Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review - Part
25th January 2009
The user interface is fairly easy to
use - if you have used S60 handsets before then you
will have no problem adapting to touch. However, one
flaw with S60 is that it is very difficult to keep track
of which applications are running. The latest version
of the OS tries to make this easier, but very often
you will find applications still running that you thought
had shut down.
Almost all screens flip between orientations
automatically, apart from the home screen... which is
rather bizarre. The interface is also inconsistent in
sometimes requiring a single tap, and sometimes requiring
a double tap. There seems to be no reason for this difference.
In use, the accelerometer was useful
in that it automatically changed the orientation of
the display when it was turned. However, it had an annoying
habit of flipping to portrait mode if the phone was
being used in landscape mode and was being held quite
"flat". Irritatingly, there seems to be no
way to adjust the sensitivity of this, despite the fact
that the accelerometer is sensitive enough to use
The 5800 XpressMusic is a real fingerprint
magnet - not just on the screen, all the shiny surfaces
pick up fingerprints very quickly.
You must remember that the 5800 is also
a phone - and it works just fine. Call quality is clear,
so there should be no problems in this respect. The
5800 can manage contacts easily, and if you need to
dial a number manually the large on-screen keypad makes
There are a variety of text input mechanisms
available, including two different QWERTY keyboards
and a very accurate handwriting recognition applet.
For heavy-duty text input you will probably want something
like the Nokia
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is a pretty
good phone, it's easy to use, comes with a capable web
browser and excellent multimedia support and is
frankly a lot of fun. The loudspeaker could be better,
the camera isn't as good as we would have hoped and
you will be forever cleaning fingerprints off it.
The box comes with everything you need,
including a TV output cable and a high capacity memory
card. The 5800 fits easily into a pocket, and the overall
attention to detail is good.
It's not the only big screen Nokia coming
to market, the N97
is due out soon and we expect to see a touchscreen replacement
for the E90
as well.. but the 5800 will be much cheaper than either
of those two.
In conclusion? We like it a lot. Heck,
we'd even be prepared to spend our own money on one!