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Nokia Nuron 5230 review

7/10 AVG.

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The Nokia Nuron 5230 currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

From the perennially prolific producer of powerful cell phones comes the Nokia Nuron 5230, coming in at a smaller price tag than the 5800 (sacrificing Wi-Fi and some camera resolution to get there), but ends up standing proud as an excellent phone with plenty to brag about.

The Nuron 5230 offers a large, 3.2 inch, 350 x 480 high resolution touch screen display with accelerometer (so you can enjoy either landscape or portrait orientation simply by turning the phone), a strong 434 MHz ARM 11 processor, 70 MB of available internal memory, GPS with Ovi maps included, Bluetooth, tethering ability, and a whole lot more.

Utilizing a 5th generation Symbian operating system, the Nokia Nuron is a powerful, competent phone at an affordable price, especially if you are not interested in Wi-Fi or live in an area where it is not available!

The Nuron allows you to email, surf the web, instant message, text, MMS, provides an excellent and easy to use FM radio, 3.5mm jack input so you can use whatever headphones you like, a 2MP camera with a modes assortment of additional features, stereo speakers and more.

As the touch screen smartphone market continues to gather newcomers, it never hurts to see what the big boys who have been around for a long time are up to. And Nokia’s Nuron is a cell phone done well. Take a look.

Operating system
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

Top Ten Reviews

The Nokia 5230 Nuron is a budget cell phone that gives users an enjoyable phone at a low price. This budget cell phone doesn’t offer a large selection of features and advanced technology, but the included features and applications provide outstanding quality with few problems for users.

- Top Ten Reviews Team, Top Ten Reviews

Nokia 5230 is one of those low-end smartphones that you ask about when you see it first time, but tend to go past it when you find out its price. Even though it has been tagged as a low-budget phone, its price is still high for what it has to offer. Nokia is already releasing the Cseries, which has...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
Phone Scoop

The Nuron's 2 megapixel shooter performs admirably, though it lacks autofocus and flash. The music application is robust, but hasn't been changed in ages. The display looks good, but is narrow and the body of the Nuron is a bit thick for my tastes. S60 still offers plenty of oomph, but it is ag...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop

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...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena

In 1965, a man by the name of Ralph Nader published a book entitled Unsafe at Any Speed, an exposé of the American auto industry that detailed extreme safety shortcomings of cars manufactured at the time. What the heck does that have to do with the Nuron? Well, bear with us for a moment....

- Chris Ziegler, Engadget

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Common Questions

Nokia released the Nuron 5230 on November 25, 2009.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia Nuron 5230 user manual here.

Nokia backs up the Nuron 5230 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Nuron 5230 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Nokia Nuron 5230's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.


Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1320 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 12 days standby time, 438 minutes.

Nuron 5230 Specs

Release date November 25, 2009
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
900/2100 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Internal Storage No
RAM 128 MB
ROM 256 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.1 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1320 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 438 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.1 x 5.2 x 1.6 cm (4.4 x 2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 115 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
3x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia 5230 Xpress Music

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