The most direct counterpart of the Motorola Rcker, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic exceeds it by far, aside from all you can expect from a cellphone, making it a nice transition between standard models and the Smartphone with the apps concept.
For barely the prices of around $260, and even less today, depending on your service provider, if you like to hear great quality music and use a fast internet connection, as well as sending pictures to your friends and relatives through SMS, MMS or email, this Nokia model will mean heaven for you.
According to the manual, the battery lasts 4.4 hours of talk time and 14 days of standby. As with most similar models, this estimation is untrue if you use all the media features regularly as they drain the battery quickly, so you’ll need frequent recharge.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic characteristics
The high definition touch screen or 3.2” (640×360 resolution with 16M colors) can definitely compete with that of the iPhone, along with the size that can easily fit the palm of your hand without being too lightweight and slippery.
The controls are very intuitive but the plastic fabric of the device can easily get dirty, dusty and even greasy with recurrent use, so it’s necessary to buy a screen protector separately, whether you use stylus pen or not.
The interface continues to be steady with the latest Symbian software. There’s a media bar that allows instant access to music, web browsing, photo and video features with barely one touch.
Then, the contacts bar highlights the most frequent and important people on your home screen, facilitating the access to call, text messaging and emails.
The music player can also be reached via Bluetooth. It has an 8 graphic equalizer, bass booster, stereo widening, and compatibility with MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, and WMA formats. Additionally, you can tune into your favorite radio programs with the stereo FM radio
The internal phone memory is up to 81Mb and that’s a good amount to storage photos and files. But if you want more space, there’s a microSD card slot available for 8GB and 16GB memory cards.
The 3.2 megapixel camera and camcorder makes a significant difference, being the highest resolution at its time of launch and the feature of uploading them to Youtube.
The camera’s lens is a Carl Zeiss, with a 640×480 and 640×352 widescreen resolution for videos; either at 15 or 30FPS, which is impressive as you can plug the device to a TV. Not to mention that you can shoot small videos at 176×144 15FPS for sharing by email, or MMS. Could you actually ask for more?
So is the media player with high-resolution widescreen video and surround sound and stereo speakers. The supported formats are: MPEG4 and WM9 at high definition.
The Internet connection and browsing is still one of the best in the market with the 3.5G technology for GSM/EDGE. You can use it as a dial-up modem.
The GPS system is supported by Nokia Ovi maps that provide assistance of address and directions in any country you are located in, whether you are a driver or a pedestrian. You can download information about key places, such as restaurants, hotels, mall center, specific companies, buildings, airports, and more.
Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic downsides
All being said, you can still choose to be overwhelmed by all the little gadgets and good things this phone has, or not. I’ve found that the interface is not exactly the most user-friendly if you’re not used to touch screens.
The photo/video camera can shoot outstandingly well for a cellphone in outdoors and indoors, as long as there’s not an excess of light or absence of it.
This is one of the few models in which I can actually go on and on about features. All I have left to say is that Nokia just played to put all the eggs in one basket at an incredibly inexpensive price of around $260-$300 and it blew the competition out of the water for quite some time (until the next generation of iPhone emerges, maybe?).