Nokia Nuron 5230 Review

Introduction and Design
In this review we are taking a look at the Nokia 5230 for T-Mobile USA. However, the phone is also available in Europe with no differences in the specs, except for its 3G frequencies.


Nokia’s presence in the US market has dwindled tremendously since the explosion of the modern cell phone era came about during the early portion of this decade. Since then, the only segment where we continue to see Nokia’s focus in the US is profoundly noticed in the entry level area where it’s littered with flip and candybar phones – generally doubled for prepaid and postpaid offerings. Every now and then, we truly are greeted to some devices that are a bit outside of the box from Nokia’s known offerings in the US; say like the Nokia Twist and Mural. That’s where the Nokia Nuron 5230 strategically comes into play for T-Mobile as it finally brings forth a carrier branded Nokia touchscreen device. Despite its arrival, the Nokia Nuron has the monumental task of bringing the limelight back to them in the US as it finds itself in the thick of competition.

The package contains:
•    Nokia Nuron 5230
•    Quickstart Guide
•    4GB microSD card pre-installed
•    Charger
•    Hands-free Headset
•    USB Cable
•    Stylus pick lanyard


As we’ve already seen with the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and 5530 XpressMusic, the Nokia Nuron 5230 follows in tradition to those handsets in design. Clad in a white and silver color scheme, the Nuron’s plastic feeling exterior doesn’t exude a high-quality design that would impress anyone holding it for the first time. Granted though it’s extremely light weight when compared to other similar phones, the Nuron is your typical pocketable touchscreen phone that can slip into a pocket unnoticed. Despite it’s plasticy feel, the construction feels solid like it should due to the fact there are no moving parts to make us worry about how it’ll hold up in the long run.

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We were particularly impressed at how the resistive 3.2” LCD touchscreen performed during our testing – it has a resolution of 360x640 with support for 16 million colors. Not only was it comfortable to use as it was responsive to the touch, but the image quality produced by the display was exquisite with its lush and vibrant color tones. Boasting a high resolution, distinguishing text was no problem as it was detailed enough to make out fine lines. Naturally there would be issues viewing the display in direct sunlight, but we found it to be quite manageable in every other lighting condition when the brightness level was set to its maximum setting.

The Nokia Nuron 5230 doesn't stray too far away from what we've seen with some of Nokia's other touchscreen smartphones – button layout and placement are quite similar; large enough to press on correctly. Below the display are the adequately sized and tactile buttons – the send, end, and menu keys. The left side houses the SIM card and microSD slots which are hidden below these plastic flaps while the volume rocker, camera button, and lock/unlock slider are found on the right side. All of the connectivity ports are located on the top of the phone – microUSB port, 3.5mm headset jack, charging port, and the dedicated power button. Finally, the lonely 2-megapixel camera and speaker are found on the completely white rear cover which can be removed to gain access to the battery.

The Nokia Nuron 5230 is very similar to the 5800 XpressMusic, which is by no means a bad thing. It looks nice and is also comfortable to carry around. It's build quality however keeps reminding you that Nokia hasn't used materials of highest quality in making it.

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