Nokia’s age old and highly popular 5800 model was the first device to come out of the Finnish firm running a touch version of the Symbian operating system. While we didn’t care for it too much, a lot of people picked it up since they wanted to see what sort of “iPhone killer” the world’s largest handset maker could produce. Sadly however, this smartphone wasn’t meant to compete with the iPhone. It was meant for people looking for an inexpensive touch screen device, and as such it did remarkably well. Despite the hardware being two years old, we’re glad to report that Nokia is still supporting it, and today they’ve released a firmware update brining the system software to version 52.0.007.
Changes inside the 5 MB update include increased touch screen sensitivity, something that’s really important since we’re dealing with a resistive screen here, improved performance, multiple fixes for the WiFi connectivity, including a fix for the nasty bug that wouldn’t let you browse the Ovi Store over wireless LAN, Ovi Maps has been updated to version “v3.04 10wk32″, the browser has been updated to version 188.8.131.52, the image and video capture algorithms have been improved, and the speed of screen rotation from portrait to landscape has also been improved.
Truth be told, if you’re still carrying a 5800 in your pocket then it’s time to upgrade. The recently announced and currently shipping Nokia C6-01 is a mid range Symbian^3 device that not only runs the best version of Symbian to ever be released, but the specification bump is also welcome. You get the same 640 x 360 resolution screen, but this time it’s capacitive, and there’s a stainless steel body, versus the 5800’s plastic, you also get an 8 megapixel camera, a huge jump from the 3.2 megapixel in the 5800; best of all you get support for all five 3G bands, meaning regardless of operator or where you are in the world, you’re going to get high speed internet access.
[Via: All About Symbian]