Nokia 5230 - Specs

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis

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robjohn

September 8, 2010, 12:39 pm

I bought this on the Bank Holiday weekend from Carphonewarehouse for just £69 (half the review price), upgrading for an old 6300. As usual from this store, the handset was effectively unlocked, even though I had to buy a £10 top up on 3. The review is representative of the phone, except I would point out that the screen (excellent in low level light) is real awful in direct sunlight, not helped by the themes all being white letters on black background. I bought this for its Ovi mapping capability (reviewed 30th August on TR) and GPS. This really is outstanding and very flexible. I use this in travelling all around Asia on business, with pre-loaded maps. On the 6300 there was no GPS so I used as a portable map, but with the 5320 I am looking forward to seeing how the GPS works with pre-loaded maps in future trips. Using a whole bunch of local SIM cards, I don't always have data enabled, so Nokia's USP of pre-loadable maps is a great freebie. I like the side slider switch for activating the phone from standby. I find this better than the usual tap/swipe screen fiddly business of low end touch screens. In UK I use a Lebara SIM - and nicely they are offering free data up to 10MB/day until end of Sept - so great for setting and testing the phone's data capability. But (naughty Lebara) this offer is apparently only for 2G. I was using 3G (and 3.5G) and got charged for all my data usage. Anyway, excellent phone (apart from poor screen in strong outdoor light) with Nokia's unbeatable Ovi maps app.

hottea

September 8, 2010, 3:30 pm

Isn't this just a Nokia 5800 without wi-fi?

JK

September 8, 2010, 5:18 pm

@hottea - Not exactly. The 5800 also has a 3.2 Mpix camera with dual LED flash (vs 2.0 Mpix without flash). I'm sure there are other differences too, but the camera was the one that stuck out the most (besides wi-fi).





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