Nokia's iPhone Rival Hits AT&T

The Symbian-powered Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has a large touch screen, Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities, and it can be purchased for $399 unlocked.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
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Nokia's first touch-screen competitor to the iPhone 3G has hit the U.S. market, and its 3G can be used on AT&T's networks.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has a large 3.2-inch resistive touch screen that has a 360-by-640 resolution. The smartphone is powered by Symbian S60 fifth edition, and users of that operating system should find the user interface familiar. Nokia has tweaked a few elements to make is more finger-friendly, though.

"We have used touch technology where it really adds value such as the contacts bar, media bar, and clever shortcuts from the home screen menu items such as calendar, profile, and clock," said Nokia VP Jo Harlow in a statement.

The smartphone should work within some corporate environments thanks to Nokia's licensing deals with Microsoft and IBM. There's also built-in software to view Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF documents on the handset.

To stay connected, the 5800 has integrated Wi-Fi, EDGE, Bluetooth, and 3G capabilities. Because it's a GSM device, T-Mobile customers could also use it for voice and 2G data, but it won't be able to utilize T-Mobile's growing 3G network. The GPS chip can be used with Nokia's upgraded mapping services for navigation, and location-based searches.

With the name XpressMusic, it's no surprise that the 5800 has robust multimedia features. The handset has a built-in FM radio, standard headphone jack, TV-out cable, and it's capable of playing various audio and video files. It will come with 8 GB of memory, and that can be expanded up to 16 GB via a MicroSD slot.

The 5800 is available in Nokia's flagship stores and various online retailers for $399 unlocked.

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