You’ve seen the Nokia 5530 hands-on photos. Now it’s time for the video! I had a couple of days with it, so I have initial impressions to share. I was surprised that navigating through the menus feel better on the 5530 versus the Nokia N97. Nokia uses kinetic scrolling on the 5530 already while N97 users currently have to wait for the update. Check it out.
You can also watch this video in HD on Youtube. I go over some of the physical aspects and briefly show how it runs.
A noticeable feature on the home screen is a scrollable favorite contacts list. It’s not as smooth as I like, but it works. Kinetic scrolling is a feature that a lot of people like and Nokia tries to implement it for the most part. Unfortunately, you still need to use the scroll bar in the application menu grid.
The browser is very similar to how I remember it on the Nokia 5800. It does not automatically go to full screen mode when opening web pages like the Nokia N97. I’ve also notice horizontal lines when scrolling through large pages. I’m not sure what that is about.
A stylus is accessible in the lower left edge of the Nokia 5530. I don’t like using it, but it is handy when trying to open the battery cover, microSD slot, or microUSB port.
The Nokia 5530 is pretty, small, light, and packs plenty of features. However, it doesn’t match the Nokia 5800 in hardware. The Nokia 5530 does not support 3G connectivity, but is priced about $50 lower than the 5800. Other things to consider is that Nokia is releasing similar touchscreen devices called the X6 and 5230 soon. Hmm… decisions…