They made a promise and kept it. What can we say nice phone this Nokia 5250, but not an N8. Yeah we know, we need to be respectful and professional. But its easy to be a jerk to a 100-euro smartphone.
The Symbian-powered Nokia 5250 is bottom of the smartphone barrel. The low price suggests the feature set is going to be pretty spartan. Which doesnt mean itll fight in the shade. Its rather going to get into brawls with some pretty basic dumbphones.
Nokia 5250 official photos
The question here is whos ready to sacrifice most of the features that make a smartphone, to save a few bucks. Alright some of Nokias touchscreen smartphones have been going around for peanuts but the 5250 is the lowest bidder by far. Some of the value-adding options dont cost that much any more. But the Nokia 5250 encourages exactly the opposite kind of thinking. No budget is too tight and no feature is too important.
- Quad-band GSM, EDGE support
- 2.8″ 16M-color 360 x 640 pixel resistive touchscreen
- S60 5th Edition (a.k.a. Symbian^1)
- ARM 11 434 MHz processor; 128MB of RAM
- 2 MP fixed-focus camera
- VGA (640 x 480 pixel) video recording @ 30fps
- Stereo Bluetooth v2.0
- microSD slot, microUSB port
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- FM radio with RDS
- Stylus tucked inside the phone’s body
- Excellent loudspeaker performance
- Good audio quality
- Web browser has Flash video support
- No 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS receiver
- Poor screen quality
- Doesnt charge off USB
- No preloaded Office document viewer
- No support for DivX/XviD videos out-of-the-box
- Gets sluggish as the memory card starts filling up
- No USB cable or memory card in the retail package
Being affordable is a big plus for a product and a short but focused spec sheet can be an advantage as well. After all, some people get confused by too many features while others just dont need them. And they might be glad to have the 5250 around. So, the Nokia 5250 is the right phone for the right person. As indeed every other phone out there is designed to be.
There is no Wi-Fi, even 3G is missing from the specs sheet. And you wont find an inbuilt GPS receiver either. But the bare minimum is covered. You still get quad-band GSM support and stereo Bluetooth and a decent 2.8 touchscreen.
Nokia 5250 live shots
The 2 megapixel snapper lacks autofocus, LED flash or geotagging but it can at least shoot VGA videos. There is a great music player, an FM radio with RDS and a reasonably stocked app market.
Now, lets see whats inside that tiny retail box. And then well take a look at the phones build and finish.