The Nokia 5800 is an awesome Amazon VOD player
The big news from yesterday regarding Amazon Video On Demand was the launch of HD movies and TV show support. I actually just ordered a Roku player to be able to watch my Netflix content and see that the Roku will also support this new HD quality content so I am all set on my home TV now.
People have been able to watch video content on various mobile devices for years, but it usually requires you to rip a DVD and then convert it into a format for that specific device. I personally find the free Internet Tablet Video Converter to be an excellent way to use your PC or Mac to get content onto your Nokia device. Apple made the process pretty easy for iPhone users with the ability to transfer videos purchased or rented through iTunes to your iPhone or iPod touch quite a seamless experience.
I wanted to also let all you Nokia fans know that you can get a similar experience with selected Nokia devices and Amazon Video On Demand. As you can see on the Amazon VOD device site the Nokia N85, Nokia N79, and Nokia N96 can be used to view Amazon VOD content. I am pleased to tell you that the Nokia 5800 is also fully supported and you even get a $50 credit to use with VOD in the retail packaging. With the fantastic 3.2 inch, 16×9 aspect ratio, 640×360 pixels resolution display the 5800 is the best of all of these Nokia devices for enjoying Amazon VOD movies. I currently have Slumdog Millionaire, Office Space, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Groundhog Day, Braveheart, and Stargate Special Edition loaded on my 5800 and each plays very well on the device. With the cool included stand, fast access media button, and standard 3.5mm headset jack the Nokia 5800 is a SUPER video player. You can also connect via the TV out cable to your TV or display to enjoy your purchased content there as well.
One thing I do want to point out about the $50 credit you receive with the 5800 since I was a bit confused after applying the discount code to my Amazon account. The $50 credit will not show up anywhere in your Amazon account (at least that I could find), except for when you actually launch the Amazon Video On Demand software on your PC (sorry there is no Mac client available). You can then check your balance through this interface. I found this a bit odd since the client jumps to the web interface to complete purchases and thought I would be able to find this credit somewhere in my account details on the web. I thought the credit code was not accepted and it took me a while to distinguish there was two separate account pieces working here.