Nokia 5230: Never mind the Wi-Fi, feel the price

The Nokia 5230 seems to have bitten off more features than it can chew without 3G, but it's certainly affordable. Take a look

The Nokia 5230 is the latest not-that-smart smart phone from our Finnish friends, for those of us on a budget.

The 5230 looks like a stripped-down Nokia 5530 , where the 5530 is a stripped-down Nokia 5800 . It's a budget-priced take on the media-playing smart phone, with a bunch of features: A-GPS navigation and Ovi Maps with aerial images, 3D landmarks and terrain view, an 81mm (3.2-inch) touchscreen, microSD expansion and Bluetooth. Only a 2-megapixel camera, though.

Like the 5530, the 5230 features a contacts bar containing thumbnail images for up to 20 of your closest friends. Tapping on a friend's face gives you the option to call, text or email or take a squizz at their latest Facebook, Twitter and other social-media updates.

The home screen also includes a link to the Ovi Store where you can buy apps, videos and more. You can also connect to YouTube from the home screen. You can connect to the Web via 3G, but not Wi-Fi.

On the music front Nokia claims up to 33 hours of playback time, with a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can use whichever headphones you want.

The Nokia 5230 will arrive in the last quarter of the year. Pricing is currently set at €150 (£130), while a Comes With Music version is being teased for selected countries at €260 (£230).

Update: An earlier version of this story reported that the 5230 doesn't have 3G. It does include 3G connection, but doesn't feature Wi-Fi.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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