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Friday, April 4, 2008

Nokia 5140 Review

Nokia has been the only one to produce pseudoprotected phones for several years. These devices refer to so-called sport segment (Outdoor, Active are its other names). Such products have always been niche and demanded by a small group of users. Nokia 5140 is not an exception and continues the traditions of Nokia 5210 and 5100.
Class: sport, outdoors
Position in the line: above Nokia 5100
Rival phones: Siemens M65
Expected price for the moment of appearance 300 USD


General features
Announced in March 2004, in the market since the 3 Q 2004, official announcement March 2004
Battery type Li-Ion 760 mAh (BL-5B)
talk time ?? 2.5 up to 5.5 hours, standby time up to 300 hours
High-contrast colour graphical display, up to 65K (TFT), 5 text lines, with the resolution of 128x128 pixels (27.5x27.5 mm)
Menu like a list or a row of icons
Java (MIDP 2.0)
VGA-camera, a possibility to record 3GP video
Changeable panels
Push to Talk
Weight: 101 g
Dimensions: 106.5x46.8x23.8 mm

Phone book memory for 1000 names, 3 numbers and one text field. Memory is shared dynamically, that means, having less than 500 names you may save up to 5 numbers and 4 text fields for a name. Users' groups.
Memory for 50 SMS
Calendar memory for 100 entries, depends on the length of the entries
To-do list memory for 30 entries
Call log of 10 last incoming, outgoing and missed calls
Up to 6 games or applications, max size of an application 64 KB
Memory for 15 MMS, one message can't be more than 100 KB
4 MB are available to a user, it's shared dynamically between all the applications
Call management, ringing tones
Vibrating alert
Polyphonic call melodies (MIDI synthesizer), 16-tones polyphony
Speed dialing for 8 numbers
Automatic redial (up to 10 attempts)
Automatic and manual network selection
Loud speaker

Predictive text input ?9
Concatenated messages (up to 6 messages)
Templates (up to 10)
A possibility to send and receive graphical messages(10 pictures are preset)
Integrated mail client
Instant Messaging
GPRS 4+2
WAP 1.2.1 ( xHTML)
Synchronization with PC
Push to Talk

Organizer and extras
One screen saver, adjustable color scheme
Integrated image editor
User's profiles (5), temporary profile, two own profiles
Time, date
Alarm clock
Organizer with a calendar view - monthly, weekly, daily
Calculator, currency converter
Automatic key lock
Compass, thermometer, volume level measuring device
Fitness Coach
Extra panel with GPS-receiver
Stopwatch (up to 20 intermediate results), countdown timer
Games - AdventureRace


The Nokia 5140 is the latest in Nokia's 5xxx series of durable phones designed to be hard wearing for outdoor and sports activities. Nokia claim that the 5140 offers "Enhanced durability and resistance to the elements and usage in sports inspired lifestyle." It's debatable just how durable the phone is - soak it in water or drop it onto a hard surface and it's likely to break, just like any other mobile - but Nokia have certainly made an effort to protect the phone against minor bumps and splashes. The outer shell is tougher than most, and being changeable it can be replaced if it gets scratched or scuffed. The bottom flap helps to protect against water damage, and there is an inner module to provide additional protection against water damage.