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Nokia 5800 a surprise hit with 2.5m sold?

updated 11:05 am EDT, Wed April 15, 2009

Nokia 5800 Surprise

Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen phone may become the centerpiece for the company after surprisingly strong sales, according to analyst estimates. Where the company only officially said it had shipped 1 million units between December and January, GC Capital's Tero Kuittinen now determines that Nokia should have sold 2.5 million of the device just in the first three months of 2009, indicating exceptionally strong sales for a single model.

The phone's sales numbers are helped by repeated sell-outs in the UK as well as significant expansion over the past few months, including Australia and Singapore. Cost is also considered an important factor: as the phone costs roughly $368 before discounts, it can often undercut the iPhone in price when subsidized through a carrier. Nokia has nearly all the features of its Apple rival onboard but has saved money by using a simpler resistive touchscreen as well as moving storage to a bundled microSDHC card.

Strong sales are expected to play an important role in Nokia's results for the winter quarter when published tomorrow. Although still the world leader in phone share both for smartphones and any category, the company has plummeted in smartphone share from year-to-year as the iPhone and BlackBerry have taken away from its influence. Nokia was relatively late in developing touchscreen phones and has at least temporarily ceded the US market by relegating its US phones to full-priced, unlocked models limited to its company stores and some resellers.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Geobunny

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    I wonder if those figures take account of devices which were sold but then returned?

    I "upgraded" my contract to this handset on O2 last week. Today, I made good use of my 14 day right-to-cancel (thanks UK distance selling act!) by sending the phone back. It's absolutely atrocious. A big problem is with the fact that it uses a resistive touchscreen rather than capacitive. You have to exert some (admittedly minimal) pressure in order for the device to detect a touch. Unfortunately, this makes it hard to scroll around web pages without your finger jumping and clicking a link unexpectedly. Worse, when you DO want to click a link, sometimes the touch won't register unless you first zoom out and back in again.

    The full-screen keyboard is unusable unless the phone is lying flat on the table and you use your index finger carefully to stab the virtual keys. Using the mini-qwerty keyboard is impossible without the stylus, and the OS over all is appallingly slow with UI inconsistencies all over the place - most regarding whether one tap or two is required to perform a function. Finally, settings are strewn throughout the device, making it a pain to set up.

    It feels like the Symbian OS has been tweaked slightly to incorporate a touch sensitive screen but without giving any more thought than that to the rest of the interface.

    Very disappointing. Back to my trusty old Sony-Ericsson until something better comes along...

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