The 5800 XpressMusic fully embraces the concept of Touch, Play and Share, bringing a delightfully responsive 3.2 high definition touchscreen featuring intuitive fingertip control, playing music or video is never more tha....
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It’s not Nokia’s first touch phone to hit the market that accolade already belonging to the not so successful Nokia 7710 but it certainly feels as though Nokia means business this time around with the 5800; and hey who can argue with a year’s worth of free downloadable music as an added bonus.
The 5800 XpressMusic fully embraces the concept of Touch, Play and Share, bringing a delightfully responsive 3.2 high definition touchscreen featuring intuitive fingertip control, playing music or video is never more than one touch away thanks to a dedicated media bar and sharing your moments and media has never been easier thanks to 3G connectivity, the Nokia music store and OVI.
The 5800 XpressMusic is definitely a distinctive looking phone but at the same time has an instantly recognisable identity that screams Nokia. When we say distinctive we mean distinctive the phone has an almost tubelike feel to the design, measuring in at 11cm tall, 5cm wide and 1.5cm deep and weighing only 109 grams, the 5800 might not be the most compact touch phone but its remarkably light weight for its class.
Despite its unique shape, the 5800 is surprisingly comfortable to hold and the touch-screen is a breeze to use even one handed. We found that the handset fits perfectly and comfortable in a whole host of pockets without any unsightly bulge.
The back of the phone houses a 3.15 megapixel camera which is capable of catching images at a resolution of 2048x1536. The camera is adequate for a quick point and shot or sending MMS’s but not much else. With Carl Zeiss optics and duel-LED flash we were expecting at least above average results, unfortunately this is not the case; thankfully though the Camera has an extensive range of setting ranging from adjustable ISO to various colour effects.
The audio quality of the 5800 Xpress is awesome. Two high quality speakers located on the left side of the phone produce a truly theatrical sound experience. You will be enjoying some of the best quality audio going around with the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
While still on the topic of music the 5800 packs a neat FM radio with a friendly user interface, which is capable of automatically scanning and saving stations available in your local area, plus has the added ability to auto-switch frequency of you selected station.
The web browser on the 5800 is brilliant. Zooming is performed by a quick tap on the screen and panning is performed by a sweeping gesture. Web rendering is great, making all pages look as though they are being viewed on your desktop pc or a laptop.
The web browser supports both flash and Java meaning that you can enjoy flash videos on sites such as YouTube directly in the browser, no need for any added applications and drivers. Overall we were very pleased with the browsers performance.
The Nokia 5800 houses a Li-Polymer battery which provides up to 8.8 hours of talk time and 16.75 days of standby time, truly great!! . The Xpress also supports 5.5 hours of game time, according to Nokia.
Fundamentally, the 5800 XpressMusic is a multimedia phone and in particular its very music centric, hack it’s got music written all over it and it’s in this area that the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic truly shines. You can download podcasts and music from the Nokia music store super easily - all within a few clicks, the phone uses a 3.5mm headphone jack essentially giving you the freedom to use your own standard headset, it supports an amazing assortment of music files; you will truly be hard pressed finding a file format that is not supported by the phone, provides great equaliser options and as mentioned before music simply sounds just great on it. Finally we have to mention that you also get a years’ worth of music for free!!
Gaming on the 5800 is fun but plays second fiddle to the music related aspects of the phone. The 3D accelerometer does a decent job, but sometimes gets confused when moving from Landscape to Portrait or vice a versa in some games.
GPS is wonderful thanks to the combination of the ultra-sensitive GPs receiver and Nokia’s OVI maps, which is now being offered for free and providing turn by turn voice directions.
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The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has 84MB of internal memory which sounds a little light for a media device; thankfully this is offset with the ability to use an 8GB micro SD card which should provide more than enough space for your multimedia.
User interface navigation is relativity easy and fast on the 5800, applications/widgets or menus can be accessed by either double tapping the screen or alternatively using a stylus(included) which is hidden away at the back of the phone
The Nokia 5800 Xpress Music is a great post iPhone touch entry from Nokia, if you love your music and after your first touch you can’t go too wrong with the 5800. The audio is truly outstanding, the touchscreen is highly responsive and bright and the eternal GPS receiver certainly does a fantastic job.