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).

Nokia 5800 XM NAM arrives, excitement for platform rekindled

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.


12 Comments to Nokia 5800 XM NAM arrives, excitement for platform rekindled

Al Pavangkanan
March 28, 2009

Regarding the HAVA player:

Do you have it hooked up to a widescreen source?
Does the HAVA playback content in full widescreen?

March 28, 2009

Do you have to add a 30 dollar data plan with that phone or the 15 dollar one from ATT?? Just wondering?

Brad Barbaza
March 28, 2009

brian, since it’s an unlocked phone, AT&T does know what type of phone the sim card is in. So, the $15/mo should work. That’s what I’m doing on my E71. AT&T thinks I have a Motorola RAZR V3 still.

Brad Barbaza
March 28, 2009

brian, too add to my post, now that I think about it, the 5800 is a lot like the LG Vu to the untrained eye, so AT&T wouldn’t likely make you get the smartphone data plan since it has no qwerty (iPhone being the exception).

March 29, 2009

O.k So if I were to take my Sim card with an iphone plan that i have original and say get an N82 or a 5800 do I have to let ATT know that I have done this or change my plan? Because I would like to use Qik and surf the net so i’m wondering if this would be part of the more expensive plan.

March 29, 2009

I have an AT&T $30 plan for my HTC Fuze and just pop that SIM in my 5800. An iPhone SIM should work too and I believe these plans are the same price. The iPhone data plan does have a funky voicemail part so you may get strange text messages appearing that normally go to visual voicemail. I used my older iPhone SIM with other devices with no problems in the past.

I plan to use Qik on the 5800 at CTIA this week too.

March 30, 2009

Thanks Matthew I hope you don’t get a huge bill for streaming with Qik this week??

Matthew Miller
March 30, 2009

I pay AT&T for up to 5GB of data per month so I should be just fine.

May 10, 2009

Hey, I just started to use a Nokia 5800 a month ago and everything was fine. Recently I changed my cell number and noticed that the voicemail box is not available any more. Both my old and new numbers are AT&T. I called them and was told that since my phone is not a AT&T phone, the voicemail box will not be working any more.
Anybody got same problem? But how come my old number worked on the same phone?
Please email me at if you know something. Thanks!

jeff may
October 19, 2009

I have a new nokia 5800 from australia I am trying to use my att sim card everything works fine but I cant use the internet unless I’m in a wifi area I can’t get the right browser setting for medianet any idea’s ?

January 5, 2010

I am really interested in the Hava player, is it working well on 5800? Did you experience setup issues?
Can you configure the virtual remote control to work with complex appliances like satellite decoders with integrated recorder using all the functions available on the actual remote control?

Sorry to bother you with so many questions, but really it is hard to find reliable first hand information about Hava on Nokia 5800

April 12, 2012


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