Nokia 7230 review

Can Nokia's budget 3G slider really mix it with the best?

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Once upon a time, mobile phones were all about calling and texting. These days, some sort of email access is pretty much an added necessity for communication and you'll certainly find enough options for email here. Whether it's sufficient for your needs is another matter.

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As we mentioned earlier, the SMS functionality is simple, straightforward and pretty much faultless. With the added option of multimedia (MMS) messaging, bold message notifications and an easy-to-use keyboard, firing out and receiving random thoughts and images was a breeze.

If texting or sharing your latest photos is your thing, you'll find much to love here.

Email, on the other hand, is something that just might frustrate. As we alluded to earlier, signing up for Ovi wasn't without its problems, despite a fairly solid network reception at the time. But once there, we were able to send an email from that account without any further problems.

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If Ovi isn't for you, there's also the option of logging into Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo or just about any other email service. But slowly. Very slowly.

The logging in process to all the services was time-consuming and once in, the wait to get anything but the mail headers was so slow, you wondered if it would be quicker to have sent or received a letter via Royal Mail.

Over a 3G connection, there's really no reason why email messages shouldn't load from a webmail service in a matter of seconds, no matter how much the phone costs.

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If that's a disappointment, the added bonus here should be instant messaging via Ovi. Don't worry if you haven't got any Ovi mates, the service also allows access to friends on the likes of Windows and Yahoo Messenger, along with Google Talk.

If you've already signed up for the Ovi account earlier, just login with those details and you should get taken to the chat interface. Sadly for us, all our attempts to 'set up chat' after successfully logging in were greeted with a blank screen.

Does this mean there's some sort of incompatibility somewhere? We don't know. We've just marked it down as a big, fat fail.


Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory70 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
SAR Value0.97 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time5.40 Hour
Product Model7230
Screen Size6.1 cm (2.4")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)100 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, ENERGY STAR
Maximum Video Resolution176 x 144
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height98 mm
Width48 mm
Depth14.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time370 Hour
Product Name7230 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number002P205
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationShare in style

The Nokia 7230 has colourful looks and offers effortless picture sharing, messaging and social networking.

Designed for your style

A compact slider that's reassuringly well constructed with the right details to make imaging and sharing a natural part of your everyday life.

Package Contents
  • 7230 Cellular Phone
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • Nokia 2 GB microSD Card MU-37
  • Nokia Battery BL-4CT
  • User Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year