Nokia Nuron 5230 Review
Following in the footsteps of the Nokia 5800 & 5530 XpressMusic S60 5th Edition smartphones, the Nokia Nuron 5230 doesn't stray far from what we've seen with those other two devices. The major item we noticed missing from the phone was the Contacts Bar theme that was so prevalent on the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic. Aside from that, everything else looks to remain the same except for an analog clock that's now found on the homescreen as opposed to the digital one previously. The indicators for battery life and signal strength, the clock and date are located on the upper part of the display. Tapping the clock will take you to another screen with a larger clock and options for a new alarm, a list with the current alarms and a world clock. We go back to the home screen and this time tap on the date. This triggers a drop-down menu, which gives you access to the calendar and a number of phone profiles. Overall, the experience was typical of S60 5th Edition handsets – it may prove to be a bit daunting at first for T-Mobile customers, but with some practice, the responsive interface won't hinder anyone from really taking a grasp of the platform.
The messaging app comes with the standard OS interface. Aside from the standard, virtual numeric keypad, there is a full QWERTY keyboard of course. Despite the not that large size of the 3.2” screen, typing away is not a problem and we felt at home in just a few minutes. What we found a bit perplexing was the way that additional special characters get revealed. Once you are in the special characters layout (by pressing the "1*" key), you have to press the "shift" key in order to get to the rest of them. You also have handwriting recognition, but would need a few drills to finally get used to it. Not that it allows for fast entry anyway.
The internet browser is not any different from the one that comes on the 5800 XpressMusic and the N97. The app visualizes pages properly, navigation is relatively fast, and scrolling feels somewhat lacking as it does not abruptly go in the direction you want it to. It supports Page Overview that allows you to find what you need, navigate around and zoom in and out on large pages fast. The browser is as good as ever and we didn’t have any problems watching videos on the computer version of YouTube thanks to support for Flash Lite 3.0, but this doesn’t mean you get full Flash support. It´s just not here yet. However, we were surprised that it did not have the ability to open up a link in a new window, but we did enjoy all the other aspects of the web browser.
Camera & Multimedia:
Regrettably, the Nokia Nuron 5230 doesn't get treated to the 3.2-megapixel camera featured on the Nokia 5800 & 5530 XpressMusic. Instead, it offers a now considered below average 2-megapixel camera which didn't leave any doubt about its potential. There is not much to tell about its interface, because it´s the same as the versions on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and N97. As a whole it´s passable, although switching between options is somewhat unhandy and the thing is they are many. You can share pictures over Ovi, Vox, and Flickr, but adding other services like Facebook, Picasa, etc. is not supported. Not only were photos lacking any solid detail, but it had this hazy look applied to every shot we made – even worse, colors were devoid of any rich tones to ultimately make them look bland.
We were expecting a less than impressive result with video capture with the Nuron, but our mood quickly changed as we watched our playback. With a maximum shooting resolution of 640x360 at 30 fps, videos looked pretty crisp and smooth – colors were still on the bland side though. Even with that shortcoming, we were still pleasantly surprised with its performance.
The music player doesn’t deliver anything new to surprise you with either. Tracks can be filtered by artist, album, playlists, genre, composer, Podcasts or you can just see a list of all available content. It´s a good thing you can choose between equalizer presets and audio effects and as a whole, the app is easy to handle. Despite those equalizer options, audio quality from the speaker was mute for the most part and particularly sounded strained at higher volume levels.
Hitting the same road block we witnessed with the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, the media player kept on crashing and locking up the phone whenever attempting to play a 640x272 video encoded in H.264. We found the resolution to be the reason here, as we did manage to play H.264, but in a res that was too low to be enjoyable to watch. Videos encoded in 480x320 MPEG-4 played smooth to say the least.
With 70MB of on-board storage memory available, there is a 4GB microSD card pre-installed that'll allow media buffs to be fully equipped right from the start. If that still limits you, the Nuron can accept microSD cards up to 16GB in capacity.
Using the Nokia Nuron 5230 internationally for voice calls won't be an issue for the quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) phone, but it'll only work on 3G speeds over T-Mobile's network since it has dual-band UMTS (1700/2100 MHz) connectivity. Although it seems that Wi-Fi is starting to be a common thing among US smartphones, the Nuron lacks it and will rely solely on T-Mobile's network for all data access. Finally, there's Bluetooth 2.0 on board that'll allow the phone to connect to a variety of devices and transfer files.
1. warmonked (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Mar 2010)
Hey, thanks for the review. I just wanted to comment that (at least today, 3/24/10), t-mobile is letting you buy the phone W/O a data plan. I dunno if this is an error or not, but it seems unusual for a smartphone and perfect for cheapasses like me who don't want to pay an extra $30/month for data.
2. benjamin7890 (unregistered)
I'm so happy with my new unlocked cell phones! This has an unbelievably fast processor, great feel and easy to text on. I used to own a unlocked htc phones, but I'm so much happier with my brand new unlocked nokia phones. This Nokia Nuron 5230 is so much better for my business and pulls my email in so much faster. And I really couldn't be happier with it since it is an unlocked tmobile phones and it's a unlocked 3g phones I can take it overseas. My family loves my new phone and can't get enough of the games. I'm going to purchase another one for my son for his birthday from gsmauthority.com. Definitely would recommend this phone.
3. sebaa (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)
My pro : Very Good GPS chipset, i'm mean very sensitive , you will get Very fast satellites, end Very fast lock on your location. (without A-GSP ) My Cons : No Wifi , No flash camera , end speking of camera only 2 MP? bad Enjoy !!!
4. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)
ummm, you give that an 7.5? I would give it an 8.
5. Raphael123 (unregistered)
quite a good phone... i would rate 10* good battery life, music, great for watching videos... i totally reccomend it :D
6. jagdeep (unregistered)
ths is nice phone.its also 3G ,gud clarity n very gud battrey bakup,nice GPRS speed.