I was bored with my m55 and was looking around for something economical that I could play with till I had the funds for something right up my alley. Sony Ericsson T230 easily caught my attention.
It wasn’t expensive and had most of the stuff you would expect from a regular modern phone: a colour screen, GPRS, MMS, polyphonic ringtones, downloadable games, plus it had an email client alongside a few other features. So, I sold my m55 to a guy who was head-over-heels in love with it, then went out and got me a T230.
Sony Ericsson T230 review: Form Factor
It is a small, handy phone. Regular candy-bar type.
Sony Ericsson T230 review: Display
Its 4096-colour display is far better than the T68/T300/T310 set of phones but nothing spectacular either. It just got the job done.
Sony Ericsson T230 review: Keypad and Text Entry
The slightly-rubbery keys put me off at first, but I soon put that behind me because they performed quite well, contrary to my sentiments.
Sony Ericsson T230 review: Battery Performance
2 to 3 days on a full charge with the way I use phones. Good enough.
Sony Ericsson T230 review: Connections
You can connect the phone to a PC via cable only to transfer image files to the phone. Nothing else! Aaargh!
Sony Ericsson T230 review: WAP Browser
WAP worked fine. I accessed all my regular WAP sites. The only hitch with the WAP browser was that I could not get to send out mail from one of my accounts, even though I could on other phones. Oh, then of course, the phone wouldn’t let me load or download any page/file above a certain limit. Oh, well.
Sony Ericsson T230 review: Email
The email client is simple to use, but does not support attachments, which is pretty limiting. But that aside, it worked fine.
Sony Ericsson T230 review: Games
Since I was looking for something to play with, I had to check out the T230’s Fun & Games menu. Vrally rocked! I spent hours on that. The other games were nothing to write home about, so I WAPped to the SonyEricsson WAPsite and downloaded a couple of shoot-them-down space-fighter kind of games. Did I forget to mention that the phone does not support Java? Its games platform is Mophun, not java.
Sony Ericsson T230 review: Conclusion
The T230 is an inexpensive, fun and dependable GSM phone. For me, it was a stop-gap device as it does not have most of the features that should qualify it as a business phone. But it had enough to keep me from throwing it away in a hurry, since I actually kept it for about 4 months!
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.