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Forget the N8, The 5230 Is The Best Bargain From Nokia

Although the focus is currently on the Nokia N8 smartphgone, the 5230 remains one of the smartest products the company has introduced even if it is the cheapest touchscreen device from the Finnish manufacturer.

T-Mobile for example sells the phone with 12 months subscription to the OVI Music service which allows you to download as much music as you want to your PC or OTA to the Nokia 5230 handset; tracks that you can keep even if your subscription ends.

The phone also comes with a free pair of MD-4 speakers when ordered on the 3rd of October (today) plus free OVI Sat Nav forever and a free car cradle.

Topping up £10 will also get you free internet for six months and unlimited text for as long as you top up.

This means (opens in new tab) that the phone is an excellent all singing, all dancing multi media powerhouse, all for £109.99 when you include the initial top up, exclusively from T-Mobile.

The phone itself is not bad at all. It has a 3.2-inch screen with a resolution of 640x360 pixels, the same as the N8, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth but no Wi-Fi or onboard memory; what's more, you can even overclock it to 800MHz and it will perform faster than the N8.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.