Nokia 5800 Xpress Music Review

By soumitra, Gaea News Network
Friday, July 10, 2009

nokia-5800-xpressmusicBetter late than never, as the cliche goes and Nokia has joined the touchscreen phone market with their 5800 Xpress Music after the success of iPhone. The device codenamed ‘Tube’ is Nokia’s first S60 5th Edition phone which is compatible with the touchscreen. Touch control for music phones is one of the most successful recipes nowadays and Nokia 5800 Xpress music perfectly fits that category. Let’s take a look at some of the details of the phone.



The design of the touchscreen phones these days have become somewhat common. The Nokia 5800 Xpress Music is no exception. It shares its design characteristics with the iPhone and Samsung touchscreen handsets like the Omnia. The candy bar shape offers clean lines with rounded corners and a black and burgundy color scheme. It is 4.37 inches tall, 2.04 inches wide and 0.61 inches thick. The size of the phone is in line with other touchscreen phones available in the market but it is a bit thicker that the average. The 109 grams of weight feels sturdy and gets comfortable in hand.


The screen measures at 3.2 inches diagonal which seems to be as large as iPhone’s 3.5 inch touchscreen but the resolution of 640 X 360 makes it way ahead of iPhone’s 320 X 480 display. The 16:9 aspect ratio of the screen makes it ideal for watching  widescreen HD movies. The 16 million color support makes the display vibrant and rich in color. The touchscreen is pressure sensitive resistive one unlike the capacitive touchscreen of the iPhone. The resistive touchscreens have the facility of using a stylus for more precise and accurate selection. There is also a handwriting recognition which is impossible to execute in iPhone as it does not support.


It uses the 5 th version of the Symbian S60 OS which supports the touchscreen inputs while the 3rd Edition is the non-touch version used on all other smartphones of N and 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. However, the interface is much the same as the old versions and it does not look like it is specially bottom up designed to meet the needs of a touchscreen phone. If you are using the previous versions of the phones, you’ll feel right home with this interface.

Processor and Memory

The device uses a single ARM 11 CPU running at 369 MHz. Although it is a quite standard CPU and there is no noticeable lag in any application, I feel that the CPU is underpowered to compare it with the 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor of the iPhone 3G S which has 320X480 resolution. The internal memory of the phone is 81 MB and it has 128 MB SDRAM. It supports 16 GB memory card and there is a 8 GB Card that comes with your phone so that when you purchase the phone, you don’t have to rush to the shop to purchase a memory card.

Music and Video

The Xpress Music lineup of phones are meant for listening to music. The player supports every common formats of audio and has feature to show album art, shuffle, EQ, playlist, stereo widening and loudness boost. The on board stereo speakers are one of the best that we heard in a phone and a stereo earbud is included. You can also connect your old headphone in its standard 3.5 mm audio jack.
The FM Radio also does its job quite well.
Watching videos on this device is really enjoyable at its huge 640 X 360 display. It supports a variety of video formats and watching MP4 videos at 640X360 resolution is a treat. Nokia also includes a small folding stand that’s ideal for watching movies with the phone sitting on a desk or table.

Internet Browsing

Support for 3G HSDPA and WiFi means this phone is also intended for good internet browsing. Nokia’s Webkit-based web browser is powerful and does an excellent job of desktop rendering. It’s similar the browser on other recent S60 Nokia phones like the N96 and N79, but it’s been optimized for touch with large on-screen buttons and support for scrolling via finger-dragging, which works quite well. It supports CSS, Javascript, dHTML, SSL, cookies, cache management, frames and more. There’s a full screen mode which greatly reduces side-to-side scrolling in landscape mode since the browser controls appear on the right hand side in landscape orientation (and at the bottom in portrait mode). Thanks to Flash Lite 3.0, you can watch YouTube and other Flash content via the browser.


The camera is of good standard with 3.2 MP resolution and dual LED Flash, autofocus and 3X digital zoom. The Carl Zeiss Optics produces distortion free pictures. There is also an interesting feature which tells how much size you’ll be able to print on when you select different resolution for a picture. Other features include Auto Exposure, Self Timer, White Balance, Contrast, Sharpness, Light sensitivity, Color tone. The overall picture quality is acceptable and it is quite above average in daylight pictures. The device has GPS receiver but it does not support the camera geo-tagging features. The video capabilities of the camera is above average. It can shoot 640 X 480 VGA video at 30 fps. There is also a secondary camera meant for performing video calls.


Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is a quad-band GSM (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) handset, HSDPA 900 / 2100 (3.6 Mbps) compatible, which features GPRS class 32 (100 kbps), EDGE 32 class (296 kbps), High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data (57.6 kbps) and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g (UPnP technology). It also features a GPS receiver that works in conjunction with Nokia Maps. The A-GPS function makes localization faster and pin points the location even when the phone is indoors. Other connectivity tools include Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and EDR Support. There is also a micro USB port for PC synchronization.


The Nokia 5800 Xpress Music is both a smartphone and a music phone and it does the job quite well. It is easy to use, fun and has a compelling set of features. If you are a software junkie you might have some complain about the S60 interface or the lack of 3rd party apps but if you are a Nokia fan and want to join the touchscreen crowd, the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music is a great way to start as it is now an affordable alternative to the pricey N97.

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May 1, 2010: 2:34 am

i want this phone………….

April 23, 2010: 8:31 pm

the default internet browser doesn’t supported javascript, especially didn’t display google adsense ads

March 12, 2010: 6:31 am

i want to buy this phone after few days because right now i using other company phone

February 11, 2010: 4:07 am

This is one of the better designs that compliments the shape and orientation of the phone much better than the others I have seen.

Mobile Phones
December 1, 2009: 11:54 pm

Generally speaking, the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic is thinner, more stylish, with more focus more on the user experience, but shrinks on the hardware configuration.
If you prefer a more affordable music phone with touch UI, then the 5530 is a better choice than the Nokia 5800 XM.

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