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The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Smartphone is the first touchscreen phone from Nokia, at the time the smartphone was released it was set to complete with the popular Apple Iphone. The mobile is rather bigger than the iphone if you compare it next to each other, the mobile is also made of Plastic that is shiny on the sides which gives the impression of something cheap and fragile. I never really liked the feeling very much as I expected a better built quality from Nokia.
Above the 3.2inch Touchscreen you will find a VGA camera which you can use for video conversation with your friends. Also you will find three buttons at the bottom of the touchscreen and you will notice that the middle button is the most important which you need to press to access the main menu. On the left hand side of the phone you will find two stereo speakers, a Micro SD and Sim card slots.
I found out that it is easy to insert the Micro SD and the sim card but it rather difficult to take it out which annoying as you need to remove the battery casing and the battery to do it. On the other side of the phone you will find the Camera shutter, and also the swiping button which is useful if you want to lock the display. There is a also a music features buttons if you are a music fan like me.
At the top of the mobile you will find a power button, USB port which you can use to connect to your computer and a charger port to charge your phone. I was impressed with the screen as I found the contrast and the brightness to be superb. But a drawback is that it hard to see the screen when you are outside in the sunlight.
The phone comes with all the features that modern smartphone's have such as WIFI and 3G mobile connectivity support. What I also liked was that Nokia included a 8GB Micro SD sim card which you can use to put your data on.
Another feature I liked was the Carl Zeiss 3.2inch camera which takes good vivid colors and a good level of detail. Another feature that I liked was the stylus which you can use on the Touchscreen and good for writing things. I found out that the video quality on the phone is rather average but it does the job as thats to be expected from a VGA resolution.
This is a phone that I love so much, it is just simply amazing, and here's why!
I'll start with my favourite part about the phone, which is the battery! It could go a lifetime without needing to be charged. This phone was my 'Festival' phone, so when ever I would go to a music festival I'd take it with me, I'd make calls to my friends to find out where they are, I would text people, then to top all that off I would even play the terrible games it has to offer! I would do all that for the length of the festival, usually 3 days. By the end of the festival when my friends had either gone through multiple different phones or batteries, I'd be sitting there still chatting away and texting people with my phone. The battery life on the Nokia Xpress music is unbeaten by none in my experience!
The display is very nice, it is crisp and responds very well when used in conjunction with the stylus. The only downside I will mention is that without the stylus, it sometimes is quite annoying to use the screen. Although if you are female or maybe even male with slightly long nails you wont have a problem. Unlike modern touch screen that detects the likelihood of it being a human finger and then reacting to it, it uses a point system, so anything can be used on the screen of this phone.
At the time that I used it, the applications were all quite useless apart from the call/text/music system, but back then thats all phones were used for, hardly anyone had a phone capable of decent internet browsing! Or were they? This nokia came with an application I decided to check out called the Ovi Store, so I looked on this application and I found out it had some useful applications for download. The most useful was the new in phone web browser Opera! which made browsing the web so easy and quick even on just a mobile network! I'd constantly find myself using internet on my phone, even though my contract included 500MB of internet data, I never used it because the in phone browser is quite terrible!
Lastly the keyboard is the last feature I'll talk about. I loved it! Simple as that really. The keyboard could be your typical number pad with each letter associated to a number. However if you prefer a qwerty keyboard then don't fret, because you can have one! Just select it from the options and it is done. The keys were easy to use and even when I had lost the stylus I found no trouble hitting the keys when I had slightly longer nails. Then there was another keyboard feature. A mini onscreen qwerty keyboard, now this smaller fully qwerty keyboard I tested out but found no real use for it, as for it to be effective you need to use the stylus, and when using a stylus I find that I can't type as fast as I would like to.
So as always this is the end of my review, its based mostly on the unique selling points that attract me to the phone, if you were looking for a technical review I'm sorry but it's not here!
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I got the chance to buy this phone the moment it was released in the market. It was the first touch screen phone from Nokia. The price was very affordable when I bought it. The minute I got my hands on this phone, I fell in love with it. That was few years ago. And up to now I still have this phone with me, serving me continuously for years.
The Nokia 5800, is not only a phone but also a personal digital assistant and a great media device. It plays movies and music very well. The video quality and sounds are great!
Touch responsiveness of this phone is good, not really at par with other new touch screen phones released now , but considering the time this phone was released, it performed well, touch responsiveness-wise.
The phone is also good with applications and games. There are too many symbian applications and games for this phone, that you don't only carry a phone with you but a gaming gadget as well.
The only cons to this phone that I see, is the poor camera quality. And yes, let me add, the plastic material of the phone is also a negative aspect of this phone. Other than these, the phone is great. Up to now I still use it, and wouldn't trade it yet!
Downgrading from an iPhone to this wasn't so bad as you might think. Originally having an iPhone 3g, I had to lend my mom the iPhone and make do with my Dad's old Nokia Xpress Music. I have had many Nokias in the past and have always loved them, including my *first ever mobile* at the age of 11! In fact if I were to buy a new phone now I would probably go for a Nokia smartphone and get very excited about it!
I can imagine that when it first came out it was the cutting edge, as the features retain some of their original value. The 3G internet works a treat so you can browse on there, albeit it takes a while to load larger pages. I generally use the 3G for the odd Google search, checking my Facebook, checking my Hotmail and browsing the BBC news site (very slooowly when I don't have an alternative internet device such as my computer at work for instance!).
--What I use it for--
Making calls, sending texts, checking voicemail, sending photo messages, checking emails and social media, Google searching, checking the BBC news, making notes to myself.
It's a touchscreen design, with a button at the side to turn the screen on and off (I love this feature as it saves battery), a 3.2 megapixel camera and a front camera, 3G internet and a music library to highlight the main features.
The phone is small enough to fit nicely into the palm of your hand, and doesn't have the large screens of the newest smartphone models. I prefer this portability in a mobile as it will fit in any handbag and clutch, pocket and compartment. The home screen and the menu are quite appealing, with large icons on the menu to display the applications and a background featuring your favourite contacts on the homepage.
The 3.2 megapixel camera is not bad for sharing a pic of something with your friends via MMS, but is inadequate for a good quality picture. The front camera isn't so good and I don't think you could use Skype with the phone as anything except videos taken by the phone won't actually work on the device.
For a music phone, the music features should be flawless. The issue I have with the music feature is that once you quit the music application, the music stops even if you didn't press pause! So you can really only listen to music without multi tasking and using other features of the phone simultaneously. I tend to take my iPod with me for journeys as my main music device.
Despite applications such as iPlayer being available on the phone, the 3G internet and the processing capability are insufficient to allow streaming.
--How does it feel to use overall--
Easy to use, too slow for most internet jobs except the most basic, smart Nokia features and overall great design. I like mine on silent most of the time with a gentle screen vibration when you select an application on screen. Good battery life compared to Apple products actually! Though advertised as a music phone, I use it mainly for the phone features and only listen to music on it once the battery has run out on the iPod.
Summary: Wouldn't change this phone for the world now as I love it. Not of the smartphone standard, but a fantastic mobile device.
I have always loved the nokia range of handsets, they are very accessible, their layout is brilliant, and presentation always impressive, however the Nokia handset that reigns over all of them- is the Nokia Music Express.
The presentation of the handset is very suave, usually available with its own personal styler and the handset has the feature of touch screen. This was the third or fourth time I had experience a touch screen and this handset by far exceeded the others, it was quick and effecient and didn't lag!! The battery life of this phone is another positive feature, there were times when it would stay on for days without being charged and I would wonder...how is it doing that?! The music is the best feature and I spent many hours listening to uploaded tunes that were available via internet download or from connecting a usb to a laptop, transferring songs. The layout of the phone is stylish and very accessible and is my favourite layout to date, the phone has many different categories that are easy to find and handle. One of most unusual elements of the phone is the text messaging, there are several different ways to write out a message; either writing on an touch screen keyboard, alpanumeric keypad or using the styler to draw the letters , which brings fun to even the most boring texts. The camera is another positive element and takes very decent quality pictures.
This handset has many redeeming qualities and has such style and charisma, so much so I couldn't let mine go for it is still my sole handset now. Although it may not compete on the levels of the iphone and the blackberry phones, this phone is very cheap for how much it has to offer and I would advise anyone to take a second look at the nokia 5800 express music and just give it a chance.
The Nokia 5800 xpress music does tend to be a bit of a paradox to be to be honest. I remember 3 years ago when it came out I was so excited about it I couldn`t wait for my upgrade. Especially because of the feature advertised by Nokia so much about the Unlimited music Downloads. Personally I am honestly quite obsessed with music and that sounded lie the deal of a life time!
Went on and got it and I literally spend a whole week on the phone trying to find everything that can be done on it. My first disappointment came when i discovered that in fact, the unlimited music collection was not available on the phone that I have purchased even though it was advertised as so.
*Features and Usability
It comes with a pen which I did find quite good especially for people with larger fingers or hands it`s much easier to use that way. The screen tends to be a bit too sensitive to touch sometimes and other times completely oblivious to touch! Thats one of the reasons why I called it a paradox.
I did like the colours and the resolution for pictures is actually quite good considering the year its from. Pictures are very easy to take with the side photo button that turns on the camera instantly. You do have to make sure that the glass covering the camera is completely clean if you want decent pictures and not some GhostBuster style phantoms in your Gallery.
As much as it is a basic full touch screen I was quite pleased with it for about 1 year, not surprised that that`s exactly how long the guarantee lasted for also :) After that, the battery started dying in around 5 hrs more or less even if I stopped using it as much. The games on the OVI STORE did get me addicted for ages but besides the games and the bbc player app there arent too many attractions. I mean let`s face it Symbian, is quite limited after 1 point.
One great thing about it is that you can add any sd card to it so you will end up having space for absolutely all the songs you can ever imagine or pictures or videos. Also another problem I have encountered with this phone is the update. Once a new update became available, the phone was going completely bonkers and it was hard to use, it blocked every 15 min, screen went blank more times than I can remember and not only once I had all my data erased !!!
For its time this Symbian phone was a good and sturdy Nokia phone, just as Nokia promised but I`m afraid that the problems with the software made it a bit less appealing than it could have been. What was a sweet dream in the beginning turned into a horrible nightmare after precisely 1 year after using it every day. I do recommend it for people that aren`t deeply involved with their phone such as myself :) and definitely for people who want a long lasting mediocre phone but that`s about it. This is the first Nokia I have been disappointed by :(
***Thank you for reading. Hope you find this helpful !
I currently own this phone and have had it for nearly 3 years now I reckon. Several integral faults have occurred over the passage of time that I am convinced are faults with the model itself rather than just my particular handset. My sister bought the same phone as me, about a year after I bought mine so I had a good comparison on which to base this impression. My sister has since upgraded. I however do still own this phone, for all its quirks it is sturdy, that is undeniable. I will start with the initial problems then explain my persistent complaints that I believe to be model specific.
For the first three months of owning this phone I kept cutting people off during conversations with my cheek due to the touch screen facility and its high sensitivity. Im not sure why it stopped happening, rather strange really. Also, when I first owned it I left the auto rotate screen feature on, this was a absolute nightmare. It would not correctly identify which was landscape or portrait, and would randomly change regardless of which way you were holding. Rather rude really and very inconvenient. It got so frustrating that I turned that feature off in the end and it has stayed on portrait ever since. Once that was fixed me and this phone started to get along a lot better I can tell you that!
This phone is sold on the basis of its suitability for music but I just have never used it for that. I bought an MP3 player and that is where I get my music kicks from. I think the issue that bugged me is the headphone attachment, you have to use the special Nokia ones. Well, as Im sure you have experienced, these things always eventually get lost or broken. I moved house and put mine somewhere and that was the last time I listened to music on it. Why it doesn't have a standard headphone plug is beyond me. Im guessing its some way of trying to get you to buy more Nokia tech once purchased, its feels very much like a sales trick which I find very annoying.
The camera on the Nokia 5800 Xpress is pretty rubbish and is only worth using in daylight or for very close up shots. I am not convinced by its rather pathetic attempt at a flash, its a little sad to watch really, almost brings tear to my eye. Audio wise it is a corker! The videos I uploaded to my phone were audibly fantastic. I have filmed some very loud electro and rock gigs with little quality lost. I only wish I could have seen them better. Visually the camera is grainy and of very low quality. Daytime shots are ace and it has been to tons of festivals with me and taken some lovely sunny shots, but you do need that large amount of light to make the photo worthy of being kept.
So the big faults... as I stated earlier my sister, quite by accident, bought the same phone as me and very quickly we both noticed the same problems. This model of Nokia likes to turn itself off for no reason at all. I can't figure it out. Maybe its the humidity or cold? Who knows, but its happened regularly to both of us. She has now upgraded, I'm still stuck with it for now, but definitely not for much longer! The other big (and rather strange issue) is that the clock likes to slow down. It takes a few weeks to notice but its definitely happening. I use public transport a lot and rely on my phone for the time. I missed the train on a couple of occasions when my phone said I should have been there in time. I then compared it to the station clock and noticed it was a good 5-8 minutes slower. This happened several times. To combat this I reset the clock once a week.
Overall it is a sturdy durable phone but it has the most amazing amount of quirks. Its almost like an old person who has a dodgy knee, tennis elbow and stiff joints. If I had the choice I would not buy the Nokia Express phone again but I have to say it has out lasted many of my friends phones. If only it would stay turned on I probably won't be looking for a replacement. In this day and age though a phone that lasts over three years ain't half bad.
I purchased this Nokia phone on contract in September 2009. It came with a stylus to tap on the screen but did not use this as I felt it would damage the screen so I used my fingers. I used this phone for 5 months but hated it - it just was not for me. The phone comes with no games and the applications on it were basic. I went out a couple of months later and bought an iphone on contract and gave my dad this phone to use but he also was not keen on it. It now has sat in the box all this time and will be getting sent away to Envirophone! Not worth the money I'm afraid! Good for someone who is perhaps not literate with phones/computers as is very basic. Stores very little on its small memory so a memory card needs to be purchaaed.
...That was honestly the first thing I thought when I felt the Nokia 5800. Other mobile phone companies had gone with nice shiny plastic, or even metallic finishes. But for some reason, Nokia opted towards this...and it just feels rubbish! And then we get down to the actual workings of the phone itself. Now I'm trying to write this review with a little bit of hindsight because this was Nokia's flagship product at one point...so now it's actually even worse compared to more modern phones than this review will probably let on!
The second thing I noted was the UI. My instant reaction was "Wow....it looks like a child has done this!" With Android just then coming into it's own, this interface left me feeling like Nokia had thrown this together quickly and that was the best they could do in a short space of time! The menu layout was typical of Nokia's symbian OS but just left alot to be desired. Swiping up and down menus on other phones is a really nice touch. But you can't do that with the 5800. There is a frustrating scroll bar down the side which is counter-intuitive and is difficult to always press the right place for it to sense you want to scroll. You have to double tap everything...as if this is Windows and you need to double click everything to get anything to happen.
So what does the 5800 have going for it? Well...it is still a Smartphone and has the features you'd expect...GPS, Wi-Fi, a 5MP camera, some office applications, a music player...but that's about it. It manages those things adequately but I think that other phones are far superior in all of those categories. The battery life as well isn't amazing.
Being Nokia's flagship product a few years ago, this phone didn't really reach up to the heights expected of it then. But now, I wouldn't even really consider it for my personal phone. If you want something cheap with a touchscreen...this is an option, but the likes of ZTE and Huawei are now making afordable touchscreen phones and I would look at those first.
Sadly this is probably the worst Nokia phone I have come across and displays the fundamental reasons why the once leader of the mobile world is struggling to stop the meteoric decline in market share that plagues them.
This 'phone' is the single most infuriating piece of hardware I have ever bought. It doesn't play music very well, the sound is awful although the radio is okay. The touch screen is unresponsive and temperamental.
About 5 times a week the phone will turn itself off and refuse to turn back on for a few minutes. About once a week it will say the battery is about to die but then refuse to charge up saying that the battery is charged and then you guessed it, die. More often than not, so about 8 times a day, the screen will freeze and will not reset until you take out the battery.
The last straw for me was when the phone for three nights running set alarms to wake me up despite me not setting an alarm at 3.18am and wouldn't shut up until I took the battery out because you guessed it, the screen froze and I couldn't turn it off.
I was offered £6 by a trade in your phone company for it and I took the cheque before they could change their minds! As far as smart phones go this is the village idiot. I'd suggest getting a cheapo makes calls and texts phone and getting a separate MP3/MP4 player.
This is a great mobile if you want to listen to your music on it as it offers great sound quality and with a removable memory card you can store as much as you like. However I have had no end of problems with mine, having had it nearly a year now. I have found that once you have a few too many messages in your inbox the entire phone works at half speed- including the screen direction change, this can be incredibly frustrating! Also I have had to return mine twice for repair, both times due to the unlock slide button breaking- it still works just makes the screen unreadable somehow? If you want a basic phone (thats not an android/iPhone etc) that doesn't run applications this may be the phone for you but by all means do not expect it to do very much! It gets confused way too easity for that!
The Nokia 5800 XM, comes packed with features and not to mention a nice sound system. The earphones that come in the box are one of the few I've had with a mobile phone that I have not saw fit to replace.
All the apps available to download will ensure you're never bored while you hold the handset.
The 3G connection is pretty reliable with this phone (tested on Virgin network), though the phone itself isn't very data hungry so don't be overly concerned with your data plan. Apps and new songs can be downloaded in next to no time at all.
GPS has proved useful time and time again for me, backing this up with your internet connection to find local resources. The FREE Nokia Maps app is a must have.
3.2MP might not seem much by standards of cameras today, but I can vouchsafe the camera on this phone. Great focus even on zoom.
On the other hand, I did not really find much use for this device as a phone. Even though it had great 3G coverage, the reception on calls was often poor and I found the touch screen keypad tricky when texting.
I purchased this phone at the time where there was a massive hype about it, the "Xpressmusic" was the next in phone, some even thought this might be the next iPhone sort of thing with the integration of being a specialist music device as well as a phone. As smart phones go i think this as bad as it gets, i initially was very happy with what i got, fairly easy to navigate around and a generally very simple phone. It also boasted an 8GB memory card which came with each phone and was expandable, i think to 16GB however this was never necessary for me. Within a few weeks once the phone started to be filled with lots of data, contacts, pictures & texts, the sort of things you would expect a phone to be able to handle happily, however it wasn't. The phone quickly became sluggish and unreactive, buttons would have to be pressed multiple time to get a response, the touch screen seemed inactive unless the menu was up and that was just a few of the problems. Another thing to list is the "apps" that you can put on the Nokia's Symbian operating system, they are beyond bad, i don't think i found one app that i actually kept, they were all useless or boring, even the standard email that comes on the phone was that bad i struggled to use it and im familiar with most technology as im an IT student. In my personal opinion this is a phone that you should steer clear of unless you really want the hassle.
I've owned this phone for the past two years now. I bought it when they first came out, and although i was surprised at the slightly steep price,(nearly equivalent to the iphone at the time),i was intrigued. The phones menu is clearly laid out, and the great thing about this phone is you can adjust pretty much every setting. Although this makes the phone complex, its great for making the phone meet your needs. If you are to buy this product, i would suggest you get the opera mini web browser, as the one supplied is slow, and can lag significantly, or simply close if it is rushed. The same goes for supplied promotional nokia items, such as the ovi maps. This maps version was slow and difficult to understand, however, you can easily download a version of google maps from nokia own ovi store, their version of the apple apps store. The ovi store is fantastic for downloading all kinds of applications for your phone, and although sometimes steeply priced, these are definitely worth it.
For a high priced phone, the camera is surprisingly low grade 3 megapixels, however, it does come with a carl zeiss lens, and a flash. I have found not found this camera useful as often the picture quality is too poor to really do anything with. The phone also has an extra camera on the front, however, i have found this to be surplus to requirements, as nokia do not seem to provide a way to make calls to other phones that do not have this extra camera. the touch screen is quick and efficient, and the alphanumeric keypad is easy to use. However, the handwriting feature is also pretty useless, as it has difficulty catching up. The provided 8gb memory card is fantastic, as i have not had to clear it in the past two years. however, beware viruses on the provided internet, as this can really mess with the memory card.
finally, the music feature is a good idea, with providing you differewnt ways of viewing your music. However, i have found if you wish to set a piece of music as your ringtone, you may have difficulty, as the phone stores the music in code, and presents it to you in this format when you choose music.
overall, this is a really good phone, but it does take a lot of tweaking to get it to the level you wish it to be at.
This phone is great if you have a lot of patience. I found that it froze a lot, meaning that I couldn't do everything that I wanted to do as quickly as I wanted. Especially if I had music playing, I had to use the phone very slowly as it didn't seem to be able to cope with doing two things at once. In addition to this, I found that when I wrote long texts on the phone, the texts started to appear very slowly. I also found that the touch screen was hard to use, I would have to press very hard.
Despite this, I think that this phone is very good for storing and listening to music as I could store all of my music and I did enjoy the display in which I could see the songs that were playing. It was a good phone but the software needs to be updated so that it doesn't freeze as much.