Just because you want to get into the world of touchscreens and want a phone with a little bit of personality does not mean that you have to break the bank. Nokia is hitting up the more budget-oriented end of the pricing scale with the announcement of the Nokia 5230. If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear you’re looking at a colorful version of the 5800 XpressMusic.
And then you take a look at the feature set and realize what you’re missing. While the Nokia 5230 will provide you with 3G high-speed connectivity and GPS navigation, you will not get access to Wi-Fi and you only get a 2-megapixel camera.
The 3.2-inch touchscreen gives you a 640×480 pixel resolution, granting touchscreen access to Facebook, MySpace, and the Ovi Store. Other specs include microSD expansion, Symbian S60, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is a “Comes With Music” edition that adds unlimited music downloads, but that comes at a premium price.
The base model Nokia 5230, complete with your choice of bright battery covers, rings in at just $213 before any carrier subsidies. That’s remarkably cheap, compared to the the $400+ you can expect to pay for a newer smartphone. The Comes With Music edition chimes in at $370.