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Great price for a touch-screen smartphone. It's essentially a cut-down 5800, omitting WiFi and with a poorer camera. The 5230 has a GPS sensor. The most recent version of Ovi Maps, which offers free worldwide satellite navigation, is compatible with this phone so it's a fairly decent deal just as a SatNav.

Update: Here's a comparison between the 5800, 5530 and 5230

5800: 3G, WiFi, GPS, 3.2" screen, 1320mAh battery, 3.2MP camera with flash, stereo speakers, integrated stylus
5530: WiFi, 2.9" screen, 1000mAh battery, 3.2MP camera with flash, stereo speakers, integrated stylus
5230: 3G, GPS, 3.2" screen, 1320mAh battery, 2mp camera without flash

All three, fully updated, have essentially identical software.

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The eye-catching Nokia 5230 brings together innovative design and cutting-edge technology with its vibrant colours, touch-based user interface, large widescreen display, and enhanced media player.

Design
Turn heads with the colourful, vibrant design
Explore your device with the tap of a finger
Get a clear view on the stunning 3.2" widescreen display
Personalise your homescreen with one-touch shortcuts

Music
Access your tunes with the enhanced media library
Transfer music to your PC with the Nokia PC Client
Discover new tracks at the Nokia Music Store
Tune in to your favourite stations with the FM radio

Social networking and messaging
Share images online with Ovi Share
Get one-touch access to online social networking sites
Surf the web via a high-speed 3G connection
Access different email accounts with Nokia Messaging

Navigation
Explore your world with Ovi Maps 3.0
View detailed 3D maps on your display
Find your position with the integrated A-GPS receiver
Get turn-by-turn directions with a simple touch

Entertainment
Access a world of entertainment at Ovi Store
Capture images with the 2.0 megapixel camera
Enjoy a host of exciting mobile games
Organise your media library with a few taps
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#1
Seems a great little phone, fitting somewhere awkwardly in the market though,between the 5800 and the 5530, but at a great price for a unit with built in GPS.

The Nokia 5530 is a better buy if you want a slightly better camera and wi-fi (but has no internal GPS)

This is the price on vodafone at Argos, but the last time I checked they did not have stocks (possibly because its relatively new to PAYG)
#2
cicobuff
Seems a great little phone, fitting somewhere awkwardly in the market though,between the 5800 and the 5530, but at a great price for a unit with built in GPS.

The Nokia 5530 is a better buy if you want a slightly better camera and wi-fi (but has no internal GPS)


I think that this handset actually makes the 5530 the odd man out. Whilst the camera and wifi are fairly hefty losses, the addition of 3G, GPS, a larger screen and a (32%) larger battery tips the balance in favour of the 5230 for me.
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Seft
I think that this handset actually makes the 5530 the odd man out. Whilst the camera and wifi are fairly hefty losses, the addition of 3G, GPS, a larger screen and a (32%) larger battery tips the balance in favour of the 5230 for me.


Yeah, I guess it depends what you want, I primarily wanted my 5230 for Wi-Fi, its Symbian OS and its MP3 Playback.

For me the cost of 3G on contract wasn't worth me considering, and the lack of GPS should it be needed can be solved with a bluetooth GPS receiver for £20 (which puts less strain on the battery)

As said I think the market on these three phones is awkward, not putting one phone particularly as the odd one out, the price points the three phones are at and the differences between them are all down to personal usage preference,

The 5800 having the best features but slower processor and lack of kinetic scrolling.
The 5530 losing GPS and 3G and having stereo speakers a 2.9" Screen, but having a faster processor than 5800, kinetic scrolling and Wi Fi
The 5230 lesser camera with no flash, and no Wi Fi, mono speaker, having a 3.2" Screen, 3G and GPS and having a faster processor than 5800, kinetic scrolling .

http://nokia5230.com/nokia-5230-vs-5530-xpressmusic/

Both are fantastic bargains at the price point!
#4
cicobuff
the 5800 having the best features but slower processor and lack of kinetic scrolling.


The 5800 has the same processor speed as of firmware v20 and kinetic scrolling as of firmware v40 :)
#5
Seft
The 5800 has the same processor speed as of firmware v20 and kinetic scrolling as of firmware v40 :)


Really?! Was unawre of that, I can understand it having kinetic scrolling with a firmware fix, but how can it have the same processor speed seeing the internal processor is slower than the 5230 and 5530?:?
#6
cicobuff
Really?! Was unawre of that, I can understand it having kinetic scrolling with a firmware fix, but how can it have the same processor speed seeing the internal processor is slower than the 5230 and 5530?:?


http://www.forum.nokia.com/devices/5800_XpressMusic/ (look in the General section)

AFAIK, it's the same physical processor on all three phones, with the 5800 set to a lower speed initally.
#7
it seems pretty good specs for the price, am I right in thinking this could be used with an ASDA sim (without unlocking) too :)
#8
Seft
http://www.forum.nokia.com/devices/5800_XpressMusic/ (look in the General section)

AFAIK, it's the same physical processor on all three phones, with the 5800 set to a lower speed initally.


They have overclocked the speed with the latest firmware, interesting, good to see Nokia are optimising the 5800, lets hope they squeeze as much power with firmware upgrades as well with the 5230 and 5530, fantastic. Nice to see the 5800 finally have kinetic scrolling and the improved home screen of its little brother phones.

http://forum.dailymobile.se/index.php?topic=16977.0
#9
cicobuff
Yeah, I guess it depends what you want, I primarily wanted my 5230 for Wi-Fi, its Symbian OS and its MP3 Playback.

For me the cost of 3G on contract wasn't worth me considering, and the lack of GPS should it be needed can be solved with a bluetooth GPS receiver for £20 (which puts less strain on the battery)

As said I think the market on these three phones is awkward, not putting one phone particularly as the odd one out, the price points the three phones are at and the differences between them are all down to personal usage preference,

The 5800 having the best features but slower processor and lack of kinetic scrolling.
The 5530 losing GPS and 3G and having stereo speakers a 2.9" Screen, but having a faster processor than 5800, kinetic scrolling and Wi Fi
The 5230 lesser camera with no flash, and no Wi Fi, mono speaker, having a 3.2" Screen, 3G and GPS and having a faster processor than 5800, kinetic scrolling .

http://nokia5230.com/nokia-5230-vs-5530-xpressmusic/

Both are fantastic bargains at the price point!


thanks for the in-depth info & link for lazy people like me, heat & rep added.
#10
also mentioned before, this is sold at Argos for the same price.
#11
element54
also mentioned before, this is sold at Argos for the same price.


Correct, although it requires a £10 top-up purchase too.
#12
Does anyone know if these are unlocked, and if not will this website work to unlock it:

http://unlock.nokiafree.org/5230


Also, this phone is available for the same price at [url]www.very.co.uk[/url].
#13
Voted hot.
#14
Purchased it last week from Very - Paid £70ish and then Quidco tracked at £8ish

£62 vs £99 why is this deal hot and the other one dead cold !?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/585383/nokia-5230-3-2-touch-screen-gps-3g-
#15
The other deal is Very, lots of people seem to hate them especially regarding voucher codes, if the very codes are general as published to everyone then Very honours them, if they are customer specific and another customer uses them then they usually take the money back. I think that how it works. Whether it's applicable to the Very deal you linked I don't know.
#16
I think the last comment on that other deal explained exactly why it was voted cold, it was more to do with the source than the phone.

Personally I consider the 5530 to be the best for me, with zero 3G coverage at home and the desire to use it as an MP3/MP4 player as well, the 5800 was overkill and the 5230 would have not suited me.
#17
I find my 5530 suits me due to the wifi, as I use it often to check email and a quick browse or podcast download, without racking up on the virgin tarrif.

The 5230 looks a good phone as an alternative however.

I presume the battery for the 5800 and 5230 are the same, and they won't fit in the 5530?
#18
i had the 5800, which this is based on, and its a ok phone.

but nothing amazing by today's standards - £100 is about right for this device
#19
cajn it be unlocked, will it work on 3 ?
#20
If this is the same size as the 5800, then it will be considerably (imo) more chunky then the 5530.
#21
CPW now have it in stock, on Voda and 3 as well for 99.95 with a £10 mandatory top up. £5 Quidco at CPW, so this is potentially a better deal.

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