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      26.05.2012 21:52

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      Nokia 5230 is a nice phone in its category for the price.

      I got this phone exactly 2years back in may 2010.I would like to review(share my personal opinion) the phone in different parts for better and detailed understanding.

      Looks - Phone looks are pretty decent but not super good like samsung galaxy series.

      Screen - It has got semi resistive screen which is not as sensitive as capacitative but equally not as bad as resistive screen. It has 640x360 resolution which makes it 229ppi which is awesome for an unlocked phone for its price. There is also a stylus provided along with the phone which is kind of outdated way to use a touchscreen.

      Camera - It comes with 2megapixel camera which doesn't have autofocus and also no flash. Quality of images is pretty poor but on the plus side its got dedicated camera button so its ok for taking one or two snaps here and there.

      Build Quality - Phone is mostly made of plastic but resists the drops and scratches that are seen in day to day life. One word i can say is its, rigidly build.

      Software - Its got symbian S60 version 5 as OS. The software UI is not so smooth and fast considering andriod and ios. Its got all the basic tools like alarm, calculator etc you find on feature phones.
      Games such as angry birds rio etc are available in OVI store and they play pretty well. Pdf reader,youtube and office tool applications can be downloaded from OVI store.
      Videos look crisp watching on the screen but audio lacks in quality and volume level. Even Headphones doesn't provide good loud sound.

      Other features - It includes 3G and GPS which is pretty good working. GPS works based on OVI maps which are pre-installed in the phone.


      Battery life - Phone last for 1day long with 4hrs of music usage, 1hr of internet usage via EDGE, about 1hour of talk time and 20 text messages. On whole it can last a good day long.


      Conclusion - Its a good feature phone with plenty of features(only wi-fi missing). Its apt for a student.

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      13.02.2012 01:42

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      Its a phone, dig?

      Mobile phones today are all about cameras, internet and applications. Frankly I think its a bit silly, you want a camera buy a camera because a. its bound to have better resolution, more mega pixels etc. and b. you don't look pathetic trying to take a decent photo with a phone. But seriously, this phone is fine, its a touch screen with a measly 2megapixel camera thats more than enough for a quick snapshot of friends and events if you must. It can be used to surf a minor portion of the web (at great expense) but internet capability clearly isn't this phones forte. If like me, you want a phone that's not a messy pile of different media jumbled together, get this, it'll do. Menus are simple to navigate, as is writing a text and calling, its got a decent lock switch and its fairly fast reaction wise. The nokia 5230 still has all the other things that past phones had like calendars, calculators, rubbish games and what not.

      A downside to this is if you're going to use this phone to its full potential, you'll need to purchase an official Nokia usb cable (sold separately) to upload your music or photos etc onto it. The software included is best not bothering with once you have the cable as it just takes up valuable time, space and offers nothing new. It can also be a bit fussy when multitasking - if the alarm goes off whilst the phone is locked, you cannot simply unlock it, you gotta press one of the two options, both seemingly activating the snooze button.

      So if you want a phone - this is fine.
      if you want a touch screen phone instead of pulling out a brick of a sony ericson - go for it.
      if you want to be a flash git with a Swiss army knife of a phone - look elsewhere.

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      30.01.2012 11:38

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      Ok for a first time user

      I purchased this phone as at the time it the reviews were ok and the contract was a reasonable price with the phone as free. There was a reason!

      The touch screen is of poor quality and is often completely unresponsive. You often have to touch the on screen keys two or three times before it registers. The software is slow to reposond as well and quite often you get into a app and it closes itself down. The software also seems to be full of bugs where you get stuck on screens or the phone switches off when you are surfing the net or stays connected to the internet and costs you a fortune depending on your contract.

      The battery life is pretty good. I have managed to make the phone last 4 days when i hadnt used it a lot, but if your on the internet or playing music the battery decreases quickly, but overall this was a good feature of the phone.

      It has a 3 megapixel camera which is handy but dissapointingly has no flash to accompany the camera so the pictures tend to some out grainy and dark.

      You can link the phone to the Ovi store where there are thousands of apps and games which i was initially impressed by but I found the store difficult to navigate around and compared to the Iphone and Appstore, Ovi is way behind!

      If you don't want/need a phone like the Samsung Galaxy's or Iphones of the world and just want a nice looking handset to start you off then this would be adequate, and is nice and cheap to buy.

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      24.01.2012 04:34

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      Its a pretty good phone that should be tried out.

      When I got this phone I was amazed. This isn't one of those amazingly cool, or graphically or software enhanced smartphone. This was an average easy to use smartphone. I do like the camera, even though it isn't good in megapixel its still good to have a camera phone. Its also neat that you are able to record videos if you want to do something else in camera mode. You're able to record up to 2 hours when there is not data on the phone. I also enjoy the internet. Its not confusing, and is able to display pages at a good rate. Sometimes though it will take forever just to load something. Being able to get on Facebook on the phone is another cool thing to. Listening to music might be a problem. When I put in the ear phones that came with the phone I couldn't hear the music. If I gently took them out I was able to hear something. I can't move it out of place or it will come off. The battery life was just horrible. If your on the internet you won't be able to be on for long, but if you barley use the phone, the battery life could last for days. The phone is great and good, and is good for people who love to things on their phone, I promise you, you will enjoy this phone.

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      04.11.2011 14:37

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      great smartphone

      The Nokia 5230 is a great smartphone.
      The 5230 is easy to use and navigate and its menus and settings will be familiar to those who own or have previously owned a Nokia handset.
      The touch screen works on a double tap basis which is easy to use and means that you don't have to go through limitless menu screens. I had read reviews of the phone before I bought it last year, some said that the touchscreen performed poorly, however I have never had any problems with this and it has never been unresponsive.
      The battery life is good on the phone, but as with most handsets, the more you use the internet functions etc the quicker the battery will drain.
      The handset comes with many apps pre-loaded, facebook, twitter etc and you can download others through the Ovi store.
      The camera is only 2 megapixel and so may lack the quality of other smartphones but works fine as a basic phone camera.
      Overall it performs well as a smartphone and has all the standards of a great nokia handset.

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      29.09.2011 21:27

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      Not too bad for the price, could be a lot better.

      I only chose this phone because I wanted a cheap contract and this seemed the best of the bad bunch on offer. To be fair it is a cheaper phone and you get what you pay for, but I find the unresponsive touch screen and general sluggish-ness really irritating.
      The battery lasts about 2 days if you keep it connected to the internet to receive your emails or use the facebook app a lot, it lasts a lot longer otherwise.
      It is pretty difficult to write messages on quickly, you do get used to it, but whenever I borrow someone else's better phone I realise how awful the touchscreen on this one is. It is also, quite difficult to use on just about any website, I often find myself frustratingly clicking on the wrong things, or inappropriately "liking" someone's facebook status and it's not as though I have sausage fingers!
      Good Points? Well, you get free sat nav with Nokia, which has proven useful on occasion, but I wouldn't recommend it for use in the car as it once froze on me, leaving me lost. The email service is faster then you would expect and I suppose the battery life isn't bad compared to a lot of the current smart phones.

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      12.09.2011 16:30

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      overall it worked me a treat, but i'm looking forward to getting a new phone!

      I have had this phone for 18 months now (getting close to getting an upgrade wooo), and I am ok with it. inevitably, while the phone was new and exciting 18 months ago, it's now alarmingly out of date and highly frustrating.
      My number one issue with the phone is its touch reception (if that is the right wording). When I used to type with buttons I could write a long message extremely quickly. However now I constantly have to go back and amend any errors made. This is after 18 months so it is not used to me being unused to touch screen, it is the fact that it constantly seems to struggle.
      It was however bought on a very cheap deal where the phone came free, and now the deal would probably be even greater. I wouldn't recommend unless you get the contract very cheap, but just remember i got this almost 2 years ago on a great deal, i'm sure you could get much greater now (i pay £15 a month)

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      06.06.2011 04:30

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      Best mobile to use at affordable price

      i bought this mobile 2 years back. from that moment i never feel unhappy with this mobile because all the time it makes my job simpler. i usually faced so many problems with my previous mobile because my finger is to get pain when i was chatting with it but i got relief when i bought this mobile...

      As you compare this mobile with other mobiles in the market it has all the features except wi-fi, and also it's cost is so much affordable for the customers. i actually do some business in online, so this mobile also helped me to open the full html site and do my job simpler...

      This phone actually famous for games and music. it actually support's so many applications. for using social networking websites also it was very nice mobile...

      but some drawback with the mobile is "It will not give more louder sound when you keep songs outside of the headphone". and also battery back-up also some what drawback...

      finally this is very nice phone at this price in the market with all the features. so buy the mobile and experience yourself...

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      22.05.2011 23:28

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      Excellent purchase

      The Nokia 5230 is a games and music orientated smartphone, and when compared to other smartphones on the market, it is very reasonably priced. The phone has all the basic features that one is looking for in a phone, combined with some very exciting, unique features.

      The phone's dimensions are 51.7x111x15.5, which makes it a comfortable size, and easily fits in a pocket. The phone has a large 3.2 inch widescreen touchscreen, which makes the phone easy to use and control. This Nokia model allows quick and easy access to social networking sites.

      The phone appears to have a very acceptable battery life, which lasts for at least an entire day with frequent use. The phone also houses a 2 mega pixel camera, which has digital zoom. The camera can also be changed into a video camera, and lengthy videos can be recorded.

      The phone can connect to other devices via cable or via bluetooth, but cannot connect via WLAN or infrared, however, personally I think that bluetooth and cable are sufficient. The phone has a 70 MB memory, and can house a memory card also, which allowed me to store multiple videos and images, along with multiple playlists of music.

      In general, this phone is very good, however the only drawback is that the messaging is not displayed in conversation format, which makes specific messages slightly harder to find.

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      13.04.2011 22:13
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      Nice phone, highly recommended

      Now, as you may well know I love myself a new phone now and again. But when I was out one day (with no intention of buying a new phone) I stumbled across this beauty, the nokia 5230. What really impressed me about this phone is that it just really looks the part. I'm a samsung girl myself, don't get me wrong but Nokia sure know a thing or two about style. The phone itself looks pretty, quite a big phone if I might say but I think that the look of the phone makes up for that.

      When my friend dragged me into Carphone Warehouse a few weeks back I was just casually wondered round while she chatted with the shop assistant about getting a Blackberry I came across this little one hit wonder. I had seen the ads for this phone, but up close and personal it looked very pretty and once I have my sights set on something, it WILL be mine!
      I asked them how much it would cost on o2 pay as you go and to be quite honest with you I was shocked at the price, just £79.99 for this beaut! Obviously, I just had to have it there and then so I paid and walked out with a big smile on my face and a rather empty wallet!

      Wehn I took the phone out of the box I was so excited, not only had I got myself a new phone, but I got a new best friend. I think that the features on this phone are also amazing, not only does it have a 2 mp camera but the quality of the graphics on the screen are just plain awesome. The phone I bought it on o2 so it costs frequently more than the other networks. On vodafone and orange the costs vary from £49.99-£69.99

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      16.03.2011 09:31
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      An excellent first touchscreen smartphone

      I first found out about this phone as a possibility when I returned a review rate, and read a review of it. It sounded ideal for me, so I also checked the ratings and comments on Revoo which bore out what I'd already read. It's a fairly straightforward touchscreen smartphone, with a reputation of having a longer battery life than many of the others that were options for me when I was thinking of changing my phone. This is my first smartphone and first touchscreen, so it was a bit daunting but I was allowed to try it in the shop and I reckoned I'd get on with it ok with a bit of perseverance. These are some of the things that I've found so far after five months of daily usage!

      I have this phone on a £20 a month 24 month contract with Orange. This is what I got:
      In the box : The phone, the sim, the charger, various manuals, a hands-free mountable bracket, wrist strap with plectrum stylus attached, 2GB micro SD card, earplugs.
      Not in the box : USB data cable, easy and cheap to obtain from eBay (I got a genuine Nokia cable for £1.50 post-free). There is also a vastly expanded version of the instruction manual available online, I've looked once so far and it was mind-boggling!

      TOUCHSCREEN

      It measures 4cm x 7cm. It has great responsiveness, which was a great relief as I had all sorts of worries about over- or under-sensitivity. It is adjustable but I've found that the factory setting so far is perfect for me. The only downside is that as I tend to use my nails to type, if I cut them short I have to use something else to poke the screen with. I have tried attaching the wrist strap so that I could use the stylus but I found that it got in the way far too much & took it off again. I have resolved to keep my nails slightly longer than usual! I haven't bothered with a screen protector as it lives in a sock and this has kept it undamaged so far.
      Keyboard


      This is on-screen, not a slide-out one. You hold the phone vertically for the conventional phone dialler layout, horizontally for the qwerty keyboard. This has been my favourite feature of the phone by far as I have never really settled with texting by pressing keys repeatedly for the required letter or worse, predictive text, even after years of mobile use. I love my qwerty keyboard and I hope that I'll now always be able to have a phone that features one! There's also a handwriting option, which works remarkably well (another case for decent nails!) - it recognises letters one at a time, and on the whole if you're careful to make sure that they're fully formed it works. My 'H' seems to cause it problems though, must work on that..

      There's a full symbol menu; smilies are not included though so you still have to construct them, but I don't mind that, as I don't use them a lot anyway.

      RECEIVING A TEXT - it only rings once, then the centre button lights up and flashes on & off for an hour. This is a disadvantage of the phone sock as it hides the light very effectively, but then so would a pocket or a handbag. A repeater as an option would have been a great advantage here, as I've missed important messages several times due to the single text tone being drowned out by normal daily noises.

      RECEIVING A CALL - this took some practice. The phone locks itself after a set time-period (adaptable from 5 seconds to 60 in increments), so inevitably the phone will ring while the screen is locked, meaning that you need to unlock the screen to answer, this message does indeed flash up on screen. To unlock, you slide the switch on the right hand of the screen downwards. Initially, in my panic at having new technology, I thought that you also had to press 'answer call' on the screen as well. However, after annoying a couple of friends and relatives by cutting them off just as I'd answered, I discovered that all that is needed is to slide the switch and you've answered the call. This is just as well as it only rings four times (if using a conventional ringing tone) and then goes to voicemail, I haven't yet found any way to lengthen this interval. Another issue was 'where's the dialler to press 3 for customer services?' - problem solved by opening options, and open dialler is top of the list, with it then replacing your screensaver for the duration of the call.

      CAMERA

      The camera is an adequate 2MP, but is a big step-up for me from the paltry VGA ones on previous phones. I use a DSLR for any serious photography, but I've found this to be very handy for quick snaps in good light. It doesn't have a flash. The quality is probably better than the old 110 film cameras, but it fills a similar role - simple, small lens, pocket-sized and convenient. There are a few different filters and modes to play with, and the video mode is quite handy - although strangely it films in mp4, only compatible with iTunes or Quick Time. Still, It doesn't look bad in iTunes. Obviously again it's best in good light.

      SOUND RECORDER

      This is pretty good, and how long you can record for depends entirely on the storage available in the memory, and the battery life (obviously this is also true of the camera/video).

      MUSIC

      The phone syncs with Windows Media Player, I've done this using the data cable, but it will probably also work via Bluetooth. You can download whole albums or playlists to the phone fairly instantly this way. The phone organises your music by album, artist etc automatically. The sound through the phone is adequate, as are the supplied earphones, which have a standard jack plug.

      APPLICATIONS

      My phone came with a few pre-installed applications - mainly internet-related ones, such as Facebook, and maybe a little out of date, MySpace and Bebo. The most efficient way of getting more apps onto this phone seems to be to use Nokia's Ovi Store, which has plenty of free apps available as well as the large number of ones that are for sale. I can also get into the Orange store but most of those are payable and the range is much smaller. There's also Ovi Music Store, and Ovi Maps - this is the most useful one so far for us as it functions with the phone's GPS as a proper GPS device, and can be mounted on a car dashboard, or even used when you're on foot, as I had to a couple of weeks ago. I was extremely grateful to find that it accurately pinpointed my location and I was able to quickly see where I'd gone wrong and get to where I needed to be. The running speed of the applications is good, but a quick note about..

      INTERNET

      I know that a lot of the problem with this for me will be the Orange network availability at any given time, but I do have connection problems even when it's showing full reception and 3G - despite this, it often tells me that there is no network connection, and it takes another attempt to connect to actually get online, which is a pain when you're in a hurry. When it's working ok it's fairly quick, I'd say it was fair to adequate, although in its favour, when I needed to find the number of the local dog warden recently, it did me proud by connecting to Google and searching very quickly when I was out walking our own dog.

      MEMORY & MEMORY CARD

      It has an internal memory of 70MB, and the ability to take a 16GB microSD card.

      BATTERY LIFE

      This is one of the things that drew me to this phone. When I was researching, so many companies seemed to be developing their smartphone's functions ahead of their battery capacity, and many had a reputation for going flat far too fast for my liking. This one had a good reputation for holding its charge, and it has lived up to this so far. I charge it every few days, it has moderate use but I do use the internet fairly regularly (despite the intermittent connection!).

      DISADVANTAGES

      The main one is that it does go spontaneously flat occasionally, but I think it's updating itself in the background. This is the only logical explanation I can think of. It's happened three times so far in the five months that I've had it, but after charging it's fine again for weeks.
      If you want a phone with a webcam/front camera for chat, this hasn't got one (just been on a mobile forum and this seems to be the main gripe).
      I can't figure out how to turn off the alarm. This is probably a failing on my part but other than cancelling the alarm completely (you're meant to be able to set up a daily one), I can't seem to achieve anything other than snooze. This sounds great, but isn't helpful for my kids on a schoolday!

      For full tech-specs, here's the Nokia site page:
      http://europe.nokia.com/find-products/devices/nokia-5230/specifications

      CONCLUSION

      To be honest, for what I need, this phone is brilliant. I'm not the sort of person whose mobile is the centre of my universe - it is still basically a phone with a few handy extras, but I enjoy using it, and having a little camera and a mini computer in my pocket at all times still hasn't lost its novelty. I thoroughly recommend this as a more than satisfactory entry-level smartphone, it's been fairly idiot proof so far, the battery lasts well, and it's reliable, say, 95% of the time (roughly :-) )

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        15.03.2011 20:05
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        A bad, cheap phone. Avoid like the plague.

        This phone is an attempt at the most basic and cheaply made smartphone possible. In many ways it is a success - it does everything you would expect a smartphone to do - push emails, apps, internet, it has a touch screen - however in my opinion it performs these tasks poorly.

        The touch screen, for example, is very unresponsive and doesn't give a clear picture. The speed of the phone when navigating is very slow, which when combined with the poor and inaccurate touch screen makes the phone very clunky to use. I often found myself becoming frustrated with the phone, pushing menu options and writing texts only to find it had not registered my touch, or had registered two touches. There is no qwerty keyboard displayed, so you need to have predictive text activated, which makes it difficult to text in my opinion.

        The annoyances detailed above are compounded when you consider the bizzare menu system Nokia seem to persist with. Want to change your ringtone? Go to settings, personal, profile, normal, customisation, ring tone. Why Nokia? A normal phone requires only settings, ringtone. Simple. This theme continues with all settings, requiring you to resort to randomly guessing which menus you need to enter to change any given setting.

        The internet is poor on this phone. The touch screen doesn't help, nor does it help that the text is not wrapped when visting pages with lots of text, requiring you to scroll back and forth frantically to read each line! Although it is 3G, I found it slow to download each page.

        There is a large selection of apps, but these predictably run slowly on this phone. There are far fewer apps in the Nokia Ovi store than one would find on an android phone or an iphone.

        The camera quality is abysmal when compared to other modern phones, so much so that you just will not use it.

        The speaker on the phone is also terrible, so you cannot play music on maximum volume and sometimes struggle to hear people speak.

        When you think of smartphones, you think of wifi. This phone has no wifi.



        All in all the problem with this phone is the price. You can get one for between £50-£80. This is too cheap for a smartphone - indeed you aren't really getting a smartphone. The spec is so low end it almost bridges the gap between ordinary and smart phone. The phone feels, and acts, cheap.

        I could not in good conscience recommend this phone and after struggling with it for 6 months I plumped for HTC's entry level smartphone, the HTC wildfire. I really cannot believe I waited 6 months, the difference in quality is so vast.

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          06.03.2011 08:54

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          God phone but needs improving

          I had this phone for about a year but recently sold it. When i recieved it i thought it was an amazing phone that couldn't be beaten, but as i got to know it i found some faults.

          Firstly i will talk about the good things. The best thing i found about the phone was the mobile internet. This is very easy to use and the speed of it is also very quick. Another good thing was the nokia ovi store. The ovi store is basically the same as the iphone app store (but some of the apps are a bit poorer quality). I thought this was great becuase i could have all my favourate apps without having to buy an iphone!

          Now the bad things... Firstly, the speed of the actual phone. This is very slow and i found myself waiting a very long time when loading things up. Next, the camera quality. Although the camera quality is just the same as any other phone i thought that the way it was advertised it would be a lot better. Finally, the touch screen. This was very slow and you had to press very hard.

          To conclude, if you want a cheapish touch screen phone that has easy functions then this is the phone for you. If you want a phone that i quick and is good to use on the go, then i wouldn't reccomend it for you.

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          perfect for those who desire good internet performance and low price.

          i bought this phone about 4 months ago.you would find it quite similar to Nokia 5800 express music. thus you should remember that it is not an express music. although it is my first touch screen phone, i found it quite interesting to "access" internet using this phone. unlike other phone which using arrows to remove the pointer, using touch screen make you feel free to explore. since it is the low-priced one, you would find something uncomfortable about the phone. you would not to be so much satisfied about the speaker "ability". when listening to music, you should set the speaker one level below the maximum to avoid the music sound unclear. if you often set the speaker to maximum, it would damage the speaker. because in fact it is not an express-music phone like it's twin nokia 5800. until today it is still hard for me to find other casings, because it is new product so the accessories is not on the market yet. thus you can try nokia 5800 accessories because those phones are physically similar.

          most of all, this low-priced phone would be perfect for those who don't take music and sound as first priority.

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            Surprisingly well stocked!

            I've been using a Nokia 5230 as a spare handset for low cost international calls outside of my usual contract. I "borrowed" it from a friend almost a year ago and haven't given it back. A quick check of ebay shows they can be picked up new now for around £80, which is remarkably cheap considering its capabilities but clearly I got a better deal than that.

            The 5230 is essentially a "smartphone" built into a normal sized handset. It has all the bells and whistles associated with a smartphone such as touch screen, full internet browsing, email, and "apps." This one is based on the Nokia OVI app system, and although this is probably third in the pecking order behind itunes and Android apps, the choice is expanding daily. It also has GPS built in so we can avail of mapping and Sat Nav.

            The touch screen is highly responsive, much more so than my Blackberry Storm, and navigating the straightforward Nokia menu system that we all know and love is a breeze, as is texting. What is really impressive about this compact smartphone is that it does not suffer signal problems, or one day battery life that other models are known to. A full charge lasts a good four days of regular use.

            The 5230 also incorporates a 2Mp camera, which may not sound impressive but is adequate for mobile purposes and posts a decent photo direct to facebook. We can also pick up radio and it comes with a stylish and comfortable set of headphones.

            All in all this is a well stocked Nokia with all the features of a higher end smartphone for around a quarter of the price. Just a shame it won't get you the same street cred, especially when you have a pink cover attached like I do!

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