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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

Announced 2011, June

Status Available. Released 2011, September

SIZE Dimensions 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76 cc

Weight 135 g

DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size 480 x 854 pixels, 3.9 inches (~251 ppi pixel density)
– Gorilla glass display
– Anti-glare polariser
– Multi-touch input method
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate

SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Dolby Mobile sound enhancement; Dolby Headphone support

MEMORY Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Yes
Internal 16/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
Card slot No

DATA GPRS Class 33
EDGE Class 33
3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.7 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0

CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, face detection, touch-focus
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, check quality
Secondary Yes

FEATURES OS MeeGo OS, v1.2 Harmattan
CPU 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML5, RSS feeds
Radio No
Games Angry Birds Magic (NFC), Galaxy on Fire 2, Real Golf 2011; downloadable
Colors Black, Cyan, Magenta, Glossy white
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
– MicroSIM card support only
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Digital compass
– TV-out
– NFC support
– Dolby Digital Plus
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA/FLAC player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Predictive text input (Swype)

BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1450 mAh (BV-5JW)
Stand-by Up to 380 h (2G) / Up to 450 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)
Music play Up to 50 h


General 2G Network     GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network     HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2010, April
Status Available. Released 2010, October
Size Dimensions     113.5 x 59.1 x 12.9 mm, 86 cc
Weight 135 g
Display: Type     AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 360 x 640 pixels, 3.5 inches
– Multi-touch input method
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– Scratch resistant Gorilla glass display
Sound Alert types     Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook     Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Detailed, max 30 days
Internal 16 GB storage, 256MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
Data GPRS     Class 33
EDGE     Class 33
3G     HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps
WLAN     Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, UPnP technology
Bluetooth     Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
Infrared port     No
USB     Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
Camera     Primary     12 MP, 4000×3000 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Xenon flash
Features     1/1.83” sensor size, ND filter, geo-tagging, face and smile detection
Video     Yes, 720p@25fps
Secondary     VGA videocall camera
Features OS     Symbian^3 OS
CPU     ARM 11 680 MHz processor, 3D Graphics HW accelerator
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS; FM transmitter
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps 3.0
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
– TV-out (720p video) via HDMI and composite
– Dolby Digital Plus via HDMI
– Anodized aluminum casing
– Digital compass
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
– DivX/XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Voice command/dial
– Document viewer/editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Video/photo editor
– Flash Lite v4.0
– T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D)
Stand-by Up to 390 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 12 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 30 min (3G)
Music play Up to 50 h
Misc     SAR US     1.09 W/kg (head)     0.85 W/kg (body)
SAR EU     1.02 W/kg (head)

Nokia’s reputation as a leader in the smartphone market has been under increasing pressure in recent years, as a string of ‘high end’ handsets have failed to capture the minds and wallets of the phone-buying public.

So to fix that, Nokia’s gone back to the drawing board to bring out the Nokia N8, featuring a new OS and a huge amount of high end tech packed under the hood.

Having announced the phone back in April, Nokia has been holding off on release to make sure the user experience is as good as possible.
But it needs to be very good indeed seeing as most other brands announce a phone then release it within weeks – we’ve been waiting nearly half a year for this one.
The underlying software has been improved and Symbian^3 builds on the previous iterations of the OS seen on the likes of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia X6, but adds in multiple home screens, widgets and an improved UI.

Hardware-wise, Nokia has pushed the boat out too with the new N8, offering a full metal chassis with anodised scratch-proof paint to give the phone a really high end feel.

It really is scratch-proof – rubbing keys on it produced no ill-effects, although the slider switch on the side can get its paint rubbed off over time.
However, with a 12MP camera with Xenon flash bolted on the back, it’s not a super-slim device – it fits in the hand well enough but the dimensions 113.5 x 59 x 12.9 mm aren’t going to rival the likes of the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S, especially when being forced into more tightly fitting trousers.
The Nokia N8 also doesn’t have a removable battery either – the full metal chassis is completely enclosed so unless you’ve got a very particular screwdriver, you’re not getting in to replace any innards.
To that end, Nokia has put two hinged gates on the side of the N8, giving access to the microSD card slot and the SIM card port – both are quite hard to pull open (which isn’t a bad thing as you’re probably not going to be opening them very often) and clicking cards in can be tricky too without long fingernails.
The rest of the Nokia N8 continues the higher-end feel: the 3.5-inch capacitive OLED screen really pops with colour (although doesn’t quite match the impressive sharpness of Samsung’s Super AMOLED) and the minimalistic design sees only one rather functional-looking button on the front, eschewing the extra soft keys Nokia has implemented for so many years.

The right-hand side of the phone houses the camera key, which has staggered press levels to allow you to only push it down partway for autofocus. There’s also a volume key with raised buttons, although these are fairly far away from each other, so can be hard to hit when you’re not looking and trying to work out which one you’re pressing.

There’s also the slider switch on this side of the Nokia N8 – if you’re a fan of physical unlocking, then this is a good example of that, although we prefer the on-screen offering, where a short tap unlocks the phone and works far more easily and effectively in our opinion.

The left-hand side of the Nokia N8 is a little more sleek, with only the aforementioned gates for microSD and SIM, as well as the uncovered microUSB slot, which may perturb some who are used to their Nokia phones having a gate on top to prevent dust creeping in. But has anyone really ever had a dust-destroyed port in the past?

The top of the N8 is where it mostly happens though – there’s a mini HD port, the 3.5mm headphone jack and the power switch, which is also used to quickly change profiles when buzzing through the N8’s interface.

The bottom houses the charger port – and it’s a standard 2mm ‘new Nokia charger’ port, which initially seems like an odd choice when you can also charge through the microUSB port too, like all other phones, even when connected to a PC.

We can only assume that Nokia has done this so that when you’re streaming over USB on the go (more on that later) you can keep charging the phone too

But as we said before, the Nokia N8 sits in the hand well enough and allows you to access all the functions pretty easily and you don’t need to jiggle it around in your palm too much.

In the box

Nokia has thrown a large range of toys in the box with the N8 – an adaptor to convert HDMI to mini HDMI, decent earbuds with an inline remote, a slim line Nokia pin charger and a USB lead with adaptor too to attach hard drives on the go..

This is all packaged in an eco-friendly slim box, and certainly looks premium and worth the money you’ll need to be forking out.

N97 Reviews

Over two years ago we thought we knew what Nokia had in mind for their secret N97 phone. And we thought we had pictures too. Boy, were we wrong but then again nobody else had any facts about the future N-series handset. How were we to know that Nokia will launch its N97 only on December 2nd 2008? Here’s what we wrote back then:

Well now, what do we have here? This device is rumored to be N97 and only time will tell if its Nokia’s latest offering or a result of someone’s Photoshop skills! According to the rumor mill, the handset is equipped with a 3 inch display and will in all probability have a 5 Megapixel camera with 20x digital zoom! The N97 promises both fun and functionality and will also include a miniSD card and 20GB of internal memory! We shall keep you updated on this one!

In the mean time Nokia surprised everyone with the touchscreen slider N97. It’s like an iPhone or a Storm. But dare I say… better? Nokia saw what people want nowadays and adapted. After trying out their first touchscreen on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, the Nokia brainiacs where ready for the next big thing. The Nokia N97 will certainly be the flagship smartphone of Nokia for quite a while. Here are some of its features, which will make you choose it:

a 3.5 inch widescreen 16:9 touchscreen

haptic feedback

full QWERTY slideout keyboard

5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and dual LED flash

up to 32 GB of storage

up to 16GB additional memory via microSD

Symbian S60 5th Edition

up to 37 hours of music / up to 4.5 hours of video


HSDPA, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, stereo Bluetooth connectivity

a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Phone will cost 550 Euros before taxes and subsidies and it will be launched in the first half of 2009. What do you think? Like what you’ve seen so far? Don’t forget to check the video below too!

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review

Almost all of us who loves Nokia know by now that the introduction of the Nokia Morph Concept, Nokia AEON or the S60 Touch UI are the bling bling for new devices of Nokia and it seems that the 360 x 640 24 bit color pixel screen of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is the first step for Nokia to reach the way of the future, a new dimension in cellular phones technology! What makes the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic different from any other N-Series or E-Series S60 phones is its huge High Definition (HD) bright view display, its navigational development and of course the introduction of the Touch UI. With all those being said, let us review the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music in much detail and cover the technical aspects, the latest features and the overall value of the phone.
With a nice and handful size of 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 millimeter, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone or PDA is not the beast in the market in terms of size. It weighs not really a lot, 109 grams to be exact which seems to be a major plus for this smartphone. Even the new Nokia N96 weighs around 125 grams and the Nokia N85 even more with 128 grams. The Apple iPhone weighs even more with 135 grams which around 4.8 ounces. Only the HTC Touch Diamond is in its arena in terms of size as the HTC Touch Diamond weighs about 110 grams. However, in terms of size no cell phones or PDA can beat the Blackberry Pearl which weighs only 98 grams, well below any other similar devices in the smartphones or PDA market. Even the upcoming Blackberry Bold and Blackberry Storm weighs around 136 grams and 128 grams respectively! Nokia have done a fantastic work in this department to start with.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic brings with it the power of the first ever logical 16:9 ratio screen resolution which should be a blast itself because with the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in your pocket, you have the theater with you! It has a wide range of navigational development which includes the power of the stylus, plectrum and good ol’ finger touch support for any sort of text input or UI control. It also has a full featured QWERTY keyboard, alphanumeric keypads and handwriting recognition built in. One might say that every single way through which you might access your phone is already built in the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. With a dual LED flash you can be sure that the integrated Carl Zeiss powered 3.2 megapixel camera will capture every single detail when you pick yourself a quick flick. Accessing the mobile broadband internet through Nokia was never any issue in the past and the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is no different. 3.5 G HSDPA and WLAN connectivity are just some quick examples of such ways of accessing the mobile internet differently or in a sort of new-fashioned way compared to the old USB Nokia PcSuite connectivity. It has an integrated assisted GPS with the Nokia Maps 2.0 installed by default, both A2DP bluetooth +EDR and USB 2.0 for additional ways of mobile connectivity in office or at home. Beside supporting all the major GSM frequencies throughout the world, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic also features connectivity with the major WCDMA networks wherever available. That is serious good news for the American market and specially for AT&T Wireless, Rogers, T-Mobile, Sprint, Nextel, Verizon Wireless among others.
The clock speed of the single CPU (central processing unit) is something Nokia could have developed a bit further however for now the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone features a 369 Mhz processor. As expected the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic will be able to use Nokia’s standard virtual unlimited heap and jar size installers. Internal memory size or the phone memory of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is 256 MB, however the end users like you and me will only find 81MB in our disposal. The rest are already used up by all the built in features and operating system of the Symbian OS. It supports hot-swap memory cards of up to a staggering 16gb for now. To compete well with the Apple iPhone this is one department Nokia seriously needs to improve upon.
The modem of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone supports WAP, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA and of course the HSDPA connection and speed. The built in Nokia smartphone internet browser supports Flash Lite 3.0 which is good to see and it additionally supports HTML, XHTML and WAP rendering. Nokia have also improved upon its default Data Sync features and updated it with the 1.2 version which I personally find very interesting. I hope that this will speed up the synchronization of the phone with the laptop or the desktop PC which otherwise take hours to finish with almost all the current cellular phone models of Nokia, LG, Motorola, Samsung, SonyEricsson etc that are available in the market!! The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone comes with the powers of MIDP 2.1 which is the market standard at the moment and it is not something Nokia can improvise to develop themselves considering the fact that Nokia is a handset manufacturer.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic supports all sorts of Push based Mobile E-Mail connectivity including the SMTP and IMAP E-mail servers. Since Nokia already teamed up with another giant namely Microsoft regarding the development of the Outlook Exchange on mobile phones, Nokia was able to integrate the Outlook “one-click-configuration” in the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic cell phones. With the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic you now will be able to get instant e-mail notifications whenever a new e-mail arrives in your inbox!!
There are two cameras built in the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic handheld of smartphone. The resolution of the main phone camera is 3.2 MP like mentioned above which makes it around 2048×1536 in dimensions and with this camera you will achieve a zoom level of up to 3x or 3 times the actual object. The video resolution is again configured as standard for any Nokia 3.2 Megapixels cell phone, which is 640×480 with a frame rate per second of 30. The video will enable you to zoom up to 4x or 4 times the actual distance for any object. The secondary camera has a screen resolution of 320×240 which is ok for any secondary camera and the frame rate per second of the video recorder is around 15 with up to a hefty 2x digital zoom. You will be able to assign Video Ringtones, watch video streaming easily, and edit your favorite videos on the go as the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is packed with a built in editor for video editing or for discovering your movie director potential. The Video Player of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic supports Real Media, MPEG, 3gpp, Flash Animations or video, WMV and of course the newly developed H.264/AVC format for direct TV output. Of course this handheld device has a TV out port with it. Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone is compatible with a wide range of audio formats which includes MP3, AAC, WMA or any other audio from almost any standard streaming channels of the world wide web. Nokia also included a nice touch to this smartphone which is audio equalizers which unlike the existing audio equalizers of Nokia have a capacity of up to 16Khz.
Nokia also included a ZIP format extractor in the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone which is a wise thing to do because so many of us use this format and the RAR formats to transfer files easily. In Nokia Symbian Themes you will find almost all the downloadable files to be of those format too! Additionally it comes with some bloatwares like the Read Only Office Excel, PowerPoint and Word Reader, the Adobe PDF Reader etc. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic cellular also features a standalone FlashLite 3.0 player which is really good to see! Also, this fantastic cell phone features the Accelerometer Sensor, a flight mode option, an Over-The-Air Firmware updater, Proximity Sensor, Image Editor, Java Open C APIs, Nokia Maps 2.0, the default Sync ML, a mobile stereo radio etc among other things.
The battery is supposed to provide of up to well over 8 hours of GSM talktime and 5 hours of WCDMA talktime. This is well over the talktime landmarks for popular PDA devices such as the Blackberry Pearl which provides you with 3.5 hours of talktime. Even the HTC Touch Diamond offers up to a maximum 4.5 hours of talktime! This is where Apple iPhone is strong compared to other PDA or smartphone devices in the market, the 3G Apple iPhone provides up to 5 hours of talktime and this is where Nokia seems to have exceeded the expectations and the standard! The Nokia XpressMusic 5800 smartphone or should I say PDA is powered by a BL-5J 3.7V 1320 mAh Lithium Ion battery.
Most importantly though, beside all the things mentiobed above, the Nokia XpressMusic 5800 smartphone is heavily focused on two things: The Touch Interface and the Quality of Music as it is a XpressMusic edition. The built in speaker of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic seems to be pretty loud, however with no sub woofer in it you will not absolutely love the speaker! But the overall quality of the stereo surround sound is more than average presently. When you get yourself the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic you will have unlimited access to the Nokia Music Store Catalog as well which is a nice addition for all of us Music Freaks! The Touch Interface is quite awesome and it has two features that are more humane than a machine. First is the contacts bar which apparently acts as a RSS news feed reader and you will have access from the main screen to all your contacts and another is the Media Bar which will present you a nice little, fading transparent menu to choose the music of the artise you want, the way you like! Truly well done, hands down Nokia!!! The touch screen interface through the stylus is more than responsive and even with navigation with your finger is quite enjoyable.
Supported in GSM networks like the AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile, America Movil, DoCoMo, 3g Wireless, Optimus, Sprint, Telkomsel, Hutch, Rogers, Orange Mobile, Singtel, Airtel, Telefonica, Nextel, Zain, Vodafone, France Telecom, Cingular, Verizon Wireless, MTN Group, TeliaSonera, Telstra, MTS, Etisalat,TIM Wireless, Reliance Mobile etc.
All in all the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic smartphone is more of a Music Edition PDA in nature which will ensure that you keep in touch with tomorrow without losing too much money by emptying all the cash from your pocket. It will also ensure you get work done and as you can in the pictures and videos, it is a robust cell phone and should be durable. Priced around $385 or 280 Euros in the retail market this smartphone falls in the mid range market of smartphones. It is surely a taste of things to come from Nokia in the near future, I am pretty sure about that!! This phone is surely a good phone in terms of value for money to be spent!!