Nokia’s new phone is like a 3310 with earbuds built into the back – and I love it

At TechRadar, we pleasure ourselves on evaluating, critiquing and testing a few of the finest small smartphones in the world – 5G mini-beasts with ever spectacular snapper lenses, video resolutions, audio chops and ecosystem enhancements to make our collective lives that little bit simpler (and hopefully extra sociable) with each new iteration. 
And this phone is nothing like these. 

To some, the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio is little greater than a novelty burner with free true wi-fi earbuds squirrelled into the back. But by barely older eyes (learn: mine) it’s a stunning and cheap pleasure, serving up not solely a slice of pure nostalgia with added 4G, but in addition a lesson in how far we’ve are available twenty years. 

Remember what getting your phone up and working was like, back in the day? Even when you weren’t alive in 2000, you get that have right here. 

Having the case built into the phone means one much less factor to lose, proper?  (Image credit score: Future)
I relished the likelihood to take a recent 1,450mAh battery from its little plastic pockets, whip the back off my new machine, line up the three battery contacts, slide it into the handset, squeeze the complete factor back collectively once more with a want and a prayer, flip the handset back round and hearth up the energy button like it’s 1999. It’s like driving a bike… 

But now, there’s new stuff to do! With the 5710 XpressAudio, you additionally get to fit the bundled, color-matched earbuds into the back of the phone to energy them up (there’s a sliding door which oddly, covers the digital camera lens when open) then comply with on-screen prompts to pair them to the 5710 and lo – you possibly can hearken to MP3s! Or, do as I did and head straight over to the FM radio tab in the menu and hearken to your chosen station’s choose. 
It’s an oddly futuristic retro expertise – authentic “wi-fi” meets new-school wi-fi connectivity, however in a machine whose most up-to-date relative is the XpressMusic line of Nokia mobiles that was discontinued in 2010.
In fact, the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio feels older, regardless of its 4G functionality. In my hand, it harks back to the Nokia 5310 launched in 2007, and even my beloved 3210, when taking part in a “hidden” sport or composing my very own ringtone was to enter a cutting-edge, expert-only realm.

Opinion: I yearn for weeks-long battery life

Remember 1999, if you needed to match the battery in your phone?  (Image credit score: Future)
Yes, there’s Snake Xenia onboard (nonetheless simply as addictive) and sure, the earbuds match OK – though they’re fundamental affairs and when you’re after one thing that sounds good and doesn’t want to return with its personal phone, head to our greatest finances wi-fi earbuds roundup. 
But the actual purpose I suppose individuals will love this dual-sim Nokia has nothing to do with the bundled earbuds, enjoyable although they’re. 

Its options are humble, and in an period of wildly costly flagship foldable smartphones, the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio’s 48MB of RAM and 128MB of inside storage (that may be prolonged by as much as 32GB with a MicroSD card, the place the little SIM slots are) presents a reassuring proposition with identified, wallet-friendly boundaries – there’s a value of dwelling disaster on, individuals. 
The phone comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA show and a 0.3 MP rear digital camera with an LED flash module, which is little or no to write down dwelling about. It is powered by a Unisoc T107 processor and comes with the Nokia’s S30+ working system. 
But right here’s the factor: it’s 138.9 mm lengthy, 47.7 mm thick and 16.2 mm thick and the show is good and large. It weighs 129.1g and there’s two large quantity buttons on the left facet, as you take a look at the display – however you possibly can, after all, lock these. 

Snake Xenia, 2022 model.  (Image credit score: Future)
For me, the large draw is this: Nokia claims the 5710 can “final weeks on standby”. Now, this actually is Nokia of previous! Imagine a phone that you might depend on for days… and days. My iPhone is all out by 5pm, and that’s on a good day! I crave this type of stamina. 
Perhaps, in these unsure occasions, I’m craving for a little piece of the previous however with added 4G and earbuds – I nonetheless love my ‘dumb’ 2006 iPod Classic as a result of it does fewer issues than any smartphone, in any case. I imagine the need for a handset that simply does its devoted job of communication properly sufficient and little else, for a low-end price, is rising. 

The Nokia 5710 XpressAudio will value simply $76 / £75 (round AU$129) and is already out there at Nokia, however it will hit different shops and on-line platforms on September 19. 
Will it turn out to be considered one of the finest Nokia telephones of 2022? It feels unlikely. But that doesn’t imply there’s no place for it. Quite the reverse the truth is – and I’ll beat anybody who says in any other case at Snake Xenia…

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