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Nokia 5230

Aug 25, 2009
Market status
Release date
Nov 19, 2009


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  • Lacks Wi-Fi
  • Low pixel density screen (229 ppi)
  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (128 MB RAM)
  • Resistive touchscreen technology means its display is less sensitive than you would like it to be
  • Low resolution display (360 x 640 pixels)
  • Low-resolution camera (2 megapixels)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Low-resolution video capture
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment
  • No front-facing camera




Nokia 5230 is a candybar phone boasting a 3.2-inch widescreen touch display with full-screen QWERTY keyboard and handwriting recognition. Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, microSDHC card support up to 16GB, long battery life for up to 33 hours of music playback time, A-GPS, Nokia’s new Contacts bar on the homescreen, a 2 megapixel camera and Bluetooth 2.0.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Symbian (9.4) S60 5th Edition
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.37 x 2.04 x 0.61 inches (111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.06 oz (115 g)
      the average is 5.3 oz (150 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 3.2 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 360 x 640 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 229 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 49.08 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Yes
  • Features:
    • Proximity sensor


  • Camera:
      • 2 megapixels
    • Features:
      • Digital zoom
    • Settings:
      • Exposure compensation, White balance presets
  • Camcorder:
      • 640x480 (VGA) (30 fps)


  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 434 MHz, ARM11
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 128 MB RAM / 256 MB ROM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 0.07 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 16 GB


  • Talk time:
    • 7.00 hours
      the average is 15 h (887 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 18.2 days (438 hours)
      the average is 18 days (424 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 4.30 hours
      the average is 15 h (923 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 19.1 days (458 hours)
      the average is 24 days (580 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 33.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 4.60 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 1320 mAh


  • Radio:
      • FM, Stereo, RDS

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • S60 OSS Browser


  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 900, 2100 MHz
    • Other versions support UMTS 850/2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • UMTS, HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
  • Other:
    • Computer sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Service lights, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones (64 voices), Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording


  • Officially announced:
    • 25 Aug 2009

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