What makes it a bargain hunter delight is the price: the 5230 is available for between N26,000 and N29,000 in the market.
But for that price, here are the things that you will find missing: no memory card and data cable in the sales package, no USB charging, no WiFi, and no office document viewer, among a few others.
Still, regardless of its handicaps, the fact that this device is HSDPA-enabled makes it a very attractive option to mobile internet jocks.
If you are on limited funds and need a budget smartphone that will deliver broadband internet, perhaps the 5230 XM is exactly what you need. Should you require a hardware QWERTY keyboard, look in the direction of its sibling, Nokia E63 (just 3G; no HSDPA), or its Windows Mobile cousin, the Samsung B7320 (with HSDPA).
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