Nokia 7230 review

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

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If we use the humble iPod as a benchmark for portable audio, it's safe to say that the media player on-board the Nokia 7230 isn't anywhere near that level.

Nokia 7230

Getting your music on the handset is a case of drag and drop (or transfer via Bluetooth). Note that a cable for connecting to your PC doesn't come as standard, which is slightly frustrating. Once music is on the phone comes another disappointment, the sound quality.

Playback via either the external speakers or the included headphones has a distinct echo and even at moderate volume, the audio starts to break up slightly.

On the plus side, if your MP3 or AAC files are tagged, Nokia's player does a neat job of subdividing your tunes, as well as allowing you to create your own playlists and making it easy to send (as a message), upload or transfer your tracks wirelessly.

Nokia 7230

In summary, the functionality is good, but the audio quality is distinctly average.

Video playback tends to suffer from the small screen. If you like the idea of squinting at a 2.2-inch screen for entertainment, it might be for you. It's also good for checking those mini movies you've just shot, but for us we would prefer our video on a larger screen, like the HTC Tattoo, as a minimum.

If transferring tunes sounds or squinting at video sounds like a chore, the Nokia 7230 also comes with an FM radio. We're not usually impressed with such things on a mobile, but this one is a bit of a gem.

Nokia 7230

Autotune comes at a touch of a button, reception is good, as is the sound quality in relation to your average home FM radio.

The only slight annoyance is the radio being a few clicks away from the media interface, really it should be operating in the same zone. Note also that the radio only works with the headset, so no blasting Chris Moyles all over the morning bus commute - although you can switch to speaker mode if you're that way inclined.


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