV out
FM radio with RDS
Bluetooth and USB v2.0
Landscape on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboard
Proximity sensor for screen auto turn-off
Accelerometer sensor for automatic UI rotation and motion-based gaming
Office document viewer
OVI and MySpace integration (direct image and video uploads)

Ok so I was digging the touch screen feature, the Wi-fi, the 3G and even the 3.2 mp camera. The price is not too bad too for all those features. Only drawback was the fact that reviews all say its too slow with its 369 MHz CPU.

So we moved on to Nokia 5530 since my brother-in-law has it. 🙂


3.15MegaPixel Camera
Handwriting recognition
WMV/RV/MP4/3GP video player
MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/AAC/M4A music player
Stereo FM radio with RDS
70Mb Internal memory, microSD (TransFlash) card slot
GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Interface

Wait… its touch screen. It has a 3.15 MP camera too. It has Wi-Fi… but no 3G?! I want one with 3G, really I do!! No matter if it has a 434 MHz CPU. I still want my 3G!

So off looking for another touch screen phone with 3G. And here it is. The Nokia 5230.


2MegaPixel Camera
Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
Handwriting recognition
WMV/RV/MP4/3GP video player
MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/AAC/M4A music player
Stereo FM radio with RDS, A-GPS support
Nokia Maps 2.0 Touch,
70 MB storage, microSD card slot up to 16GB
Bluetooth, microUSB interface

So it only has a 2.0 MP camera. I don’t really know why I care about these cameras when I have two DSLRs and a waterproof P&S, but I had not really appreciated the 2.o MP camera of my 5310 in the rare moments I had not had a choice but to use it. (Like we went to an impromptu swimming trip and forgot the SD card for the DSLR). Sure, it still says it’s touch screen.. but, wait, it says in there (click on the photo for more features) that it has 3G… but no Wi-Fi!! I still want my Wi-Fi you know?

Still just can’t have it all huh? Either you get fast 3G or fast Wi-Fi but not both. Unless you want the uber slow both. Too slow you’re going to want to throw your phone against a wall. Maybe if I wanted something that is not touch screen? I don’t understand why I would want a touch screen anyway when my hands are always icky. Hahahaha.

Moving on… How about the Nokia 5630/5730 Xpress Music?


3.15 MegaPixel Camera, Secondary Video Camera
Symbian OS
Stereo FM radio with RDS
256Mb Internal Memory, MicroSD card slot, 3.5 mm audio jack
Dedicated music keys
3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB interface

Wow, a 3.15 MP, enhanced fixed focus camera with LED flash! Hahaha. (Click on the photo to read full features.) 3G and Wi-Fi and N-gage games with a 600 MHz processor. It’s an Xpress Music phone too. I still have my N-Gage phone with me. It’s a collectible! Hahaha. It’s actually the one I am using now as I decide which new phone to buy. I do not want to talk on it while I’m out though because people just give me weird looks. Hahaha.


3.15 MegaPixel Camera, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus camera with LED flash
VGA videocall camera
Full QWERTY keyboard with accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
Stereo FM radio with RDS, 3.5 mm audio jack
Dedicated music keys
microSD card slot up to 16GB
3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Interface
MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/AAC/M4A music player

Carl Zeiss optics for the camera huh? And a QWERTY keyboard. No touch screen but 3G and Wi-fi check! I am so loving that QWERTY keyboard though for what exactly am I gonna have a specific need for it I have no idea but I still want it! But wait… a 369 MHz processor?! No way. Really? No way! To heck with the QWERTY.  I want a  600 MHz processor! For the impatient me.


So I guess, I know what cellphone I’m going to get now. I am excited to use that Globe Tattoo sim card on my new 3G and Wi-fi enabled phone. Hahaha. I rarely use the Globe Tattoo device that we own, which we got for P2,500 last January by the way (dang it!), since we now have the Sun Broadband unlimited at Plan 799! Hahaha. I am loving Sun. 🙂

Here is a review from Yugatech by the way on this phone that I can’t wait to get my hands on! Here is another review from Techie and a really great review from GSMArena – a site that I got to because my friend Ver tweeted it. Thanks Ver!

I can’t wait to get a Nokia 5630.. a modified version of my old 5310 actually that my husband bought for me two years ago before it was officially released by Nokia Philippines (it cost P13,500 when we bought it in a store at that gadget place in SMNorth). I remember we were sitting around at Chocolate Kiss at Bahay ng Alumni in U.P., discussing and reading the excerpt for that play we were going to do at Bienvenido Lumbera’s Book Launch and I told Hazel Gutierrez I was looking for a new phone. She said go to this place in SM North. We went there right after and three hours later, I had me a new phone! Hahaha. I miss my old phone. I miss my friend Hazel (and her partner-in-crime Jon) too. 🙂