By August 12, 2009

Nokia 5530: Touchscreen Smartphone for under €200

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Nokia recently announced their latest entrant into the touchscreen smartphone market, the Nokia 5530. The standout feature here is the cost, for around £170 unlocked, even less on PAYG, you too can join the swishy transition party and play the phone envy game on the train.

The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, a music-focused, touchscreen phone running S60 5th Edition is available now from Carphone Warehouse, featuring a 2.9 inch (640 x 360) touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, accelerometer, stereo speakers, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio, WiFi, Bluetooth and will include a 4 GB memory card.

The homescreen features a contact carousel with thumbnails of your favourite contacts, more large icons give you easy access to your favourite sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. A drop down menu called Media Bar allow fast access to the key phone functionality including music, photos, video, web and Ovi. Effectively the 5530 is a cut down version of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic with a smaller screen but in a sleeker form factor.

Power users may baulk at the lack of 3G or GPS but Edge and WiFi will suffice for most users and you can still take advantage of Google Maps and other location based services. 27 hours of audio and 7 hours of video playback will keep even the most hardened teenager entertained on long journeys and to sweeten the deal even further, Nokia is including 3 months free WiFi thanks to a deal with Boingo, which works with hotspot operators around the world.

The 5530 is no doubt aimed at younger users but will appeal equally to those who want a sleek phone that does the basics well including music, photos and web browsing. For a small extra fee you can even include the Comes With Music service from Nokia which gives unlimited music downloads for 18 months and you keep the tracks for life.

A pretty good deal for a fantastic device and its set to take the PAYG market by storm. Check out the vid for more eye candy.

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Via Nokia

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