Last night was the official launch of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic at Movida in Sunninghill. If you were disappointed with the iPhone, Omnia, HTC Diamond (there’s been loads of that on the local blogosphere), and waited this long, you probably wont be disappointed with Nokia’s “answer to the iPhone”. I’ve been fortunate enough to play with various phones and in the end, Nokia is still my favourite. I probably sound biased – all the phones I’ve ever owned were /still is, Nokia.


Above (l-r): Patrick Henchie, Program Manager - Nokia SA, Brad Brockhaug, Vice President - Nokia Sub-Sahara Africa, International DJ Colleen Shannon, Jake Larsen, Head of Music - Nokia Middle East and Africa and Mathia Nalappan, General Manager - Nokia SA

It was also announced that the Nokia Music Store will launching in South Africa on 24 April 2009. The software for it, Nokia Music is currently available to test on Nokia Beta Labs. The software will only be available to Windows users, for now. All songs will be in the .wma format and will not be DRM free. As far as pricing goes, in the UK, it would cost 80p for a track and £8 for album. The local store will feature artists like The Parlotones, Gold Fish and Arno Carstens.

Really cool touch-tables brought in at Movida

Really cool touch-tables brought in at Movida

Features of the Nokia 5800

  • 3.2-inch TFT touchscreen with 16M colors (640 x 360 pixels)
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
  • Alphanumeric keypad, full and mini qwerty keyboard, handwriting recognition
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with Zeiss optics
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV-out port
  • Stereo speakers
  • Finger and stylus UI control
  • 109 gm weight
  • 8GB of memory
  • Symbian OS v9.4, S60 5th edition

Unfortunately I didnt get to take the phone home with me last night, but I’ve been told I’ll get one to play with.


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  1. KiLLa 06/02/2009 at 12:20 Reply

    Serioulsy.. U think it can compare with the iPhone..

  2. Nafisa 06/02/2009 at 16:55 Reply

    While I am an Apple fan, I think the iPhone 3G was too little, too late.

  3. Dinx 06/02/2009 at 18:59 Reply

    Thanks for all the info doll. Sounds like a great phone this new Nokia. I too am rather loyal to Nokia, even though I had a Blackberry in between (which I loved).

    And congrats on winning the N85….. too many phones and not enough hands to hold them in 🙂
    Will send you a quick mail with another quessie now.. in the meantime, have a stunning weekend. HUGS xxx

  4. Marcelle 07/02/2009 at 15:43 Reply

    I am amazed to read you thought this better than the iphone…good to know as I find Nokia’s so user friendly.
    What you think of the Blackberry Storm…that one’s caught my eye, but cant get one for another 2 years so by then lots more will be out for me to chose from!

  5. Nafisa 07/02/2009 at 19:10 Reply

    @Dinx – sounds like you’re leaning towards the Nokia. Btw, BlackBerry is announcing something next week [I think], got cryptic emails from them, then a CD delivered on Friday. The keyword was “curvaceous” and it was in pink, so I’m guessing its an upgrade of the Curve in pink for Valentine’s. You waited this long, might as well a little more 😉

    @Marcelle – when the iPhone launched, there were other phones on the market that had better features already [in SA]. People went for the brand, which I understand. I havent played with the Storm but it looks cool. BlackBerry is to business as iPhone is to consumer.

  6. KiLLa 10/02/2009 at 20:02 Reply

    Fair enuf.. The iPhone got released a tad bit late and its marketing struture is a tad bit obscure.. But i was a hardcore Nokia fan i highly doubted and brand could make a phone an object one would find use for other than just a phone.. And for me, the iPhone has it all.. The looks, touchscreen tech, endless apps, and not to forget all the standard stuff its loaded with..

    Ok, no MMS yet.. But hey.. How many ppl actually use that anyways..

  7. Sajid 11/02/2009 at 21:43 Reply

    Hi, came across your blog randomly, nafisa…I think you had posted somewhere and I clicked on ur link and…

    In any case, its quite nice :]

    thanks for vising my blog as well…will keep checking out urs

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