Nowadays, we’re so use with seeing new smartphones every other day that when a manufacturer releases what’s know as a dumbphone, it gets way more attention that it should. The same happened with the Nokia 230, a successor to last year’s 130.
Aimed to developing markets, the handset is available for just $55, but for this amount of money you’re getting a pretty decent list of features.
A basic phone for basic needs
The first thing we noticed about the Nokia 230 is the metallic back cover, giving it a relatively premium look. Otherwise, it’s just a basic phone, designed to those who talk and text a lot and, from time to time, they like to browse the Web a bit.
The display measures just 2.8 inches and it has a QVGA resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. It also comes with a microSD card slot, allowing you to expand the storage capacity with up to 32 GB. In case you’re wondering why do you need so much space for…well, for pictures.
On the back, the Nokia 230 has a 2 MP camera, alongside an LED flash, able to take 1600 x 1200 pictures or record 240p videos @15fps. Also, it comes with a front-facing camera as well, sporting the same 2 MP sensor, which is a pretty interesting addition for a phone in this category.
Yes, you can even use Facebook!
As for the rest of the features, the phone comes with a couple of pre-installed apps, like Facebook, Twitter, Bing Search, MSN Weather and Opera’s Mini Browser, according to Engadget.
The Nokia 230 is also available in a Dual SIM version and it will be available in India, Asia and the Middle East, starting with December. Other markets will also receive this cheap phone, but somewhere in 2016.
What are your first thoughts on this? Would you get this as a back-up phone or even as a daily drive?