Review of Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is the latest Nokia addition to the XpressMusic series portfolio and first to feature a touchscreen interface. The 5th version of the Symbian OS has been updated and is compatible with touchscreen. The 3.2" large screen makes it good for internet browsing. This phone is much cheaper compared to the other touchscreen mobiles available in the market. I think, it's the greatest advantage to the Nokia.
Design and Display
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone looks like a candybar, manufactured from two different kinds of plastic. The one on the front and both sides is very well polished and shiny, which makes the phone look exquisite and expensive. The back cover is made of a rubber-like plastic, which, as opposed to the one on the front, is frosted. When you put it on any kind of surface the rubber-like plastic on the back cover ensures that the phone won't glide or fall off. While the shiny compound on the front will catch a few fingerprints, that's not the case with the large touchscreen, which gets cover in grease in no time.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic lacks a keypad and a QWERTY keyboard. What you'll get instead are three keys below the huge touchscreen: Green key for accept calls, Red key for reject calls, Middle key for menu. It is pretty obvious what they do, so I won't bug you with more details. Above the screen, on the right, you'll notice an Ambient light sensor, a secondary video-call camera and for those who didn't know, a touch key that opens the Multimedia bar. The touch key icon is pictured near the XpressMusic logo, but you can check out the pictures for a closer look.
The right side of the phone features a dual volume key, a security key, which locks/unlocks the display when it is slid down, and a dedicated camera key. On the left side, you will find the 8GB microSD card slot and other for SIM card. I think it is the best feature i have ever seen in mobile phones that you don't need to open a back cover to change the SIM card or memory card. The back of the phone features a 3.2 Megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual LED flash. The camera is protected by a metallic frame to avoid possible scratches. At the bottom left you will fine a very slim stylus. On top of the phone no less than three ports have been crowded: microUSB, 3.5mm jack and charger. There's also the usual dedicated power button, which can also be used to lock the screen, remove the memory card or change the profiles.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic features a 3.2", TFT touchscreen, supporting upto 16 Million colors with 640x360 pixels and aspect ration of 16:9 and 24 bit color depth. The phone features automatic orientation sensor (Accelerometer) for display rotation and 3D image engine which gives it better look.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone is available in three colors: Black, Red and Blue.
The 3.2 Megapixel camera features dual LED flash, autofocus capabilities and 3x digital zoom. It uses Carl Zeiss optics and can save pictures in JPEG/Exif format. Other functions include: Auto Exposure, Self Timer, White Balance, Contrast, Sharpness, Light sensitivity, Color tone. I have found the quality of the pictures quite acceptable, even in low-light conditions. Maximum resolution for the picure is 2048 x 1536 pixels. You can record movies in VGA mode, 640x480 pixel resolution at 30fps. Clips are saved in MPEG-4 format, but you can use the secondary camera on the front of phone to shoot clips at 15fps, 320 x 240 pixel resolution.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic features HSDPA with a maximum speed of 3.6 Mbps. It features GPRS class 32 (100 kbps), EDGE 32 class (296 kbps), High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data (57.6 kbps) and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g (UPnP technology).
The handset features a GPS receiver, which works with Nokia Maps. The Nokia 5800's GPS is one of the fastest GPS i have ever seen in Noki Phone. The built-in GPS receiver features the A-GPS function, which makes localization even faster. It quickly pin-points you even when the phone is indoors.
Other connectivity tools include Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and EDR support, and microUSB for PC synchronization (no charging). The Bluetooth connection reached almost 116 KB/s when sending files and 130 KB/s when receiving, which is way above the average.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is quad-band network compatible handset has a very good GSM signal reception. It is compatible with GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800 and GSM1900 networks. The available WCDMA network bands are 900 / 2100. It provides automatic switching between GSM bands.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic supports SMS, MMS and audio messaging. The best feature i found is it supports the MMS with 600 KB of message size and automatically resize the images for it. There is a common inbox for SMS and MMS, also you can delete multiple SMS at the same time. This phone also supports IMAP, POP and SMTP protocol, and supports more than one email account, so you can send or receive the emails on the phone. Also, it can download headers or full email, and supports attachments and supports OMA e-mail notification. The messaging interface is preety good in this phone.
Processor and Memory
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic features a single ARM11 CPU running at 369 Mhz. In terms of memory, the internal memory of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is 81 MB and there is a 128 MB of SDRAM memory.
The 5800 XpressMusic phone comes with the 8GB microSD memory card which is expandable upto 16GB. So you can store more files with this storage capicity.
Entertainment and Multimedia
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic includes two based on the accelerometer sensor: Bounce and Global Racing Thunder, but the control of the racing game is hard. Moreover, there are only few third-party applications available for this phone, but you can install some Java compatible applications.
There are two games based on the accelerometer sensor: Bounce and Global Racing Thunder. Unfortunately, control is pretty hard for the racing game and I wouldn't recommend playing it for too long as it gets annoying. Furthermore, there are only a few third-party applications available for Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, but you can put in some Java-compatible apps, as the device features a compatibility mode for Java applications that aren't touchscreen-aware. The system works by using part of the screen for displaying the essential buttons required by the program. Still, I have discovered that not all apps are fully compatible.
The Nokia XpressMusic series is known for its better multimedia features. The stylish Nokia 5800 has a really nice music player that supports mp3, SpMidi, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ and WMA music file formats and features 8-band graphical equalizer, Stereo widening and Bass booster. You can sort files selection by artist, composers, album and genre. The integrated Stereo FM RDS Radio can record up to 50 base stations and features the Visual Radio functions. It features integrated stereo speakers with surround sound so you can hear the crystal clear hi-fi sound quality. The Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support enables you to listen to music wirelessly.
The 3.5mm jack port is also a good addition as it enables you to change the headphones that are coming with the phone (HS-45). There's also an adapter that features music controls (AD-54). The phone lacks a YouTube client, but movies can be seen with the RealMedia player. You can forward, rewind, pause the clips, or choose to see the movies in full screen. The quality on such a wide screen ratio is amazing.
The BL-5J 1320 mAh Li-Ion battery has an officially stated life expectancy of 406.2 hours in standby mode and maximum 8.8 hours in talk time mode. In browsing time with packet data, the life of the battery is 3.4 hours, in video playback time 5.2 hours, in music playback upto 35 hours and in gaming mode the life of the battery is 5.6 hours.