Nokia 5230 (Nuron)
Hot on heels of the Nokia X6, the friendly folks at T-Mobile USA sent me a Nokia 5230 (Nuron) review unit!

Take the Nokia 5800, remove stuff (WiFi, one speaker, the front-facing camera & the stylus), add AWS (1700 MHz) 3G, and swap the 3 MP Zeiss camera (with autofocus and flash) for a basic 2 MP camera (without autofocus or flash) – that’s the Nuron in a nutshell…

It’s easy to dismiss this phone as just a downgraded 5800 with the same stagnating OS (S60v5), until you realize that it’s both cheap to buy ($70 or less on contract) and cheap to own ($10 per month for unlimited data).

Symbian touch means you get apps like Ovi Maps, Mail for Exchange, Gravity, Qik Premium, and Skype (over 3G).

Of course, the lack of WiFi is annoying, and the lack of autofocus is disappointing, but the camera actually handles low light better than the 5800, and the device still supports tethering and VGA video recording :)

Despite the excellent value, it’s difficult to imagine anyone other than hard-core Nokia fans getting excited about the Nuron. Regardless, take a look at my pictures and video.

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