Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Finns finished finger phone.

Finally, Nokia's first touchscreen phone there. With the development of the Finns have plenty of time left and bring the 5800 XpressMusic until two years after Apple's iPhone on the market. ONLINE blogs tests whether the wait has been worthwhile.


This Nokia is different. That I notice not only from our own experience, while I use the touch-screen debut of most Finns, which I also noticed from the reactions of my fellow human beings. "What did you do there?" Is a question that I often hear, while the Nokia and I have come closer. "Show times" is the most immediately following request. The fact that they are a product of Nokia before you, that's hardly anyone.

This is not surprising. Hardly a Nokia phone has been so little after that which like the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. The reason for the identity weakness lies in the almost complete absence of key reasons. Only three small buttons Chen are under the appropriate screen, subtle red, green and white lights. They are used to make phone calls or to start to finish and the main menu.

The overwhelming balance of the front, the display. But unlike many other touch-screen phones, the screen is not from a rimless glass plate covered. Instead, it inserted a plastic rim, which is easy with a fingernail can raise. It is not a little elegant, it is also meant that at the edges of my test device to collect dust and dirt.

Hand operation

The clever arrangement of real and virtual keys, however, allows me, the Nokia fine with just one hand to operate. The main controls are a real side switches available. For example, the power on which I also between different profiles (Loud, Quiet, vibration, etc.) to switch the trigger of the 3.2-megapixel camera, the volume control and, above all, a switch, the keyguard or triggers. That's fine.

Not quite so convincing, however, is to operate via touchscreen gelungen. Well, all icons are large enough that I easily can catch by pointer. Schade, however, is that, for example, in the main menu has so many icons have been brought under that you must scroll down to the last to come up empty. And the scrolling itself is not so loose from the hand such as the iPhone. Where the Apple phone is enough to gently across the screen to emphasize when one is 5800 XpressMusic rather kept the scroll bar on the right edge of the picture to use. This in turn also works hand very well - if it is right.

The pick of destiny

True, it will be tricky, but when I try from a long list of contacts of an entry begins with 'B' picking. When I with about 350 entries filled Mailing list to get the case of entries in the middle of the list is still fine. At the two ends of the list, but it will be difficult to navigate by clue. Even at minimum flows rushing me the records too fast across the screen. Because the contact to be sought to get to me is a matter of luck.

But happiness can to help. With the housing into the desired stylus, for example. However, is made of plastic and so thin that you should fear him with a careless movement simply cancel. Besser's work with the included mini-pick. It is stable and can be sent via mobile phone hand strap to be bound. Whether the colored appendage as fashionable or as a disturbing feeling, is another question.

Asymmetric division

No question, however, is that sometimes the touch screen is fairly slow response. During the tests I had always symbols tap several times again to produce the desired reaction. In the contact list you have no choice anyway. There must be listed first selected, and then again angetippt be to activate it.

True ulkig it will be but if you try to send letters to input a name heranzutasten. Then a virtual keypad on the screen, the Nokia branch, because the entire alphabet apparently not in sufficient size to fit the display. Original: The division is asymmetric. The first part of the keyboard includes the letters A to P, the second only Q to Z.

Pretty close

Friendly here comes the acceleration sensor of the 5800 XpressMusic to help. The ensures that the screen rotates into landscape mode when I use the mobile phone side Schwenke. Thus in the panorama mode forced, then adjusts the entire alphabet on the screen. However, even here in the usual QWERTY layout, but simply listed alphabetically. When writing e-mails and text messages I get on the other hand, presents a keyboard on which the letters in the standard typewriter layout sorted.

This keyboard has, however, battered by the narrowness of the display to fight. For one, the letters are relatively small fields advised. It prepares me to start trouble. With time, however, usually because I can quickly tap it. Longer texts, however, I may not enter. And keyboard controls only allow space for a small text window. Just three lines of text, each with about 30 characters I get to see.

Too hot wash

As a music player, however, makes the Nokia really fun. The sound through headphones is not bad, could tolerate a little more mids. With good in-ear headphones like the Shure SE420 sound of music from the 5800 XpressMusic really tired. And even as a movie player, it provides a neat idea. For videos, the screen is barely big enough. Memory problems are not to be feared. The Nokia is comfortable with external microSD memory cards fill. There is now with capacities of up to 16 GB and they are replaceable in seconds. Included is an 8-GB card.



Universal Mobile Telecommunications System - is often referred to as standard for third generation (3G) that it takes much higher data rates than its predecessor allowing GSM. German UMTS networks typically create a bandwidth of 384 kbit / s for data from Mobilfunkmast to the terminal. Regular DSL connections today offer übrlicherweise 1024 Kbit / s. (more on blogs KNOW)


High Speed Downlink Packet Access - is based on UMTS to achieve but significantly higher transmission rates in the transfer of Mobilfunkmast to the terminal. The practically achievable data rate is currently at 1.4 Mb / s. Through technological improvements, it gradually to 5.1 Mbit / s rise. (more on blogs KNOW)


General Packet Radio Service - this standard decomposed data at stations in individual packages, it transmits gestückelt and puts them back together at the receiver. By bundling multiple transmission channels is theoretically a transfer rate of up to 171.2 kbit / s possible. In practical operation, it is usually 55.6 kbit / s - so slow modems were in the days before DSL. (more on blogs KNOW)


Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution - technology to increase the rate of data transmission in GSM mobile networks. Through more efficient modulation techniques will be the sum of up to 384 kbit / s can be achieved - is the UMTS speed. Edge has been introduced in 75 countries. (more on blogs KNOW)


The WiMax technology includes several standards for data on different radio frequencies. Some WiMax standards need a visual connection between the transmitter and receiver, other signals can also penetrate walls. Tests WiMax will have data transfer rates of more than 100 Mbit / s have achieved. Hermann Lipfert, an expert in wireless networks at the Munich Institute for Broadcasting Technology (IRT) estimates that in a regular-WiMax wireless cell Tranferraten of 50 Mbps are realistic - under ideal conditions and application of all currently available technical tricks. This range would need to be as UMTS all users share in the respective cell line. (more on blogs KNOW)


The DVB-T standard regulates the distribution of digital television signals via radio. The DVB standard is also designed to Internet content to transfer - in the frequency range of a single analogue television channel (around 7 MHz) match but just 13 megabits per second into it. If a single radio station that is 20 users hanging around the same time, a file download attempt, it is already close - the data for each user would be less than one Mbit / s, ie lower than the cheapest DSL connections that are currently on offer are. "The biggest risk for this technology is, by the presence overtaken," said Sven Hansen from the computer magazine c't. Applying the content over DVB, which also goes in only one direction - just like watching TV. The back channel will be produced by other means, such as through a conventional telephone line. Mouse clicks on the browser went with this method over the phone line to the provider, the requested pages would then by the DVB broadcasting stat!
ion back to the receiver gefunkt. This is cumbersome - and slow. (more on blogs KNOW)


Long Term Evolution is the name that a number of mobile phone companies an additional standard of the fourth generation mobile phone has been given. LTE is basically an evolution of UMTS - but requires completely new hardware, including new broadcasting stations. LTE competes with the WiMax standard to the market leadership in the mobile Internet of the future - between the two standards may be a new format war. LTE has been estimated by experts to WiMax, however, about two years behind in terms of technological development. (More at blogs KNOW)

True annoying are the built-in speakers, which are really good - at least for their size. Nokia's advertising message, the small Plärren would "brilliant stereo surround-sound hi-fi quality" generate, however, is badly exaggerated. Still, teens should sound completely sufficient to bring the device such as a too hot washed ghetto blaster to use - and their environment with their music tastes missionize.

No iPhone Killer

This should then also defined the target audience: young people, a trendy mobile search, which is cooler than standard phones, short video snippets on the show and the current favorite songs in the ears or the neighborhood can thunder. Moreover, there has been a few games schnuckelige on board, suitable for web surfing via HSDPA, and thanks to the GPS receiver, it shows me the right way to go home.

As a touch-screen mobile phone, but it makes a reasonably good figure. Compared to the iPhone or just in Las Vegas presented Palm Pre is the operation by Fingerzeig simply too slow, too little fluid and organic. But Nokia has yet another iron in the fire. Even in the near future, the Finns with the N97 another variation on the theme screen operation demands. But this is an even fettere equipment as the 5800 XpressMusic, with an additional Aufschiebetastatur delivered. And perhaps Nokia's engineers have so far even the touch-screen interface a little revision.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic - Specifications

Operating System
Symbian S60, 5th Edition

81 MB plus 8 GB memory card

Expansion slot

Screen Resolution
640 x 360

Screen Size
8.1 inches

Digital Camera
3.2 megapixel

PC Connection
Micro-USB 2.0

109 grams

111 x 52 x 16 mm

Wireless connections
EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0

Standby time
up to 406 hours

up to 8.8 hours

Music playback
up to 35 hours

Touchscreen, GPS

Price *:
395 euros

All data are based on manufacturer specifications, * Excluding mobile phone contract

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