Nokia 5230

Nokia 5230

The Nokia 5230’s battery life is commendable. We loved testing the handset as we didn’t have to recharge even with the most complex tasks of playing music, surfing the internet, and downloading an application.

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Our Rating: 77%

Our Nokia 5230 Review

Nokia 5230 Front (Black)

Design

The Nokia 5230, the latest touchscreen smartphone from Nokia and features the Symbian S60 operating system. Available in a choice of interchangeable covers (front and back) make the 5230 versatile as users are sure to find a combination to match his/her personality.

Screen

Nokia’s choice of screen size corresponds to its young audience. The 3.2-inch touchscreen matches the look and feel of an iPhone’s screen. On the downside, the Nokia 5230 did not manage to win this race as its screen is resistive – not as easy to press and navigate with when compared with the iPhone’s capacitive, sensitive screen. The image quality radiates with colour and sharpness in normal lighting conditions. Under direct sunlight, visibility is drastically reduced which was disappointing to us given that young customers are always on the move outdoors.

Nokia 5230 Front (White)

User Interface

Although the Nokia 5230 is almost identical with the Nokia 5800 in terms of look and feel, its user interface is directly lifted from the Nokia 5520 XpressMusic handset. This smartphone’s user interface comes with noticeable performance improvements and features. For example, the built-in accelerometer is more responsive and reliable when compared with that of previous Nokia models. One thing that caught our eye is the home screen that had to undergo a major transformation to become touch-friendly. One example is the fact that some icons were eliminated to make it easier to press and click. This transformation facilitated our work it took us one or two presses to reach our calendar appointments, set an alarm, or change the current profile while in a meeting.

Keypad

As we’ve mentioned earlier, the Nokia 5230 is identical with the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in terms of design and layout. The layout is quite simple equipped with the standard function buttons (call, end call, and menu). We missed the stylus from this handset, which was quite confusing given that the simplest way to remove the SIM card from the side compartment is through the handset’s stylus. The on-screen QWERTY keyboard is a breeze for those accustomed to typing email using a BlackBerry or iPhone. One perk that comes with the Nokia 5230 is its handwriting recognition feature that enabled us to draw letters with ease using the handwriting tutorial.

Nokia 5230 Side (Black)

Camera and Multimedia

After testing out the Nokia 5230’s handwriting feature, we were anxious to capture some pictures and send them to our friends. Using the 2 MP camera wasn’t anything to brag about, as the image quality is average with no auto-focus or LED flash available. The camera’s user interface is cluttered and far from being user-friendly.

Nokia 5230 Side (White)

The after effects such as sharpness, brightness and contrast, and white balance can enhance photos but won’t give the user a miraculous cure for the average camera quality. After capturing some photos, it was time for us to put the Nokia gallery to the test. While the user interface is flexible, the speed of loading photos is not impressive.

We loved listening to our favourite tracks using the Nokia 5230’s music player. The player excelled both in high key and low key beats with distinct resonance. The music library is automatically sorted out by album, artist, and genre upon syncing with a desktop. Video playback did not disappoint us, as we were able to view video clips with crisp, dynamic clarity. However, we would’ve loved for the Nokia 5230 to support DivX and XviD videos.

Nokia 5230 Back (Black)
Nokia 5230 Back (White)

Connectivity and Battery Life

In terms of connectivity, the Nokia 5230 is a steady performer with 3G HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth, and USB support. We were a bit shocked that it lacks Wi-Fi connectivity as it is a must in this age. Another thing we’ve missed is the data cable. The Nokia 5230’s web browser provides decent usability for the average web surfer. We didn’t find the browser to be a deal breaker although it does come with kinetic scrolling. Most pages are rendered correctly with elements clear and easily accessed.

The Nokia 5230’s battery life is commendable. We loved testing the handset as we didn’t have to recharge even with the most complex tasks of playing music, surfing the internet, and downloading an application.

What We Liked

We liked the Nokia 5230’s hip design, audio and video playback, and user friendly interface.

What We Disliked

We disliked the Nokia 5230’s lack of Wi-Fi integration and data cable, and its average camera performance.

Our Final Verdict

The Nokia 5230 is a reliable handset at a great price tag. It combines high-end features with a med-low price range. We loved carrying out Nokia 5230 around as it radiates with its hip design and colours. While the Nokia 5230 lacks Wi-Fi integration, it still makes a great handset for anyone looking for a 3G mobile phone at an affordable rate.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 (mm)
Talk Time 420 mins
Standby Time 438 hours
Weight 113 g
Dual Band Yes
Accelerometer Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 2.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Vibrating Alert Yes
Voice Recognition Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Interchangeable Covers Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 81MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 16GB)

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes
MMS Yes
Photo Messaging Yes
Predictive Text Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes
Handwriting Recognition Yes
Screen Resolution 360 x 640 pixels
Screen Colour Depth 16M colours

Connectivity

3G Yes
EDGE Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

Nokia 5230 Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 (mm)
Talk Time 420 mins
Standby Time 438 hours
Weight 113 g
Dual Band Yes
Accelerometer Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 2.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Vibrating Alert Yes
Voice Recognition Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Interchangeable Covers Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 81MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 16GB)

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes
MMS Yes
Photo Messaging Yes
Predictive Text Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes
Handwriting Recognition Yes
Screen Resolution 360 x 640 pixels
Screen Colour Depth 16M colours

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
EDGE Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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Images of the Nokia 5230

Nokia 5230 Front (Black)
Nokia 5230 Front (White)
Nokia 5230 Side (Black)
Nokia 5230 Side (White)
Nokia 5230 Back (Black)
Nokia 5230 Back (White)

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