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Nokia 5230 / Nokia 5230 Nuron

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4214 reviews of Nokia 5230 / Nokia 5230 Nuron. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People are impressed by the GPS navigation and price. The performance and size are also appreciated. There are some negative comments about the reliability and battery. Views about the apps and screen are different.

usability, size, performance, price, GPS navigation

battery, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia 5230 / Nokia 5230 Nuron is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nokia 5230 / Nokia 5230 Nuron

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 105 user reviews of Nokia 5230 / Nokia 5230 Nuron from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the camera and battery are overall positive. The price and portability also get good feedback. There are some less positive comments about the reliability. There are mixed reviews on the durability and size.

usability, portability, price, battery, camera

reliability

80% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia 5230 Mobile Phone on Vodafone PAYGNokia 5230 Mobile Phone on Vodafone PAYG

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nokia 5230 / Nokia 5230 Nuron

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 97 user reviews of Nokia 5230 / Nokia 5230 Nuron from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and camera. The durability and size also get good comments. There are some critical comments about the performance, while there are mixed comments on the reliability and price.

usability, size, durability, camera, design

performance

65% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia 5230 Quad-band GSM Cell Phone - UnlockedNokia 5230 Quad-band GSM Cell Phone - Unlocked

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Ziegler (engadget.com)

Nokia Nuron for T-Mobile review

 

When the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic was released a little more than a year ago, we thoroughly panned it in our review -- put simply, it felt undercooked and

Uses non-smartphone data pricing ; Includes Ovi Maps with free turn-by-turn nav ; Looks good in white

No WiFi ; Almost identical to the aging 5800 XpressMusic ; Resistive screen

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

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...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : John R. Quain (pcworld.com)

Nokia Nuron Phone Review - PCWorld

 

Top-notch, free turn-by-turn navigation

No built-in Wi-Fi

The Nokia Nuron is a low-cost smartphone with valuable navigation and mapping abilities.

May, 2010

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

Nokia 5230 Nuron (T-Mobile)

 

The Nokia 5230 Nuron offers T-Mobile subscribers a low-cost smartphone with plenty of apps and solid business e-mail.

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.

Multimedia, Camera, and Conclusions Nokia preloads Ovi Maps (Free, ), the company's excellent, free GPS navigation solution. This alone makes the phone an excellent deal as a nav device. You can also easily update your Facebook status, upload photos,...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

Nokia 5230 Nuron review

 

Everyone loves a great deal, and Nokia and T-Mobile are serving up one heck of a value with the Nokia 5230 Nuron. Available starting March 24 for just $69.99 with a two-year contract, the Nuron is a full touch-screen smartphone that offers 3G support,...

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.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Nokia 5230 Nuron (T-Mobile) Review

 

The Nuron isn't a bad smart phone for the price. It has a high-resolution touchscreen, and though we're not fans of resistive displays, the Nuron's worked fairly well. Battery life was epic, and call quality was very good on T-Mobile's 3G network. In...

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

Apr, 2010

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Nokia 5230 Nuron (T-Mobile)

 

T-Mobile customers looking for a touchscreen smart phone on the cheap could easily be tempted by the Nokia 5230 Nuron from T-Mobile. For $69.99 after the mail-in rebate (or as low as a penny through Amazon), it's a small, lightweight device that offers...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : PhoneArena Team (phonearena.com)

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...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Top Ten Reviews Staff (toptenreviews.com)

Nokia 5230 Nuron Review

 

The Nokia 5230 Nuron is a prepaid cell phone that is similar to a smartphone. It provides much of the advanced technology found in a most smartphones, but it lacks popular well-known and widely used operating system. Nevertheless, you can take this...

The Nokia 5230 Nuron has 3G and quad-band capabilities that make it great for international use.

This prepaid cell phone is a bulky device that weighs 4 ounces.

This prepaid cell phone is large for its feature set and lacks the most popular operating systems.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Softpedia (softpedia.com)

Nokia 5230 Review

 

The Nokia 5230 handset is one of the first low-end touch smartphones manufactured by the Finnish company. Of course this isn't one of those top-tier devices that can ruin budgets, but at least Nokia fans will be able to taste some of the early Symbian...

I think one of the best things about 5230 is its decent look, but I would also enlist here the easy to use interface. I would also like to mention here the ARM 11 434 MHz CPU, which is rather powerful for a low-budget handset, as well as the 3G with...

The downsides list of the phone could be much higher than I anticipated, but some of the things I wanted to include might not be “negatives” for Nokia fans … yet. So, to begin with I would say that the lack of a microSD memory card, as well as the...

Sep, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WMA
FM radio: Yes
Music player: Yes
Polyphonic rings quantity:64
Ringer type:Polyphonic
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1020 / 132 / 1320 / 1430
Battery performance:1020 / 132 / 1320 / 1430
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:30 / 31 / 33
Continuous video playback time:3 / 4.4 / 4.6 / 6
Standby time (2G):438 / 480
Standby time (3G):458 / 540
Talk time (2G):10.5 / 12 / 7
Talk time (3G):4 / 4.1 / 4.18 / 4.2 / 4.3 / 4.33 / 4.5

Call Management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto exposure: Yes
Auto focus:No / Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash: No
Camera Resolution:1600 x 1200 / 640 x 480
Digital Zoom:3 / 4
Front camera:N
Main camera resolution:2592 x 1944
Main camera resolution (numeric):2 / 5
Maximum frame rate:30
Photo effects:Black&White, Negative film, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid / Negative film, Sepia, Vivid
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution:1600 x 1200 / 2592 x 1944 / 640 x 480
Rear camera resolution (numeric):2 / 5
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: No
Sensor Type:CMOS
Video capture resolution (max):640 x 480
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:480p
White Balance:Auto / Auto, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent / Auto, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Sunny / Custom modes
Zoom capability:3 / 4

Data Transmission

Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Infrared data port: No

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Chrome / Black, Red / Blue, White / Chrome, White / Pink, White / Red, White / Silver / Silver, White / White
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:2.4 / 3.2
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours / 262144 colours
Display Resolution:240 x 320 / 640 x 360
Display Type:LCD / TFT
External display: No
Orientation sensor:No / Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Resistive
Touch technology:Single-touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Resistive

Energy Management

Battery performance:1320 / 860
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BL-4S / BL-5J
Continuous audio playback time:25 / 30 / 33
Continuous video playback time:3 / 6 / 6.8
Standby time (2G):430 / 438 / 458
Standby time (3G):458
Talk time (2G):10 / 10.5 / 5 / 7
Talk time (3G):4.3

Ergonomics

Proximity sensor: Yes

GPS Performance

GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y

Keyboard

Any key answer: Yes
Keyboard Layout:Alphanumeric / AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:Alphanumeric / AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Media keys (play/pause, stop, forward, rewind): Yes
Navigation key: Yes

Management Features

Support for contact groups: Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Memory

Flash card support: Yes
Internal memory:128 / 50 / 70
Maximum memory card size:16

Messaging

E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Text prediction system:T9
Text prediction system type:T9
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, AAC+, MP3, WAV / AAC, AMR, WAV / AAC, eAAC+, MP3, MP4, WMA / AAC, eAAC+, MP3, WMA / AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, MP3, WMA / AAC, WAV / AMR, WAV
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF / JPG
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
Video compression format:3GP, MP4 / 3GP, MP4, MPEG4, WMV / MP4
Video formats supported:3GP,MP4 / 3GP,MP4,MPEG4,WMV / MP4

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Position location:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS / EDGE,GPRS,GSM,HSCSD / EDGE,GPRS,HSCSD / GPRS,HSCSD / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA,HSDPA,WCDMA / HSDPA / HSDPA,WCDMA / WCDMA
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth version:2.0 / 2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Data network:3G / 3G, CSD / 3G, csd, wcdma / 3G, wcdma / CSD / CSD, EDGE, GPRS, GSM, WCDMA / csd, EDGE, HSCSD, wcdma / csd, wcdma / EDGE, GPRS, GSM, WCDMA / EDGE, GPRS, HSCSD, wcdma / GPRS, GSM, HSDPA, HSUPA, WCDMA / WCDMA
EDGE multislot class:32
GPRS multislot class:32
GSM bands supported:850,900,1800,1900
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MiniSIM
WAP:2.0 / Yes
Wi-Fi:No / Yes

Other Features

Active toolbar: Yes
Built-in processor: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0
Java technology: Yes
Memory slots:1
Memory Type:micro-SD
Music player: Yes
Networking Type:GSM/UMTS
Operating frequency:850/900/1800/1900/2100
Playable formats:.mp3, wma, aac, eaac, eaac+ / MP3, MP4, AAC, eAAC+, WMA / MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+
Playback formats:.mp3, wma, aac, eaac, eaac+ / MP3, MP4, AAC, eAAC+, WMA / MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Processor frequency:434
Ringer type:MP3 / Polyphonic
Smartphone: No
Supported network protocols:HTML, XHTML, WML
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g/n

Packaging Content

Bundled software:- FOTA;\n- Flash Lite 3.0;\n- Ovi Maps 3.0;\n- Nokia Music. / Mail for Exchange 2008, FOTA, Flash Lite 3.0, Ovi Maps 3.0 / Mail for Exchange 2008\nFOTA\nFlash Lite 3.0\nOvi Maps 3.0 / Nokia Ovi Suite, Mail Exchange 2008, FOTA, Flash Lite 3.0, Ovi Maps 3.0, Nokia Music / Nokia Ovi Suite, Mail for Exchange 2008, FOTA, Flash Lite 3.0, Ovi Maps 3.0 / Nokia Ovi Suite, Mail for Exchange 2008, FOTA, Flash Lite 3.0, Ovi Maps 3.0, Nokia Music / OSS, Nokia Mobile Search, Nokia Ovi Player, FOTA, Flash Lite 3.0, Ovi Maps 3.0 / Symbian OS version 9.4
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Closed user group support: Yes
Customisable video ring tones: Yes
Customizable video ring tones:Y
Direct printing: Yes
Exchange support: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Operating system installed:Symbian OS
Operating system version:9.4 / S 60 / S60
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Games, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Events reminder, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calendar
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Games, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Events reminder, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calendar
Proximity sensor: Yes
Push-to-Talk (PTT): Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups:No / Yes
Video call:No / Yes

Phone Features

Any key answer: Yes
Direct printing: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Form Factor:Bar
Java technology: Yes
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Menu, Shortcuts, Themes, Widgets / Themes
Speakerphone: Yes
Text prediction system:T9
Text prediction system type:T9
Vibrating alert: Yes

Ports & interfaces

AV output:2.5 / Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro / Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B
USB port:N
USB version:2.0

Power

Battery Capacity:1320 / 860
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BL-4S / BL-5J
Continuous audio playback time:25 / 30 / 33
Continuous video playback time:3 / 6 / 6.8
Standby time (2G):430 / 438 / 458
Standby time (3G):458
Talk time (2G):10 / 10.5 / 5 / 7
Talk time (3G):4.3

Processor

Processor frequency:0.434 / 0.464

Software

Exchange support: Yes
Operating system installed:Symbian OS
Operating system version:9.4 / S 60 / S60

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal memory:70
Maximum memory card size:16 / 32

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Color of product:Black / White
Image formats supported:JPG

Video

Customisable video ring tones: Yes
Customizable video ring tones:Y
Frame rate:20 / 30
Maximum frame rate:20 / 30
Video call:No / Yes
Video capture resolution (max):640 x 480
Video compression formats:3GP, H.263, H.264 / 3GP, MPEG4, WMV

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.378 / 0.571 / 0.61 / 2.04 / 4.37
Height:0.571 / 0.61 / 1.91 / 2.04 / 4.37
Volume:78 / 83
Weight:2.75 / 3.99 / 4.06
Width:2.04 / 4.17 / 4.37