Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Nokia's 5230 to fend off cheaper iPhone

updated 07:50 am EDT, Tue August 25, 2009

Nokia 5230

Nokia in the run-up to its Nokia World show next week launched a touchscreen phone made to give it a better foothold in budget touchscreen smartphones. The 5230 is sometimes more advanced than the more expensive 5530 XM and adds both 3G as well as data-assisted GPS; in return, it drops Wi-Fi and scales back to a 2-megapixel camera. It still holds on to the 640x360 touch display, 3.5mm headphone jack and smartphone-class Symbian S60 OS from every previous Nokia touchscreen phone.

Social networking remains a centerpiece with a contact carousel and sped-up access to Facebook and MySpace. The home screen also has top-level music controls to save having to bring up the player app or a shortcut.

Nokia is particularly conscious of competition from the $99 iPhone 3G and says the 5230 is "competitively priced" with a price of 149 Euros ($213) before factoring in carrier discounts, which are likely to take the price as low or lower than its rival. A Comes With Music edition that gives a year of access to the unlimited song download service will cost 259 Euros ($370).

The launch of the phone comes just a day after Nokia's CEO had to defend the N97's relative failure in the marketplace compared to Apple's devices. Critics have blamed the N97's slow uptake on a high price compared to its actual feature set, but the executive both denied a real problem and resolved that Nokia would be "even more competitive" with its future lineup, which now tackles the lower end occupied by the 8GB iPhone as well as more premium models.









By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just ...

Razer Taipan mouse

The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, a ...

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

Every computer with a microphone or headphone port has one -- a digital to analog converter (DAC). There are nearly as many chipsets a ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News