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I got my Nokia 5800 almost a year ago as part of an 18 month contract. I had originally intended to get an i-phone, however the 5800 at the time seemed more appealing.
The phone itself is very lightweight, and is of a reasonable size to fit in your pocket etc. Personally i'd prefer it to be a little less chunky, however i have managed just fine with it. The handset comes with a stylus that slots into the side of the casing, which is good for internet browsing etc since it has more precision on the touch screen than using your thumb/fingers. It does however become loose after a while, and i often find myself searching for it as it has fallen out of my phone. The touch screen has options for the level of sensitivity, however i always find that no matter what setting it is on, it can be a little under sensitive from time to time. For the most part however, it works perfectly well.
Having had this handset for about a year now, i would say that it is a very durable and reliable piece of equipment. Of course it has its signs of wera and tear in the form of a couple of minor scratches on the screen and as mentioned before the stylus becoming loose in the casing, however i have full confidence that it will last me until the end of my contract.
When i first purchased this model, the battery life was remarkable, i believe i only had to charge it around once every few days despite long phone calls and internet browsing times. The battery life since then has deteriorated a little, however it is still quite acceptable and i can be sure that it will last me an entire day, and then be charged overnight for the next day. My only problem with this is that the charger does not fit ery securely into the slot in the phone, and so sometimes the phone does not recognise it. Upon recognition this is easily sorted however by simply pushing the charger in to its' full depth.
Since i got this phone as part of a contract, i did not pay a set fee for it. However having done some minor research i can see that it currently retails at around £200. I'd agree that this is reasonable value for money, given the features of the phone, however if i was to purchase a new handset now, i'd be unlikely to choose this one over the wide range of choices now available.
The phone has a massive range of features. The standards include messaging, calling etc as on every mobile phone. These features are practically flawless as they are the most basic of applications and are the main reason for anyone to purchase a mobile phone. This handset also includes many other features. Like the i-phone, the Nokia 5800 has the ability to download apps, for Nokia customers these come from the OVI store. This is a great advantage to the handset, however obviously you need internet access through the phone for this to work, and so i'd only recommend to customers on a contract rather than pay as you go. This also applies to the internet browser that allows you to access facebook, youtube, emails etc.
To be quite honest, most of the attractive applications on this phone are used with internet, and so i would not recommend this phone at all to pay as you go users since it would cost a lot of money to get the best use from all of the features. Other standard features inclue notes, calendar, alarm etc such as any basic phone.
The phone is very easy to use and all menu's are pretty self explanitory. All in all a very good, attractive mobile phone, but realistically only on a contract since the flashy features cost money.