Nokia is so into touchscreen game that has just released another touchy device, the new Nokia 5230, a multimedia device designed for those who are always on the go. This latest handset to join the touchscreen fold, the Nokia 5230 has been designed to serve up slick on-the-go entertainment, location-based services and act as an easy pocket portal for social networking at low cost.
This is going to be another in the mid-range line for Nokia, following on from the 5530 XpressMusic, and is essentially a 3G update of the phone, coming in at a similar €149 ($213) and in some select areas a Comes With Music version will be available for €259 (from £130 SIM free or £220 on Nokia’s Comes With Music service) price tag. That means when it hits in Q4 it should be free with a 2 year contract.
“Competitively priced at 149 Euros, 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 array of dazzling colors”, says Jo Harlow, Vice President at Nokia.
Brandishing a 3.2-inch widescreen touch display with full-screen QWERTY keyboard and handwriting recognition, the Nokia 5230 features access to the Nokia Ovi store and Music Store for all your application and musical needs, plus Ovi Maps is onboard for navigation.
The 5230, while bringing the HSDPA super speed update (this means staying in the loop and keeping your Facebook and Twitter streams ), also has a much improved battery to compensate, with a 1320mAh effort giving 19 days standby time and up to 33 hours music playback.
However, it only has a 2MP camera without flash, it lacks the WiFi and true GPS of its bigger touchscreen siblings and there’s no memory card in the box either, so for a similar price to the 5530 you’re pretty much just getting better battery life and a 3G connection. But it comes equipped with a GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 and 70 MB of internal memory, a 3.5mm headphone jack and memory expandable up to 16GB via a microSD card. It has three different types of dual-band 3.6 Mbps UMTS/HSDPA and it comes in red, pink, blue, yellow, silver, and dark silver.
Nokia 5230 Demo and Presentation Video