Surrounded but not broken. Musical Nokia of the end of the 2000s straight from the trash

A large part of my readers have ever used Nokia phones. Someone loves Symbian for its huge customizability, someone loves s40 for good compatibility with j2me games and gravity defied, but someone bought Nokia because of one inscription: XpressMusic. Today’s device – Nokia 5310, went through a lot of trials of past owners, was bricked, but still survived to this day with battle wounds. Is he alive now? Is marketing a brand XpressMusic? Today we will find out!


Once upon a time, in the 2000s, there were two leaders in the field of music phones (and at the beginning of the 2000s, three – Siemens) – Nokia with XpressMusic, and Sony Ericsson with Walkman (W series). In Sony Ericsson, the sound was really better in headphones, the devices were more stylish and youthful, and as far as I know, a good headset was included in the kit. As for Nokia – they already had a reputation, especially in Russia – where Nokia phones were considered “boys” and for “even people”. From the houses one could hear 5300 of them yelling:

As far as I know, in some countries a portable speaker was put to 5300


and 5230

The 3250 and 5230 were expensive phones because they ran Symbian and were essentially music-oriented smartphones. And for the poorer youngsters, it was just 5310. The phone itself is very stylish – with red lacquered inserts, in addition – XpressMusic series phones had a special red theme that could be put in a regular, non-XpressMusic device.

With Sony Ericsson, they decided that it was not marketing for them. What about Nokia? Not everything is so fast, today’s device was bought in a bag of phones from the garbage. I bought from the same man from whom I took, for example, Wave 525. I saw his bag of phones, and offered 1,500 rubles for it. He agreed. There were about 60 phones of various years in the bag, but mostly push-buttons.

5310 cost me about 30 rubles. But alas … the phone got very badly. There is no protective plexiglass in front, the buttons on the volume cable are torn out and half of the panel is torn out. The picture is sad for this device.

I had a battery for this device, but even before buying it, I dismantled it and used it in another device. Therefore, I decided to do everything back – with a battery other than the U series, the phone will fall into Local Mode – the factory service mode, in which you can, for example, subtract your pin code in plain-text 🙂 Or copy the service book. To transfer to Service Mode, you must either throw a resistor between the minus and the third contact, or isolate the third contact of the battery completely (depending on the model). In addition, in Local Mode, you can conduct a self-test and find out what the problem is (for example, why there is no picture on the display).

I soldered the battery back and plugged it in. These patches below – duplicate the contacts to the battery. This is done for service centers.

The phone showed no signs of life. But I went into local mode – it means that not everything is lost, and the problem is probably software! Download Nokia Best (or Phoenix – Phoenix is ​​more legal) and firmware for your device. You need to search for the firmware by the product code – in the case of 5310 it is RM-303, RM-304. We throw (or install, if it’s an installer – it will put the firmware where it needs to be) it into Program Files/Nokia/Phoenix/Products/ and put the folder there. It will turn out like this: Products / RM-303 / and here are the firmware files.

Run Phoenix, click File -> Open product and look for your RM

Then Flashing -> Firmware Update. We select the Product Code (it depends on which region or communication salon this firmware is for, what kind of pictures / music, etc.) and click the Dead Mode USB flashing checkbox

We press Refurbish, take a data cable and connect the phone to the PC without connecting it to the memory. We press the power button once (I have it on top) and the PC should recognize the phone. If a new device does not appear, the problem is hardware. With Phoenix, all the drivers will be already installed, it remains to click OK and it will start. It may not work the first time (the software is buggy), if it falls into an error – try to recharge the battery from something else. If it still doesn’t work out, try Best (special software for service workers) – the principle is the same.

Flashed, reconnected the battery and…

It started showing charging indication! We turn it on and everything works! He turned on and offered to set the time.

As I understand it, the history of this device is as follows – once someone used it, he liked the device. But then, with some manipulations, he messed it up – maybe he put a bunch of applications, maybe he tried to flash it – and threw it against the wall. Otherwise, such damage is difficult to explain. But, the most important thing is that it now works, and can be useful. I promised to show you the differences between XpressMusic and ordinary noki? So let’s take a closer look at this phone.


So, well, since this phone was intended for listening to music, it’s time to try it. We take the sync cable and throw off the music – there is some built-in memory here. I used proprietary software – Nokia PC Suite. It is very convenient, does not require any settings and in general nokia is handsome. iTunes was nowhere near.

Launch the player and:

What a loud speaker. Yes, and not a dead one – and after all, many musical phones of the zero years had a wheezing speaker that had sat down a long time ago. It is very loud, the phone takes it out without problems.

In addition, since this is XpressMusic, there is also a customizable equalizer.

We connect our ears and … God, how loudly he plays them! I have a built-in on the motherboard that does not take out high-resistance ears like this Nokia! It’s even better than an iPhone, very loud!

The player is sorted by genres, artists, and also knew how to stream music from the Internet. There was also the Nokia comes with music service – an analogue of Apple Music.

Surely many have already forgotten what the file manager was in s40. And here he divided various types of files into several subfolders, and combined them into one – folders from internal memory and microsd. In addition, the device supported themes, which many people used. Did you have the theme Windows XP.nth? 🙂

And here (as well as on many push-button Nokia) the phone does not turn off the display, only the backlight. Therefore, it turns out a kind of always on display. What’s funny – Nokia even dragged these chips into Windows Phone – on amoled smartphones on WP show the time even when in sleep mode. Battery consumption is minimal.

Of course, the device had Bluetooth, and supported a Bluetooth headset. Before the mass popularization of speakers, Nokia, as far as I know, put a speaker in the kit (which quickly ran out of batteries and was not very profitable).

As for calls and synchronization – everything is extremely simple and clear. Nokia Sync immediately picked up my device, just like almost any Symbian device. Connector here by the way MicroUSB

You can synchronize video (I did not test the video player), photos, music, messages and contacts.

Games and software

The phone only supports GPRS, but the mail client, VK and telegrams can be downloaded here. And you can play childhood games. For example Asphalt Urban GT 3 Street Rules. I threw off the games via Bluetooth – data storage is not available without a microsd flash drive.

And that is not all! What not to remember – snake, Gravity Defied, Red Bull Motocross – a bunch of games came out on j2me, and Nokia supports them much better than remakes.


HMD Global, the current owner of the Nokia brand, made a remake of this device on MTK (Chinese phone platform – such buttons work for 1000 rubles from the store, or Chinese iPhones worked on java from 2009). They sort of rewrote the standard player (which +- is the same on all phones of this platform), and it looks stylish … but it’s not quite the same Nokia.

But the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio is not a fingerprint, it is a smartphone with 4G and built-in bluetooth headphones (with a charging case right in the case). The idea is not new, the Chinese have already tried it, but it looks funny.


The device is really cool as a player – XpressMusic is not marketing, but a really cool DAC and a great device. You can still use it now, but only for the sake of nostalgia for button games or music. Due to the lack of Wi-Fi, instant messengers are closed for him. Or maybe you remember how we got used to typing on this keyboard, while at the same time typing speed on the touch keyboard of modern iOS? That’s the same 🙂

I’m sure many people had such a device, or another phone from the XpressMusic series. And even Walkman fans came to nostalgic for those very musical wars of the 2000s – when Walkman or XpressMusic was a measure of coolness! We say thanks to my reader who reminded me of the Nokia 5320 – a slightly similar device, but on Symbian. He offered me to donate it, and I immediately remembered for 5310 =)

So maybe you shouldn’t throw such a cool Nokia in the trash !?

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