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Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic review | Introduction

Published on: Tuesday, May 5th 2009                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Nokia 5800 review

T he Nokia 5800 is often thought to be the first Nokia touchscreen mobile phone. However, in 2003 the Finnish company already launched the Nokia 7710 with a large touchscreen, and since then, no new models were added. This model did not become a success, partly due to the strange way of calling with this device. The microphone and the speaker were placed on the side, making it rather awkward to hold the cell phone. Furthermore, Nokia uses touchscreens on the Internet Tablets, so there certainly is some know-how of this technology available within the company. At present, the 5800 XpressMusic is able to strengthen Nokia's portfolio and battle the touchscreen phones of other brands. Touch is hot business at this time, and combined with Symbian S60 software, it is also well-applicable. Nokia launched the 5800 XpressMusic as a genuine music phone; name-wise as well as the promotion campaign and everything else around it. The Nokia music phones of Nokia often seem somewhat limited when it comes to functionality, however, the specifications of the Nokia 5800 phone are pretty impressive. I am really curious as to how this Nokia music phone will perform, especially compared to competing cell phones.

Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic smartphone

Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic smartphone

 

Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic mobile phone

Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic mobile phone

First impression of the Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic

'Music', that is Nokia's statement with the 5800 XpressMusic. The box is modest and colorful. "Nokia 5800 XpressMusic" is printed on the box a few times in large letters. Upon opening it, you don't actually see the phone straight away, there are a number of layers, and to find the phone you have to remove one layer. The Nokia 5800 handset looks nice but feels and comes across somewhat cheap. That said, the price is reasonable, so let's not make a point of it. The front features a touchscreen and three buttons. Furthermore, there are volume keys on the side, a slide bar to lock the buttons and a camera shortcut. Additionally, two covers are found, one for the memory card and one for the SIM card. Standard accessories are also packed inside the box; a battery charger, a headset, a data cable, a video cable, an 8GB memory card, a pouch, a stand, manuals, software and an extra stylus pen.

Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic review

Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic review

Menu of the Nokia 5800 Express music

The operating system of the Nokia 5800 cell phone is Symbian, which we often find on Nokia phones. For the Nokia 5800 it is Symbian S60 v5. At first glance you would not think of it as Symbian, since the well-known Symbian menu key is not there, and the icons are very similar to the standard Nokia menu structure. When using it, however, it is clearly the extensive and pleasant structure of Symbian. Most Symbian operated cell phones are slow; opening applications and simply surfing the menu generally takes a lot of time. However; the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic differentiates itself; the menu is smooth and quick as lightning. It is perhaps the most pleasant Symbian phone I have ever worked with, apart from the E71, but on the latter the menu was graphically a bit poorer, in my opinion. The menu is accessible through the menu key below the touchscreen. Thirteen icons will appear containing all functions. The menu is clear and well-structured, the icons are pleasantly large and the text is easy to read.

 

Nokia 5800 battery

Nokia 5800 battery

Nokia 5800 manual

Nokia 5800 manual

Nokia 5800 charger

Nokia 5800 charger

 
 
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