Design & Construction
The Nokia 5233 looks identical to the 5800, except for the color scheme. Where the 5800 had the traditional XpressMusic red and blue color stripes running on its sides, the 5233 is content with just plain old grey.
The front side of the phone is sunken into the casing, possibly to prevent accidental presses on the resistive touchscreen. On the top are the earpiece, display light sensor and the proximity sensor on its right, along with the shortcut button for launching commonly used apps such as the music player, gallery, web browser, etc. Below the 3.2" display are the call/end keys with the menu key in the centre.
On the right side of the phone we can find the volume control keys on the top, the sliding phone lock key in the middle and the camera shutter key at the bottom.
On the left side are the SIM card slot and the microSD card slot in the middle. The SIM card slot, although on the outside, requires the battery to be removed in order to slide the card out, which otherwise is inaccessible. Also, if a card is inserted when the phone is switched on, the phone does not recognize it and a restart is required. The microSD card slot is thankfully free of such inanities and can be accessed without having to remove the battery. The phone can take up to 16 GB of memory cards but none is provided with the phone. Also seen near the bottom is the single loudspeaker.