Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld or more commonly known as DVB-H gets a new disciple with the launch of the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition slider handset. The handset joins an elite team of mobile phones that support the TV broadcasting technology designed for handheld mobile gadgets. They include Samsung, LG, Sagem and a Motorola mobile phone with Nokia already releasing a few under the N-series smartphones.
It’s not entirely surprising that Nokia would be in the forefront of supporting DVB-H TV technology. It goes beyond mere handset feature differentiation in its portfolio. It has affiliate Nokia Siemens Network making DVB-H equipments used in deploying DVB-H networks.
Features at a Glance
The Nokia 5330 MTVE is a quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE radio on 2G with two versions on the 3G network. It will have a tri band 3g on the 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands while another gets 3G on the 900, 1700 and 2100 MHz bands on WCDMA for US networks.
The handset sports an elegantly stylish slider body measuring just 101.2 x 48.5 x 12.25mm and weighing a pocket-friendly 114 grams that is sure to appeal to the young trendy crowd. It has a 2.4-inch QVGA TFT screen with 16 million colors typical of most mid-prices Nokia candybar and slider phones and users will have to get used to that when watching their favorite TV programs even on its landscape viewing orientation.
You also get competent 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash and 4x digital zoom with. 70 MB is all you get for its internal storage but a microSD slot can expand that up to 16 GB. You get the usual Bluetooth 2.1 plus EDR, full micro USB 2.0 support and the industry standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Its BL-4U 1000 mAh lithium ion battery delivers 7 hours of talk time and 16 days of standby time on 2g. Music playback gets 30.5 hours and TV playback is 5.2 hours.
DVB-H TV Features
Its TV features gets a dedicated channel search and volume buttons on the handset with a software a program guide (OMA BCASR ESG) that updates, scans and discover channel stations instantly and commits them into memory for retrieval. It features a 30-second replay for moments you missed as well as a recording function so you can watch your awaited programs later. You also get alerts on the programs you’ve selected. There are various DVB-H subscription choices and enter your choice on a payment method channel like pay TV, free-to-air and pay per view.
Nokia has made its 5330 MTVE an environmentally green handset as well. It uses a nickel-free body and comes with a high energy-efficient battery charger. Its packaging uses recycled paper pulp for its box.
The Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition handset is certainly not for the entire Nokia fan base on this planet. DVB-H technology is deployed in a few countries with a handful rolling it out next years. But no matter, it is a competent mobile phone even without bothering with its TV features. You can expect the Nokia 5330 to be widely available in the countries deploying the DVB-H TV during the first quarter of 2010. At a SIM-free price of €155 and a package that comes with a free 1GB microSD slot it’s certainly a good deal for a mobile phone with a DVB-H TV receiver.
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