If you haven’t been able to catch Batman – The Dark Knight in theaters yet, you might not have heard of or seen Nokia’s new touchscreen baby. The 5800 XpressMusic, also being called the Tube, made an appearance in the hands of none other than Morgan Freeman, and it has shown up, with specs, on the internet for your viewing pleasure.
The Nokia 5800 Tube has some impressive specifications, but seems to be lacking at this stage of development in the graphics department. Still, the handset has an attractive form factor and some pretty impressive features, which are available courtesy of TBGR:
– The Tube only weighs 104 grams
– haptic feedback (a must nowadays for touchscreen handsets)
– 640 x 360 pixel TFT LCD display
– dual LED flash and 3.2 Megapixel camera with autofocus
– 3.5 mm headphone jack and television out connections
– Bluetooth, HSDPA, GSM, CMDMA, EDGE, WLAN connectivity
With legitimate camera phones finally hitting the market, I’m pleased to see Nokia going to such lengths to actually make the camera functionality worth buyers’ time. GPS is a nice inclusion with many touchscreen handsets, but I question the choice to not include 3G or EV-DO data connectivity, as higher-speed data networks are a necessity for proper GPS use.
Perhaps the most troubling thing about the Tube, as TBGR points out, is that the interface looks strikingly…dull, even reminiscent of the long-past Windows or early Macintosh icons. Personally, I’d be willing to settle for something between that and the flashy interface displayed on Morgan Freeman’s version in Dark Knight, but the handset is far from being finished.
The lack of high-speed data connectivity raises a very interesting question, one that I would genuinely like reader feedback on: with U.S. carriers now rolling out or already having high-speed data networks for both CDMA and GSM fans, is it a bad move to not include support for 3G or EV-DO? Just upgrading the iPhone to 3G technology with GSM (a move that really isn’t particularly difficult) was enough to cause many AT&T customers to upgrade, and many non-members to sign contracts with the leading U.S. GSM service.
I think that even though high-speed data isn’t quite as uniform as it should be today, consumers will be hesitant to buy a new touchscreen handset (especially one that isn’t even finished yet) that runs on outdated data networks. If touchscreen smart phones are really supposed to revolutionize the mobile world, why give consumers the option to settle for outdated transfer methods? Deploy only cutting edge handsets and show the benefits over high-speed versus standard data, and consumers will adopt the technology.