Once touch screen handsets started taking over lower segments of the market, the rules of the game changed. Here, Nokia 5230 changed the path and gave free grounds to the users where they can explore everything. It is not meant to be a top shot and high performance device. This phone is made to provide an affordable option to the user while shopping for a smartphone.
The average 3.2-inch display uses resistive touch screen technology that requires a little pressure to click. Apart from that, display visibility is an issue under sunlight. The camera works well in lights but the absence of flash, reduces its functionality. The handset runs slow sometimes and has a very confusing GPS routing.
Talking the positive side, hardware keys of the phone are quite comfortable and work after a gentle press. Touch screen is well responsive, gives a smooth scrolling experience and removes the need of any stylus. The phone works on a very powerful OS that allows you to download a number of solid apps from Ovi store. It has a Web-Kit based browser that does a competent job to bring the internet to the handset.
Nokia 5230 comes with 3.2 inch TFT LCD touch screen display with 16 million colors and a impressive resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. The phone is powered by an ARM 11 434 MHz CPU supported by 128MB RAM memory and has 3G with HSDPA 3.6Mbps support and Quad-band GSM support. Other functionalities includes a 2 megapixel fixed focus camera with VGA@30fps video and FM radio with RDS.
It has Ovi integration (direct image and video uploads, Ovi Contacts), accelerometer sensor for automatic UI rotation, Bluetooth with A2DP and features landscape on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboard. The 5230 works on Symbian S60 5th edition and like any other touch screen device by Nokia, it comes with micro SD card memory expansion, standard 3.5mm audio jack and USB v2.0. Right side has a volume controller, camera button and a lock switch.
Nokia 5230 is a medium sized handset with a familiar design, candy bar shape, volume of 83 cc (3.98 ounces) and dimensions of 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm. Overall; it is a very lightweight and compact handset and does not looks or feels fragile. There three hardware buttons at the bottom of phone: a green button for making calls, menu button and a red button to end calls. Above the display, you will find the earpiece, a touch sensitive Media key and several sensors. On the top, it has a micro USB port and a standard headphone jack. Left spine has a micro SD expansion slot and a SIM card slot, both protected by covers.
Nokia 5230 may not be the fastest smartphone around, but still it has the capability to offer an incredible deal to the budget conscious customers.