Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review - Part
26th January 2009
Web browsing is always easier if you
have more pixels, and the 640 pixel wide display on
the 5800 XpressMusic is much better suited for viewing
web pages than the standard 240 pixel wide panels found
in most phones. We assume that you'll want to do most
of your web browsing in horizontal "landscape"
mode rather than in portrait mode.
The 640 pixel wide display is good,
but most web pages these days assume that you have at
least 800 pixels. You can zoom in and out of a page
by double-tapping the screen, which isn't the most obvious
Zooming out fits in most pages, but
can make things look a little grainy.
You can also zoom in on text and images
to have a closer look. Panning about the page is easily
done with the stylus or a finger, and the Nokia 5800
XpressMusic seems to be very fast at rendering the page
and scrolling about.
You can easily scroll between pages.
When the menu bar is active on the size, it does take
a significant amount of valuable screen space.
News site automatically adjusts for mobile phones.
In some ways this is good, but the 5800 would have very
little trouble rendering the full page, so it can be
Video playback works straight from most
web sites, and the large screen makes it easy to watch
Text entry is in a variety of different
ways, either through a full-screen keyboard, mini keyboard,
numeric keypad or handwriting recognition. The handwriting
recognition has been used in this case with zero errors.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has no problem
with rich media content in most cases, and it copes
well with Flash, including YouTube clips and Flash animated
Sometimes you have to zoom and pan to
see the page properly. This takes a little getting used
This last picture compares a variety of
Nokia handsets and the way they render the page. In
the bottom left is the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic with a
640 pixel wide screen, which has made a fair job at
rendering the page. In the bottom right is a Nokia N73
which struggled even to load the page, never mind display
it properly. In the top left is the Nokia E90 which
has an 800 pixel wide display, but it is much larger
and heavier than the 5800 and lacks a touch screen.
Finally, the best job of all has been done by the Nokia
770 Internet Tablet on the top right, but this is the
biggest device of them all.
In conclusion, the web browser on the
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is very good indeed. The large,
wide display is much better than most other Nokia devices,
with the exception of the E90 and Nokia's Internet Tablet