Nokia 5230 review

Bargain-priced smartphone with some advanced features

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Nokia 5230

A smartphone is a trusted gadget you rely on every day. It is not just an accessory you might need occasionally as you type away on a laptop.

As such, a phone must be capable of doing much more than just a simple calling device: it must be expandable (both with apps and with more memory) and easy to use.

We liked

As an entry-level model at an affordable price, the Nokia 5230 is a good choice for those who can live without some of the latest perks of more modern smartphones, such as Wi-Fi and a full-size hardware keyboard.

We disliked

We question some of the interface challenges on this device – menus you have to wade through to find the option you want.

And, slow processing speed meant running even simple apps such as the contact manager caused some frustration.

While this will be a major issue for more advanced smartphone users, it will only become a minor annoyance for those who primarily just need to access email and text messages, make calls, and browse the web a few times per day.


The most important realisation with the Nokia 5230 is that it is not intended as a power user device and just does the smartphone basics.

However, in our final analysis, we found the Nokia 5230 to be an intelligent device that we would use if the iPhone, Nexus One, and other models were just a figment of our imagination.

Basically the Nokia 5230 would be an outstanding touchscreen phone about four years ago. Today, it is just an average buy for the price.

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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