“Nokia’s first mass-market touch-screen smartphone has run into a few bumps in the road, as the company had to stop selling the 5800 XpressMusic because of technical issues,” Marin Perez reports for InformationWeek.

MacDailyNews Take: “Few bumps in the road…” Marin has a flair for understatement.

Perez reports, “The 5800 is seen as Nokia’s answer to the Apple iPhone… The Symbian-powered handset has all of the features one expects from a high-end smartphone, and the company tweaked a few elements of the user interface to make the 3.2-inch screen finger friendly.”

MacDailyNews Take: Nope. We expect more, Marin. Much more. That’s why we have real iPhones, not pretend ones. And, hold the stylus, please. This isn’t 1990.

Perez continues, “The company launched the handset in the United States last week, but the smartphone appears to have problems with the earpiece speakers, which are reportedly not properly protected from moisture… The handset also reportedly has problems connecting to AT&T’s 3G network in certain markets. The cell phone manufacturer said the problems are popping up in Chicago and New York, where Nokia has flagship stores, but it doesn’t appear to be occurring in other markets.”

Full article here.

Daniel Ionescu reports for PC World, “U.S. customers who bought a European version of the 5800 late last year and think they might be affected by the earpiece issue should contact a Nokia authorized service center. Meanwhile, back in the UK, some wireless carriers like Vodafone are waiting for a new batch of 5800s. Vodafone did not confirm whether the delay in selling more 5800 handsets is due to performing sales or the reported earpiece problem.”

Ionescu reports, “Users reported that they were able to get AT&T GSM and EDGE signals, but a 3G signal could not be acquired. Nokia has not responded officially over this 3G connectivity problem, but the company’s two flagship stores are now selling the European version of the 5800 instead.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The scrambling to catch the years-ahead Apple iPhone continues with riotous effect.