Music and mobile phones have been merged together ever since the popularity of MP3 players were released, if there is one thing that mobile phone manufacturers are good at it is inspecting the latest gadgets to hit the market and then instructing their research and development departments to incorporate the feature into their handsets.
This has been seen time and again by the leading manufacturers, first there was the introduction of digital cameras into phones, then music players, next came multimedia players to include video and then GPS satellite navigation. The manufacturers feel that consumers should only need to leave their homes with one multi functional gadget as opposed to many standalone devices and they are dedicated to making it the mobile phone.
Integrated music players have come a long way since their initial introduction to the mobile phone, these days users are supplied with software to easily drag and drop music files on their PC directly into the phones memory, download new music tracks direct from the mobile internet and more recently facilitate the creation of playlists to organise and manage the tracks to suit genre, mood or tempo.
The new Nokia 5310 Red Edition offers all of this music player technology as well as a substantial onboard memory that can store up to a staggering 300 songs, a real rival for standalone music devices such as iPods and Zen MP3 players.
The 5310 is slightly different to the Xpress Music phones that went before it, the design format is that of the standard candy bar with no flips, slides or twists, this allows plenty of room for some dedicated music control keys that are located to the left hand side of the main display screen. From here the user can play, rewind, fast forward and pause their music tracks as well as shuffle randomly.
There have also been some major improvements to the battery life when compared with the previous 5300 model, the 5310 offers 18 hours of music playback time between charges and there is also a 3.5mm Av jack so users no longer have to use the branded headphones that are supplied with the equipment.
The 5310 is far slimmer than previous models and measures just 9.9mm in depth, aside from the music features the handset also offers a 2.0 megapixel camera with a flash for poor light conditions, a digital zoom for close up photography and support for video recording and playback.
Connectivity options include GPRS, UMTS and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP stereo support, this enhances the transmitted music into stereo when listening via Bluetooth headphones. This wireless technology also allows for transfer of music, picture and video files to compatible devices as well as connections to hands free car kits and headsets for safe hands free driving.
The Nokia 5310 Red is a marked improvement on previous models, it seems the manufacturer has taken on board the consumers niggles and gripes and produced a competent, desirable and stylish music orientated mobile phone.
The Nokia 5310 Red Edition is set to be joined by a Blue version that offers exactly the same specifications, features and design but with blue strips either side of the main display that houses the dedicated music buttons.