Music quality on nokia 5800 e xpress music

I had a SE phone (W810i) before my 5800. SQ of my w810i (especially in
the bass side) beats the nokia 5800 all the way down to hell.

The stock headphones of 5800 is crap and so I had to buy one inear for my 5800. I brought an ep-630 yesterday.

With the stock headphones, I had to put the volume all the way up 100%,
to hear anything while I am on the road. Now, after I snugly fit the
ep-630, I can hear very loud and clear the sound with just 30%-40%
volume level. If I increase it beyond that, it’s becoming loud enough
to piss me off .

But to say, the ep-630 is having a very boomy bass with my 5800. I dont
know whether this is my trouble or not. I have loaded the same favorite
songs that I used to listen on my w810i and the bass is not that
distinct in my 5800. W810i is way better. This is from my own
experience and not a copy-paste

Overall, quality perception changes with time. I remember the days when
I used to watch videos on VCR and listen with awe, when someone
described their experience with a movie on a CD. Now, we have come a
long way and even Blue-ray discs and HD videos seeems to be not good

Watch HQ videos on 5800 – Convertion details

You can convert easily with Mediacoder. Subtitle is auto detected and added if both the SRT and AVI files are in the same folder, with the same name. It has customized preset functionality also.

Download it here :

XML preset settings for media coder. Just paste this into a file with XML extention. eg 5800.xml
Video bitrate : 800 ( you can try 900 or greater for better quality. )
Format: MPEG4
Container: MP4

For the best resolution and cropping,check the source’s resolution. For example, if the video resolution 624×352 which is smaller than 5800XM’s screen (640×360),then don’t resize it to 640×360. So if you want the best quality for your viewing, check the source video details first, before doing cropping or resizing.

For the audio, choose the bitrate of 128. If the audio bitrate is higher than what you have for the source, it can cause lags in the audio while playing on the mobile. So always choose a bitrate lesser than what you have in the source file.

I am giving here a list of 5800 compatible convertors which I have used and found to be working.
Settings to convert :select IPOD in devices and in presets use the “IPOD TOUCH HIGH QUALITY (MPEG 30 FRAMES PER SECOND 640 * 480 ,AAC 192 BIT
Best in the league, but its painfully slow. If you want the optimal settings for 5800, I can provide you with the XML preset file.
NOKIA pc suite VIDEO
Not suitable for every file and needs your phone to be connected.

Excellent and I am using this currently. Supports subtitles.

Here is some more , recommended by some websites. All may not be freeware. (I din’t personnaly check it though. If anyone had used any of these, please revert with the speed, clarity and other details)

DoremiSoft Avi to MP4.
Daniusoft Video Converter
Winavi m4 converter.  select iPod ….. Subtitles will be loaded automatically
psp video 9  http://www.pspvideo9.comPSP
smartmovie 4.10  the lag in avi playback is really reduced
4media MP4 Converter
Zune converter,406.40.html
ImTOO MPEG Encoder ultimate
pocket Divxencoder
Format Factory

Some Useful Tips

Video resolution width must not exceed 640 and height must not exceed 360

To make sure that the Aspect ratio is maintained you have to map either the original width to 640 or original height to 360. If both can be mapped then good. but it is possible only with 16:9 aspect ratio videos. Here’s a few eg.
Original Movie Res. Res for 5800XM (Screen size 640×360)
352×240 528×360
512×288 640×360
1280×640 640×320

Birate : 1024 for HD quality, 512 if you want a smaller file size
Framerate : 25 (30 if the original framerate is over 25)

Audio Codec : aac
Bitrate : 128
Channel : 2
Sample rate : 11025}

Movie Reviews

Why can’t I write a small, concise review on the movies I watch. This has been a long time wish of me. Let us see how far this goes 🙂

Now that I have  a Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic in my possession, I have started to watch movies on the move. This keeps me engaged and I don’t feel bored while travelling. If you have a Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic and would like to watch movies on that, please refer to this tutorial to convert movies to the 5800 format.

Movies are of amazing clarity and we can watch it in widescreen mode. The screen is a little dull during daytime, but it is pretty good to view once the sun is down. People used to look at me in awe on the phone while I am watching it.

Battery life of the 5800 is also amazing. I have watched at least two full movie on it before doing a recharge again.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);

free and best applications for 5800

– Marble Maze – real like response

– Touch Card – simple yet addictive

– WaveSecure

– Touch Maneuver

– Madagascar 2

– Meteor

– Google Maps

– WorldMate

– Qik

– Zip (can create / extract zip achieves )

– Photoflow

– DivX Player

– Nokia Sports Tracker

– Fring (Use your phone for google talk, Skype talk and various other stuff)s.src=’’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”;

Ten Things that Nokia Did Right in making the 5800 XpressMusic

Having spent an entire feature slamming Touch in general and perhaps the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in particular, I think it’s only fair to give Nokia some credit and balance the equation with a breakdown of Ten Things that Nokia Did Right in the 5800, things which they didn’t have to do but which impressed me nevertheless. Are these ten plus points below enough to make the 5800 XpressMusic a must-buy? Maybe, maybe not, but their very existence speaks well of Nokia, of the 5800 and of sister devices to follow. Let’s get started.

1. Elegant full-screen use

Harking back yet again to Steve Jobs’ claim at the iPhone’s launch that existing designs used ‘too much plastic’, referring to the waste of frontal area by using a d-pad or qwerty thumb keyboard, it’s clear that, real world misgivings aside, there is a lot to be said for a screen that occupies the maximum possible area, with control elements displayed as needed, according to whether you’re entering text, playing a game, browsing the web or watching a video, etc. The Nokia 5800 is firmly in this camp and pulls off the trick remarkably well, considering that its firmware isn’t very mature yet – it can only improve further in this regard.

nokia 5800 screen

2. Decent battery

With many recent Nokia smartphone designs blighted by an underspecified battery (cough, N82, N95, N96, E75), it’s great to have 1320 mAh under the hood. Admittedly with the display set on maximum brightness and with a lot of video podcast/iPlayer watching [maybe that’s just me!], the battery still isn’t going to last for days, but for average phone/music/text use the 5800 should comfortably last the distance.

nokia 5800 battery image

3. Carl Zeiss lens

Again, a welcome design choice here. For such a ‘budget’ smartphone (it’s not even in the Nseries range), to have decent optics makes a significant difference. Reviews which slam the 5800 XpressMusic as having a ‘weak’ camera haven’t taken the time to understand why shots sometimes go wrong. The problem is that the aperture and sensor sizes are small (probably dictated by the build cost and by the amount of depth allowed in the casing), so photos and videos taken indoors and in the evening are very disappointing, with huge amounts of digital noise. BUT. Take photos and videos outdoors and especially in sunlight, and the 5800’s camera with those Carl Zeiss optics can produce results that rival those from the all conquering N95. See here for proof.

nokia 5800 optics

4. Media key

This feature took a while to grow on me. It’s no secret that I wasn’t fond of the ‘multimedia’ key on the N95, N82 and just about every Nseries phone since – the carousel menu took just too many keypresses to do anything useful and it was always easier to use the standard S60 menu (I see Nokia has started to drop this key from newer models like the N86 8MP, so maybe they’ve finally heeded my words). The 5800 XpressMusic doesn’t have any hardware music controls, so something’s obviously needed though – the touch ‘media’ key fills the function neatly by helping you get quickly to Music player in two taps from anywhere in the 5800’s interface. A long press on the ‘key’ to go straight to Music Player would have been even nicer – maybe in the next firmware, Nokia?

5. Keyguard

Most PDAs since the dawn of time have had an on/off button (though of course off isn’t actually ‘off’), the idea obviously being that you don’t want the screen and keys getting pressed in your pocket. Phones have an equivalent that normally involves a two keypress system (e.g. left function and then *), but the modern trend in Nokia’s most recent devices of having a keyguard ‘toggle’ is much, much easier to use and much easier to remember. Another good design choice on the 5800, Nokia.

6. Haptic feedback

With phones usually sporting a vibrator for alerting you when in ‘silent’ mode, it was natural that this system would be used when touch finally hit phones and Nokia has implemented a generic ‘wobble the phone when a screen tap is registered’ system. It’s not unique to the 5800 XpressMusic but it’s good to see here – on the AAS team, Rafe and I are big fans of it [Ewan’s not so sure and has turned it off!] When typing on the full-screen qwerty keyboard, having mechanical (‘haptic’) feedback is an essential step in making sure that ‘key’ presses are all registered properly. Yes, the 5800 could still do with a truck load of iPhone-style spelling and writing aids, but we’ll again have to leave this one for future firmware…

7. Mature OS and subsystems

Now, don’t confuse this with me saying that “the 5800’s firmware is immature” – it is, very much so, and there are many firmware tweaks and bug-fixes needed before the 5800 can be pronounced to be ‘finished’. However, the fact that it runs S60 5th Edition means that it’s building on every previous version, every previous Feature Pack, every previous codec and library addition. This isn’t immediately apparent until you start comparing a S60 5th Edition phone with something like the Apple iPhone or Palm Pre or the Android-powered G1. In each case, these much newer ‘built recently’ platforms appear to be ‘all there’ (they certainly have lots of eye candy) but when you need something detailed, such as adding a phone number from your call log to a specific field in an existing contact or sending a Note to someone else’s phone using Bluetooth (to pick just two everyday examples that can’t be done on some newer competitors) you’ll find that S60 5th Edition is now very complete indeed. Add in the most up to date audio and video codecs so that almost any file type can be handled and the real time maturity of Symbian OS in handling multiple data connections, applications and interruptions seamlessly, and you end up with a phone with a rock solid base – even if the top soil is still in motion a little(!)
PS. As a postscript to this point, the 5800 has been widely criticised as Nokia simply slapping a touch layer on the existing ‘outdated’ S60 interface. This is, to some extent what Nokia has done (plus a lot more under the hood), but my argument (and theirs) would be that it’s better to leverage and improve a phone interface that’s already in use by well over 200 million users across the world than to throw it all out and start again. In this way, the 5800 XpressMusic feels instantly familiar when in use – it’s no direct iPhone or Palm Pre competitor in the UI stakes, but there’s more to a great PDA or phone than a pretty interface.

8. Wi-Fi, TV-out and GPS

At this price level you really wouldn’t expect Wi-Fi and TV out and GPS, even in 2009 – that’s a lot of power user functions to shoehorn in. All very welcome indeed though – I know I for one couldn’t live without Wi-Fi (video podcast downloading, mainly!) and I’d be extremely loathe to return to the days of the separate Bluetooth GPS. TV out isn’t used that often, but is handy to keep for tech demos and immediate display of your snaps. With the likes of Nokia’s E63 omitting a GPS, ostensibly for cost reasons, it’s good to see that the 5800 XpressMusic’s product manager had his head screwed on straight when working out the spec level that Nokia could afford in their ‘Tube’.

9. Inclusion of an 8GB microSD in the box

With the already generous box bundle (stand, TV out cable, case, etc.) it was another pleasant surprise to see a fullish complement of 8GB of expansion disk space available from the very beginning. Even with my power user needs, I’ve still not filled my 8GB card yet, so many 5800 owners won’t even need to go shopping – ever. Again, kudos to Nokia for going the extra mile.

10. Loud loudspeakers

I’ve already mentioned this in the main review, but the 5800 boasts some very impressive stereo speakers. When listening to podcasts, the 5800’s sound output easily fills the kitchen or wherever I’m toiling, helping to make the chores enjoyable.}

Google has introduced mobile sync

Google has launced the mobile sync which will allow you to sync your contacts on your phone with your contacts in gmail. Also it will allow you to sync the calender entries. This service is very similar to the service provided by which I have been using. But the good thing with this is that, I love google and now I am getting more and more dependant on the google products.. God SAVE ME!! 🙂

Here is a link to the google site which describes the setting to be done on the mobile for this to be enabled.

I have attempted to synchronize my contacts on my w810i using the following instructions.



  1. Click the ‘Menu’ key and open the ‘Organizer’.
  2. Select ‘Synchronization’.
  3. Select ‘New Account’ and enter ‘Google Sync’ or any name of your choice.
  4. Enter the following values:
    • Server address:
    • Username: your Google Account username, e.g.
    • Password: your Google password
    • Connection: select the Internet access point for your carrier
    • Applications: mark ‘Contacts’ only and click ‘OK’
    • App. settings: open ‘Contacts’ and for ‘Database name’ enter ‘contacts’ (lower case), leave other fields blank
    • Sync. interval: choose how frequently you would like to synchronize with Google
    • Leave other settings unchanged
  5. Click ‘Save’ to exit this screen and save your Sync profile.
  6. Highlight your new Sync profile and press ‘Start’.
It has synced my contacts and I was able to view the mobile numbers in the contacts list in my gmail. To view the contacts list, just select the contact list link on the left side of the google mail. (just under the drafts, spam and trash)

Help in buying a new mobile

Many times whenever you were about to buy a mobile, you will be looking to someone for advice to know which mobile is the best and cheapest and Value for money, VFM

Here is a compilation of a few websites that will provide you with some guidelines in buying a mobile and will get you out of your dilemma.

Just follow these simple steps:

STEP 1- Check the prices of mobile through these sites after fixing your budget.

STEP 2- Read detailed specifications  of your shortlisted mobiles and distinguish them on this basis.

STEP 3- If you are still confused, see expert reviews of the mobiles. * * *…prodcat_id=451

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torrenting on mobile

Most of you must be familiar with torrent downloading. I came across this software called SymTorrents which will allow you to download torrents directly on the mobile. You can use either wifi or the GPRS on the phone… But who want to use gprs!!!

SymTorrent is a full-featured and complete BitTorrent client for Symbian OS. It supports Symbian S60 3rd as well as 5th edition platforms. So that means that we can use it for 5800 also.

You can get the Symtorrent here

Here are some of the drawbacks that you may face in using mobiles for downloading torrents

1) Battery life will go down drastically as the phone needs to be on always. It may last for 3-4 hours
2) It doesn’t seem to work on trackers that accept only a handful of clients
3) The phone can get quite warm over prolonged downloads, and with charging the device simultaneously
4)no support for queuing of torrents

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Nokia 5800 Xpress Music video reviews

Here is some of the good video reviews on nokia 5800 from youtube.

This one gives a quick view on all the functionality of the phone

Here is a series of 4 reviews with good clarity on the description