In all its simplicity, the Nokia 7230 is a pretty decent phone and it shows that with some simple approaches it’s possible for manufacturers to adapt their phones to the new conditions. In all honesty it would be a wild stretch of imagination to say that a Nokia 7230 is at the cutting edge of technology. However, the price is attractive and Nokia have added various services and features that mean it still feels innovative, it gives a feeling of being more expensive than it really is. Not everyone needs a lightning fast smartphone like the HTC Desire or Sony X10 and with the 7230, Nokia is offering an up to date phone for the pay as you go market.
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If you go to the home screen, you can find examples of what appears to be part of Nokia’s new strategy to take simple and cheap phones and add the social networking services that are so popular. When you buy a more expensive phone that can install applications it’s almost certain that an application to access Facebook will be in the top list of the most downloaded programs, you’ll also find facebook in the list of mobile websites that are visited most frequently. The Nokia 7230 has a Facebook icon directly from the context menu on the homepage, and therefore provides easy access to the service and the ability to follow friends and post your status.
However there is a catch, for the images you upload to Facebook will be quite small, and that is simply not much to cheer for. The limitations of the program that loads up the image makes the outcome worse than the pictures that you send to Twitter, for such a function is also available, the resulting image becomes barely possible to see. Despite this shortcoming with images, we think the applications for both Twitter and Facebook are good, keep it to text and to see what your friends do they offer a good overview and stylish presentation. This is done in a way that is otherwise reserved for much more advanced and (therefore expensive) phones.
It is clear that Nokia think a lot of web services as a driver for your phone, here are the browser and also as an alternative browser Opera’s Opera Mini, which is shrinking full-size pages to fit mobile. And here is the ability to send your photos and videos to Nokia’s own Ovi Share service and the ability to post photos to Flickr and as I mentioned earlier, Twitter and Facebook. There is probably fair number of phone buyers who missed all of these services and most use it as a simple phone. In fact, the phone even has maps and the ability to navigate, but it lacks the GPS to show where you are, if you should have the benefit of the maps, you’ll have to indicate where you are first. If you know where you are, you can look up the location on the map and then see, for example, nearby hotels, restaurants, cinemas, and petrol stations. For real car navigation from point A to B requires that you purchase the GPS receiver that is an accessory and connect it via bluetooth.
The included E-mail client is simple and good, so you can quickly check your email without any hassle. Even the settings to get it is straightforward. And since I am not mentioning it before I took the opportunity to say that all these Internet services work quickly and smoothly thanks to the fact that the phone is a 3G handset.
Anyone who buys a Nokia 7230 to primarily use it as a phone more than an Internet terminal might be pleasantly suprised about what it can do. I have the first impression that Nokia has made an attempt to get the menus easier to understand. This is done simply by ensuring that only three menu items at a time fit in the screen. In fact, the large icons and clear text in the menus have the effect in all cases, it will be less information to absorb. This gives it a bit of a cheeky impression, since confirmation is made with large icons and windows that cover the entire screen. If you go into the settings and adjust there is only the choice of big and normal size, no less than that.
7230 is no design mobile, the Nokia advertising material talks about metal and premium feel, but we think it’s nice simple in design and choice of material makes it feel handy with a few nice details. The back is ribbed plastic that means the phone does not slip out of hand and the bare metal surface (or metallic plastic then) on the back of the screen is clean and fresh.
Among other popular features are music player, but above all a really good FM radio and then the socket for standard headphones is always good to have, with 3.5 mm connection. In the review we just needed to put in our headphones and turn the radio on and the phone asks if we wanted to scan for available channels. A split second later, 16 available FM stations are stored in the memory.
The camera phone’s main weakness is a lack of both lack autofocus, and flash. Moreover the web services with Facebook and Twitter as an example compresses the images beyond recognition when you choose to upload to the Web it does not improve matters.