Every generation of Nokia phone delivers a couple of real favourites that stay popular even when newer handsets are launched around it. So it is with the Nokia 5800, but with the arrival of the Nokia 700 and Symbian Belle, is it time to upgrade? Read on as we state the case.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic attracted plenty of fans when it launched the best part of three years ago, and we were among them, giving the musically minded handset a four-star rating even after a year of use.
But in the bigger scheme of things, three years is a long time, and if you’re still using the Nokia 5800 is your premier handset, there really is an awful lot to be gained by looking at newer technology.
And if you’re looking for something new, it doesn’t get newer than the Nokia 700, announced by Nokia last month and set to go on sale by the end of the year.
The first – and undoubtedly the biggest – difference between the Nokia 5800 and the Nokia 700 is the operating system, as so much else about these two handsets stems from that central foundation.
In the case of the Nokia 5800, the OS is Symbian S60 5th Edition, and while it’s of the same family as the Symbian Belle release fuelling the Nokia 700, the practical differences are really like night and day.
From an interface point of view, while the Nokia 5800 homescreen is a single workspace you can add a fixed and finite number of features to, the Nokia 700 gives you six such workspaces, and you’re free to arrange the layout, and even the size, of the services (or “widgets”) you want accessible through each of them.
And while we’re on the subject, fans of the Nokia 5800’s sharp and vibrant 3.2-inch screen needn’t worry: the screen size remains the same, but the Nokia 700’s is a ClearBlack AMOLED panel, which should prove a pleasant surprise. And it’s a capacitive touch panel too, rather than the resistive type on the Nokia 5800, meaning there’s no need for a stylus – or a plectrum, for that matter.
The differences go on elsewhere: a better camera with HD video recording, more on-board storage and space for the 8GB microSD card from your Nokia 5800, a much more powerful processor, NFC… we could go on.
However, one of the biggest differences of all, which we’ve left till last, is also probably the most obvious. The Nokia 5800 has a distinctive visual style all its own, and many people love it all the more for that, but one thing no-one will ever accuse it of is being slender.
Upgrade to the Nokia 700 and you’ll be going from a handset that’s 15.5mm thick to one that’s just 9.9mm thick.
Yes, the Nokia 700 isn’t the entertainment specialist that the Nokia 5800 clearly is, but it’s actually better equipped in most areas the Nokia 5800 specialises in anyway, but doesn’t advertise the fact because they’re just some of a wide range of capabilities it has to offer.
Do you agree with our assessment? How do you feel the Nokia 700 measures up as a next-gen replacement to the powerful Nokia 5800? Give us your thoughts in the Comments below.