Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Turns itself off and time slows down... Integral faults with the phone? Im inclined to think so.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
Member Name: getonthesoapbox
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
Advantages: Sturdy, good size and weight. Large memory and easy to navigate
Disadvantages: Camera only worth using in daylight. Turns itself off for no reason. Clock slows down.
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.
Summary: Sturdy but unreliable in the long run
|Ease of use:|
|Variety of features:|