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Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic review | Multimedia Features

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

Nokia 5800 touchscreen phone

Nokia 5800 touchscreen phone

Touchscreen of the Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic

Due to the fact Nokia has not yet launched that many touchscreen phones on the market, we will delve a little deeper into the touchscreen of this Nokia XpressMusic phone. The 3.2 inch display has a 640x360 resolution. This is quite a good resolution, only the screen is fairly small. That is why it only has 360 pixels instead of the 480, for example, of the Touch HD by HTC. Almost the entire operation is carried out via the screen, there are only the menu button and the keys to answer and end a call below the screen. The monitor responds well and is also easily operated with your fingers. You do have to apply a bit of pressure, while it does not suffice to touch or slightly tap it. The phone offers feedback through a slight vibration upon being touched, like we have come across with other touchscreen mobile phones. This is great because it gives you the feeling you are actually pressing something. The Nokia 5800 carries a stylus pen integrated in the back cover. This stylus pen feels like plastic, as well as very vulnerable, which is why I prefer working with my fingers. It is hard to insert the stylus pen or to take it out of the phone while it is hidden in the back cover.

Nokia 5800 multimedia phone

Nokia 5800 multimedia phone

Playing multimedia files

Naturally, multimedia is an extremely important feature on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. In addition to the standard access through the main menu, you can also use a shortcut to gain access to your multimedia files. This button is placed top right of the touchscreen, and always easily accessible, handy. When pressing the shortcut, a submenu opens featuring five icons. The music player is fast and looks neat. Opening and skipping files from the memory card is carried out without loading time. If available, the album cover is displayed, and the music is neatly arranged. Pressing the button 'update library' once arranges all the music again. The built-in speaker is able to play the music at a reasonable volume, it's only when you turn it up that you will hear a somewhat metallic sound, just like on many other mobile phones. However, I can live with it, and you can always use the included headset with remote control if you like. You can also use your own 3.5mm headset on the phone or in the remote control.

 

Nokia mini speakers MD-8

Nokia mini speakers MD-8

Nokia mini speakers MD-8 accessory

If you want to get more out of your Nokia 5800, and if you're really crazy about music, you can also use the Nokia mini speakers MD-8 or the stereo Bluetooth headset BH-604. I tested both items in combination with the Nokia 5800 for this review. The mini speakers are nice and very portable. You can simply put them in your pocket. They work on 3 AAA batteries. The speakers do not add all that much to the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. The volume is not much louder, only the sound itself becomes a tad richer thanks to the addition of some more low tones. However, just like the phone itself, the speakers also encounter problems with the highest volume. Nice, yet not very useful in practice, as far as I’m concerned.

Nokia Bluetooth headset BH-604

Nokia Bluetooth headset BH-604

Nokia stereo Bluetooth headset BH-604

The Nokia stereo Bluetooth headset type BH-604 is a good way to really enjoy your music. Shortcuts on the headset enable you to change tracks, and also starting and pausing is no problem at all. Even voice dial can be activated. However, at the same time I find the headset rather large and I have to admit it doesn’t look all that flattering on your head, but for the genuine music lover it does work better than a simple fragile one.

 

Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic phone

Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic phone

Nokia 5800 pouch

Nokia 5800 pouch

 
 
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