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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia 5230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Nokia 5230 Nuron (T-Mobile) Review - A Review of the Nokia 5230 Nuron (T-Mobile)


Excellent battery life, Great call quality, Responsive resistive touchscreen, FM radio

Web browser feels cramped, No integrated Wi-Fi, Lacks multitouch support, Mediocre touchscreen keyboard

The on-screen keyboard on the Nuron works in two ways: portrait mode with T9/triple-tap/handwriting or landscape with a QWERTY layout and handwriting recognition. Since the Nuron uses a resistive touchscreen, handwriting didn't work too well unless we...

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Nokia 5230 Nuron (T-Mobile)


Editors' note: Portions of this review were taken from our evaluation of the Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition , since they share a similar design and feature set.

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.

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Nokia 5230 review: Foot soldiers get smarter


When touchscreen handsets start to take over the lower segments of the market you know the rules of the game have changed. The Nokia 5230 is a smartphone but it doesn't mind rubbing shoulders with the common run of handsets. So, it's free...

3.2" 16M-color TFT LCD 16:9 touchscreen display (360 x 640 pixels) ; Symbian S60 5th edition ; ARM 11 434 MHz CPU, 128MB RAM memory ; Quad-band GSM support ; 3G with HSDPA 3.6Mbps support ; Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support; Ovi maps ; 2...

No Wi-Fi support ; Display has poor sunlight legibility ; 3rd party software is still somewhat limited ; Basic camera ; Doesn't charge off its microUSB port ; No smart dialing ; No DivX/XviD video support out of the box ; No TV-out functionality ; No...


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Nokia 5230 Nuron (T-Mobile)


The on-screen QWERTY keyboard felt cramped. I made plenty of mistakes while typing, though the subtle haptic feedback was welcome. In portrait mode, the keyboard becomes alphanumeric, and there's a separate on-screen dial pad that appears just for...

Free Ovi Maps GPS navigation. Very inexpensive for a true smartphone. Sharp camera. Excellent video recorder

Typing is tough on the resistive screen. OS sluggish and buggy in spots. No Wi-Fi

Despite issues with the Symbian OS and Ovi Store, the Nokia 5230 Nuron is a solid value for T-Mobile subscribers looking for smartphone power on the cheap.

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Nokia Nuron 5230 Review


Struggling to get a foothold in the US smartphone market, Nokia has finally brought a carrier branded S60 5th Edition phone with the Nuron 5230. It's definitely the right direction that the veteran phone maker needs to tackle, but the Nuron only skims...

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Aaron's Nokia Nuron 5230 review | PhoneDog


Overview What's Good: Great entry-level smartphone; fantastic battery life; free Ovi Maps. What's Bad: Resistive touchscreen can be a bit frustrating to use at times. Introduction Every now and then, I'll receive a call from a...

Great entry-level smartphone; fantastic battery life; free Ovi Maps

Resistive touchscreen can be a bit frustrating to use at times

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...

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Review: Nokia 5230 Nuron


Nokia's Nuron brings S60 5th Edition to T-Mobile. For S60 and T-Mo lovers, it may be worth picking up. It offers solid phone, camera and music experiences, but lags the competition when it comes to messaging and social networking.

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Review: Nokia 5230 Nuron for T-Mobile


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...

I dont think the Nuron gets internet access

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Review: Nokia 5230 Nuron for T-Mobile review


The Nokia 5230 Nuron is a version of the original 5230 touchscreen smartphone built for T-Mobile USA. It has a low purchase price, offers good features, and comes in a nicely designed package. But is it's older S60 UI up to the task? Read more in our...

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Nokia 5230 Review


It was not long ago, touch screen cell phones were very rare and expensive. Within a very short time frame, touch screen devices have appeared and appealed to the masses. Now, in order to dominate the non-touch massive market, these touch devices need...

Product Specifications

The eye-catching Nokia 5230 puts innovative design, cutting-edge technology, and a world of entertainment at your fingertips. Discover how style meets functionality with its vibrant colors, intuitive touch-based interface and stunning 3.2" widescreen display. Access your whole music library, organize your tracks on your PC, and purchase songs online from your favorite artists - all with a couple of taps. Stay connected, entertained, and on the right track with easy access to your favorite social networking sites, Ovi Store, and Ovi Maps.


Antenna Type:Internal


Standby Time (PB):458hours
Talk Time (PB):420minutes
Technology:Lithium ion



CE Input Device

Type:Touch sensitive screen


Band:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Integrated Components:Digital camera / FM radio / Digital player
Phone Form Factor:Monoblock
Service Provider:Not specified
Technology:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice Recorder: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth 2.0

Communicator Features

Operating System:Symbian OS 9.4 / Series 60 v5.0

Dimensions & Weight



Color Depth:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:3.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.1cm
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSDHC


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nokia

Messaging & Data Services

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution): Yes
High Speed Circuit Switched Data (HSCSD): Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access): Yes
Internet Browser: Yes


Color:All black

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:2Megapixel


Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes

Telephone Features

Voice Dialing: Yes
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