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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

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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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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display3.2 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (229 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
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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