They made a promise and kept it. What can we say Ė nice phone this Nokia 5250, but not an N8. Yeah we know, we need to be respectful and professional. But itís 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 doesnít mean itíll fight in the shade. Itís rather going to get into brawls with some pretty basic dumbphones.
The question here is whoís ready to sacrifice most of the features that make a smartphone, to save a few bucks. Alright some of Nokiaís touchscreen smartphones have been going around for peanuts but the 5250 is the lowest bidder by far. Some of the value-adding options donít 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.
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 donít 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 wonít 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.
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, letís see whatís inside that tiny retail box. And then weíll take a look at the phoneís build and finish.