The Nokia 5800 is not a very eye-catching phone, design wise. But it is not an ugly phone either. It’s just that it is not one of those phones you see for the first time and you immediately fall head over heels in love with. As for materials, besides the display, the phone is all plastic.
I must say here that being made of a plastic is not that much of a disadvantage to the 5800. The phone feels very solid in the hand, something that has become somewhat of a signature for Nokia.
The next point I will make is really something personal and I doubt that most people will agree with me on this – but coming from a long usage of various smartphones, most of which are relatively on the big side, I find the 5800 too small for comfort. Perhaps I need a change of orientation from believing that smartphones are supposed to be big. Finally on the redeeming side, the set of accessories in the sales package will make almost anybody happy.
The Nokia 5800xpressmusic, as the name suggests, is a music-focused phone and it does the job perfectly well. In fact this phone is the loudest speakerphones I have ever heard. It has two speaker grills positioned on the lower part of the left hand side of the device. The sound production of the pre-packaged earphones is the best I’ve used as far as earphones that come in the sales package are concerned.
For those who are looking for an out-of-this-world camera phone, I am sorry to inform you that the 5800 won’t meet your need in that area. In these days of 8 megapixel and 5 megapixel camera phones, the picture quality of the 3.2 megapixel camera on the 5800 is at best average. With very good lighting conditions the 58000 manages to take good photos.
Now to the Smartphone part of the device. The phone runs the new symbian s60 5th edition operating system. While on the surface this new OS resembles and at times behaves like the previous version, a lot of things have changed and the most ardent s60 faithful will be thrown a bit using the phone for the first time.
For instance, the way to get SIM contacts on to the phone’s contact has changed a bit. I found myself fiddling and fumbling for a while before finally finding my way around. (Please note that I lack the patience to read manuals in order to learn how a phone works). One thing I can assure you however is that after an hour or so of playing with the phone, you will find that the phone is really simple to use and highly intuitive.
Being a touchscreen device and with me coming from my experience with the Samsung Omnia, I was skeptical about typing on the 5800. To my greatest amazement I didn’t encounter any of the problems I faced with the Omnia during typing. There are four different typing methods the 5800 offers and all the four methods work well. In fact you won’t feel the absence of physical keys using the 5800 for typing. Kudos to Nokia for getting it right in this all-important aspect of the phone.
All in all, I find the Nokia 5800 a good phone.