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My experience with Nokia 5230

25 May 2010 4 Comments

My Nokia 5230

Last time I used Nokia phone was in 2007, and after that, I was quite happy with the brands I was using. However, once again I decided to join the Nokia following bargain so I am back on Nokia now. For last one month and a half, I am using Nokia 5230. A nice phone and good to have it but I am not much satisfied. Well contradiction is there in my last statement but yes, I have to accept it is a nice phone but I am not satisfied because it is missing some certain features for which I bought it.

It is easy to use, and the touch panel works well hence it is bit slow. It has a wide screen so it’s fun to watch videos on it, its music player and radio are also cool but there is a certain feature which is annoying as any SMS dropped in while music, video of radio is on the ring tone spoiled the fun. It is something I am not much familiar with as in my last phone there was only vibration no sound in such case.

Nokia do not allow transferring Music from PC to Phone via blue tooth using pc suite. I got 2 GB memory card with it so far it is enough for me however; it can be extended up to 8 GB card. Writing SMS is not as cool as it used to be on other key oriented phone this might be the reason because I am not used to touch phones.

One thing I must mention here is its voice during the call is quite low, and sometimes it is hard to understand what other person is saying. It can be connected to any speaker using the stereo pin and one can enjoy music with louder voice.

Using internet is an interesting feature on it as being touch oriented phone its really cool to scroll and click on the desired links or pictures. The writing panel that appears while you are writing something e.g. SMS, Email, Text, Web Links, etc is quite user friendly and it changes itself to full key board from conventional keys of phone just by flipping it to the horizontal view. I have noticed that it turns into the landscape mode easily but it take time to sense when it is supposed to resume to the tower view.

The Facebook application work well but the twitter application I got from OVI Store is damn slow. YouTube, Amazone.com, MySpace, and Hi5 are the other pre-installed applications in it. It is connected to net via GPRS and to me the biggest drawback in it is that it do not have Wi-Fi in it.

There are two features it is lacking in which disappointed me right after I used it first time:

  1. It does not have any word processing application, I desperately wanted to have such app in my phone so that I can write the draughts of my blogs and articles on the go, and I am still not able to get one from OVI store.
  2. It has two Mega Pixel camera and more on it there is no flash light so the photos it click are not that good in quality if there is not sufficient light, however the its competitor (as per me) Samsung  Genoa and Samsung Star are offering flash light along with more than 2 MP camera.

OVI store is a good idea but so far, I have not found anything of my interest on it for my phone so to me it has not been useful yet. Nokia 5230 also offers Maps and it is one of the pre-installed features but like OVI store, it has also not been useful for me so far.

Well that is enough for right now I guess and I will review some other phone soon as I am thinking to change it. Well if you are big Nokia fan than you must try it else choose some other one which have better features in less or in same price, well for me spending almost 14 k Pakistani Rupees has not been good experience because of camera and word processing applications, rest it is a cool phone and I am enjoying it so far.


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  • Junaid said:

    I never like Nokia since start. but What surprize me is that nokia is famous for the feature which you don’t like in this model and also, in this model these features are not so userfriendly or advance.

    but again. you bought nokia for all the wrong reasons.

    1. Nokia is all about spending money on nokia accessories/softwares and upgrading GPRS / SMS packages. Others like Sony Ericsson, Motorola are using features like QuickShare/compatibility with any device for Data & Accessories since a decade.

    2. Some Chinese mobiles got highly sensitive Touch Screens than nokia.

    3. For Bloging, you better have a keypad (numeric or Qwerty).

    4. This i dont understand. a 2mp camera w/o flash in nokia? some N series are w/o flash, but they got carl zeiss Lens.

    5. the problem with Nokia phones are that they have dozens of models and each model has specific features. so if it says Xpress Music, forget about video, Call, Light, typing, GPS , Internet blah blah..

    6. Another GOOD feature is, they provide all features with Basic or with low quality. To make them work normal , u have to buy Advance version from OVI store. e.g. video player, Video Recording, navigation , wordprocessor, data transfer

    So if you want to have All in One kind of phone… go for HTC 🙂

  • Watery said:

    Look the nokia 5230 is a very good 434 mhz processor mobile and it got gps.for daily use i prefer nokia because it has got enthusiastic features and apps.and for the mobiles are not used for extreme features but the nokia 5230 camera is just like samsung corby touch.if you like camera mobile and want to use it mostly for photography than go for nokia n8(12 mega pixal camera) or htc hd 2.nokia n8 has all the features and it is very cheap..

  • armands said:

    Why do you bitch?You knew what you were buying you could read 101 review on the internet so i don’t see the point of bitching.

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