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  • Pros:
  • GPS, HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Great online music service
  • 3.2” touchscreen display with a 640 x 360 resolution
  • Cons:
  • Dull physical appearance
  • Poor performing camera
  • The top of the phone is too cluttered with a USB port and a 3.5mm jack, charging port and power button

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Introduction

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is primarily targeted at people who love listening to their tunes on a phone, and are after the latest mobile trend. The Nokia 5800 brings a great little music app to the table, plus a highly responsive touchscreen with a very user-friendly interface. Combined, you have yourself a great little package. However, in our opinion, Nokia is slightly behind the eight ball as far as touch-screen phones are concerned, and the 5800 Xpress does not help the cause.

On a positive note, the 5800 XpressMusic comes packed with an amazing selection of songs and a great music service, a responsive on-screen QWERTY keyboard simular to the iPhone and provides handwriting recognition plus a stylus.

Physical Aspects

The 5800 XpressMusic is a distinctive phone, resembling a tube in appearance. It measures in at 11cm tall, 5cm wide and 1.5cm deep. It weighs 3.4 ounces and is currently only available in three colours, red, blue and black.

Despite its unique shape, the 5800 is easy to hold and the touch-screen is a breeze to use after a bit of practice. The 3.2 megapixel camera would have to be the weakest link, on this otherwise great multimedia phone. The camera only takes decent photos in good light, and the colour quality is not on par with other similar priced mobile phone cameras.

Major Functions

The audio quality of the 5800 Xpress is awesome. There are two speakers on the left side of the phone that provide a theatrical sound experience when playing back either music or video.

The web browser is brilliant. It’s fast and viewing YouTube clips on it is a delight. The clips are crisp and clear. A contact bar is displayed on the majority of screens, which keeps track of recent contacts, and other information. Navigating through emails, messages, phone logs and photos is very quick using the bar.

The Nokia 5800 carries a Li-Polymer battery which provides up to 8.8 hours of talk time and 16.75 days of standby time. The Xpress also supports 5.5 hours of game time, according to Nokia.

Multimedia

Fundamentally, the 5800 XpressMusic is a multimedia phone and it shines in this area. You can download podcasts and music from the Nokia music store easily, it has a built-in FM radio where you can store up to twenty frequencies plus the music playback quality is amazing. 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 visa versa.

You can record over 3.6 hours of audio and just over 3 hours of video on the phone. It comes with 8GB of memory but if you feel inclined you can expand to up to 16GB.

Navigation is relativity easy on the 5800 Xpress. Applications or menus can be accessed by either double tapping the screen with your fingers or alternatively using the stylus which is hidden away at the back of the phone. Internet access is a breeze and quick using 3G connectivity, which allows for 3.6 Mbps downloads.

The Xpress lacks business applications but I don’t think Nokia is targeting the business smartphone market with this release. To prove that the Nokia 5800 is targeted towards a music-lover’s market, the phone comes with a 12 month free subscription to the Nokia music store, on the right plan.

Is the Nokia Xpress Music Worth It?

The Nokia 5800 Xpress Music is not for everyone. It does have some great features but unless music is your top priority, there are better touch-screen phones on the market. If Nokia made some minor improvements, the Xpress will have been a world-class phone.