Nokia's iPhone Challenger Hits U.S. Market

Nokia joins the crowded North American smartphone market with a touch-screen device that Nokia hopes will be an Apple iPhone challenger. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic comes with the usual array of smartphone features, plus users can buy an unlocked version of the mobile device that will run on AT&T's 3G network.

Nokia released Feb. 25 its first North American touch-screen rival to the Apple iPhone. Not only does the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic squarely target the iPhone, but the $399 unlocked device also runs on AT&T's 3G network.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic's North American debut follows Nokia's January announcement that the smartphone, Nokia's first mass-market touch-screen device, had hit 1 million in European sales. The 5800 XpressMusic was originally introduced in October 2008.
Running the fifth edition of Symbian S60, the smartphone features a 3.2-inch touch-screen with 360-by-640 resolution, a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi and an FM radio receiver. The 5800 XpressMusic also comes with software for viewing Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents.

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"The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has been received very positively and this milestone is just further proof that people all over the world want a device that is not only a great music experience, but also makes the most of touch-screen technology," Nokia Vice President Jo Harlow said in a statement.
The device delivers access to all music, video and photos through a one-touch "Media Bar" drop-down menu. The bar also offers a direct link to the Internet and to online file sharing. Because the device supports Flash content, individuals can surf the entire Web.

A contacts bar allows users to highlight four favorite contacts on the home screen and track a history of recent text messages, e-mails, phone logs, photos and blog updates with one touch.
The 5800 comes with 8GB of memory onboard with the ability to expand to 16GB through a MicroSD slot.