Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
With the first official Touch User Interface (UI) of Nokia XpressMusic 5800 on the way which is also powered by the latest Series 60 versions of the Symbian OS namely the S60 5th edition OS 9.4, you will be thrilled to know that the Apple iPhone is going to face some serious competition.
Almost all of us who loves Nokia know by now that the introduction of the Nokia Morph Concept, Nokia AEON or the S60 Touch UI are the bling bling for new devices of Nokia and it seems that the 360 x 640 24 bit color pixel screen of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is the first step for Nokia to reach the way of the future, a new dimension in cellular phones technology! What makes the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic different from any other N-Series or E-Series S60 phones is its huge High Definition (HD) bright view display, its navigational development and of course the introduction of the Touch UI. With all those being said, let us review the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music in much detail and cover the technical aspects, the latest features and the overall value of the phone.
With a nice and handful size of 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 millimeter, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone or PDA is not the beast in the market in terms of size. It weighs not really a lot, 109 grams to be exact which seems to be a major plus for this smartphone. Even the new Nokia N96 weighs around 125 grams and the Nokia N85 even more with 128 grams. The Apple iPhone weighs even more with 135 grams which around 4.8 ounces. Only the HTC Touch Diamond is in its arena in terms of size as the HTC Touch Diamond weighs about 110 grams.
However, in terms of size no cell phones or PDA can beat the Blackberry Pearl which weighs only 98 grams, well below any other similar devices in the smartphones or PDA market. Even the upcoming Blackberry Bold and Blackberry Storm weighs around 136 grams and 128 grams respectively! Nokia have done a fantastic work in this department to start with.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic brings with it the power of the first ever logical 16:9 ratio screen resolution which should be a blast itself because with the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in your pocket, you have the theater with you! It has a wide range of navigational development which includes the power of the stylus, plectrum and good ol’ finger touch support for any sort of text input or UI control. It also has a full featured QWERTY keyboard, alphanumeric keypads and handwriting recognition built in. One might say that every single way through which you might access your phone is already built in the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.
With a dual LED flash you can be sure that the integrated Carl Zeiss powered 3.2 megapixel camera will capture every single detail when you pick yourself a quick flick. Accessing the mobile broadband internet through Nokia was never any issue in the past and the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is no different. 3.5 G HSDPA and WLAN connectivity are just some quick examples of such ways of accessing the mobile internet differently or in a sort of new-fashioned way compared to the old USB Nokia PcSuite connectivity.
It has an integrated assisted GPS with the Nokia Maps 2.0 installed by default, both A2DP bluetooth +EDR and USB 2.0 for additional ways of mobile connectivity in office or at home. Beside supporting all the major GSM frequencies throughout the world, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic also features connectivity with the major WCDMA networks wherever available. That is serious good news for the American market and specially for AT&T Wireless, Rogers, T-Mobile, Sprint, Nextel, Verizon Wireless among others.
The clock speed of the single CPU (central processing unit) is something Nokia could have developed a bit further however for now the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone features a 369 Mhz processor. As expected the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic will be able to use Nokia’s standard virtual unlimited heap and jar size installers. Internal memory size or the phone memory of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is 256 MB, however the end users like you and me will only find 81MB in our disposal. The rest are already used up by all the built in features and operating system of the Symbian OS. It supports hot-swap memory cards of up to a staggering 16gb for now. To compete well with the Apple iPhone this is one department Nokia seriously needs to improve upon.
The modem of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone supports WAP, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA and of course the HSDPA connection and speed. The built in Nokia smartphone internet browser supports Flash Lite 3.0 which is good to see and it additionally supports HTML, XHTML and WAP rendering. Nokia have also improved upon its default Data Sync features and updated it with the 1.2 version which I personally find very interesting.
I hope that this will speed up the synchronization of the phone with the laptop or the desktop PC which otherwise take hours to finish with almost all the current cellular phone models of Nokia, LG, Motorola, Samsung, SonyEricsson etc that are available in the market!! The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone comes with the powers of MIDP 2.1 which is the market standard at the moment and it is not something Nokia can improvise to develop themselves considering the fact that Nokia is a handset manufacturer.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic supports all sorts of Push based Mobile E-Mail connectivity including the SMTP and IMAP E-mail servers. Since Nokia already teamed up with another giant namely Microsoft regarding the development of the Outlook Exchange on mobile phones, Nokia was able to integrate the Outlook “one-click-configuration” in the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic cell phones. With the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic you now will be able to get instant e-mail notifications whenever a new e-mail arrives in your inbox!!
There are two cameras built in the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic handheld of smartphone. The resolution of the main phone camera is 3.2 MP like mentioned above which makes it around 2048×1536 in dimensions and with this camera you will achieve a zoom level of up to 3x or 3 times the actual object. The video resolution is again configured as standard for any Nokia 3.2 Megapixels cell phone, which is 640×480 with a frame rate per second of 30. The video will enable you to zoom up to 4x or 4 times the actual distance for any object. The secondary camera has a screen resolution of 320×240 which is ok for any secondary camera and the frame rate per second of the video recorder is around 15 with up to a hefty 2x digital zoom.
You will be able to assign Video Ringtones, watch video streaming easily, and edit your favorite videos on the go as the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is packed with a built in editor for video editing or for discovering your movie director potential. The Video Player of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic supports Real Media, MPEG, 3gpp, Flash Animations or video, WMV and of course the newly developed H.264/AVC format for direct TV output. Of course this handheld device has a TV out port with it.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone is compatible with a wide range of audio formats which includes MP3, AAC, WMA or any other audio from almost any standard streaming channels of the world wide web. Nokia also included a nice touch to this smartphone which is audio equalizers which unlike the existing audio equalizers of Nokia have a capacity of up to 16Khz.
Nokia also included a ZIP format extractor in the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone which is a wise thing to do because so many of us use this format and the RAR formats to transfer files easily. In Nokia Symbian Themes you will find almost all the downloadable files to be of those format too! Additionally it comes with some bloatwares like the Read Only Office Excel, PowerPoint and Word Reader, the Adobe PDF Reader etc. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic cellular also features a standalone FlashLite 3.0 player which is really good to see! Also, this fantastic cell phone features the Accelerometer Sensor, a flight mode option, an Over-The-Air Firmware updater, Proximity Sensor, Image Editor, Java Open C APIs, Nokia Maps 2.0, the default Sync ML, a mobile stereo radio etc among other things.
The battery is supposed to provide of up to well over 8 hours of GSM talktime and 5 hours of WCDMA talktime. This is well over the talktime landmarks for popular PDA devices such as the Blackberry Pearl which provides you with 3.5 hours of talktime. Even the HTC Touch Diamond offers up to a maximum 4.5 hours of talktime! This is where Apple iPhone is strong compared to other PDA or smartphone devices in the market, the 3G Apple iPhone provides up to 5 hours of talktime and this is where Nokia seems to have exceeded the expectations and the standard! The Nokia XpressMusic 5800 smartphone or should I say PDA is powered by a BL-5J 3.7V 1320 mAh Lithium Ion battery.
Supported in GSM networks like the AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile, America Movil, DoCoMo, 3g Wireless, Optimus, Sprint, Telkomsel, Hutch, Rogers, Orange Mobile, Singtel, Airtel, Telefonica, Nextel, Zain, Vodafone, France Telecom, Cingular, Verizon Wireless, MTN Group, TeliaSonera, Telstra, MTS, Etisalat,TIM Wireless, Reliance Mobile etc.
All in all the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone is more of a Music Edition PDA in nature which will ensure that you keep in touch with tomorrow without losing too much money by emptying all the cash from your pocket. It will also ensure you get work done and as you can in the pictures and videos, it is a robust cell phone and should be durable. Priced around $385 or 280 Euros in the retail market this smartphone falls in the mid range market of smartphones. It is surely a taste of things to come from Nokia in the near future, I am pretty sure about that!! This phone is surely a good phone in terms of value for money to be spent!!
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Most importantly though, beside all the things mentioned above, the Nokia XpressMusic 5800 smartphone is heavily focused on two things: The Touch Interface and the Quality of Music as it is a XpressMusic edition. The built in speaker of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic seems to be pretty loud, however with no sub woofer in it you will not absolutely love the speaker! But the overall quality of the stereo surround sound is more than average presently. When you get yourself the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic you will have unlimited access to the Nokia Music Store Catalog as well which is a nice addition for all of us Music Freaks!
The Touch Interface is quite awesome and it has two features that are more humane than a machine. First is the contacts bar which apparently acts as a RSS news feed reader and you will have access from the main screen to all your contacts and another is the Media Bar which will present you a nice little, fading transparent menu to choose the music of the artise you want, the way you like! Truly well done, hands down Nokia!!! The touch screen interface through the stylus is more than responsive and even with navigation with your finger is quite enjoyable.