The Nokia 7230 sports a black plastic chassis with chrome edging, and the 2.4-inch screen slides open smoothly to reveal a slick looking keypad.
As is customary with Nokia devices, the 7230 is super easy to use, with a bright and friendly interface.
The device offers excellent navigation features with Ovi Maps, as well as 3G internet, and that all important 3.5mm audio jack.
Sometimes sluggish to launch programs, it’s mostly efficient but just occasionally feels underpowered.
Battery life was decent.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:57:46 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Bright, friendly interface, Good navigation features with Ovi Maps, 3G internet, over-the-air backup with Ovi.com, 3.5mm audio jack
Programs load slowly, instant messaging app only supports Ovi accounts
Nokia is still the world’s top mobile manufacturer, and it’s down to phones like the 7230. No fancy camera, GPS or even a touch-screen – but doing the basics with a light flourish is Nokia’s stock in trade.
Like so many of Nokia’s low-end models, the 7230 has a decent build quality, with chrome edging a black plastic chassis. The 2.4-inch screen slides open smoothly to reveal a slick looking keypad with smooth tablet keys. Though they’re just a little ‘bouncy’ rather than weighted, typing is as tactile as you’d expect. The back cover is quite flimsy, but we like its concentrically ridged design, which almost looks like a giant thumbprint. There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack, and 3.2-megapixel lens. As far as the interface goes, not much has been done to Nokia’s standard grid menu (swappable to list or tabbed toolbar form) though there are some slick new wallpapers. The display looks supremely clear and bright, with large fonts and smooth-edged icons. The interface is somewhat customisable – the left key brings up a shortcut list that you can reorganise, and as usual, the direction keys can be set to your most-used programs. Unfortunately, many apps are slow to load, even standard ones such as the camera. A nice touch is a sort of beginner’s kinetic scrolling – when going through a list, the longer you hold your finger on the down key, the faster it scrolls.
Despite the lack of GPS, navigation is one of the phone’s best features (instead of satellite communication, it determines your position by triangulation with cell towers). Ovi Maps is an incredibly full featured software, especially for this price, and you can get a specific address for any point on the map, as well as save locations so that you can navigate to/from them later. The options menu also lets you call, text, or access your inbox directly from Ovi Maps. The maps interface is clean and clear, and looks really bright on the screen. Impressively, the 7230 supports 3G internet, which, depending on your network could mean pretty speedy web browsing. The preloaded browser, Opera Mini, is the best one for Java phones, and though it takes an age to load, actual webpages were rendered well and quickly. You’ll be hitting up the mobile versions of websites as the phone doesn’t have the free memory to handle full sites. The 7230 also supports most popular webmail as well as Ovi Mail (no, we don’t know who uses it either) though not with push notifications, and you can also use Ovi instant messaging (assuming you had any friends on it). The 3.2-megapixel camera is pretty average – with no flash, lowlight shots come out very grainy, while daylight shots look somewhat oversharpened. It’s not great, but you can send your photos via Bluetooth or text, as well as upload them to Ovi, Nokia’s sync and backup service.
You can back up your contacts and media over the air at Ovi.com, a service generally reserved for smartphones. This means you can switch (Nokia) phones and not worry about manually moving numbers – and if you lose your phone, photos and contacts can still be accessed. You don’t need any wires – just sign up for an account at Ovi and you can set up regular syncs. Less impressive is Ovi Store, Nokia’s apps and themes portal that remains perennially uninspiring, particularly in its selection for standard phones.
Coming across a basic phone that’s also stylish and efficient is always a boon, and the 7230 is just such a phone. Ovi Maps and 3G internet are impressive features on a standard handset, and for its price, this is one capable little phone.