Nokia 5800 XM NAM arrives, excitement for platform rekindled
You may have noticed I have been a bit critical and cynical the last couple of weeks at times when talking about Nokia, which is primarily due to my frustration with the lack of Nokia in the US. The issues are unclear why this is the case (Nokia focus, US carriers, etc.) and I hope it changes in the future. My passion for S60 was rekindled yesterday when a Nokia 5800 XpressMusic NAM device (black color with silver highlight sides) arrived and I went through and set it up with my favorite apps and settings. This one appears to have the latest firmware since 3.5G is working like a champ all over the place for me. The 5800 XM is a FANTASTIC phone with excellent voice quality and the same cool proximity sensor found in the iPhone (screen turns off when you hold it to your face).
I loaded up some music, put on some videos, added some wallpaper images, customized the folder arrangement (what other platform gives you this much customizability), customized the ringtone and loaded it up with 3rd party apps. The 3rd party apps that I have loaded up include Opera Mini, WeatherBug, Joikuspot, Spb Wallet (see my review), Mobbler, PhotoFlow, HAVA Player, Screensnap, QuickOffice, Y-Browser, fring, Gmail, S60Bible, Mail For Exchange (there is no version of RoadSync for the 5800 yet), Google Maps, Nokia Sports Tracker, Spb Brain Evolution, StyleTap Palm OS emulator, and LightSabre.
My plan is to keep my AT&T SIM in the 5800 for quite a while and really get into the experience. My T-Mobile SIM is in my G1 and may still hop around some more.
Stay tuned for more S60 reviews and lots of coverage from CTIA next week here as I finally get some hands-on time with the E55, E75, and N97. The N97 is a device I am saving up for, but the E55 also looks quite compelling to me too.