NOKIA 5500 Sport ME

It doesn’t look much, but the Nokia 5500 Sport Music Edition combines a modern Symbian smartphone spec with a dust- and damp- resistant body, nice touchpad controls,… 
numerous functions to log your exercise and help enhance your physical condition, software that automatically copies measured values to a PC, a text-to-speech reader for incoming texts (so you don’t have to break off from exercise), and now a 512MB memory card bundled in the pack plus a gismo that lets you strap the handset to your person.

It’s not perfect – the keys are too stiff, the battery cover is difficult to remove – and there’s nothing really too clever about the data collection bit: it all works through a general motion sensor, which is suitable only for approximate measures. The seriously sporty will get a lot more from one of the widely-available purpose-designed exercise gadgets. Still, it’s a neat idea for the average gym-goer. It is a fully-fledged smartphone (Symbian Series 60). And now you get a reasonable music player with a decent lump of storage.

• A product for a niche market, but nicely implemented.

FEATURES 90%
SALEABILITY 85%

 
SPECIFICATION  
Size
Length 107mm
Width 45mm
Depth 18mm
Weight
103g
Main display
TFT, 256K colours, 208×208 pixels, 31x31mm
Camera
2MP, QCIF video
Connectivity
Triband GSM, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, IR
Battery
Standby 270h
Talk time 4h
Features
Music player, fitness apps, text to speech, 64MB memory, 512MB microSD card