Nokia 7230

The 7230 is a feature-packed prepaid let down by call quality issues and a few design quirks.


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Do you like to remember the good old times? A simpler time when phones were phones, and maps and phone books were printed on a tree's worth of paper? Nokia's 7230 feels like a blast from the past: a solid, simple handset with a minimum of features and a price tag to match.

Design

The 7230 is definitely one of the classier phones you'll find for under AU$200. Its plastic chassis is stiff and sturdy and coated to look like glistening stainless steel. The effect is lovely and reminds us of some of Nokia's best prepaid phones, like the 6300.

A slider in design, the 7230 features a 2.4-inch QVGA colour display, which is colourful and clear, but has a terrible viewing angle. A gentle tilt of the phone down and to either the left or right renders the display almost invisible. Under the slider you'll find a large, easy-to-use T9 numeric keypad, with navigation keys on the top half of the handset, just below the screen. The layout of the T9 pad should make texting friends a quick and painless experience, but we hate the nav-keys that lay flush below the screen without any clear definition.

On the back of the 7230 there's a flashless 3-megapixel camera and an external speaker grille, tied together by an attractive series of indented arcs. On the top is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro-USB port, plus an older-style Nokia charging pin socket for connecting those chargers we thought we'd never see again.

Features

For a phone that you can pick up for AU$129 outright, the list of available features in the 7230 is pretty impressive. Nokia is a company that knows where to skimp on cheaper models, and what features you must include anyway. A good example is the radio configuration in the 7230; a mix of quad-band GSM and tri-band UMTS, which should amount to good 3G coverage just about wherever you use it in Australia. There's also Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP in case you want to share photos or listen to music through a wireless pair of Bluetooth headphones.

3G data is an excellent inclusion, though the simplicity of the installed web browser may relegate your online activity to simple Google searches and Facebook. Luckily, the 7230 is compatible with Nokia's Ovi Store, giving you access to a sea of apps, like games and instant messaging clients. There's also a pretty decent email client built into the messaging menu option on the handset.

Those looking for a portable music player in their phone should make good use out of the MP3-, AAC- and WMA-capable music player. As we mentioned above, the 7230 features a 3.5mm headphone socket so you can use your favourite (and presumably better than the bundled) headphones. Nokia also includes a 2GB microSD memory card with the phone, quite a generous gift for such a cheap phone, which should make for a decent start to storing your music collection, though those with massive media libraries will want to spend a little extra for a larger memory card.

Performance

All of the features listed above are nice additions in a phone at this price range, but at the end of the day, people buying a phone for under AU$200 should expect a high call and messaging quality. Unfortunately, this hasn't been our experience with the 7230. During all of our test calls we found the earpiece speaker to be a tad too quiet at full volume and several of the people we spoke to complained about not hearing us consistently.

Battery life is decent despite a small 860mAh battery pack. Nokia estimates about four hours talk time on 3G and a whopping 26 hours of music playback, and in our tests we experience an average of two full days between charging.

Overall

The Nokia 7230 is a sexy-looking phone and a feature-packed prepaid option let down in some measure by a few design quirks and less-than perfect calling hardware. In this price range there will always be a few trade-offs, but we can only wish that these sacrifices didn't include our ability to make high-quality phone calls.

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Ichann
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"I am amazed at the comments"

Ichann posted a review   
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The Good:3.2MP camera, 2GB SD card included, design, build quality

The Bad:Nothing

I brought this phone for my mother towards the end of last year from virgin. At the time it cost $100 locked to virgin (We have JUST mobile which used theVodafone network). I was genuinely impressed by this phone. Not only for its features (camera, music player, bluetooth, etc) but for its build quality. Ok I admit it might not be top notch quality but it is pretty darn close (word of warning, the back of the phone gets scratch from repeated sliding - which does not bother us.) It is a far cry from my previous phone which was brought for $490. That crap of a phone N81. Pure plastic.

Fast forward today and I had picked up this same phone two days ago after I needed a cheap replacement for a $27 dollar that I had bought from Harvey Norman. I went to the Post Office and saw this same phone for $50 (locked to Vodafone) great! (This phone was locked to Optus for $50 from DickSmith a couple of months ago.)

Now I am wondering why this phone is regarded so poorly from users. Reception? As far as I can tell the two phones have the exact same reception. Full bars where I live and with Vodafones network too. Do You live in the bush or some rural area?

To the person about the camera quality. What do you expect from such a cheap phone? It doesnt have a flash but it is a alright camera phone for outdoor use. And try to format the memory from within the phone. Are you sure you have the SD card included? Reseat it.

The battery life is splendid. I do not talk much on a mobile ( and neither should you for that matter) and the battery lasts for a week for sms the occasional 5 minute call (10-15) a week at a maximum. I also do not use the phone to listen to music or play games so maybe thats a factor.

Overall a great phone with great features for the price. (I mean it's fricken $50 dollars locked to Vodafone from the Post Office)

Leon
3
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Leon posted a review   

The Good:Looks pretty, and can have large text

The Bad:reception drop outs, many faults, poor battery life.

am on my 3rd handset and 2nd battery under warranty. faulty slider, 30 to 40 minutes of calls per charge. constant drop outs and poor reception. flulty keypads. Camera which comes on without being touched. when deleting text, you suddenly find you're logging on to the internet.

shrona
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shrona posted a review   

The Good:worst nokia model

The Bad:completely bad

I got this nokia 7230 yesterday.
I thought such a mobile with less price and 3G & 3.2mp might be good but its not.It shows 3.2MP but guys its not good.The clarity is not even basic one.In short,camera is of no use.i hardly took 15 photos then it showed memory full.memory is 2GB.but it doesn allow to store contact,store more photos or music.It doesn allow to play music until and unless memory is empty.I deleted evrything except music file.Cos it was not allowing me to view music file.!st it showed a message 240 memory needed delete few items.I deleted 10photos only 5 photos were remaining then it gave me message 252kb memory needed .I delete all photos.Again If u take a pic and want to delte at tat moment itself then u can't.Ofcourse it shows delete option but after clicking on it ,it shows delte can not be processed.And this delete option is in grey color which means can't be used.I dont know about 3G cos already so many problems it has got.Datacable not available.This model is just for marketing purpose.
They are selling it with good features but there is nothing inside.Don't buy it.Its loss for me.i wish Whoever made this model should have got common sense of making software.

KNET
3
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KNET posted a review   

The Good:NOTHING

The Bad:EVERYTHING

I REALLY THINK THAT NOKIA COULD HAVE PUT A FASTER PROCESSOR ON THIS PHONE THEY ALSO SHOULD HAVE INCLUDED W-LAN(WIFI) IT IS A REALLY DISAPPOINTING PHONE. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT

 

Mikaela posted a comment   

The internet is good for Facebook haahhaa
YouTube doesn't work for me sadly ! -.-

 

robbo posted a comment   

Can anyone tell me what the warranty period is on this phone? I cannot find this anywhere on the Nokia website.

 

charlicos posted a comment   

I am just waiting for my local tele choice to get this phone around the 3rd or 4th of january and this is my first phone. i was searching for a phone with a good enough camera, good music player, with bluetooth and underneath the price AU$150. I was just reading this review and the screen viewing and navigation buttons has kinda put me off. Are they really that bad? Thanks :)

 

charlicos posted a comment   

I am just waiting for my local tele choice to get this phone around the 3rd or 4th of january and this is my first phone. i was searching for a phone with a good enough camera, good music player, with bluetooth and underneath the price AU$150. I was just reading this review and the screen viewing and navigation buttons has kinda put me off. Are they really that bad? Thanks :)

 

nooby posted a comment   

I have just bought this phone and the seller said to charge it for 10 hrs. But it says battery is fully charged already after 1 hour - should I disconnect and start to use it?


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User Reviews / Comments  Nokia 7230

  • Ichann

    Ichann

    Rating9

    "I brought this phone for my mother towards the end of last year from virgin. At the time it cost $100 locked to virgin (We have JUST mobile which used theVodafone network). I was genuinely impresse..."

  • Leon

    Leon

    Rating3

    "am on my 3rd handset and 2nd battery under warranty. faulty slider, 30 to 40 minutes of calls per charge. constant drop outs and poor reception. flulty keypads. Camera which comes on without being ..."

  • shrona

    shrona

    Rating1

    "I got this nokia 7230 yesterday.
    I thought such a mobile with less price and 3G & 3.2mp might be good but its not.It shows 3.2MP but guys its not good.The clarity is not even basic one.In sh..."

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