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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Posted: , by Ray S.


Organizer and Software:

As a whole, the organizer hasn’t been changed significantly, compared to the one from the previous version of the operating system. In the calendar you can view a whole month, week, a certain day or all To-Do notes, as the first two are now equipped with an additional field that displays the nearest 4 events for the chosen day. We’ve seen a similar feature in the latest E-series phones of the manufacturer, the E66 and the E71.

Calendar - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Calendar - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Calendar - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Calendar - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review


The calculator stays the same, without any advanced functionality. In addition, there is also a units and currency convertor. And if you feel like exploring the various directories, you can use the file manager, which is well-known from other Symbian S60 models, but also includes a Backup option. It’s very useful, as it allows you to make backup copies, without having the need to connect your phone to a computer.

Calculator - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
File manager - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Backup - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review


File manager



We were disappointed because the 5800 couldn’t open any Office document or PDF files from the start. After all, this is a smartphone and the fact that it belongs to Nokia’s music series doesn’t excuse it. Hopefully, the solution can be found in the Download! menu. Here, you can find a few downloadable applications, including Quickoffice. As in previous Nokia smartphones, Office 2007 files cannot be opened, but an option for purchasing a license for their support is missing here.

Quickoffice - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review
Quickoffice - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review


Those who made the transition from S60 2nd Edition to 3rd were disappointed that it did not feature backwards compatibility, but such an issue should not be experienced with S60 5th Edition since its code is compatible with 3rd Edition applications… at least in theory. We downloaded a few programs to test this and had a partial success. The installation of each has been pursued with a message, saying that the application is not compatible with this operating system, but after you click OK, the installation continues to the end. The phone managed to flawlessly run about 1/3 of the apps, but the rest of them either crashed or couldn’t be controlled. This issue may be resolved with a future software update, but until then we recommend that you use programs developed for S60 5th Edition. There aren’t too many of them now, but we suspect that the developers will soon open the floodgates.

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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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PhoneArena rating:
Display3.2 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (229 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Single core, 434 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.1 GB 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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