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Nokia 5800 - views, please, & suggested alternatives?

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Looking for a new Nokia 5800 at the best price (already on an O2 contract with a year to run) but what do people who've got it think of it? Is it plasticky and unreliable (as has been suggested)? Or is it a real alternative to the iPhone (won't buy Apple on principle).

I want a nice touch screen, 3G, a reasonable camera, and ideally WiFi - maybe one of these would do, but are there some other alternatives people like?

5530 - But no 3G or GPS
5230 - But no WiFi

Thanks for any help - happy to add Rep for the best advice..............
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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Why do you want a touchscreen?

The 5800 I had I bought on the day of it's release. It's a good solid Nokia with the usual Nokia/Symbian limitations whcih my daughter now uses,.

The web browser is rubbish - and I mean really rubbish. The rest of the phone features work well enough. The touchscreen keyboard is average at best and you will find yourself using the tradiational phone keypad view for typing messages.

Plasticky and unreliable - I never found it to be plasticky (but that is personal choice). Unreliable, not really. Occasional reboot but that's about it. Battery life is 1½ days average.

It's not an iPhone alternative? No, it's an average touchscreen phone made by Nokia.

If you want an iPhone alternative, look at the HTC Hero
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Why do you want a touchscreen?

The 5800 I had I bought on the day of it's release. It's a good solid Nokia with the usual Nokia/Symbian limitations whcih my daughter now uses,.

The web browser is rubbish - and I mean really rubbish. The rest of the phone features work well enough. The touchscreen keyboard is average at best and you will find yourself using the tradiational phone keypad view for typing messages.

Plasticky and unreliable - I never found it to be plasticky (but that is personal choice). Unreliable, not really. Occasional reboot but that's about it. Battery life is 1½ days average.

It's not an iPhone alternative? No, it's an average touchscreen phone made by Nokia.

If you want an iPhone alternative, look at the HTC Hero


Thanks for the useful comments (have some rep :thumbsup:).

Why do I want a touchscreen? Ease of access to menus etc maybe? Or have I been brainwashed into wanting one perhaps?

Rubbish web browser? Not good news - that puts me off. Battery life sounds pretty poor too. Had a look at the HTC Hero - more than I'd want to pay, though, but thanks.
1 Like #3
Never quite understood the wont buy Apple on principal thing. If you said you wont have an iPhone because it has a cr*p camera, non removable battery, non upgradeable memory, and its too expensive for what is it I'd understand though ;-)

HTC Hero is a great phone, and definitely more of an iPhone replacement than the 5800, although there are others out there as well.

Personally I dont have any of them, quite happy with my SE W995, but thats because I really don't like touch screens!
1 Like #4
I wouldn't say the web browser is that bad, and even if you dislike it you can always install an alternative e.g. Opera
1 Like #5
the phone browser is ok, but opera mobile is loads better and takes about a minute to install.

its not plasticy either. its a decent enough mid range touchscreen.

the only thing i would say really lets it down is the camera. great in bright light conditions, poor in dim.
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Don't think you will be let down by the Nokia 5800, there are so many good things with this phone even more so with the new updates from Nokia.The wife was not sure when I bought one for her but she loves it, easy to set up to wireless router, phone alerts her when she has any mail come in again easy to set up, she has all the apps for facebook and other social sites, has a great app for weight watchers to count points, the music player is top notch the sound from the phone is excellent, camera is o.k better in daylight. 3 months old and yet to crash. The sat nav through Nokia is free for life. Check out some of the videos on youtube for all sorts of other apps. No it's not an Iphone but it does not cost as much either.
#7
Thanks guys - rep added all round. :thumbsup:

I'm finding all this very helpful in making a decision - any more comments or suggestions for alternatives more than welcome.
#8
I love mine...it's great for music and has NEVER crashed in a year. camera is mediocre tho. Touch keys get a bit of getting used to but really easy when u get used to it.
#9
not sure if it is of interest to you but I picked up a leaflet in Tesco yesterday and they are offering the Nolia 5800 300 mins 300 text and and a choice of "booster" which includes unlimited internet browsing all for £15 a month. This is on three

sorry didn't read the bit about having a year left to run on your existing contract

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