The Finnish phone manufacturer officially revealed the Nokia Nuron, also called the Nokia 5230, which is now going to T-Mobile USA, bringing free voice-guided navigation along with it. “Many of our customers are looking for smartphones that deliver a great mobile Web experience with access to games and applications, all at an affordable price,” said Travis Warren, director, product marketing, T-Mobile USA. “We are excited to partner with Nokia to offer our customers the Nokia 5230 Nuron, a 3G smartphone for the masses that delivers features like a full touch screen, free turn-by-turn navigation and a premium storefront for applications”.
It’s a touchscreen candybar, previously known as the 5230 XpressMusic and created after the popular Nokia 5800 XpressMusic but without the Wi-Fi capabilities with a fixed-focus camera of only 2MP. This new mobile phone, measuring 110.9mmm x 51.56mm x 14.47mm (4.37in x 2.03in x 0.57in) has a 3.2-inch 640 x 360-pixel resolution touchscreen, and is the first U.S. phone to come with the Ovi Store and free latest Ovi Maps preinstalled that offers free voice-guided navigation. Additionally, Ovi Maps makes it easy to discover great places to eat, concerts, movies and more with Lonely Planet guides. Other features include the ability to check the weather forecast and even share one’s current location on Facebook. With pedestrian navigation, Ovi Maps delivers the best routes through pedestrian zones and shortcuts as well as pathways through parks and buildings. The 3G-enabled handset comes preloaded with maps for the USA, Canada and Mexico but with the ability to access to over 180 country maps on the internet.
Moreover, users will be able to keep up with friends and family via IM, text, personal or work e-mail, because this Smartphone offers the ability to easily surf the Web with a full HTML browser.”The Nokia 5230 Nuron is a great product of our collaboration with T-Mobile USA and provides consumers with more compelling mobile experiences as they navigate, watch video, play games and social network,” said Mark Slater, Vice President, Sales, Nokia. “The Nokia Nuron offers U.S. consumers a unique and compelling mobile experience that caters to their everyday needs and enables them to connect to their passions with an affordable 3G touch smartphone.”
Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 1320mAh battery good for 7 hours of talk time over GSM networks, a GPS, Bluetooth v2.0, 70 MB internal memory and a microSD card slot for up to 16GB.
According to Nokia, the Nokia 5230 Nuron will become available in the coming weeks exclusively from T-Mobile, in their retail stores and online at http://www.t-mobile.com. The price should be relatively cheap, probably around $69.99 with a new agreement, or $179.99 without one.