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Nokia 5250 Review

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Interface and Features:

The Nokia 5250 runs the tried and tested Symbian OS S60 5th Edition. Since pretty much everything has been said about this OS, we wouldn't go into details, especially as there are no big surprises - you get the usual Symbian experience. This means that you can choose in what mode - grid or list - to see the icons on your menu and it takes not one, but two presses to access anything - one to mark it and one to actually access it. Due to the resistive technology that the Nokia 5250's screen utilizes, scrolling may be a bit of an issue then and now, but it's not a massive setback. One pro is that the menu can be customized according to the user's personal preferences, while a long press of the menu button activates the task manager. Another good point of the Nokia 5250 is that its phonebook capacity depends solely on the free memory on your phone (or microSD card), i.e. there is no limitation for the number of contacts.

The interface of the Nokia 5250 - Nokia 5250 Review
The interface of the Nokia 5250 - Nokia 5250 Review
The interface of the Nokia 5250 - Nokia 5250 Review
The interface of the Nokia 5250 - Nokia 5250 Review

The interface of the Nokia 5250


Messaging is also optimized, since this affordable smartphone comes with a stylus out of the box and handwriting is supported (similar to some other Nokia 5xxx phones, for example the Nokia 5230). A full virtual QWERTY is also there (but only in landscape mode) and the buttons are well-sized for a 2.8-inch screen, although people with bigger fingers may face some problems when using it. Furthermore, the responsiveness of the Nokia 5250's screen could have been a bit better, but it's not a big issue at all.

Messaging - Nokia 5250 Review
Messaging - Nokia 5250 Review
Messaging - Nokia 5250 Review

Messaging



Internet and Connectivity:

One of the areas where the Nokia 5250 definitely disappoints is connectivity options. In fact, it supports only EDGE and even Wi-Fi is not present. Furthermore, a GPS service is also not available and to make things even worse, you don't get a USB cable out of the box.

The browser is what we have come to expect from Nokia, which means downright dated, but for optimal browsing experience on this phone, you can consider downloading Opera Mobile or Opera Mini. Sadly, the overall internet experience seriously suffers from the lack of Wi-Fi and 3G support.


Camera and Multimedia:

The Nokia 5250 has a 2MP camera not unlike its immediate predecessor the Nokia Nuron 5230. There is nothing new about the camera interface, but sadly, the phone's camera performance is not particularly good. To start with, it doesn't support autofocus and lacks a flash, not to mention that the quality of the images taken by the Nokia 5250 leaves a lot to be desired - even if you take a picture in perfect conditions, the colors are washed out, hazy and far from natural.

Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia 5250 - Nokia 5250 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia 5250 - Nokia 5250 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia 5250 - Nokia 5250 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia 5250 - Nokia 5250 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia 5250 - Nokia 5250 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia 5250 - Nokia 5250 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia 5250


Strong - Indoor samples - Nokia 5250 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Nokia 5250 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Nokia 5250 Review

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Indoor samples


The video recording capabilities of the Nokia 5250 are not much better either, but in good conditions the videos made by this device can be described as "passable".

Nokia 5250 Sample Video:




For a handset that's advertised as a "music-centered phone", it's a little bit disappointing that it comes with a built-in memory of only 51MB - even though the Nokia 5250 does have a slot for up to 16GB microSD card. And even if it's understandable that this phone doesn't have pre-installed microSD card (due to its price), it's still annoying that when you put one, the phone's performance become sluggish from time to time. The music player is the same old Nokia music player that we know perfectly well, but the speaker is really loud (read: one or two bits louder than your average smartphone) and even if it's true that the Nokia 5250's headphones won't win any awards for clear sound, listening to music on a busy street is quite a comfortable experience with this phone. To reiterate the fact that it's a music-oriented handset, the Nokia 5250 also offers pre-installed RDS support for scanning of FM radio stations, as well as a free version of Guitar Hero.

The music player of the Nokia 5250 - Nokia 5250 Review
The music player of the Nokia 5250 - Nokia 5250 Review

The music player of the Nokia 5250


It's hard to expect that a handset costing $146 contract-free with a 2.8-inch screen will be a multimedia powerhouse, but still it's a pity that of all video formats that we have tested (DivX, H.264, MOV, Xvid and MPEG4), the Nokia 5250 was able to play only MPEG4 in its native resolution (360x640) and in the 480x640 resolution.

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Nokia 5250

Nokia 5250

OS: Symbian 9.4
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Display2.8 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (262 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 434 MHz, ARM11 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.09 x 1.93 x 0.55 inches
(104 x 49 x 14 mm)
3.77 oz  (107 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 7.7 hours talk time

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