Budget-friendly Entertainment Smartphone Nokia 5230 debuts

nokia_5230On Tuesday, Nokia unveiled its latest addition to the Nokia touch-phone portfolio, the Nokia 5230. It is designed for those users who want to enjoy on-the-go-entertainment, complete control on social networking and location-based services at an easy cost.

It has surely impressed many on its debut day with its features and low cost. It had to loose some features like Wi-Fi connectivity and downgraded to a 2-megapixel camera instead of 3.2 megapixels to become pocket-friendly but still is like a gem. It runs on S60 5th Edition and offers complete entertainment-on-the-go, where it be music, videos or apps, through Nokia music store and Ovi store.

On the occasion Jo Harlow, Vice President, Nokia said:

Competitively priced at 149 EUR (approximately $213), we believe the Nokia 5230 is an unbeatable offer for many new customers who aspire a device that stars in music, mingles with social networks from Facebook to MySpace, navigates you to where it happens, when it happens,  and comes in an array of dazzling colors.

Following are its sepicifiactions:

  • 3.2 inch touch screen display with full-screen QWERTY keyboard and handwriting recognition
  • 2-megapixel camera
  • A-GPS navigation and the latest version of Ovi Maps
  • Memory expandable up to 16GB via a microSD card
  • 33 hours of music playabck time
  • Bluetooth 2.0 and a 3.5mm AV connector

For a full list of specs, check out Nokia’s Web site.

It also features a Media Bar with quick access to your favorite media and applications, such as music, photos, YouTube or Ovi Share. And an innovative Contacts bar features thumbnail images for up to 20 close friends and provides easy access to them and their communications history including emails, phone calls, photos or other social media updates.

Two versions will be launched, one standard version costing 149 EUR (approximately $213) and the other version Comes With Music service will be 259 EUR (approximately $371) which will let you download unlimited music from the Nokia music store. It will also include a variety of color backplates (red, pink, blue, yellow, and dark silver).

– It is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of year 2009.


  • Waqas Aziz

    What will be the price in Pakistan??????

  • Saleem Khan

    What is the future of Nokia Phones? I feel that Nokia is loosing its market in Europe and already lost in North America. The future mobiles are based on Android OS platform and this will give tough time to Nokia in 2010.

    As you can see that Nokia N97 is badly flopped in Europe and USA because of iPhone 3GS, PalmPre, BalckBerry and HTC Touch. A new mobile HTC Hero i.e. the best mobile with Android OS will clean sweep the left over space for Nokia.

    Nokia should behave positive and must consider requirements of customers for giving them best solution, instead of offering limited functions in its every model. I was a loyal user of Nokia but now Android based phones are giving best solutions to its users. HTC Hero is rocking in this race.

  • Saqib Rizwan

    What will be the price of Nokia 5230 in Pakistan?

  • Usman Ali

    this is a good phone nd acoording to the price stated in the article wich is 213 american dollars it is arround 17000 nd even after adding taxes it will nt exceed 18 to 19ooo

  • Muhammad Ahmed

    To Saleem Khan: The phones you mentioned can only be afforded with subsidized prices with per month mandatory data plans so these are viable for the rich, western and European countries. The vast population of Asian and South-Asian countries can not afford these phones + vast majority may not even use these advanced features. That’s the strategy Nokia has chosen, cleverly.

  • Faizan

    Specs are good but what is the use with no wi-fi. A better deal for multimedia enthusiasts will be to go for an ipod touch. Compared to an ipod touch, these so-called budget mobiles are a rip-off.

    • Muhammad Ahmed

      Ipod touch or iphone?

      • Faizan

        As I said, iPod touch. Moreover, its about to get an upgrade around mid-september.

        • Muhammad Ahmed

          But this discussion was related to mobile phones. Can you talk with ipod touch? :)

          • Faizan

            For talking and sms you can buy a nokia 1100 to go along with the ipod touch. problem solved.

            • Usman Ali

              yar u mean k 2 fones rakhain jo k manage karna bhi mushkil hai nd one othr thing mghai tou kisi gathering main 11oo se call milatay huay bhi sharam aye gi!!!

              nd i m sure bht se logo ka yahi masla hoga

              well u must agree k this is a gud fone bt the 2 problms already mentiond in the articl are tht it does not hav a wifi nd the camera is only 2mp

  • Usman Ali

    yar fone bht alaa hai bt sirf aik prob hai k is main wifi nai hai!!

    bt still i will buy it. when is it cumin to pak??

  • Usman Ali

    yar u mean k 2 fones rakhain jo k manage karna bhi mushkil hai nd one othr thing mghai tou kisi gathering main 11oo se call milatay huay bhi sharam aye gi!!!

    nd i m sure bht se logo ka yahi masla hoga

  • Arifeen

    is it available in saudia..?

  • Sameer Shehzad

    What is the price and availability status? Also, what warranties are available?