Came Diwali season in 2009 and Nokia started promoting its Nokia 5800 Xpress music phone aggressively, with special emphasis given for the free Sennheiser headset worth Rs.2290. Keeping aside Sennheiser headset, the price of the phone itself is slashed from around Rs.19500 to Rs.14000, with the exclusions of features like TV out, Extra stylus, Music stand.
This article is a review of the Sennheiser headset that comes free with the Nokia 5800XM. The one which I got was the Sennheiser Headmax PMX60, which was a back wear type of head set. To be frank, the headsets are really disappointing in their functions. The noise cancellation is the worst part, both inward and out ward. Even when the sound was set to its max, I could clearly (just about) hear my friends talking and it was the same with them that they could hear the track being played. Although this may happen with any other headset, it was worse in this one. So, clearly this doesn’t work in either public places (as you’ll hear all sorts or noises from the roadside) or in silent places (such as library, since others would be disturbed by your music).
If the people around me were quite and they have no objections of me hearing songs, the stereo quality was good (see the two if’s there).
There was another ear phone, that was a part of the regular 5800 pack. That was as like any other Nokia ear phone used mainly to talk rather than to hear songs as one thread will be a lot shorter than the other.
I only used the Sennheiser headsets once and since then it’s the ear buds (the Sony Ericsson style that go into the ears; I like them) that came with my Dell studio laptop that became my default when listening to music.
So if the Sennheiser headsets are the main attraction for you to buy a Nokia 5800 XM, you can safely choose any other phone. As it is, the 5800XM for Rs.14000 (keep a note on the removed features) is a fantastic buy, throwing the Senn headsets away.