Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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More fun than phone
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
Member Name: GTGlenn
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
Advantages: Great speaker, flash
Disadvantages: Slow operating system, freezes at times
I'd had a bad run of Blackberry Pearl's that simply kept packing up on me, so Vodafone asked me which handset I'd like instead. I had no idea, so I outlined what I used the phone for (calling, texting, occassional email). Alarm bells should have rung when the yoing sales guy asked "Do you want mobile TV? You can watch TV with this phone."
So I spent the next 18 months with the Nokia 5800. All in all it did the job, but this is much more a phone aimed at the teen market than one for the productivity functions of communication.
Where the phone excels is music. It has possible the best speaker of any phone on the market, so you can blast out your music loud and clear. A 3.5" jack also means it's no hassle to use your favourite headphones or hook it up to external speakers.
There's a micro SD card slot so you can buy memory just as big as you like and fill it with your favourite music.
The advantage of a good speaker, other than for music, is that it operates great as a handsfree phone, which is a boon when driving.
Texting works fine with the full qwerty touch screen in landscape mode. However, I found the phone to be just that little bit narrow, so that message is a bit crammed up with the keyboard onscreen too. The ability to easily send one message to a number of contacts is useful, as is the ability to paste in text from a previously created memo.
The phone is generally pretty responsive and the screen is clear in all but bright sunlight. Outside on a sunny day it is difficult to make out things on the screen at times.
As well as music the phone can play movies. If you convert video files on your PC through the supplied software they do render very well on the phone. Again, the narrowness of the phones screen counts it a bit here.
The 3 mb pixel camera is decent enough to capture most snaps and the flash works very well. It's often indoors on evenings out that I want to take a photo and haven't git the camera, so I use the flash a lot. You can also download an app which makes the flash operate as a torch and that's very handy.
As you would expect from a Nokia, the menu screens are clearly laid and it's pretty simple to navigate.
The phone can handle internet but it's not great. Here Nokia's Symbian operating system is beginning to look slow and clunky. I've had issues with the phone freezing on me when viewing websites and so have others I know.
Overall, for a teenager who wants to blast out their music, takes pics of their friends and send some texts, this phone does it all. For those of us who actually want a phone primarily as a communication device, there are much better choices on the market.
Summary: A great phone for teens who want to have fun
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