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slitchfield 26-08-2010 08:11 AM

Nokia 5250, 5230, 5800 comparison - what's been cut?
Rafe compares the key specifications of the Nokia 5250, Nokia 5230 and Nokia 5800 to see exactly what Nokia has cut out to get the price down. When it comes to the lower half of the smartphone market, price becomes the single most important factor in a consumer's buying decisions and even a £10 or £20 difference might sway a purchase.

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Unregistered 26-08-2010 08:30 AM

Shouldn't you be comparing the 5250 to the 5530 instead? The 5530 was a cheap phone earlier this year back when CPW was pushing it.

Unregistered 26-08-2010 08:44 AM

5800 with Carl Zeiss lens?
Any source for that statement please.

Unregistered 26-08-2010 08:58 AM

99 5530 last xmas links:

5530 current CPW price:

UKJeeper 26-08-2010 08:59 AM


Originally Posted by Unregistered (Post 474630)
Any source for that statement please.


malerocks 26-08-2010 09:01 AM

Actually, the point about 5530 is interesting. It lacks GPS, 3G, but is equipped with wifi. It also has a 2.8" screen, but was more stylish and more expensive than the 5230 at launch.

Rafe 26-08-2010 09:22 AM

I did think about including the 5530 - and you're right it probably is a closer companion. However the 5230 is the cheap phone of the moment (generally it is a bit cheaper than the 5530 - though there was that fantastic deal last Christmas)... and the 5800 is what started things off (I was trying to illustrate the change over time).

There's also a case for including some of the 5230 variants - most notably the 5233 - which is the 3G-less and GPS-less variant of the 5230.

But yes you could include the 5530 - and it is an interesting combo - one that doesn't quite work for me - I'd rather have GPS than WiFi. However, I did really like the design of the 5530. The 5250 seems to be a cross of the design of the X6, 5230 and 5530.

Unregistered 26-08-2010 09:33 AM

The inclusion of WiFi but not 3G seems to be either for territories without a well developed 3G infrastructure, and for kids - a cheap phone with no monthly data contract. Although it should be noted in countries like the UK data is available cheaply on PAYG.

malerocks 26-08-2010 09:39 AM

Yes Rafe, the 5530 was quite the odd man out. But it does work for certain category of people, for instance - my sister.

She is happy with the phone since its a Xpressmusic phone and plays good music for her. She jumps onto the touchscreen bandwagon and does not have any issues with the Symbian UI. For the occasional data usage (checking email and chatting with folks over IM), she simply connects to the wifi setup at my house.

Unregistered 26-08-2010 09:48 AM


Originally Posted by malerocks (Post 474646)
She jumps onto the touchscreen bandwagon and does not have any issues with the Symbian UI. .

Because she is normal.

Unregistered 26-08-2010 11:52 AM

I think the 5250 is wonderful. And for all you high end lovers, the low end is actually more important because it strengthens the whole platform and provides a much bigger base for developers to write to, and other companies to support in various ways.

And why SHOULDN'T the vast number of people who can't afford more than 50 for a PAYG phone, have a powerful Symbian device rather than yet another cheapo featurephone?

Thank God for Nokia/Symbian, that people don't have rip-off underpowered and poorly engineered Android and iPhone devices, or otherwise featurephones, as their only choices for the next generation of personal computers (as 'phones' are now).

Rafe 26-08-2010 12:43 PM

Indeed those who ignore the implications of devices such as the 5250 do so at their peril.

Yes you can hype them too much the other way too... but really I think there's little danger of that consider the current attention they get.

Unregistered 26-08-2010 02:00 PM

Indeed it would be interesting if the 5530 and 5233 were in that chart even though not in the article itself :) . It is strange that the 5230 has less battery life than the 5800 too. My cousin said my 5230's screen is more responsive than his 5800. Don't know why but it could be just the brand of screen protector he has on. 5230/5233 has been top sellers here (SE Asia). Comes with 2GBmicroSD and stylus like the 5800.

Unregistered 26-08-2010 03:40 PM

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, the first touch screen phone prototype, still rocks!!

Peter Sulzer 26-08-2010 06:41 PM

The Nokia 5230 together with the Nokia X6 is test winner at Stiftung Warentest from Germany. They tested 18 Smartphones (inclusive iPhone 4 and Androids).

Stiftung Warentest is the most famous and serious test institute of Germany with no commercial interests (supported by governement). In their monthly magazine with the test reports there are no advertisements to be absolutely independent from manufacturers.

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