Nokia 7230 review

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

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Nokia 7230

To compare the Nokia 7230 with the cutting-edge touchscreens of the day is unfair. After all, it's a moderately-priced handset that comes without any claims of being a world beater.

We liked

It's small, it's fairly stylish and it offers up just about all the basics you could ask of a mobile phone, even if some of those functions are more successful than others.

There's also 3G connectivity, a big plus for the price point.

It also comes with a range of apps and extras you might not expect for a phone in its price bracket, a good quality outdoor camera and decent web interaction for example, not to mention solid apps for social networking.

We disliked

But in the end, the Nokia 7230 is simply punching above its weight. Scratch the surface and many of those features just don't cut it against the big boys.

There's no denying that the Nokia 7230 is an attractive handset offering a budget-friendly 3G experience, good calling and messaging functionality, a strong battery life and some decent tools for both web use and social networking.

But intermittent problems with Ovi, a flash-free camera, poor quality media player and disappointing email highlight just why the handset sells in this price bracket.