Nokia 5800 XpressMusic


A new Symbian phone

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is the first touchscreen device from Nokia that is based on the Symbian S60 operating system. Although the market is full of “smart” devices that compete in looks and specs, the handset offers good functionality, good appearance as well and also affordability. It has some drawbacks concerning the camera, but it still manages to make a good impression in the test performed for this review.

Easy to customize

At least it impressed us. First of all because the quality of the image is outstanding. At 640 x 360 pixels on a 3.2 inch screen, 111mm long by 51mm wide, it has many pixels packed on the surface, hence the quality of the image.
Although it is a bit thicker than the usual, the Nokia 5800 looks a lot like iPhone and Samsung touchscreen handsets. It has a candy bar shape with rounded corners and weighs about 3.84 ounces, which is not upsetting at all. While holding, you don’t feel the insecurity of an iPhone for example, as it has a sturdy appearance. The screen supports 16 million colors at 640 x 360 pixels and the 3.2 inches screen is similar to the iPhone’s. The colors delivered are bright and clear, while videos and graphics offer a crisp image. The Nokia 5800 is friendly to customizations, so you can anytime change the the backlight time, brightness percent and font size.Nokia-5800-XpressMusic

Irregular responsiveness

If you don’t read the specifications carefully after buying this smartphone, you will be surprised of many smart features in the beginning. For example, when you receive a call and raise the phone to your ear, the backlight is automatically disabled. Moreover, you will also notice that dependant on the amount of external light, the brightness will auto adjust. You can play with the touchscreen all you want, holding it how you want, thanks to the accelerometer, which will perfectly allow shifting from landscape view to portrait view, only by a simple rotation of the phone.
What we didn’t particularly liked on the Nokia 5800 while testing, was the irregular responsiveness of the display.

Touchscreen technology

What we noticed is that some features respond to one tap, while others to double tap, so it was quite annoying to try to do one thing and wait for it to happen until realizing it needed double tapping. But after using it for a while we also realized that we came used to it, and learned to differentiate between the single tappers and the double tappers, without even making a purpose out of it. So it may be after all a thing you grow accustomed to.
Also in its diversity, the touchscreen gives a vibration feedback, which unfortunately is not customizable. the scrolling is also a bit annoying because of the too narrow scroll bar on the left, but then again, this is another thing we grew accustomed to.

QWERTY keyboard

Another semi drawback we found while reviewing the Nokia 5800 is related to the phone dialer. It appears that it does not show the corresponding letters on each numeric key, as we are used to. Of course, there is also the full QWERTY keyboard at our disposal, but switching from one keyboard to another is not very pleasant when you are in a hurry, for example. The QWERTY keyboard is spacious, there is another keyboard for numbers and symbols and by the simple touch of a button you can switch language alphabets.

Two cameras

There is a “fake” logo icon above the screen, which, by a simple touch, offers you the multimedia menu, where you can enjoy your photos, videos, launch music, share files online and much more. On the sides there are the volume rocker, locking switch and the camera shutter, SIM card and microSD card slots, a 3.5 mm headset jack, micro-USB port and the charger port.
There are also two camera lenses, one on the back, of 3.2 megapixels, and a VGA lens for self portraits on the front, above the display. The battery life is good, ad always on Nokia phones.

Test results and review conclusions

What we can say is that the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is a fully featured, user friendly device, and there are only a few and unimportant drawback to mention. It has a good position on the market and is was a pleasure to test it in this review.

Technical specifications

3.5mm Headphone Jackyes
Antenna TypeInternal
Audio FormatsAAC / MP3 / MP4 / WMA
Audio PlaybackYes
BluetoothYes , version 2.0 profiles: A2DP Advanced Audio Distribution
Calling / Voice
CameraYes Inbuilt
Camera / Imaging / Video
Capacity1320 mAh
Colors16000000 colors
Dimensions111×51.7×15.5 mm
EmailYes Protocols : IMAP/POP3/SMTP
FM RadioYes
Form Factorbar
Image FormatsJPEG
Inbuilt81 MB
Included : 8 GB Expandable Upto : 8 GB
Instant Messagingyes
Internet BrowsingWAP 2.0 , S60 OSS Browser
Javayes MIDP 2.0
Memory SlotYes microSD/TransFlash Hot Swappable
Operating SystemSymbian / S60 Symbian OS 9.3
Pc Syncyes
PhoneBookPhoto Caller
Resolutions Supported2048×1536 pixels
Secondary Camera
Secondary Camerayes
Secondary Displayno
Standby406 hours
Talktime525 mins
Technology / Frequency BandsGSM : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz UMTS : 900/2100 MHz
Touch Screenyes
TypeLi – Ion
Typecolor : TFT
USB Mass Storageyes
Video Formats
Video FormatsMPEG-4 / 3GPP H.263 / H.264/AVC
Video PlaybackYes
Video Recordingyes 0 fps
Weight109 g
Wlan/Wi-fiYes Modes: 802.11b / 802.11g