Nokia 5800 XpressMusic NAM firmware update

By Chris Ziegler, Engadget

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We’d initially been told that the first round of bunk Nokia 5800s for the North American market would have to be exchanged despite the fact that the 3G reception fix was a simple “configuration change,” but now… not so much. Firmware 20.2.014 has just gone live through Nokia’s Software Update application, bringing the same rich, buttery 3G quality to buyers of those first few devices. Other than that, changes are unknown and presumed to be minor, so if you’re still struggling with getting your 5800 to appreciate the finer things in life — like HSDPA, for example — give this one a shot.

Nokia 5800 NAM Back on Shelves at Nokia US Flagship Stores

By Mark Guim, Thenokiablog

You are probably tired of hearing about the whole 5800 NAM launch fiasco (especially if you are not North American), but hopefully this will be the end of it. The Nokia 5800 NAM is back with updated firmware v20 and returned to the sales floor at the US flagships. Those who pre-ordered online should be receiving theirs in 1-2 weeks.

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We’re not sure when the v20 firmware will be available for those who currently have the Nokia 5800 NAM purchased from other stores. We’re also not sure whether the update will indeed fix the reported 3G issues.

North American Nokia 5800 XpressMusic available once again

By Chris Ziegler, Engadget

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We received a call this afternoon from our good friends at the Nokia flagship store in Chicago to let us know that the updated North American version of the 5800 XpressMusic is now in stock and ready to go. This means that existing owners should be good to exchange their units, and of course, new buyers can go ahead and dive in. Not all at once now — we don’t want riots at the entrance, now, do we?

Nokia 5030

Via: Iamrajendra

nokia_5030_redIn what is perhaps the most affordable and basic phone among the three new releases of Nokia, the Nokia 5030 is the first phone to carry an internal FM radio antenna. The one touch FM radio and channel selection keys on the side of the device ensure the product lives up to its XpressRadio name.

Placed sideways on the table, the Nokia 5030 doubles as a portable FM radio and is ideal for emerging markets, where people rely on a radio as their main source of entertainment and news. The Nokia 5030 has up to a day of listening time and 10 hours of talk time, which comes to life with the powerful loudspeaker, and is available in two colors – graphite and red.

The Nokia 5030 is expected to begin shipping in the second quarter of 2009 with an estimated retail price of less than 40 EUR, before taxes or subsidies.

Nokia 5330 XpressMusic

Via: Iamrajendra

Another phone that has come out together with the Nokia 5730 is the Nokia 5330 XpressMusic phone. This phone is the ideal for music lovers and active in the social networking scene via mobile access. nokia_5330_xpressmusic_black_red

The standard 3.5mm jack offers crystal clear sound for any headphones, and the extended battery life gives more than 26 hours of playback time.

To top it all off, the Nokia 5330 XpressMusic provides access to sites that specialize in online sharing, including Ovi, Facebook, and MySpace, a big reason why this is the phone to have for the social network addicts.

The Nokia 5330 XpressMusic is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2009 for an estimated retail price of 160 EUR.

Nokia 5730 XpressMusic

Via: Iamrajendra

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The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic is the first music-optimized phone to offer a full QWERTY keyboard for easier messaging. The real highlight for the Nokia 5730 is the Homescreen for XpressMusic. This provides access and dynamic information on music, people, games, email and calendar.

The Homescreen features an improved contacts bar with up to 20 friends and family members and provides direct access to music, N-Gage and other applications, like Facebook, Photos, Ovi Contacts, Maps, messaging and more. With Ovi Contacts, people see which friends are online, chat and even view what music they are listening to.

With the dedicated gaming keys the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic is a true N-Gage gadget. Direct access to the N-Gage Arena community and the preloaded N-Gage games invite to connect and compete and check high scores with online friends.

Nokia continues to hemorrhage Smartphone marketshare to RIM and Apple

By Thomas Ricker, Engadget

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Rough morning for Nokia. After having its trio of new music-oriented handsets leaked, Gartner goes and releases a set of unflattering sales figures related to Nokia’s beleaguered smartphones. While smartphone sales overall increased 3.7% in Q4, Nokia’s share slid from 50.9% to “just” 40.8% on 15.6 million units. While many, including Samsung and HTC gained, it was RIM and Apple that made the biggest advances. RIM increased its share of the lucrative market to 19.5% (7.4 million units) from 10.9% while Apple more than doubled its share, up from 5.2% to 10.7% (4.1 million units). Keeping things in perspective: smartphones accounted for only 12% of all mobile device sales for the quarter. There’s a method to Nokia’s mid- to low-end handset madness.