Written on: 07/11/2002 by Richard M..
Size and weight are ideal. Robust rubber coated splash resistant case. Some nice features yet it remains simple to use. Performs quite well. Reasonable price.
Smallish set back LCD display - can be difficult to see signal/battery bars. Ringer is not especially loud due to case thickness.
I recently replaced my 'old' Nokia 3310 for this phone. It had provided very good service over 18 months, and had converted me to the Nokia brand after owning many different phone models in the past. What swung the decision for me to buy the 5210 was this models practicality. It is quite unique in it's sector of the market as it is dust and water resistant (splash proof) and shock proof. It is therefore ideal for me as a walker and cyclist, as I can take this phone with me everywhere. I go in the great outdoors without the need to carry around with me a plastic bag to cover the phone should rain set in, as I have always had to do with previous phones. (I have yet to put the water resistant claim to the test, though I have no reason to doubt it!). Also, should the phone drop to the floor (as inevitably happens with mobiles from time to time), this phone is much better at taking the knocks than most other models. These benefits are major advantages to me. Compared with the 3310 it is considerably smaller and lighter, and can be slipped into a shirt pocket and almost forgotten about - another big advantage. The case is 'armoured' with a layer of rubber which provides excellent protection against scratches to the case when the phone is placed on a hard surface such as a wall. Therefore, a leather case is not mandatory as it is with most phones. Because of this, the 5210 would be ideal for use in a hostile work environment such as on a building site. The case itself is thicker than standard phone cases and is protected from water ingress. Consequently the ringer has a harder time making itself heard. That said, it is acceptable in all but the noisiest of situations. I am very impressed by this phones keypad, as it features much nicer keys (including the new Nokia soft key and send/end key arrangement) than the 3310 - the keys have a firmer action to them, so this phone should be less likely to dial out by itself from your pocket, should you not lock the keypad. However, there is no excuse for not locking the keypad from accidental use, as there is a neat new feature on this phone whereby the keylock can be set to switch in automatically after a period of inactivity. I have found this to be an excellent feature as it saves me a lot of work having to do this myself after each time I have used the phone. The 5210 has many features for its price, including WAP, IR, scheduler, games, timers, etc. These are not important to me, however. I chose this phone for its practicality and durability, and use the phone simply to make and receive calls.
Call quality is good, although I don't think the phone is quite as sensitive as my old 3310 (I'm on Orange BTW), though it is perfectly acceptable. The phone is easy and logical to operate thanks to the great Nokia menu structure and also the new soft keys already mentioned. Battery life is around four days (without switch off) with a few calls - not the greatest but not bad either.
Overall I am very satisfied with this phone and recommend it to anyone who ventures outdoors in the British climate, or who doesn't work in an office. It was a worthwhile trade-up from the 3310. The bad points are not unacceptable and are far outweighed by the benefits the phone offers (practicality), and should not put anyone off buying this phone.