Review of Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Touch Screen Symbian Phone
OCWorkbench team 3rd Oct 2008
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
Touch Screen Symbian music phone
Have you been thinking about getting a touch phone but it is
way too expensive or you not like the underlying operating system. Well, Nokia
brings touch screen phones to another level powered by the familiar Symbian
We attended the launch in Singapore at Odeon Towers this
morning and was impressed by the touch screen sensitivity and ease of use. Not
only that, this little device is a powerhouse when it comes to music.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic will be among the first devices to support Comes
With Music, Nokia's groundbreaking service which offers one year of unlimited
access to the entire Nokia Music Store catalogue.
When it comes to music phones, people all over the world want a device that is
a great music experience - with more memory, loud and powerful speakers, easy
synchronization - and must still work well as a mobile
phone with direct access to important contacts and content. The Nokia 5800
XpressMusic delivers on all counts and allows consumers to access and share
Media Bar, Contacts Bar - putting people first
Taking advantage of touch screen technology, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
introduces the 'Media Bar', a handy drop down menu that provides direct access
to music and entertainment, including favourite tracks, videos and photos. The
Media Bar also offers a direct link to the web and to online sharing. Because
the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic supports Flash content,
individuals can surf the entire web, not just pieces of it. In addition, the
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic offers all the music essentials, including a
graphic equalizer, 8GB memory for up to 6000 tracks and support for all
main digital music formats, and a 3.5mm jack. Built-in surround sound stereo
speakers offer the industry's most powerful sound.
Ensuring a seamless music experience, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic also provides
easy access to browse and purchase tracks from the Nokia Music Store, where
applicable, while the newly updated Nokia Music PC software allows for easy
drag-and-drop transfer of songs and management of any music collection.
The innovative 'Contacts Bar' lets consumers highlight four favorite contacts
on their home-screen and, through a single touch, track a digital history of
recent text messages, emails, phone logs, photos and blog updates.
"As Nokia's first mass-market device with a touch screen, the Nokia 5800
XpressMusic turns a 'user interface' into a 'human interface' by truly putting
people first. For example, we've introduced the Nokia
Contacts Bar, which is like a digital RSS feed on
your life," said Harlow. "By adding the benefits of touch
screen technology to S60, the world's leading smartphone interface, Nokia
is taking the familiar and giving it a human touch. We have used touch
technology where it really adds value such as the Contacts Bar, Media Bar and
clever shortcuts from the homescreen to menu items such as calendar, profiles
and clock. "
For the best screen resolution available on a
mobile phone, the 3.2" widescreen display brings
photos, video clips and web content to life in vibrant color and true clarity.
With a 16 by 9 aspect ratio and 30 frames-per-second
playback and recording, the device is ideal for VGA quality video
recording and playback.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic also features a 3.2 megapixel
camera with Carl Zeiss lens and, with a single touch, images or videos can
be shared via a favorite online community, such as Share on Ovi, Flickr, or
Facebook. Music playlist song titles can also be shared through Bluetooth, MMS
or online sharing.
Music for the masses
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic supports 60 languages worldwide, which covers
nearly 90 percent of the world's population. As people around the world use
their phones in different ways, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic offers a variety of
input methods including a virtual alphanumeric keypad, a
virtual computer-style QWERTY keyboard, a pen stylus -- and for true music
enthusiasts, a plectrum -- are all available.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic will be available worldwide beginning in the fourth
quarter of 2008 for an estimated retail price of 279 EUR
before taxes and subsidies. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic featuring Comes
With Music will be available early next year. Pricing details to follow. 279
Euros is approximately USD 390, SGD 560, HKD 3020.
Dimensions : 111 x 51.7 x 15.5mm
Weight : 109g
Screen : 3.2" widescreen touch display with responsive tactile feedback,
640x360 pixel nHD resolution, up to 16mil colours, 16:9 aspect ratio,
automatic orientation sensor (acceleraometer) for display rotation
Input Methods : Stylus, plectrum, and finger touch support for text input and
user interface control, Alphanumeric keypad, full mini QWERTY keyboard and
Dedicated Media Bar touch key for access to music, images & video, share
online, Video Centre and web
Selection by artist, composer, album and genre, playlists, album graphics
display and audio visualisations, 8 band graphic equaliser, Bass booster,
stereo widening, and loudness
Integrated stereo speakers with surround sound and dedicated audio chip for
crystal clear hifi sound quailty
3.2 megapixel (2048x1536 pixels), Carl Zeiss pticls, 3x digital zoom, auto
focus, Dual LED flash, image format JPEG
Video recording at 640x480 at 30fps, up to 4x digital zoom, clip length of up
to 90 minutes. Front camera for video calls.
8GB microSD memory card included expandanable up to 16GB. 81MB internal memory
3.5mm Nokia AV connector, Bluetooth v2.0, micro USB connector, USB 2.0 high
speed, TV out with Nokia Video out cable included
High SPeed access
HSDPA Cat 6 max speed 3.6mbps (DL), WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g (3G version only).
Home screen video of four favourite friends with avatars, communications
histories (SMS,IM,email,web feeds) and shared media
Assited GPS with Nokia Maps application
BL-5J 1320 mAH Lion battery
Talk time (max) GSM 8.8hrs / WCDMA 5h
Standby Time (max) GSM 402.6 / WCMDA 400h
Music Playback time (max) Up to 35h