Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Now Officially Available in US, But with 3G Problems

Submitted by lalit on February 27, 2009 - 4:59pm.

Nokia today announced that the 5800 XpressMusic handset is available in United States. The 5800 is a music focused touchscreen handset with 8GB memory for up to 6000 tracks (encoded at 48 Kbps, are you kidding me), 3.5mm jack and built-in surround sound stereo speakers.
The S60 OS based handset has a 3.2-inch 16:9 aspect ratio touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, GPS, 3G (850/1900MHz) and quad-band GSM/EDGE. The phone measures 4.4” x 2” x 0.6” and weighs 3.8 ounces. The battery life is 9 hours of GSM talk time or 5 hours of 3G talk time.
“When it comes to music phones, people all over the world want a device that is a great music experience and still works really well as a mobile phone, without sacrificing features,” said Ian Laing, Vice President, North America Sales, Nokia. “The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic delivers on this and has clearly proven to be a device that consumers are clamoring for – selling more than one million worldwide since its introduction a few months ago.”
From what we have heard the 5800 is no iPhone, but it’s a good music phone. However it’s the phone part that is not working that great in US. According to various forums many new owners are complaining that the phone isn’t work on 3G network. Engadget has confirmed “3G appears to be a complete no-go – GSM works fine, but apart from a very brief 3.5 blip, we’re getting nothing in terms of UMTS or HSDPA.” Also many people are reporting speaker failure, which some believe stops working due to higher humidity. So we would advice our readers who are planning to buy Nokia 5800 to wait till Nokia sorts out all the problems.
The Nokia 5800 Xpress Music is available for $399 through Nokia Flagship stores in New York and Chicago, and independent retailers and e-tailers.