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The 5800 – A Good Foundation for Nokia Touch Screens January 27, 2009

Posted by aikservices in Android, iPhone, Mobile, Nokia, Smartphone, Telecom, Wireless.
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Nokia’s first proper touch-screen handset will reach several key European markets in the next few days. As a significant milestone in the company’s strategy, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by its execution, which will provide a strong foundation on which to introduce further touch-enabled handsets. Nevertheless, the whole package needs some tweaks to put it on an even footing with the genre-defining iPhone and devices based on Google’s “people’s platform”, Android. A good launching point for Nokia touch screens with a touch of déjà vu.

Our road test of the 5800 XpressMusic over the past few weeks has provided some useful pointers as to Nokia’s relative strengths and weaknesses as it enters the touch-screen arena.

First off, and more important, the 5800’s S60 5th Edition platform (the first handset in the market running the software) is very stable, with not a single crash or hang yet experienced. This is unusual for high-tech handsets generally and especially when a vendor introduces a major technology update. 

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