The Nokia 5230 is an intelligent device that offers a wealth of unique features for a budget handset, including all the functionality of a touch screen device, a wealth of applications available, GPS, media playback, a 2MP camera with advanced options such as setting ISO level, and the ability to expand the memory to 4GB of storage.

The Nokia 5230 makes use of the Symbian S60v5 OS which has the advantage of being simple to use and requiring very little learning to work with. The 434MHz provides support to the nicely responsive touch screen and apps such as Ovi Maps 3.0.
The handset also features a dedicated camera button which enables the user to access the camera app instantly. The button is positioned on the lower right side of the phone.

One of the great features of the Nokia 5230 is the well-implemented lock button on the right side of the phone. You just slide the button down preventing accidental powering up of the phone when it is in a bag or pocket.

Call quality on the Nokia 5230 is outstanding and adding contacts for dialing is slick and easy while messaging is a delight on the responsive and accurate keyboard. The accelerometer insures that switching between horizontal or vertical orientation is a breeze which also makes updating social networking apps offered by Nokia simple and user friendly. The messaging apps for text messaging and email work extremely well with the email client able to access web-based email such as G-Mail.

The browser boasts a well configured home screen when started initially and shows links to several popular sites including Yahoo Mail, Facebook, news channels and Mapquest. Large icons for making bookmarks, typing in a URL and accessing browser settings make it easy to surf the internet on the Nokia 5230 through the 3G connection, BlueTooth.

The Nokia 5230 is home to an exceptional camera for a cell phone and provides some wonderful camera features beyond just setting white balance such as being able to set exposure level and ISO speed.
The Nokia 5230 also has settings for a self-timer, multiple shots in sequence, colour and contrast level options, and sharpness level. All these additional settings work well together to ensure the 5230 provides better photos than other cell phones with a 2MP camera.

The Nokia 5230 is a well presented media phone with above average quality music playback and a 3.5mm headphone jack and 4GB microSD card expandable to 16GB to ensure the user has the memory and capabilities of storing all their music on the device.
There is also an FM radio on the Nokia 5230 as well as a voice memo recording facility.

As an entry-level model at an affordable price, the Nokia 5230 is a good choice for those who can live without some of the latest perks of more modern smart phones, such as Wi-Fi and a full-size hardware keyboard.
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 1900 – American version
Dimensions 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm, 83 cc
Weight 115 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size 360 x 640 pixels, 3.2 inches
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Handwriting recognition
Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes, check quality
Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Detailed, max 30 days
Internal 70 MB storage, 128 MB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 16GB, buy memory
GPRS Class 32
EDGE Class 32
3G HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
CAMERA 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels
Video Yes, VGA@30fps
OS Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5
CPU 434 MHz ARM 11 processor
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes + Java downloadable
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Nokia Maps
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
- Organizer
- Photo editor
- Flash Lite 3.0
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh (BL-5J)
Stand-by Up to 432 h (2G) / Up to 432 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 7 h (2G) / Up to 4 h 30 min (3G)
Music play Up to 33 h