My Mobile – 5800 Review
I was one of the people that pre-ordered the 5800 from Nokia USA, so now I have about 2 months of solid usage with the phone. Long story short, it really went above and beyond my expectations. It was replacing an N85-3 I had only gotten maybe 2 months prior. I was skeptical at first that the 5800′s camera wouldn’t satisfy me or that S60v5 would be too rough around the edges. Both fears were quickly quieted and I put my N85 up for sale 10 days after getting the 5800.
I’ll spare you the typical review points and get right to the key features that really make the phone shine for me.
1. Screen Size/Resolution/Touch. The large screen really makes everything better. I can see more of the map in Google maps. More content is loaded in browser. Photos are easier to share with friends. Bigger screen just equals better! Resistive touch gets a bad rap but after a week of use it really grew on me. I can type fairly quickly using the full on-screen QWERTY. I recently borrowed my friend’s iPhone to test something and I found typing much more difficult. Granted, in about 30 minutes I would have been perfectly fine, but any on-screen keyboard will have some learning curve.
2. S60 Applications & Multitasking: Some times you NEED to run more than one application at a time. For example, let’s look at my typical work out routine, running through Hoboken. First, I fire up my bluetooth headphones, and select a playlist, then launch Nokia Sports Tracker, and then I start my run. Parts of my run have great views of NYC so I often stop at the end of the pier to take a shot or two of the Hoboken sky line. Lots of my favorite applications have been or will be ported to S60v5 (touch). So far I have installed Nokia Sports Tracker, Barcode, joikuSpot, Qik, Gravity, Nokia Messaging, Google Maps, Opera Mini, PhoneTorch, and NimBuzz.
3. Camera – This was possibly my biggest worry coming from the N82 and N85. The 5800′s camera is nowhere near as good as my previous N-Series handsets, but it is acceptable. In the right situations it even takes great photos. This one was taken in my office.
After reading a post on The Nokia Blog i was able to take some really cool high contrast black and white shots with the 5800
So after 2 months I have been more than pleased with my purchase. Will the 5800 survive through June with the release of a new iPhone and the N97? Who knows. But it has been a great phone to introduce S60v5.