The last obvious external feature on this phone is its camera, which is a 3.2-megapixel unit. It lacks both autofocus abilities and a flash of any description but there is a dedicated shutter button on the right edge, which also starts the camera application.
Turning the phone on and we’re glad to see all the buttons are backlit, making for easy use in the dark. The menu buttons are the usual arrangement of D-pad, two soft keys and call end and call answer – the call end button also doubles for power.
The screen measures 2.2in and has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels so it’s about average for this sort of phone. It’s not the sharpest example and you can only fit a fairly small amount of information on it, making browsing the web a bit tedious. Of more concern are the screen’s poor viewing angles. Move more than about five degrees to the left of or above perpendicular and whatever is on the screen becomes almost unreadable. It doesn’t make the phone unusable by any stretch but it just makes it a strain and is distracting.
On the plus side, the Symbian-based operating system Nokia has endowed the 7230 with is quick and easy to use. Yes, a few menu options are a little unintuitive and the general look and feel is a bit geeky but once you know the whereabouts of everything, it gets the job done with aplomb.
By default, the homescreen is mostly blank except for a large clock display in the centre and notification icons across the top. Along the bottom there are also options to enter the menu, go to your contacts list, and open some favourite apps. Each of the four directions of the D-pad can be assigned a shortcut too. If you want even more functionality you can fill the screen with up to four widgets including an email viewer, notes viewer, media player, and shortcuts carousel.
In terms of messaging, you get your usual SMS and MMS support along with email, though messages aren’t stored in conversations and email support is very basic with no push notifications. There is a link to Facebook but it just leads to a mobile version of the website rather than a dedicated app, so there’s no contacts integration. The low resolution of the screen also makes for a lot of scrolling around.
Viewing pictures is made quick and easy thanks to a simple viewer that arranges pictures in a grid of thumbnails. Likewise, browsing music and videos is done through a basic, text-based library interface that looks archaic but gets the job done – again, this isn’t the best device for watching video thanks to its aforementioned screen issues.