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Nokia Announces 5800 XpressMusic Little Brother

Gordon Kelly


Nokia Announces 5800 XpressMusic Little Brother

So the 5800 XpressMusic has gotten off to a good start. Time to capitalise...

Of course - as with every other XpressMusic handset - the new '5630' drops the touchscreen pretentions of its glitzy flagship partner but still makes a decent budget impression.

First off Nokia is pulling no punches by bundling a 4GB microSD card with the 5630, the most generous I've seen yet, and there's support for capacities up to 16GB so track storage shouldn't be a problem. Next is a 3.5mm headphone jack (gold star), Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP (ditto) and HSDPA which is a useful extra given its compatibility with Nokia's Music Store for OTA downloads.

More standard is the 2.2in QVGA screen, but this is an audio focused handset and the 3.2MP camera with dual LED flash is perfectly acceptable. Native Ovi, Flickr and Facebook integration won't scare anyone off either nor will its support for N-Game games.

The omission of GPS and WiFi (the latter still a surprisingly expensive option I've learnt) aren't surprising and at just 112 x 46 x 12mm and 83g no pocket seams are going to be ripped (at least as a direct result of this phone - what pocket-ripping activities you do in your own time is entirely up to you).

A Q2 launch timeframe has been confirmed (expect it early Q2) and a 199 euro price is reasonable. No, my socks have not been blown off, no eyebrow was raised and nothing sensitive tingles but the Nokia 5630 is pleasantly competent. Expect to pay nothing on any half reasonable contract.


Nokia UK


February 11, 2009, 4:00 pm

*sigh* More Nokia phones...Don't get me wrong, choice is good but Nokia, like too many other phone manufacturers, are simply milking us. They all have the technology, yet not one of them will release the ultimate phone, the one phone that has and does everything (8MP+ camera, ultra fast internet, GPS, huge storage 32GB+, Music player, Iphone like touchscreen, compact, Long battery life, Video Call, Twin Sim cards, limitless applications, etc...). I guess I am asking for too much, but beeing a gadget lover, wouldn't it be nice to have a handset that does it all? For me, there are only two type of handsets that come close to my specific requirements, and they are HTC's handsets and Apple Iphones. What would you, as a general consensus, wish to have in a single handset?


February 11, 2009, 4:23 pm

You are asking for too much (for now, give it a year or two). But when it comes out the N97 will have most of that. For now the N96, N85, N79, E71, 5800, etc are all pretty impressive handsets (I'm ruling out touchscreen, it's just tech de-jour and over-rated IMO). But it all comes down to choice & economics. Not everyone can afford an all singing all dancing phone. Nokia cover the cheap pay as you go phones run up to the top tier (and beyond with their ridiculous Vertu range). They may not have the best for all people but by covering such a large range it means they are the biggest sellers and financially safe.

PS. How can you say the iPhone comes close when it's camera is atrocious and you want an 8mp+ camera on your phone? I don't think you can do video calls with it either. It's a great device but has as many limitations as any phone - and at least Nokia give you a choice, not just one phone to rule them all...

Neil B

February 11, 2009, 6:48 pm

I currently have a Nokia N78 and it has all the functions I want (and no gimmicky touchscreen). The only additions I can think of to make it my perfect phone would be an accelerometer (gimmicky I admit) and a higher res camera, what's that you say, the N79? Now just to sit out my current contract...


February 11, 2009, 8:34 pm

it says wifi isn't there but on the pictures it clearly says "WLAN scanning off" :S

Neil B

February 11, 2009, 9:53 pm

@Jay, that's why it's turned off ;)


February 11, 2009, 10:15 pm

The Iphone comes close in terms of storage, touch screen ability, music player, applications. The HTC comes close in terms of video calling, small size, utilities, wifi, and so on. You're right, neither have an 8MP+ camera, or a decent camera for that matter, that is why I used the expression "coming close". I know I am very demanding and I was wondering whether I am just the only one out there but I can't help but thinking how handy a allrounder device would be (no need for a separate Ipod, or camera, or SatNav, or Internet Navigation Device, and so on). In terms of economics, I should have added on my wishlist "affordable too".

Yes, I'll admit, again, I am a gadget lover, bit of a geek really, but it pains me to know that all that technology is floating around but no one cares to put it into the ONE device. Sure if it does happen, the one element of my wishlist that will be completely obsolete will be the price, no doubt that all that technology into one device will cost a lot.

Going back on my comments re Nokias, there is no doubt that they have a broad (very broad) range of phones to suit different people and different wallets, I thought I had it pretty much covered under my comment that "choice is good".

Do not mean to offend people who prefers Nokia, I could have just mentioned Sony Ericsson or Motorolla as they are similar, my point was that they all produce hundreds of devices a year but not the one many people would dribble for.

{pardon my spelling, english is not my first language}


February 11, 2009, 10:49 pm

Actually Wilfried, I think you'll find the 5800 has more features than the iPhone:


OK, no "iPhone like touchscreen", but the iPhone doesn't have "nokia like quality speakers", or "nokia like copy and paste" etc...


February 11, 2009, 11:27 pm

@ Neil B: lol, I checked it does have wifi on it

@Wilfried: it is true evey device always falls down in one area I cant help feeling I would really want this device if it had GPS


February 12, 2009, 5:15 am

I wasn't saying that the Iphone had more features than 5800, please read my comment again. I wasn't making a comment saying that one phone is better than another.I said that I wished a manufacturer would come up with a complete "do it all phone" that would meet my particular requirements. AND, I was asking people, in my first comment, what they would like to see in their "dream phone".

I must apologise, I thought I was writing in plain simple english.

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