Nokia’s brand spanking new 5800 XpressMusic phone, formerly known as The Tube, has been announced for a grand total of ten days and there’s already a number of reviews for the device. We’ve collected the best of them.
So what’s the verdict? Generally positive. All of the reviewers seem to agree that the 5800 provides a pretty nice set of features for its price range (279 Euros, $379 USD) but stumbles a bit when it comes to the actual S60 touch interface.
“The 5800 seems like a solid mid-level touch phone for music—especially if Comes With Music pans out as a cool service. But don’t plan on using this thing for heavy emailing or texting—you’ll probably be using T9 text entry with the touch dialpad or the stylus for most of your text entry unless you have the patience of a monk, which kind of defeats the point for an all-touch device these days.”
“The revolution is already here and its name is “Nokia 5800 XpressMusic” – there will be no other similarly geared and at the same time well-balanced phone in 2009. It sports an unparalleled price/quality ratio and changes the rules for all phone makers out there, including Nokia itself.”
Currently the most comprehensive, most positive review of the Nokia 5800. Seems like they _really_ liked the phone.
“Where the 5800 does fall down is the operating system. Both Apple’s iPhone and Google’s G1 give users the ability to download extra sotware and useful applications onto the device, something that’s largely missing from Nokia’s offering. Overall, though, it’s an impressive touchscreen debut, and a handset that will do the Comes with Music service justice.”
I have no clue what this guy’s saying, you can’t download applications to the 5800? Huh?
“Nokia launched its own warrior into the touchscreen phone market today, in the hope it would slay all fruity-based rivals. But unfortunately it falls a little short…Too many applications slows the handset down to a halt, and there’s often a perceptible lag or delay in music playback when switching between applications, which might be acceptable to Nokia stalwarts, but will irk newbies to the Finnish way of life.”