Alongside LG, Nokia was another company that largely decided not to show up to CTIA, judging by its booth lineup. The biggest handset to get launched this week was the Nokia Nuron, aka XpressMusic 5230. This is certainly a newsmaker in and of itself, given its use of Symbian OS S60 5th Edition in a touchscreen for a price lower than $100.
It’s definitely an affordable device at $70 on T-Mobile, one that can do a good job in most circumstances. But as I have noticed with the Kyocera Zio and Alcatel OT-980a, any smartphone that’s priced that low is destined to be regarded as low-end, and typically for good reason.
In this case, the Nuron does a better job of feeling high-end due to its design. The Nuron’s build feels great in the hand and I don’t feel like Nokia just whipped out something plasticky, though I was certainly disappointed in the phone’s resistive screen and lack of WiFi. The phone is only slightly delayed in response time.
The screen itself is sizeable enough; I just wish the screen used capacitive technology. Perhaps using resistive screens lowered the cost enough for everyone to agree to making and producing it.
I haven’t had a chance to do a full review on the Nuron, but I did want to make sure I was able to share my first impressions with the phone at CTIA.
So if you’re in the market for a new S60 touchscreen device in the US, watch this video and see for yourself if it will truly do the job for you.
And a gallery of Nuron glances:
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