Nokia announces entry-level touchscreen

Nokia 5230 BlackNokia have decided to cement their foothold in the touchscreen market further with the announcement of their new 5230. While being a touchscreen handset the 5230 is aimed at the low price bracket, and this is principally achieved by leaving out Wi-Fi support.

The 5230 has many of the features that would not feel out of place on phones like the 5800 XpressMusic, and with so many music oriented features it is a wonder why Nokia did not stamp the 5230 with the XpressMusic label. In comparison to the 5800 though, the 5230 has a lower end camera coming with just 2 megapixels. However this is capable of recording VGA video at 30fps.

The 5230 has a 3.2″ touch sensitive screen which makes use of resistive technology for greater precision. The phone also runs on Symbian S60 5th Edition with a screen resolution of 640 x 360. There is full integration with online services such as YouTube, Facebook and MySpace, as well as a full web browser, email client and support for Microsoft Exchange.

Despite Nokia’s decision to not include the 5230 in the XpressMusic range it still has great support for music playback. The 1320 mAh battery included allows for a whopping 33 hours constant music playback and this can be put to good use with the FM radio and 3.5mm audio jack. If you are not a radio listener you can whack your own music on with space for 16GB with microSD cards.

The 5230 looks like a great choice for someone wanting to get into the touchscreen craze but not wanting to spend loads of cash at the same time. Much of the price reduction seems to come from the decision to leave out Wi-Fi which is a shame in this day and age, but if you can do without it the 5230 looks to be a great choice of phone. The 5230 will be up for sale during Q4 of 2009.


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