Microsoft launches Nokia 230 feature phone

Feature phones sit just below smartphones in terms of functionality and the latest offering from Microsoft, the Nokia 230, has some unexpected surprises for budget phone buyers.


Nokia 230 design


Microsoft has taken the design of feature phones to new heights by providing a sand-blasted aluminium back cover, which wraps around the sides. Usually reserved for premium smartphones, the metal cover is paired with a durable polycarbonate frame for a modern look with premium materials.


Sand blasted aluminium back cover


The 2.8” display (320 x 240 pixels) sits above a traditional alpha-numeric keypad. Under the aluminium back case there is a 1200mAh battery that can provide the owner with up to 27 days standby, 23 hours talk time or up to 52 hours of music playback.


Nokia 230 features


Although the Nokia 230 isn’t a fully fledged smartphone, it does do a very good job of making you think that it is. For starters there is the Opera mini internet browser and this lets the owner make Bing searches and get MSN Weather reports.


Nokia 230


Next up, there are a series of pre-installed apps such as Facebook, Twitter and GroupMe by Skype. GroupMe allows the owner to group chat with people already in their contacts and enables the sharing of photos and the user’s location.


To keep the experience rich, Nokia 230 owners will be able to download one free Gameloft game each month for a year. Further to this there is the Opera Store where more apps that can run on the Nokia 230 can be downloaded.


Nokia 230 camera


The Nokia 230 has two built-in cameras and a 2MP resolution has been offered by both front and back cameras, so selfies can be taken at the same quality as scenic photographs. Both cameras have an LED flash and can record video.


Nokia 230 camera


For ease of use there is a dedicated selfie camera key and the memory can be expanded to hold more photos and videos with a microSD card of any value up to 32GB.


Nokia 230 verdict


The Nokia 230 will be available with a price tag of approx. £35 SIM free, making it extremely good value for money. If we take into account the build quality and equally matched front and back cameras, then it is clear that the Nokia 230 is probably the best feature phone on the market.

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