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|The eye-catching Nokia 5230 brings together innovative design and cutting-edge technology with its vibrant colors, touch-based user interface, large widescreen display, and enhanced media player.|
|UPC||0758478021910, 0758478023266, 6438158091290, 6438158118928|
|Storage Capacity||70 MB|
|Network Technology||GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)|
|Band||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 HSPA/WCDMA (UMTS) 900/2100|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSDHC|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Capacity||1320 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 420 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 458 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Diagonal Screen Size||3.2 in.|
|Display Resolution||640 x 360 pixels|
|Color Depth||24-bit (16.7 million colors)|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||No|
"The Nokia 5230 Nuron has free maps and voice-guide navigation via Ovi Maps, 3G, and excellent call quality, all at an affordable price. It's also the first Nokia smartphone with a U.S. carrier to offer access to the Ovi Store."
"The Nuron lacks Wi-Fi and a document viewer. Its user interface is clunky and confusing, and we wish it had a capacitive touch screen. No flash for the camera."
"The Nokia 5230 Nuron for T-Mobile isn't the most advanced or fastest smartphone on the market, but budget-conscious customers will find an incredible deal here."
Average review score based on 1 user reviews
Where To Use The Nuron-
This quadband GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz (worldwide), 3G 1700/2100 MHz AWS Band IV, WCDMA 850MHz Band V is a North American phone. Lacking Band II, the other NA WCDMA band, it is offered by T-Mobile.
The user interface(UI)is Symbian60 v5 for touch. If you've used other S60 devices you'll be right at home. Coming from another UI will take a short time to get used to how it works and to learn where things are.
The web browser is good at rendering the non-Flash content of most web pages. I use mine for on-line banking, for example, and have no problems. You'll have to connect via 3G, EDGE or GPRS; WiFi is not included.
This has a full featured contacts application. Multiple numbers per contact is supported as is SIND, speaker independent voice dialing. You can assign images and ringtones to contacts. Synching your contacts with the on-line storage with T-Mobile is simple. The first time I put in my SIM the device went to T-Mobile and downloaded my on-line address book. That was a "Wow!" moment.
Making/Taking Phone Calls-
This is where the UI is just plain strange. If the phone is locked you have to swipe in one direction to unlock it and in another direction to answer the call. I missed the first couple of calls I received while I figured out this bit of extra motions. This provided an "Oh?" moment. Once I had the call answered voice quality was excellent for my conversation partner and for me.
Making a call is very straight-forward. Hold down the green button, say the name of the contact you wish to call and the phone provides a list of matches , do nothing and the phone will start dialing the first contact after a short delay. It recognizes, without prior training, a very difficult name such as Arcibeque. Another "Wow!" moment. Numeric entry pad is also available.
MMS is very intuitive to use. SMS provides you with a virutal numeric keypad or full screen QWERTY. Word prediction can be turned on and off. This application is meshed very tightly with your contacts making it easy to send to whomever you want.
The no flash 2.0 megapixel camera does okay. Sharing your photos via Ovi or MMS is part of the camera application. Video is good on this device.
I've used up to an 8 gigabyte microSDHC in my Nuron with no problems. It is possible it will take up to 16 gigabytes but I've not tested that.
The 3.2 inch resistive touch screen display is bright, crisp and colorful. The finger UI makes a stylus un-necessary for use with any of the on-phone applications and features but when browsing a stylus would be handy. There is no on-board storage for a stylus but you can connect the tethered plectrum to the phone. Another "Oh?" moment.
There is a link to the Ovi store on the device. Plenty of free and low cost applications are available for everything from speedometer to word processing. Decent media player in included.
Ovi Maps with turn by turn navigation is at no additional cost. GPS is quick, accurate, navigation provides spoken street names. Has a very fast route recalculation function. Download from Ovi store. Forget the $9.99 a month TeleNav subscription application preloaded on the Nuron, you won't need it with Ovi Maps. Another "Wow!" feature.
If you want a touchscreen smart phone, don't need wifi, Band II WCDMA (1900 MHz) or major camera this is a good choice.