Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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Not a good start when it feels like rubbish in your hand...
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
Member Name: renegade852
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
Advantages: Cheap, has the sort of functions you would expect a smartphone to have
Disadvantages: Awful UI, rubbish feel
...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.
Summary: Only for die-hard Nokia fans that want a cheap touchscreen!
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