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Delivering on Nokia's vision to provide the best total music experience possible, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic cell phone will be among the first device...

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Review of "Nokia 5800 XpressMusic"

published 15/03/2010 | EVIT
Member since : 02/06/2008
Reviews : 64
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Pro GPS free, Wi-Fi, Free apps, practical, price going down
Cons Get stuck at times, fingerprints all over it in less than 2 days
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"My review of Nokia 5800"

After so many months since I bought this mobile I finally decided to write a review about it. This Nokia 5800, in a few words, is easily one of the best mobile phones made by Nokia. I was not surprised to find it 3rd in the list of "Best Mobile Phones". I've been a Nokia customer for years, my last Nokia mobile phone lasted as long as 8 years in full working order (see my review on the ancient Nokia 7110) and only lately it started to give some twitches. I decided it was time to change it when people started to laugh about my phone when I pulled it out... kinda sad I know.
Wanting to stick to Nokia I soon found out that the 5800 was what I needed. Wi-Fi connection and GPS amid the most appealing features.


I will no
w list the things I find appealing in this mobile phone and why I think it's worth buying:
1) Wi-Fi connection:
if you already have broadband connection at home with router or you have a connection at school or work, this means you can connect with your mobile to internet for free. Chat with friends, update its contents, even phone for free (through skype!). Around the city a lot of people or shops also forget to put a password to their broadband connection so that even when I'm around town I can connect and check internet (don't worry for your data, your information are safe as long as the phone tells you that you are going to connect to a safe connection)
2) Free GPS:
why buying an expensive TomTom when you can use your mobile phone to navigate? Until a month ago I might have told you "because TomTom has a vocal guide while on the Nokia you have to pay for it". Well that changed just a few weeks ago. Now Nokia Maps has free navigation guide in hundreds of different languages and even with street names. Both for car and walking. Buy a cheap car holder to place on your car screen and you're ready to go with a free GPS service that includes vocal navigation, alerts you on speed cameras and speed limits and that can calculate your journey in many different ways (you can set fastest route, the most straight, shortcuts, motorway or no motorway... and so on).
3)Music Phone:
indeed this is a music phone but even if you're not a fan of mp3/4 players it's still an advantageous feature. As a matter of fact you can customize it at the most, you can either record or import music, images or video files from your computer. I imported my own music to use as alarm clock tune as well as ringtones of course, pictures of my friends that will show up everytime one of them calls me or landscape pictures to use as wallpaper. It's practically a mini computer and it can be customized at the most.
there are infinite free applications to download from the Nokia store but trust me the most useful ones are already in this phone. Browsing the web, watching media files, using the maps etc... the best apps to do all these things are already in the phone.
However you will find some interesting stuff also from the Nokia store... such as the application that turns the leds of your camera flash into a torch light (very useful), or programs like Nimbuzz that you can use to unite your MSN, Yahoo, Skype, Facebook (and many more) accounts, all in one screen.
5)No buttons:
the scariest feature at first is the lack of buttons, letters and numbers are missing. The phone only shows 4 main buttons, the on/off and 3 coloured buttons. The whole "writing a message" has to be done on screen... and to do so there are many different possibilities, you either have the classic layout of the mobilephones keyboard or you can use the so called "qwerty" keyboard which emulates the familiar computer keyboard. Once you get used to it, you will really NOT GO BACK! It's faster to write a message and in the end is much more practical than any other.
There are also other options such as the automatic recognition of letters and numbers (you "draw" them on the screen with your pen and they are recognized by the mobile phone and put into the text) and the mini qwerty, a very minute version of the qwerty keyboard. Both of these are quite useless because slow and unpractical but it's nice to have more options.

I probably forgot hundreds of other features I love in this phone, afterall I've had it for many months now and I got used to some of them. For example it also has an integrated radio which works very good, it comes with a wired remote that can be added to the included earphones and that allows you to regulate volume, skip through songs and even answer a call without physically pulling out the mobile phone from your pocket. Very very practical piece. Oh and obviously the fact that is touch screen with the latest symbian.. that also is a pro. Lastly, being a quadriband, its reception is excellent and if it wasn't enough it even has a clear loud "speakerphone" function.


Being a review I also need to note some things I did not like:

1) Screen protection:
the mobile comes with a plastic film that protects the touchscreen, I usually leave these protective films so that the monitor won't be scratched too much... in this case I had to remove it, not because it affected the touch screen sensitivity but because it's "decorated" with wavy lines which don't let you see the screen properly. It's very annoying. It's almost like Nokia said "they HAVE to remove the protective film".
I had to buy one made for this model and apply it on. So I had to spend some more quids on something that wasn't really needed (if only nokia had made its protective film clear)
2) Computer problems:
as I said this mobile phones (as well as all the new ones) is practically like a mini computer... and like many computers it also freezes, slow down or crashes sometimes. To be honest I expected worse. In all these months I think my phone only stuck 6 times which is actually a good number. The worse thing is that the on/off button is also digitally controlled (one of the stupidest thing that electronic appliances have nowadays) so if the phone is stuck, also the on/off button is stuck... therefore the only way to solve this is to open the mobile and remove the battery
the phone is touch screen so expect fingerprints all over it (again, it's best to preserve the screen with a protective film) but that's not all, this phone is also made in glossy black plastic (a bit like PS3 and many Samsung televisions) which retain every single fingerprint. A person that doesn't wash his/her hands too often will reduce this phone into a miserable looking state in less than 2 days.


As you could have understood from my review, I'm quite enthustiastic about this phone. The cons don't really put me off when considering the product. I bought another one for my girlfriend lately, that just shows how much trust I put into this product.
All in all it's a well made product, doesn't look it but it's robust. Camera takes decent quality pictures for being a mobile phone and has the advantage of being able to take videos too (which you can imediately upload on youtube if you have internet access, without even needing the computer). It's practical and quick to use once you learn the main functions (takes you about a week or two but it's worth it). Last but not the least, this phone keeps going down in price. It's currently at £199 in most of the shops and I have faith that it will go down as much as £150 in the near future. Obviously it's more expensive than a basic phone but this is not a basic phone. Only having GPS on it gave me a good reason for spending £189 in offer. If you already have the GPS though (a TomTom or similar) I suggest the model 5530, it's basically the same mobile but without GPS function and at a much lower price.

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  • Zurich11 published 06/06/2011
    Great review xx
  • pennywa published 21/12/2010
    Fab review xxx
  • shoppingpenguin published 22/09/2010
    Great review; I did find this to be one of the worst Nokia phones I've used though. Couldn't type with it, lock button died, and phone kept crashing :S Still on nokia now though, using E72 :)
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Product Information : Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Manufacturer's product description

Delivering on Nokia's vision to provide the best total music experience possible, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic cell phone will be among the first devices to support Comes With Music, Nokia's groundbreaking service which offers one year of unlimited access to the entire Nokia Music Store catalogue. When it comes to music phones, people all over the world want a device that is a great music experience - with more memory, loud and powerful speakers, easy synchronization - and must work well as a mobile phone with direct access to important contacts and content.

Product Details

System / Handheld Type: Smartphone

RAM / Installed Size: 128

OS Provided / Type: Symbian OS 9.4

Display / Diagonal Size: 3.2

Input Device / Type: Touchscreen

Cellular / Technology: GPRS; EDGE; WCDMA; HSDPA

Cellular / Band: Quad Band

Cellular / Combined with: 3.2 MP digital camera; FM radio; MP3 player

Weight: 109 g

Battery: Lithium Ion

Processor Type: ARM 11

Battery / Run Time (Up To): 16.9

Display / Technology: LCD

GPS Navigation: GPS

Manufacturer: Nokia

Phone Design: Classic

Communications / Wireless Interface: Wifi; Bluetooth

Cellular / Phone Form Factor: Classic

Cellular / Type: Smartphone

Cellular / Integrated Components: Digital camera; Digital player; FM radio; GPS receiver

CE Input Device / Type: Touch Screen

Long Name: 5800 XpressMusic

Width: 52 mm

Height: 11 mm

Cellular / Phone Design: Candybar

Cellular / Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Cellular / Operating System: Symbian

EAN: 6438158189928

Standby Time: Up to 408 hours, Up to 406 hours

Operating System: Symbian OS

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Product Type: Smartphone

Product Description: Nokia 5800 XpressMusic - black - 3G GSM - smartphone, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic - blue - 3G GSM - smartphone, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic - red - 3G GSM - smartphone, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic - 3G GSM - smartphone

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Talk Time: Up to 540 minutes, Up to 530 minutes

Service Provider: Not specified, T-Mobile

Form Factor: Touch

Dimensions (WxDxH): 52 mm x 16 mm x 110 mm, 52 mm x 16 mm x 111 mm

Colour: Black, Blue, Red

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Supported Memory Card: Micro SD Card, microSDHC

Display: LCD display - colour - 3.2" - TFT

Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, digital player, voice recorder

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen

Wireless Interface: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Playback Digital Standards: WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3 , RM, MPEG-4, 3GP, H.264

Mobile Services: Video Call

Phone Features

Additional Features: Built-in stereo speakers

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Phone Functions: Speakerphone, call timer, conference call, vibrating alert

Sensors: Accelerometer

Speech Codec: EFR, FR, AMR

Navigation System

Navigation: A-GPS receiver

Navigation Software & Services: Nokia Maps


Width: 52 mm

Depth: 16 mm

Height: 110 mm, 111 mm

Weight: 109 g

Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, digital player, voice recorder

Body Colour: Black, Blue, Red

Aerial: Internal

Form Factor: Touch

Product Type: Smartphone

MPN: 002L463, 451001020100, 002H7S4, 99915840, 002L0P2, 002H7N9, 002K5K6, 002H7V1B, 002H7P9, 002H7T4, 002H7P9B, 002H7V1, 5800

Image Colour Disclaimer: The image of the product displayed may be of a different colour


Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Input Device(s): Touch screen

Software Platforms Supported: Java

Operating System: Symbian OS

Service Provider: Not specified, T-Mobile

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Application Software: Adobe Flash Lite 3

Messaging & Internet

Downloadable Content: Audio files, video files, themes, games, ring tones, screensavers, wallpapers

Cellular Messaging Services: MMS, Nokia Smart Messaging, SMS

Messaging & Data Features: PDF support, Zip Manager support, Microsoft Word support, Microsoft Excel support

Supported Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP4, SMTP

Mobile Services: Video Call

WAP Protocol Supported: WAP 2.0


Communication Features: Mobile Email client, Internet browser

Data Transmission: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA

Bluetooth Profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

Wireless Interface: IEEE 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11b/g

High Speed Circuit Switched Data (HSCSD): Yes


Personal Information Management: Calendar, synchronization with PC, calculator, reminder, alarm clock


Supported Flash Memory Cards: Micro SD Card, microSDHC

User Memory: 81 MB

Digital Camera

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Video Recorder Resolutions: 640 x 360 (nHD), 640 x 480 (VGA)

Camera Light Source: Flash

Still Image Resolutions: 2048 x 1536

Still Image Formats: JPEG

Digital Video Formats: MPEG-4, H.263

Digital Zoom: 3


Features: LCD touch screen, wallpaper, screen saver

Display Illumination Colour: White

Colour Depth: 16.7 million colours

Display Resolution: 640 x 360 pixels

Diagonal Size: 3.2"

Technology: TFT

Type: LCD display - colour


Connector Type: Micro-USB ¦ Headset jack - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ Audio / video out


Run Time Details: Talk - up to 540 min ¦ Standby - up to 408 hrs

Capacity: 1320 mAh

Technology: Lithium Ion


Included Accessories: Power adapter

Also Included: microSDHC - 8 GB

Media Player

Supported Digital Video Standards: RM, MPEG-4, 3GP, H.264

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3


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