Excerpt: As we mentioned earlier in the week, SlashPhone received a Nokia 5230 Nuron for review. After giving it ample play time, we’ve come to a stable conclusion about the handset, and we can safely say that while the device has its limitations, we’re sure that it will make someone out there happy. But, let’s get right into it, so we can figure out if that person is you or not. Will the Nuron live up to Nokia’s hype? Or does it fall flat on its face?
Excerpt: The Nokia 5230 handset is one of the first low-end touch smartphones manufactured by the Finnish company. Of course this isn't one of those top-tier devices that can ruin budgets, but at least Nokia fans will be able to taste some of the early Symbian S60 5th Edition features. By the look of it, the phone is clearly targeting the youth and/or fashionistas, though the latter class might be a little bit disappointed by the fact that the phone is not that “bling-bling”.
Pros: I think one of the best things about 5230 is its decent look, but I would also enlist here the easy to use interface. I would also like to mention here the ARM 11 434 MHz CPU, which is rather powerful for a low-budget handset, as well as the 3G with HSDPA 3.6Mbps support, built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support, standard 3.5mm audio jack, excellent audio quality.
Cons: The downsides list of the phone could be much higher than I anticipated, but some of the things I wanted to include might not be “negatives” for Nokia fans … yet. So, to begin with I would say that the lack of a microSD memory card, as well as the missing of an USB cable are hard to understand. Especially that we're talking about a music phone here, and Nokia 5230 includes a small storage space. Display has poor sunlight legibility, while the camera is under-par with ...
Nokia 5230 review: Nokia 5230 vs Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
4 June 2010
Conclusion: In this case it is not easy to recommend any particular model. Practically all current Nokia touchphones (except, perhaps, N900) are created like 5800 XpressMusic –some features have been added or removed, the corpus has been slightly retouched. Such a strategy can not be considered to be successful, because the user has to choose if he/she needs to take the base model 5800 XpressMusic or to save money, taking the 5230 without Wi-Fi or 5530 XpressMusic without GPS.
Excerpt: American mobile operator T-Mobile officially announcedthat its first Nokia device which will function with the support of Ovi Maps 3.0. The new gadget is going to be called Nokia 5230 Nuron. With the idea of the Ovi map support, it will include pre-installed maps of the U.S., Canada and Mexico which are being most frequently used by the U.S. citizens. As an option it will also allow access up to 180 maps of the other countries.
Excerpt: Only a year ago Nokia entered the market of touch phones, presenting the 5800 XpressMusic. Time passed and the market needed more affordable solutions optimized for finger control. One of them is Nokia 5230, presented by the Finns in August. Touch phone Nokia 5230 will be available by the end of the year. New home screen is installed in the shell, which first appeared on Nokia 5530 XpressMusic.
Summary: The Nokia Nuron 5230 is a fantastic device for newcomers to the smartphone market. Sure, it's not the device for a power-hungry smartphone aficionado, but Mom could find a lot to like in this device. With stellar battery life and a plethora of PIM applications, the Nuron could make for a great companion to the frequent traveler. At present, it is free when purchased online (new, two-year agreement required), making it a fantastic option.
Summary: The Nuron isn't a bad smart phone for the price. It has a high-resolution touchscreen, and though we're not fans of resistive displays, the Nuron's worked fairly well. Battery life was epic, and call quality was very good on T-Mobile's 3G network. In some ways, though, the Nuron feels like My First Smart Phone, including the relatively crude browser and basic interface, which is fine given the target audience.