This multi-talented entry level touchscreen smartphone by Nokia is currently available on Virgin PAYG at a very tempting £49.95 plus a purchase of £10.00 Airtime. Considering the host of features and included software the Nokia 5230 makes the perfect backup phone - or the ideal pick for a newcomer to the smartphone experience. Tempting indeed.
If you are a smartphone poweruser, you may now feel the onset of your "nah...pass" reflex. But do consider that the Nokia 5230 comes equipped with GPS and includes Nokia's free Ovi Maps app - a feature-rich SatNav system.
A similar app alone for, say, the iPhone costs around £50, and that app wouldn't come with a free phone, would it. Another standout feature of the Nokia 5230 is its 360 x 640 screen resolution which makes it an eye-friendly web-browsing device. Less scrolling and panning than on most phones in its price-range.
Although the Nokia 5230 does not sport Wifi-connectivity, its 3G radio ensures a speedy browsing session, with download speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps. The 3.2'' touchscreen makes the phone pocketable and yet comfortable to work with. And the built-in FM radio lets you stay informed and entertained. The surprising range of features and full specs of the 5230 can be checked out on Nokia's website. And you can check out a good review here on GSMarena.
To sum up: £60 gets you a wholesome taste of smartphone versatility, a reliable, if slightly un-hip OS and the Virgin Airtime to get started. Don't wait too long, though. This offer is a clearance deal, and stock is limited.