Nokia 5230 review

Bargain-priced smartphone with some advanced features

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The Nokia 5230 is an entry-level smartphone, and this becomes readily apparent with media playback.

It's just too difficult to find music and movies, and the Ovi store is still a work in progress (at times, the Ovi apps even failed to open the store at all).

Nokia 5230

Lacking the Apple iTunes store or a robust partnership with Amazon for buying songs, the Nokia 5230 is just an average media phone.

Playback quality for music was fine, but videos tended to stutter a bit due to the slower processor.

The phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack and comes with a 4GB microSD card – which is expandable up to 16GB.

Nokia 5230

If you do load up a bunch of songs, the music player is just adequate – it lacks any useful album cover viewer (you can view album cover art but you can't flip through them like you can on the iPhone).

Nokia 5230

There is an FM radio on the Nokia 5230, and it worked well for several news and sports channels, but the music quality, even on earbuds, was just passable.

You can record voice memos to yourself, but the Nokia 5230 lacks the advanced features of, say, the Nexus One in terms of easily sharing these memos when you connect to your PC.


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