The Nokia 5800 is more powerful than the Iphone, but it’s trapped by it’s software:
1.) NOKIA’S SYMBIAN TOUCH SCREEN OS DOESNT COME CLOSE TO THE IPHONE
It’s way to complicated and looks and feels as is if it wasn’t designed for a touch screen phone.
2.) TOUCH SCREEN RESPONSE IS “JERKY” NOT “SMOOTH”
You’ll miss the elegance and responsiveness of the Iphone. I quickly learned the “feel” of a touch screen counts as much as the hardware itself.
3.) MUSIC PLAYER ACTS LIKE A PHONE NOT A MUSIC DEVICE
The Iphone can legitimately be your music device. Nokia has some work to do with the music part of the 5800 before you can ditch your ipod and make this your main portable music device.
4.) NOKIA WEB BROWSER IS TO HARD TO USE
With the 5800, you’ll feel like the web and the phone weren’t meant to work together. I am still mystified at parts of the browser interface. Several steps are required to do basic browsing.
Main take away – It’s the software that matters! When you see the potential of powerful hardware and an open ecosystem, you wonder how Apple gets away with providing a closed ecosystem – a great mobile OS. Working outside the iphone/itunes ecosystem was a promise that excited me, but didn’t deliver. After two months of use, the basic software problems overshadow the 5800‘s potential.
Software trumps hardware, closed can trump open if the experience is amazing! The Nokia 5800 is much a more powerful phone, with open standards, yet not as desirable as the iphone because it is locked in by its os.