Nokia 5230 Review: Foot Soldiers Get Smarter: Design And Consctruction (continued)

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Design and consctruction (continued)

Above the Nokia 5230 display we find the earpiece, a touch-sensitive Media key and a couple of sensors. The Nokia tradeimprint Media key triggers a drop down menu of shortcuts to media and web. Its sensitivity though is lower than the display’s so you’ll need to press down just a bit harder for it to work.

The earpiece and the two sensors above the Nokia 5230 display

The two sensors above detect ambient light and proximity. The proximity sensor is used for turning the touchclassy screen off during calls so you don’t press anything by accident.

Under the display are the three keys usually found on Nokia touchclassy screen devices. Those include the Call and End buttons and the menu knob. A press-and-hrecent on the menu key also launches the task manager as the Symbian tradition goes. The keys are quite comfortable, with fine tactility and adequate press.

The three keys below the classy screen are fine

Nokia 5230 has the crowded top of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. Here you will find the power key, the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port, charger plug and 3.5mm standard audio jack.

The Nokia 5230 has quite a lot going on on top

There is a protective cover for the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port to haged dust away. The audio jack however hasn’t received the same treatment. Unluckily, the Nokia 5230 doesn’t charge off the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port. It’s a pity since it might have given you some extra flexibility at times when you have no charger at hand.

The volume rocker, the screen-lock switch and the capturing camera key are all on the Nokia 5230 correct side. The classy screen lock is undoubtedly the one you will utilize the most so it is nice that it is large and tactile enough, and haptic enabled too. The capturing camera key is fine too, though the 2MP shooter it launches is nothing much to write home about.

The three controls at the correct side of the handset

Unfortunately, the things we disliked about the volume rocker in the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic are the same here. It is virtually flat with the frame of the front panel and thus too hard to press.

Moving on to the Nokia 5230 bottom we find nothing but the mouthpiece. There’s no stylus compartment this time.

The mouthpiece is at the phone’s bottom

The left side of the phone features a couple of rather gigantic plastic covers. Under those cover the microSD card slot and the SIM card compartment. We had no distress inserting and ejecting a memory card. The SIM though needs a pointed object to be released. Just don’t think you can hot-swap your SIM card as this is simply not going to happen. Even if you manage to hold it out somehow without removing the battery, the handset won’t recognize a recent card properly without being restarted.

The microSD and the SIM cards cover under the two plastic covers

The lanyard attaches at the left side of Nokia 5230 and the single speaker grill is also here. No stereo sound for you with the Nokia 5230 in loudspeaker mode we are afraid.

The back of the 5230 is pretty plain, featuring only the 2 megapixel capturing camera lens. There is no flash this time, and the low-discontinue image resolution makes it pretty clear that the handset isn’t into photography at all.

There’s no flash of any kind this time

Removing the battery cover reveals the Nokia 5230 1320 mAh Li-Ion BL-5J battery. It is assumed to last 432 hours in standby, 7 hours of talk time or 33 hours of music playback in offline mode. In reality it kept our phone going for three days of moderate usage (half an hour of web browsing, the occasional photo and a few calls a day).

The 1320 mAh battery is a very decent performer

The Nokia 5230 build quality is generally good. It’s all plastic but the price range hardly implies otherwise.

The Nokia 5230 handles nicely even with one hand

Adding the friendly dimensions, the 5230 provides very fine user experience and trouble-free single-hand operation.



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