Nokia 5800 XpressMusic ‘Tube’ hands-on first impression

Dec 15, 2008
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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic ‘Tube’ hands-on first impression

We have been dying to get our hands on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic since seeing the first leaked info. Vincent just got this device in on Friday and luckily for me he decided to let me do the review. The first thing that came to mind when holding this device was wow this is smaller than I had originally imagined. It may or may not be due to the flood of Nokia N97 pictures that I have not been able to take my eyes off of this past week. Hopefully this handset will keep us occupied for a while as we wait.

So far I am very impressed in the overall responsiveness of the touchscreen and how the Symbian interface has been adapted to fit a touchscreen handset. Though the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic comes with a stylus, there has been no need to use it thus far other than the handwriting input method for composing messages. What few buttons this device does have are all perfectly in place, I have yet to go looking for a button when I want to take a picture or adjust the volume.

The only complaint I have so far is the thickness of the handset. Coming from an iPhone, anyone would think this handset is a bit thick. In the box there are plenty of accessories to keep you busy for a while, including a protective case, stand and TV out cable. We are going to take a few days to go through and test out all of the many features Nokia has delivered in the 5800 XpressMusic. Check back in a few days for the full review.


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