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Good: Brilliant speakers and easy to use
Bad: Symbian, lack of apps. Messaging takes a while to get used to. Stylis is horribly designed and its a basic design
Comment: An average phone. Not the best considering its competitors. Symbian is not my favourite OS
Comment: I should add, it's a very sturdy little phone! Mine has survived the "drop" test on several occasions, it has many scars from where I've dropped it! lol
Good: QWERTY keyboard, wi-fi, web browsing, music player (& downloads), decent camera
Bad: Easily damaged screen, battery life could be better
Comment: This was my first smart phone, and I'm coming to the end of my 18 months with it.
I was a Samsung man before, but was disappointed with the range on offer at the time of my last renewal, so I went eventually for this Nokia.
It came with 24 months free music downloads, which have been a huge bonus and I have taken advantage of it. As a music player, the 5800 is excellent - whether through the speakers, or headphones, this has been better than any of my previous MP3-compatible phones.
OK, so it can be a little buggy sometimes - occasionally it's slow to flip from portrait to landscape, or occasionally it can screw itself up when you're typing a text, but it's nothing I can't live with.
However I have found it great to use over the time I've had it. The camera has been excellent for taking those sudden photos you decide you need to take. The music player has been a great companion - it has been the most used feature on my phone. The built-in FM radio has been another feature I have used. OK, it's a bit of a downside that it uses the headphones as an aerial, but if you're plugging it in to a speaker then it still works.
Truthfully, I've lived with the little bugs - they haven't ever stopped the functionality of this phone, so I don't think they are noteworthy. However I do feel the battery life could be better (2 days is a max with average usage, but I'm charging mine every day), and the screen is easily damaged - particularly by the stylus, and by the typical dirt I tend to pick up in my job.
But these minor niggles aside, it's been great. It's done everything I've ever needed it to, and more in between. I'll be keeping hold of it as an emergency spare should it's forthcoming replacement decide to pack up!
Good: music player is good
Bad: The screen is terrible
Comment: You have to use the stylus to operate the poor touchscreen which then marks the screen. The screen is very poor in the sunshine and is almost impossible to see. you need to go indoors to type a message, Good music player and good conectivity.. I sold it as a music player as the screen was very poor to see in the bright sunshine
Good: When I first got my hands on it
Bad: As soon as I started to TRY and use it
Comment: errors and a bad mobile, thinking I was the unlucky type till I met my next door neighbour with one, though she is not the type what she said can be easily rendered down to "I can't wait till I can upgrade soon".
Unfortunately I agree, though mine gained speed in its errors and brake downs till I gave in and sent back to supplier (network), no joy there either.
Don't get me wrong, from my first brick attatched to my car to my first hand held, I've loved Nokia mobiles, this one has for first time made me rethink.
I made a mistake and I think Nokia made a mistake with this one, shame they started using these for gifts in major household brand named compitions.
I hope they were not as bad as one I had but to date within a 600 square metre area from my home I have met at least 6 poeple in the same situation.
I'll check out reviews from now on as, as this one is being returned unrepaired I shall be upgrading more likely HTC or Samsung.
Good: Battery life
Bad: Everything else. Really.
Comment: The stylus falls out because of wear to the internal clip. The stylus hole is on the bottom edge of the phone, so the stylus then falls out. Since the wear is to the phone's innards rather than the stylus, buying a new stylus won't help.
The wrist strap is anchored to a concealed hook. The hook is very weak, meaning that the slightest stress leaves you with a broken hook and intact wrist strap.
The email app regularly forgets all the accounts then tries to download all old emails from the server, runs out of space and locks up. Incoming text messages are timestamped with the time of ARRIVAL, rather than the time they were sent. THIS IS PATHETIC!
The touch screen is sluggish and the interface laggy. The menu system is inconsistent... sometimes you can drag the actual menu to scroll, sometimes not. The scroll bars are far too sensitive.
The screen lock/unlock is a slider switch side... even more vulnerable to accidental nudges than a numeric keypad, rendering it completely pointless!
The sensor works only sometimes - I have to gently shake the handset so that it notices a change in orientation.
The email app sometimes automatically downloads everything, sometimes only headers, sometimes goes completely manual, and sometimes (mentioned above) all but uninstalls itself.
The controls generally are designed with one aim in mind: To make you press lots of buttons. eg. In File Manager, you can view a list of photos. You can tap a photo to view it. (oops - its DOUBLE tap this time... that's another seemingly random arrangement - insome contexts you double tap, in others single.) So, you're viewing a photo in file manager... Can you delete it? NO! Can you move to next photo? NO! To do either of these you have to... TAP the photo to get a menu, BACK UP to the previous level, THEN go ahead and delete or move to next pic. Imagine going through a couple of dozen like that!
To delete all text messages in my inbox is easy. To delete them from Sent Items is completely different. Der!!!
Refreshing the media contents is hit and miss, and the loadsabuttons mentality returns when you need to access something as simple as equaliser controls.
I could go on and on... even a simple thing like making a telephone call is deliberately made difficult.
This is the WORST phone I have EVER had. I implore you not to buy one, even very cheap second hand. In my honest opinion Nokia and (in my case) Vodafone are breaking UK law by even selling it. It's not "fit for purpose."
Good: its awesome
Bad: it broke and the screen wouldnt work or send texts
Comment: was good till it broke
Good: Maybe we can sell it for scrap...
Bad: Everything else
Comment: The phone seemed alright at first but after a month I realised just how terrible it is. It freezes constantly, the battery life is awful if you are a heavy texter. The screen will sometimes cut out totally, the speakers are rubbish, and if you happen to use an application that will also freeze your phone, texting using the full screen qwerty will freeze it. Essentially the phone will freeze under any usage. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone ever.
Good: It's fairly robust
Comment: It seems I can't award "no stars" - so half a star will have to suffice.
Good: So bad that in 30 years it might be a niche collectable
Bad: Everything. What's ESPECIALLY bad? The Ergonomics
Comment: This phone has all the technology, so it ticks all the boxes, but, in the hand, this thing is absolutely useless.
It's rare for owners to admit to having bought a brick (see above) but this thing was such a mistake. The software it "runs" on is lamentable - the programmers need to go back to school.
So many of the "features" just don't quite work. It got to the point where I just didn't bother trying to use anything other that basic call and sms functions (which, to be fair, it could handle).
It really struggled to get online. I thought this might be where I lived (central London, UK) but my new HTC handset has no problems.
Summary: so bad (having been told by Nokia fanbois it was so good) I'll never buy Nokia again (and will always remember the nokia fanaticism when anyone tells me the new Nokia's different - they lost it about the time phone screens went into colour).
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