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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review

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GPS:

In case you’ve forgotten, the 5800 features a built-in GPS (A-GPS). As in previous models of the manufacturer, equipped with a navigation device, here you’ll also find preinstalled navigation software - Nokia Maps 2.0 Touch, which has been optimized for a touch screen use. The interface is quite similar to the one of the standard version, only that the options have been enlarged. It’s a pity that the 5800 doesn’t come with a free license for the first three months, in contrast to other recent GPS-equipped Nokia models. Well, it may have been sacrificed, in order to achieve a more affordable price. We got over it and went for the test. With an active internet connection and high cloud conditions, the cold start took about 4-5 minutes, which is a good achievement keeping in mind the bad weather conditions. The warm start has been almost immediate – about 5 seconds.

Nokia Maps 2.0 Touch - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Nokia Maps 2.0 Touch - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Nokia Maps 2.0 Touch - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Nokia Maps 2.0 Touch - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review

Nokia Maps 2.0 Touch



Camera:

The back of the 5800 houses a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus and a double LED flash. It may sound promising, but our expectations aren’t high. The good news is that there’s a brand new interface. If you press the icon with the three lines, the mostly used options are being brought up to the screen. As a whole, we’re quite pleased with the interface, though it’s nowhere near as good as the Samsung OMNIA.  What’s most important here is the quality of the pictures though.

Camera interface - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Camera interface - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Camera interface - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Camera interface - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review

Camera interface


Unfortunately, even the ones that have been taken outdoors look really bad. Some of them showed a decent color representation, but others looked somewhat unreal. There’s also a considerable amount of noise that practically kills the details. The situation is even worse when you take pictures in low light conditions. There’s too much noise and the double LED flash turned out to be almost useless and doesn’t illuminate the objects well enough. We are totally disappointed with the quality of the pictures.

Camera samples - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Camera samples - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Camera samples - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review

Camera samples


However videos recorded with the device aren’t bad at all. Their maximum resolution is 640x352 pixels, and the 30 fps claimed by the manufacturer actually counted 57. We have to note that when you enter this camera mode the view gets a bit zoomed in. This cannot be turned off, but we don’t consider it a significant drawback.

*Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.

The gallery should provide you access to the photo, video and sound files. Unfortunately, every our attempt to open a file has been followed by a crash and we had to either restart the phone, or to stop the gallery from the task manager and wait for about 20 seconds.

Gallery - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Gallery - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review

Gallery

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. TheG (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jan 2009)


Phonearena: " It feels cheap and fragile " this is in conctradiction with test performed by symbian-freak.com and the review of symbian-guru.com who both rate the 5800 as extremely well built. I therefore think the design score should be higher.

posted on 01 Mar 2009, 13:37

4. Antonio1980 (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Mar 2009)


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posted on 22 Jan 2009, 16:32

2. BanSama (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Dec 2008)


Just got this phone and im loving it. Playing videos on the screen is great. Sound is crisp and clear when playing music through the built in speakers and it comes with an 8gb microSD. I also love the function of being able to open up excel and word documents. But what I love the most is that you can view sites with full flash support

posted on 30 Jan 2009, 15:44

3. denny_ajah (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jan 2009)


well, the ver.11 is released, and i think the problem mostly been solved-but not all.. and with the 3rd party application start to pouring down, this phone score will be raised to 8.5 i guess.. its not the best from nokia 'coz the update and innovation from nokia to this phone aren't maximal, but yeah, its quite a good gadget to have in this year.. i personally have it in december '08..sure it was a cool gadget, but i do must admit youm will find some minor issues and dissapointment even in the latest software update v 11.0.008.. but hey? its nokia, its touchscreen, and its s60 v5.. iphone..just be carefull out there okay?

posted on 11 May 2010, 13:46

5. RAMG (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)


Phonearena: "The sound from the loudspeakers, headphones and during a call is really high-quality" Rating: "Sound quality: 8" WTF?? Just 8?

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 01:18

6. arvin (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Had this phone once...very interesting but not humanizing.

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Display3.2 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (229 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 434 MHz, ARM11 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.37 x 2.04 x 0.61 inches
(111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm)
3.84 oz  (109 g)
Battery1320 mAh, 8.8 hours talk time

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