I just got back from an hour of offline time helping out at the local food bank and look what was waiting for me at home? Say hello to the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone on loan through the Nokia Blogger Relations program. Actually, should we refer to the 5800 as the Tube? Ah, whatever you call it, I’m looking forward to using a Symbian S60 device with a full touchscreen. Actually, I’d better be since the 5800 only has a touchscreen for input!
Although the original thought was that such a device would compete with the popular iPhone, I reset my expectations as soon as the device was officially unveiled last month. Nokia is targeting this more to the "I want a phone that’s geared for audio & video with a little bit of web and some social aspect" crowd. That became obvious when I saw the one-touch Media Bar for quick access to tunes, images, video, sharing and web. Plus the word "Music" is in the name… that kinda gives things away, no? Oh, and there’s that little stand so you can prop the device up in landscape mode for watching vids.
It also doesn’t hurt that the the 5800 pairs a 3.2-megapixel camera sensor with Carl Zeiss optics and autofocus. You can record VGA (640×480 video) at 30fps with the XpressMusic. I’m not yet sold on the fact that the device has a stylus, so I’ll be watching how often I reach for it… hopefully, not much. I’m already liking the haptic feedback on the screen and I’ll have to see if the "Comes With Music"… uh… came with it. ;)