Do you like to remember the good old times? A simpler time when phones were phones, and maps and phone books were printed on a tree's worth of paper? Nokia's 7230 feels like a blast from the past: a solid, simple handset with a minimum of features and a price tag to match.
The 7230 is definitely one of the classier phones you'll find for under AU$200. Its plastic chassis is stiff and sturdy and coated to look like glistening stainless steel. The effect is lovely and reminds us of some of Nokia's best prepaid phones,.
A slider in design, the 7230 features a 2.4-inch QVGA colour display, which is colourful and clear, but has a terrible viewing angle. A gentle tilt of the phone down and to either the left or right renders the display almost invisible. Under the slider you'll find a large, easy-to-use T9 numeric keypad, with navigation keys on the top half of the handset, just below the screen. The layout of the T9 pad should make texting friends a quick and painless experience, but we hate the nav-keys that lay flush below the screen without any clear definition.
On the back of the 7230 there's a flashless 3-megapixel camera and an external speaker grille, tied together by an attractive series of indented arcs. On the top is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro-USB port, plus an older-style Nokia charging pin socket for connecting those chargers we thought we'd never see again.