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December 31, 2008

Best of 2008 in Products – The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

ESPOO, Finland – The Nokia 5800 had at least two interesting things going for it this year, 1) it was leaked long before launch (when it was known as “Tube”), and 2) it was Nokia’s latest touchscreen device and there were some expectations that it would go head-to-head with the Apple iPhone.

Despite this, the Nokia 5800 hit the world on its own terms. It was clear to the public that it was not going head-to-head with the iPhone. The 5800 came in at a different price point, different set of features, and targeted at a different segment. Yup, the touch-screen commonality was not enough to lump the whole 5800 into the same iPhone niche.

Furthermore, while I claim the 5800 was big in 2008, I think it will be big as well in 2009, which is why it’s on our list of things to watch for next year. Here is a sophisticated device at the right price point that will bring touch-screens to the masses. And we think it will really fly off the shelves once it gets officially connected to Comes With Music.

Are you excited about it? I sure am.

In any case, for your own pleasure, a video of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic:

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