Since the release of the Nokia N93, the TV-OUT has been a standard feature on Nseries devices. From the N95 to the latest N97 and N86, they all have a TV-OUT with an AV cable bundled on the box. With this feature you can do a lot of stuff, from browsing the web right on your TV, to sharing pictures and videos you took with your device to family and friends, and really, your imagination is the limit, you could maybe connect your device to a small TV in your car or do a presentation using Quickoffice and a projector.
When I first read the specification sheet of the Nokia 5800, and noticed that the resolution of its screen was very superior to the standard 240×320 of all its predecessors like N82, N96 etc… First thing I thought was that maybe the TV-OUT resolution was going to be higher than the output resolution of the predecessors. But let me explain, the 240×320 Nokias output @240×320, but the gallery is outputted to a higher resolution although I am not sure exactly the number. Anyway, what I thought is that maybe the Nokia 5800 would produce a nicer picture on my TV to browse the web, which is the main use I give to the featureI had completely forgotten about it, until today that I remember while browsing the settings of the 5800 and found the TV-OUT settings. I immediately wanted to see the difference compared to the Nokia N85 which was just laying in my desk, so I connected both devices, loaded some pictures and started to compare the image each one produced on my TV.
First I compared the ”system”, not the gallery, I compared the browser and how it looked in the N85 and 5800. I was amazed to see that the quality of the image on the TV was….. almost the same! Then I compared the menu and it gave the same result, and images too! My conclusion by just looking at the TV is that both the Nokia 5800 and the N85 produced the same result, when I saw the pictures I had taken I just got completely convinced.
I really thought that the 5800 would output a superior resolution to the TV because the resolution of the device itself is greater, but seems it does not work that way. I wanted to confirm my observations with s specification sheet but was not able to find that little detail in any database. So the conclusion? The 5800 outputs just the same resolution as previous devices with 240×320 resolution screen, the resolution of the screen does not make a difference! So, enjoy the images! The TV-OUT is still an impressive feature on Nokia devices!