Nokia announces 5800 XpressMusic touch screen S60 device

Nokia announces 5800 XpressMusic touch screen S60 device

Summary: I have to admit that I never tried the mid-range Nokia XpressMusic devices before and always considered them as "feature phones for the masses", but with this latest announcement I think I'll have to start checking them out. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is Nokia's first touch screen S60 mobile device (as pointed out by a fellow enthusiast they had a touch screen device a while ago) that runs the new S60 5th Edition. The 5800 XpressMusic integrates touch with haptics and more. The touch screen is both finger and stylus friendly so you have different text entry and navigation options.

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Nokia announces 5800 XpressMusic touch screen S60 deviceI have to admit that I never tried the mid-range Nokia XpressMusic devices before and always considered them as "feature phones for the masses", but with this latest announcement I think I'll have to start checking them out. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is Nokia's first touch screen S60 mobile device (as pointed out by a fellow enthusiast they had a touch screen device a while ago) that runs the new S60 5th Edition. The 5800 XpressMusic integrates touch with haptics and more. The touch screen is both finger and stylus friendly so you have different text entry and navigation options.

Nokia has a new Contacts bar and Media bar that gives you faster access to contacts and media (music, gallery, games, video center, and browser) on the device. While the iPhone touch screen is good, I like that Nokia supports both finger and stylus touch so you can use a stylus for text input or navigation if you like rather than the tip of your finger only. You can enter text in a four ways supporting finger and stylus methods, including via Handwriting Recognition with the stylus, via Full Screen QWERTY (landscape, finger or stylus), via virtual keyboard (portrait small QWERTY with a stylus) and virtual standard keypad (portrait, stylus or finger). The device also has haptics that cause a vibration when you touch it and I hear there are other cool things (like scroll bar movements) that can be felt and I really need to get my hands on one to experience it.

5800 media playing

There are only 3 buttons along the bottom for send, end, and the S60 menu key. Watching the video of the device in the pre-release press materials it appears that single and double taps are used in the touch UI, which is different than the iPhone single tap to activate something. As I understand it the taps are used like a PC with a single tap for control buttons and for grid format menu items (aka big button shortcuts on a PC) while double tap is used when you have a list of objects or when menu items are organized in a list. I think this is something that is tough to judge without actually using it in conjunction with the haptics feedback.

Text input

While music is the main focus of this device, gaming may also be a cool experience. A version of Global Race will allow you to steer by tilting the handset. It doesn't appear that N-Gage is supported on the device though and it would need an update to work with the new touch UI.

Specifications include:

  • Quad-band GSM with different versions supporting UMTS/HSDPA in various regions of the world
  • 3.2 inch, nHD 640x360 resolution touch screen display
  • 802.11 b/g WiFi
  • Integrated GPS receiver
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support
  • MicroUSB connector
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 81MB internal memory with a microSD memory card slot (8GB card in the box)
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss and dual-LED flash
  • 1320 mAh battery
  • Size:111x51.7x15.5 mm (4.37x2.04x0.61 inches)
  • Weight: 109g (3.84 ounces)
  • Talk time:Up to 9 hrs (WCDMA), 5 hours (GSM)
  • Stand-by time:Up to 17 days (GSM/WCDMA)

Portrait mode

S60 5th Edition also announced: As you may have noticed on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, the OS is S60 5th Edition. With this latest S60 operating system we see the support of touch and tactile feedback. I doubt very few, if any, existing device will be upgradeable to this latest version since it really encompasses hardware upgrade support for some new functionality not capable on existing devices.

Other new features and improvements include:

  • Enhanced display resolution support and widescreen mode
  • Advanced sensor technology support for features like silence with the flip (thanks HTC) and haptics
  • S60 Web Browser with Adobe Flash Lite 3 support (included in some previous updates)
  • New image and video editors

It remains to be seen how the left and right soft key functions of older applications will work on the new OS, but Nokia has made the tools available to help developers upgrade their applications for touch if they desire.

New headsets announced too: Nokia also announced four new stereo headsets to make your music experience even better, including the WH-800, WH-500, WH-202 and BH-504 (Bluetooth headset).

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Nokia

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  • This device is awesome...

    ...it's not quite got the UI of the iPhone but the feature list is impressive and it costs ?200 unlocked with free music.

    It's going to sell by the bucket load.
    Sleeper Service
    • Too bad it looks like a cheap imitation iPhone knock-off

      Really, how awesome is it? Have you used one and to what lengths? Or are you just going by specs and some screen shots alone?

      Why can't anybody design something now without looking like an iPhone? Don't they realize that by imitating the iPhone they are making Apple look like they are The Emperor of the cellphone industry and making themselves look like useless unimaginative hacks? Are they really THAT clueless that they can't figure out what their customers might want? Don't they use cell phones themselves and know what frustrates them? Is this why the iPhone is doing well? - because all of these cell phone companies are falling all over themselves trying to copy each other's ideas? And now Apple comes along with something different and now it's time to mimic them? Wow, awesome indeed!

      If people really want something that looks kinda like an iPhone and tries to mimick the iPhone UI, I will bet that they are just going to get an iPhone, especially if it works nothing like an iPhone.
      Kid Icarus-21097050858087920245213802267493
      • research before you post comments...

        Why does everyone think that this phone is meant to compete with the likes of iPhone or G1??? Nokia is not a one flavor cellphone maker, like Apple who has various MP3 players for different customers(Shuffle, Nano, Classic, and Touch); Nokia makes various Cellphones, Smartphones(Classic, XpressMusic, E-series, and N-series) to fit multiple customers needs. This phone is not Nokia's response to the iPhone or G1 or any other Touch based phone, this is Nokia's first stab at the Music Market which Apple dominates(in the U.S. for the most part; thus it's under Nokia's XpressMusic line up and not their Stronger N-Series Smartphones).

        The price announced is killer for one very cool reason... It includes a one year subscription to Nokia Music, which Nokia will launch in the U.S. first quarter 2009. With that subscription, you have unlimited song downloads that are DRM locked to your phone and PC, but yours to keep forever without giving them back like other services ask you to do. After that there is a la carte option subscription, which by my guess will be very competitive to other music services. And if that wasn't enough, everyone should read the specs that the new S60 5th edition OS has to offer(which had been under developing long before the touch crazed hit the U.S.). It not only offers improved copy and paste functionality(over the existing system on all S60 devices), but FULL Web Browser(with Flash Video support, which was already present in S60 3rd Edition FP2 devices) on a new High Resolution(640x360) 16:9 aspect Screen to name a few.

        And with all this said, this phone is still under Nokia's mid-range line up; which in the end makes you wonder just how much you're paying for an iPhone or G1 that claim to be High-End?
        rafael.roque
      • Whatever...

        ...it'll sell by the bucketload particularly in Europe and Asia.

        Oh and it's nice that the iPhone mimicks the LG Prada's UI, isn't it?

        LOL!
        Sleeper Service
  • Knock Up

    I don't know if I'd call this a knock off - maybe a knock up I don't think I've ever had a nokia phone that wasn't rock solid. In fact - I dropped one in the ocean twice on vacation (I know, I know), and it still worked. This compared to a few drops of water - once from rampant raindrops and another time from a spilled drink - that knocked out former Motorolas for good.

    Nokia's developed something that, out of the box, works worldwide, and has some very impressive features. The one downfall is that it's not 3g. The iPhone set a bar in UI and appearance that companies and users want to get to - or surpass. It's a great looking product, and one that does many things well. There's no shame in trying to improve on that - and if anyone has shown they can do the most important task, of handling calls, well - it's Nokia. Then to add all the other great features? Sight unseen - I know I want one.

    Now if only I had the option to get it with Android and 3g...
    tBuggR
  • Bad Apple

    AND....?? whats wrong with knocking off "BIG APPLE" Just think if the only mp3 player was an IPOD
    krupke_b
  • RE: Nokia announces 5800 XpressMusic touch screen S60 device

    i love that cell phone,i am desperate to buy this phone
    sagher