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The hãng nokia 5800 Xpress
Music offers a sharp cảm biến screen and compact design, it also features a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, & 3G support.
The user interface needs some work including the input & navigation methods. The nokia Music Store is not yet available in the United States.
The hãng nokia 5800 Xpress
Music offers an attractive design và feature set, but the touch-screen phone has some shortcomings compared with the competition.
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While other manufactures (hello, Samsung) rushed headlong into the touch-screen phone craze, other manufacturers were more cautious. For example, just look at Nokia. Though the cellular giant pumps out phones by the dozen, it wasn"t until the nokia 5800 Xpress Music that the company explored touch-screen cell phones with gusto (the nokia 810 doesn"t count). Positioned as a rival to the táo khuyết i
Phone, the 5800 is packed with a range of multimedia features. Và it all comes in a sharp, slim package with an expansive cảm ứng screen.

We were lucky enough to check out a preproduction model of the 5800 back in October và found it to lớn be very promising. Well, we"ve now had a chance lớn play with the final product. While our opinion of the phone hasn"t changed too much, we think it has some shortcomings when compared with its competition. The user interface & input methods aren"t the best & could use some refinement to take advantage of the cảm ứng screen. Also, until the nokia Music Store launches in the United States, the 5800 doesn"t offer the full functionality or advantages of an Xpress
Music phone, giving the i
Phone the edge with its seamless i
Tunes integration. The nokia 5800 Xpress
Music isn"t a bad phone, but when you factor in the $399 unlocked price, it"s a little harder khổng lồ give the handset"s drawbacks a pass.

DesignThe hãng nokia 5800 shares kiến thiết characteristics with the i
Phone và Samsung touch-screen handsets like the Omnia. The candy bar shape offers clean lines with rounded corners and a black and burgundy màu sắc scheme (there"s also a thin red stripe). At 4.37 inches tall by 2.04 inches wide by 0.61 inch deep, it is relatively small as touch-screen phones go, though it is a bit thicker than average. Still, at 3.84 ounces it won"t weigh you down. The 5800 also offers a sturdy, comfortable feel in the hand.

The cảm biến screen measures 3.2 inches, which makes it almost as big as the i
Phone"s. It supports 16 million colors (640x360 pixels) & has an aspect ration of 16:9. With that kind of resolution, colors are bright and vibrant and graphics và photos are sharp. You can change brightness, phông size, and backlighting time. During a call, the 5800"s display will go dark when you raise the phone khổng lồ your ear. The brightness will adjust automatically lớn different lighting environments.

The menu system has a standard design, with icons in a grid format. For the most part, submenus are equally intuitive, but sometimes we felt that hãng nokia didn"t really optimize the user interface in some applications. (See our notes about messaging below as an example). Thanks khổng lồ the accelerometer, you can change between landscape- & portrait-menu views simply by rotating the phone. The accelerometer works in most applications.

The display is relatively responsive; you can use your finger or the included stylus. However, it"s a little confusing in that some items respond to a single tap, while some require double taps. There were times where we"d be waiting for a few seconds for an application to lớn launch only khổng lồ realize that we had khổng lồ tap it again, so it"d be nice to have a more unified system. Items opened quickly when we selected them and we didn"t have khổng lồ press too hard on the display. Scrolling through long lists takes some acclimation--you have to use a narrow scroll bar on the left side--but we got used lớn it. But like most other touch-screen phones, scrolling is not quite as fluid as on the i
Phone. You can adjust the calibration & have a host of choices for the handwriting option. The display has vibration feedback, but the intensity is not customizable.

On the home screen there are icons for the phone book and the phone dialer. You also can địa chỉ cửa hàng a customizable shortcut bar or a favorite contact to the trang chủ screen for instant access. The phone dialer has large virtual buttons with larger numbers, yet the phone dialer does not show the corresponding letters on each numeric key. Yes, we realize the phone has a full keyboard for dialing, but you"ll still need the letters lớn dial some phone numbers (like 1-866-402-CNET) & when spelling a person"s name in an automated phone directory. We"re not sure why nokia left this out. Once you dial a number, onscreen shortcuts appear on the display for activating the speakerphone, muting a call, & placing a call on hold.

The 5800 offers several ways khổng lồ type messages. The full QWERTY keyboard takes full advantage of the 5800"s display. It should be spacious enough for most users; just be aware that the space for composing your message is rather small. There"s a separate keyboard for numbers và symbols, and you can switch language alphabets và writing languages at the touch of a button. You"ll also find dedicated shift keys, a large space bar, & back & return controls. You can scroll through text you"ve already written by tapping the chosen area on the display.

If you"re feeling adventurous, you can type messages using a standard alphanumeric keypad. We"re not sure why you"d want lớn compose texts with the multitap dance, but the option is there. Still, as we said before, we can"t understand why nokia didn"t give us the alphanumeric keypad in the phone dialer. The 5800 also offers handwriting recognition và a mini QWERTY keyboard, the latter of which is painfully small.

Above the display, there"s also a little icon next to the Xpress
Music sign. It"s not obvious at first but by touching the little logo, a dedicated multimedia thực đơn will appear onscreen where you can launch music, view your photo gallery, play videos, tóm tắt files online, & more.

Below the display are three physical controls: Talk & End buttons and a thực đơn control. The keys are thin, but they"re tactile. On the right spine you"ll find a volume rocker, a handset-locking switch, và a camera shutter. On the left spine there are slots for the SIM card và a micro
SD card. A dedicated power switch is located on the đứng đầu of the device next to lớn a 3.5mm headset jack (yay!), a Micro-USB port, and the charger port. The 5800 has two camera lenses. The main 3.2-megapixel lens is located on the back of the phone above the flash, while a second card đồ họa lens for self-portraits is located just above the display.

The 5800 comes with a fair phối of features in the box. You get a USB cable, a video out cable, a 3.5mm headset with a separate adapter for making calls, a wrist strap with a stylus plectrum (resembles a guitar pick), an 8GB micro
SD card, và a nifty stand for perching the phone on its side when watching videos. For more add-ons, please kiểm tra our cell phone accessories, ringtones, & help page.

FeaturesEach tương tác in the 5800"s phone book holds 10 different of phone numbers, three video-calling numbers, three e-mail addresses, three URLs, a birthday và anniversary, a department and job title, an assistant name & phone number, spouse and child names, and notes. You can save an additional 250 contacts on the SIM card. You can địa chỉ callers to groups, but only groups can be paired with a ringtones và photos; that"s rather odd for such a high-end phone, but the phone offers plenty of tones & you can use your own melodies, as well.

Other essentials include a vibrate mode, text & multimedia messaging (with the capability to lớn delete multiple texts at once), a calendar, a calculator, an alarm clock, a world clock, a notepad, a currency & unit converter, a voice recorder, a speakerphone, và a notepad. You"ll also find full bluetooth không dây with a stereo profile, file & application managers, speaker-independent voice commands, PC syncing for music và photos, instant messaging, USB mass storage, và a file manager. Best of all, however, is the integrated Wi-Fi. That is a must for a phone with a full HTML browser so we"re very glad to see it here. You"ll also find full GPS tư vấn with access to lớn Nokia Maps.

For all its hype, the 5800"s music player is comparable with most nokia N-series models. The interface is simple và it offers album art, but it"s not particularly flashy. Settings are plentiful, however. You can adjust the balance, use a bass booster, activate stereo widening, and select one of five equalizer settings. Other options include playlists, an airplane mode, & shuffle và repeat modes. What"s more, the 5800 offers an FM radio and support for podcasts. Getting music on the 5800 is an easy process. We plugged it into our PC using the USB cable & synced our tunes using Windows media Player. You also can choose USB transfer mode & simply drag & drop files using Windows Explorer. In both cases our computer recognized our phone instantly. Nokia should include software with the final production version, though we didn"t get a copy with our advance model. Depending on your region, you"ll also be able khổng lồ buy tracks from the nokia Music Sore. It"s not available in the United States yet, so we couldn"t give it a demo run.

The 5800 offers a full HTML web browser. The interface is pretty straightforward, though it"s not immediately clear what some of the onscreen buttons do. Also, while we lượt thích the pop-up sub-menus, scrolling through them can be tricky unless you know exactly where to lớn place your finger. You"ll find a great mix of options beyond the aforementioned Wi-Fi. You can search for từ khoá on a page, view photos by themselves, access an RSS feed, save bookmarks and keep xuất hiện multiple web pages simultaneously. The browser doesn"t support Flash, but that"s not unusual.Like other i
Phone competitors, the 5800"s overall browser experience can"t quite measure up khổng lồ Apple"s device. While moving around a large page isn"t quite as jerky as on some other phones, the motion still isn"t as smooth as on the i
Phone. Also without any kind of multitouch functionality, you must use a zoom button to get a closer look on a page. Alternatively, you can move around a site by getting a full-page view & then selecting the area you want to see. While that"s not a bad option, it"s just not the same as pinching your fingers or tapping the screen to zoom in. The beauty of the i
Phone browser is one area where táo scored a home run.

The 5800"s 3.2-megapixel camera offers a Carl Zeiss lens that takes pictures in three resolutions. In a nifty twist, the settings menu explains the maximum printing kích cỡ for each resolution & it tells you how many photos you can take using each choice. Other settings include four shutter tones, auto-focus, a 3x digital zoom, six scene settings (such as "night" and "macro"), a self-timer, và gridlines. You also can adjust the white balance, the ISO, the exposure setting, the màu sắc tones, the contrast, và the sharpness. The bright flash has four settings: automatic, red-eye reduction, always on, và off.

The camcorder shoots clips in five quality modes. As with the still camera, the settings thực đơn will tell you the ideal use for each setting and the available recording time. Other options include a night mode và an adjustable trắng balance and color tone. You can use the flash as a steady light and you can mute the sound.

Photo quality was quite good--colors were sharp & there was little image noise. Video unique was just OK, but better than on other 3.2-megapixel shooters we"ve seen. You can run videos out to lớn a TV or monitor using the included video-out cable. The 5800 offers basic photo-editing features. Given the healthy 81MB of internal memory, you have a decent amount of space for storing your work, but you can use a micro
SD cards up to 8GB.

You can personalize the 5800 with a selection of display themes, alert tones, và profiles. You can tải về more options, & additional ringtones, from nokia using the website browser. The handset also comes with a few additional applications. There"s a settings wizard, a thực đơn for accessory setup, a shortcut khổng lồ your "My Nokia" online account, an app for syncing contacts & calendar with other hãng nokia devices, Real
Player support, & two games (Bounce và Global Race Racing Thunder). The latter uses the accelerometer to drive your car. It takes a few minutes to lớn get the hang of the gameplay, but it"s fun.

PerformanceWe tested the quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) nokia 5800 Xpress Music world phone in San Francisco using AT&T service. Call chất lượng was strong on the whole. We enjoyed clear conversations with little static or interference. Voices sounded natural, và the volume was loud. Our only complaint was that at the highest volume levels, the audio had an echoed effect.

On their end, callers said we sounded great. Most could tell we were using a cell phone, but some of our friends had no idea. The only complaints, và they were few, were that the 5800 picks up some background noise. But that said, we were able khổng lồ use a voice-automated system when we were outside.

Speakerphone calls weren"t quite as good, unfortunately. On our end, we had lớn turn up the volume pretty loud if we wanted to hear. & on their end, callers had trouble hearing us unless were in a quiet room and we talked very close lớn the phone. Using an automated-calling system with the speakerphone was almost impossible. Bluetooth headset calls were better, with about the same unique as regular voice calls.

Also good news, the North American version of the 5800 offers 3G support. The phone supports the 850/1900MHz bands, which you"ll be able khổng lồ get 3.5G HSDPA speeds using AT&T"s network but unfortunately, not with T-Mobile since its 3G network runs on the 1700/2100MHz bands. The website browsing speeds were OK, though AT&T"s network would switch from 3.5G to lớn EDGE on and off. It took about 40 seconds for CNET"s page to lớn full load, while ESPN came up in about 45 seconds.

Music chất lượng was satisfying. The sound was comparable to lớn other nokia Xpress Music phones. Our tracks had warmth and they didn"t sound overly tinny or bass-heavy. The external speakers had a decent đầu ra and, unlike on voice calls, the sound wasn"t distorted at the highest levels. As with most music phones, using a headset will provide the best experience. The included headset does a decent job, but you can use your own headset, thanks khổng lồ the 3.5mm jack.

The 5800 has a rated battery life of 8.8 hours talk time in GSM và 5 hours when using 3G. Promised standby battery life is 16.75 days in GSM và 16.7 days in 3G. The handset offers 3.4 hours of website browsing, three hours of đoạn clip calling, up to lớn 5.2 hours of đoạn clip playback, 1.5 days of music playback và 5.6 hours of đoạn clip gameplay. We were able lớn get 8 hours & 15 minutes of talk time in our battery drain tests. According to FCC radiation tests, the hãng nokia 5800 Xpress
Music has a digital SAR rating of 0.97 watt per kilogram.

What"s hot: First cảm biến screen S60 hãng nokia smartphone. Very high resolution display.

What"s not: Little UI niggles.


Review posted April 23, 2009 by Lisa Gade, Editor in Chief

While hãng nokia has ventured ever-so rarely into cảm ứng screen phone territory (we"re thinking of the nokia 7710, the first & last S90 smartphone, dating back khổng lồ 2005), the i
Phone craze seems khổng lồ have gotten them on their way. Better late than never, as the cliche goes; and the hãng nokia 5800 is worth the wait. This is Nokia"s first S60 5th Edition phone-- 5th Edition is the cảm biến screen version of S60, while 3rd Edition is the non-touch version used on all other current nokia smartphones such as those in the N & E series. There is no 4th Edition since many high tech companies that market products in Asia avoid the number 4 because in Chinese the word for four sounds the same as the word for death. The flagship hãng nokia N97 will run 5th Edition as well (released mid-2009), which makes the nokia 5800 Xpress
Music even more interesting since it gives us a sample of what"s lớn come in that top-of-the-line model and it offers an affordable alternative khổng lồ the pricey N97.


The nokia 5800 Xpress
Music was first available in Europe several months ago và is now available for the US in the phái mạnh (North American) edition. We"re reviewing the NAM model which has 3G HSDPA for AT&T"s 850/1900MHz bands. The phái nam version works on EDGE with T-Mobile US và overseas. The euro version has triệu euro 3G (900/2100MHz) rather than US 3G và lacks a US warranty. The hãng nokia 5800 is a GSM quad band unlocked world phone, and it"s sold direct from Nokia"s US website & from online retailers like Amazon & Dell.

Priced at $399 list with no contract và available for less from a variety of online retailers, it offers a wealth of features for the money. These include Wi
Fi, GPS with nokia Maps, a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, Bluetooth và Nokia"s usual bevy of built-in S60 điện thoại thông minh applications. The 3.2" resistive touch screen runs at 16:9 widescreen resolution (640 x 360). It has haptic (vibration) feedback & an accelerometer. S60 5th Edition supports both capacitive & resistive touch screens, so why did nokia go with resistive? To support character đầu vào (handwriting recognition), which capacitive can"t do. While US buyers might not be in love with handwriting recognition, it"s very popular in Asia for character input, and Nokia is a global company.

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Touch and Display

The hãng nokia 5800 requires a slightly firmer press than the i
Phone, but it"s a light cảm biến compared to other resistive touch screen phones. It"s similar to lớn the Samsung Eternity và requires a lighter touch than most Windows mobile Pro phones & the LG Vu. This is in part due khổng lồ the large targets (icons & menu items)-- nokia has optimized S60 khổng lồ work well with a finger & there"s no need for a firm, pinpoint cảm ứng on tiny user interface items. It"s a pleasure to use the cảm biến screen with fingers, & there"s no need for the included stylus that tucks into the back cover, unless you want lớn use handwriting recognition or sketch with a paint program (Nokia Hong Kong has a paint program available for free download). S60 looks largely the same as it does on other recent N & E series phones, so the learning curve is short for those accustomed khổng lồ Nokia S60 smartphones.

You can scroll by dragging a screen of icons or a list in the same direction as you"d move the scroll bar (yes, there are scroll bars-- that"s so 90"s). That feels a little weird since it"s the opposite drag direction from cảm ứng screen phones like the i
Phone & Samsung touch Wiz feature phones. Finger scrolling works very well in the web browser và image viewer, however. Oddly, in some cases you"ll double-tap & in others single-tap to accomplish a task. For example, you single-tap an icon khổng lồ launch a program, but double tap lớn select a các mục item. Perhaps nokia did this to lớn avoid accidental danh mục item selection when scrolling?


There is no d-pad and the only hardware buttons are call send, điện thoại tư vấn end và the S60 programs button on the front face. There"s a camera button, screen lock/unlock slider và volume up/down buttons on the phone"s right side & that"s it for mechanical buttons. There"s a cảm biến sensitive button above the display that brings up shortcuts lớn the website browser, đoạn phim player, image viewer, music player and Share Online (Ovi, Flickr, Vox & other services).

How to lớn select a phone profile? You can press the nguồn button briefly lớn bring up the profile selector or tap the carrier name/date at the đứng top of the homescreen (there"s an option lớn view the calendar too). How to set an alarm or bring up the world clock? Tap the clock on the homescreen. Want khổng lồ access connectivity settings (Wifi, Bluetooth, cellular)? Tap the display"s upper right corner where the Bluetooth và Wi
Fi icons appear when those radios are on.

While some third các buổi party S60 3rd Edition apps vì install and run, they"re generally designed for a d-pad and soft keys so there"s no way to effectively use them without some hacking. Thankfully, developers are releasing 5th Edition apps (Garmin, Mobi
Systems Office
Suite 5, Mobile
DVD, Quick
Office, themes) quickly; though we still don"t have the broad collection of apps that are available for 3rd Edition. Games particularly are lacking right now, though by the kết thúc of 2009, I"m sure we"ll see a decent selection (keep in mind this isn"t an N-Gage phone).