Nokia 5230 review

Bargain-priced smartphone with some advanced features

TODO alt text

There were no huge surprises for internet browsing, other than a nicely configured home screen when you start the browser initially.

It shows links to several popular services, including Yahoo Mail, Facebook, news channels and Mapquest. Large icons for making bookmarks, typing in a URL and accessing browser settings make it easy to surf.

Nokia 5230

The only real gripe here is that the phone screen, at 640 x 360 pixels (about the size of two fingers side by side), is a bit small for reading text on a web page.

The screen quality – while bright and clear – does not match the sheer crispness and quality of the Google Nexus One, which uses OLED technology.

Nokia 5230

Of course, the lack of Wi-Fi rears its ugly visage here as well. Sites loaded slowly over a typical 3G connection, and not nearly as fast as they do over Wi-Fi.

And, while web page rendering worked fine for sites like and Gmail, there is a long lag on rich sites – like – as they load in the background.

Nokia 5230

Combined with the slow processor, lack of Wi-Fi makes the Nokia 5230 a poor choice as a web device.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory70 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, HSCSD, GPRS, EDGE
SAR Value1.08 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack, Red
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time7 Hour
Product Model5230
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Weight (Approximate)115 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, ENERGY STAR
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionSymbian OS 9.4
Messaging TypeInstant Messaging, Email, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height111 mm
Width51.7 mm
Depth15.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time438 Hour
Product Name5230 Smartphone
Processor Speed434 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number5230RED
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The eye-catching Nokia 5230 brings together innovative design and cutting-edge technology with its vibrant colours, touch-based user interface, large widescreen display, and enhanced media player.

Package Contents
  • 5230 Smartphone
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger (AC-8)
  • Nokia Battery (Bl-5J)
  • Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-102)
  • Plectrum Stylus (CP-306)
  • User guide
  • Nokia Mobile Holder (CR-119)
Limited Warranty2 Year