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Tasty bits – Nokia 5800

I was recently hanging out with Matthew Bennett of Nokia Daily News, and we ended up filming each-other while discussing the awesome new Nokia 5800 XpressMusic – how geeky :)

His video is here. My video is there.

As I pointed out in the videos, the 5800 is not the first production touch device running Symbian. That title belongs to the Nokia 7710, which is a Symbian-based (S90) phone with a touch screen that uses Hildon, the same user interface as the Linux-based (Maemo) Internet tablets.

The 7710 was way ahead of its time. Sure it was rather slow, but in late 2004 it featured a 1.3 megapixel camera, tri-band EDGE, an MMC slot, a web browser with Flash, Bluetooth keyboard support, location-based services (A-GPS), VoIP (SIP), and many other modern N-series features we take for granted today!

Likewise, the Symbian-based (S60v5) Nokia 5800 – incorporating a 3.2 megapixel Zeiss camera (with auto-focus, macro and dual LED flash), 3G, WiFi, a micro-SDHC slot, and GPS – could (should?) be an N-series device today.

As I mentioned in the videos, I was not expecting this many hardware features on such an affordable mid-range phone. Likewise, I was not anticipating the software to be quite as polished. I’m impressed with the direction Symbian is taking with touch…

The resistive touch screen and lack of multitouch are a bit disappointing, although I understand Nokia’s desire to cater to a broad range of markets. Ultimately, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the 5800 as soon as possible.

2 thoughts on “Tasty bits – Nokia 5800 Leave a comment

  1. Hi, tnkgrl!

    I loaded up the S60 v5 SDK with the emulator yesterday. There’s a lot of new stuff in the touch interface. It looks like it’ll support wirde screen video recording and TV-out. You can also map multiple WevDAV drives, for lots and lots of storage.

    I’m getting excited for the 5800, and the G1. These devices are really demolishing barriers to doing cool things. Hackers, get busy.

    Thanks for the link!


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