T-Mobile Nokia 5800 gets v20 firmware update

nokia5800xpressmusic_8OK so I’ve  haven’t written a full review of the 5800 yet but that will be coming soon. However I have as of yesterday been able to update to the latest firmware v20.0.0.12 using the Nokia PC Suite, it didn’t want to play via FOTA.

Its a good improvement, there are new features about and its certainly quicker than it was before. And with it I’ve been able to get loads of new applications and games that wouldn’t work before.

Changelog

  • “Faster touch-screen input” (the phone is generally more responsive)
  • “Faster internet data download times”
  • Geotagging information now available in Camera (finally), plus photo taking now possible with the front (secondary) camera.
  • Dictionary application added, with support for multiple languages (as first seen on E66 and E71).
  • “Improved e-mail experience” (this includes improved scheduled email retreival)
  • App. update application added (as first seen on N85 and N79) – this is used to update individual Nokia applications outside of firmware updates.
  • General operation seems smoother, better performance is various applications, including Gallery, plus screen rotations are faster.
  • Playing back Flash/FLVvideos had less hiccups, especially on YouTube, where Web on the 5800 now becomes almost as good as a dedicated YouTube client, there’s an article on this coming from Steve shortly…
  • ‘Search’ on the standby screen now searches phone content as well as on the Internet
  • Cosmetic effects added, especially in Gallery when switching orientation
  • Support for OMA DRM, enabling BBC iPlayer programme downloads and other future applications
  • The usual litany of small bug fixes.

View on the Nokia 5800 and getting applications

If you want a good place to get some S60v5 software for the phone give Daily Mobile a click. There are also loads of good new themes for the phone as well.

As for the phone itself I’m really impressed so far, battery life is brilliant even with bluetooth left on all the time. Surfing on the phone is very fast and the screen excellent. The software is starting to come and with it being the same as the N97that’s only set to accelerate, the future of the phone and the format is looking very positive indeed.

2 Responses to T-Mobile Nokia 5800 gets v20 firmware update

  1. mike says:

    my upgrade is due and i cant decide whether to get this or the N79..
    i prefer normal looking phones with buttons , but i keep hearing good things about the 5800 – plus i’m on t-mobile so there isn’t much choice..

    • Gumpy says:

      Yeah there isn’t much choice on T-mobile your right. I think the 5800 is a good phone, if you ever use the internet then a nice big screen is a great addition.

      On the software front there will be loads of new apps coming along to take advantage of the big screen, when the N97 comes out there will be even more.

      For me its been a great move and I like candy bar phones as well, the screen and buttons work as well or better than on a normal Nokia, I’d go into a T-mobile shop and have a play with one, you will be surprised.

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