Taking everyday photos with the 7230’s camera is quick and easy. It can rattle off four shots in 10 seconds, which is largely down to its low resolution and lack of autofocus. Unsurprisingly, images are rather ropey, with low detail and a lot of sensor noise marring the results. Without a flash, darker scenes particularly suffered. And if you like taking close-ups, the fixed-focus lens will not be your friend. That said, there’s no obvious lens distortion and for a quick snap of your friends frolicking in the summer sunshine, it just about cuts it.
Video is also available but maximum resolution is only 176 x 144 pixels and the frame-rate only 15fps. As such, it’s essentially useless.
With full webpage support, the web browser is adequate, but text looks blocky and becomes unreadable when zoomed out at all. There’s also no support for tabbed browsing or page caching so going back to a page you’ve already seen requires it to be completely refreshed. There’s no Wi-Fi but 3G connectivity is available, so browsing while out and about should be reasonably nippy.
There’s no sign of any Twitter client or any other apps above and beyond your usual calendar, calculator, stopwatch, etc. There is a link to the OVI store but due to a security certificate error it didn’t want to work for us. We also doubt there will be many apps for this handset, if and when it does work.
Making calls on the 7230 showed up no cause for concern with clear audio at both ends of the call. Noise reduction isn’t the best so background noise can come through quite strong and the earpiece lacks depth making voices sound a bit tinny. Neither are major complaints though.
Battery life was impressive, lasting for at least three days with fairly intensive use. We even reckon you could go for a week without too much trouble.
Nokia has a great reputation when it comes to basic handsets and the 7230 largely continues this tradition. It has a simple yet elegant and functional design and the software gets the job done. However, the poor screen quality and lack of hardware volume controls leave us wanting and we think there’s room for some streamlining and refinement of the OS as well.