Nokia 5230 review

Bargain-priced smartphone with some advanced features

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Nokia 5230

If the slow speed and lack of Wi-Fi keep coming up as problems on the Nokia 5230, one saving grace is the exceptional camera.

The quality is actually no better than an iPhone – at two megapixels, you won't be submitting your stunning images to a glossy photo magazine any time soon.

Yet, the Nokia 5230 provides some slick camera features beyond just setting the white balance (which helps you adjust lighting options so that subjects appear the correct colour).

For example, this is one of the only phones that lets you set exposure level (amount of light allowed in through the lens) and ISO speed (how quickly the shutter opens and closes).

The Nokia 5230 also has settings for a self-timer, multiple shots in sequence, colour and contrast level options, and sharpness level.

All of these settings do lead to better photos. In a scene with some ducks on a river, the exposure settings provided a slick way to brighten up a photo before ever using Photoshop.

With the self-timer, it was possible to take a family portrait without having to relegate one family member to being the photographer.

Unfortunately, like every other cameraphone except the beefier N900 and maybe the Motorola Milestone, the Nokia 5230 is just too light for serious photography. It's too easy to set up a nice shot, then nudge the camera a bit and take a blurry photo.

Nokia 5230

Nokia 5230

Nokia 5230

Nokia 5230

Nokia 5230

For video, this lighter-than-air problem is a bigger problem. It is difficult to hold the phone steady enough for any real video clips unless you rest it on a table or chair. Even then, it's hard to record a video that isn't jerky and unwatchable.


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