Nokia 5230 Has 3G And GPS, Cheapest Nokia Touch Phone Yet

With one eye on the $US99 iPhone, Nokia's budget ($213 before carrier subsidies) 5230 has 3G and GPS features not found on the 5530 XpressMusic, but lacks that phone's Wi-Fi, and has a pared-down 2MP camera.

It also wants to be popular: easy access to Facebook and MySpace are there, as is easy access to the crappy Ovi Store. Yay?

The 5230 also has a 3.2-inch (640 by 480) touchscreen, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD memory card slot, and Symbian S60 operating system. A Comes With Music edition will offer unlimited music downloads, but will bloat out to $US370 (again, before carrier discount).

Yeah, I don't know. I'll hold off judgement until I see what prices (and contract lock-ins) the 5230 is pitched with later this year, but I don't think Apple is shaking in its boots. [Nokia]

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