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.