Nokia 7230 Review6
The American version supports AT&T's 3G network.
The Nokia 7230 is a 3G entry level slider that was released earlier this year running Nokia’s S40. Although it is a basic slider, the phone still sports some decent features such as a 3.2 megapixel camera and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and therefore seems to be aimed at the teen market. Inside the box is the phone, a battery, a mains charger, a stereo hands-free kit, a 2GB Micro SD card and an instruction manual. A notable absence from the box is a PC connector cable.
The Nokia 7230 is a slim slider with a glossy, curvaceous design. The sides have a chrome-like finish with a dedicated button for the camera and a matte textured plastic battery cover on the back. While the phone looks deceptively solid, once you take it in hand, its flimsy low-end nature becomes evident. The screen is surrounded by a finely textured panel that covers two soft keys, a send button and an end button with a five way d-pad within. This panel comes in pink or graphite, as does the battery cover.
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The screen's size and resolution are fit for purpose, though poor viewing angles let the display down. Measuring in at 2.4 inches it has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. While it is sufficiently bright for comfortable use, saturation and contrast levels vary greatly depending on the angle at which you view it. This makes enjoying images and video on the Nokia 7230 less than ideal. The phone's glossy finish also attracts finger-prints and provides a challenge in direct sunlight. At 2.4 inches, the screen is also small for prolonged web browsing, despite the on-board browser rendering pages well.
The build quality of the Nokia 7230 is disappointing. Press one of the soft keys for example and you will invoke an unfortunate creaking noise. To compound this, the soft-keys are difficult to press, requiring harder presses (and more creaking). Slide up the glossy screen to reveal a slightly raised set of number keys, which are responsive and well lit, albeit a bit small and cramped.