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Review The UK product lists of the major phone makers are surprisingly barren of handsets designed specifically for the more advanced in years, but I thought it wise to include at least one from a major name that can be picked up on the high street with a PAYG deal.

Nokia's 7230 is an entry-level handset but today even that gets you a 3.2Mp camera, A2DP Bluetooth and 3G. Not HSDPA, mind you, but do you seriously want to explain what that is to someone who can remember the Blitz?

Nokia 7230

Slide the 7230 open and a keypad is revealed that looks small when compared to all the others reviewed here. But the layout is clear and simple enough to be usable even to the most inexpert user.

The 7230 uses Nokia's Series 40 operating system, which is one of the more simple, logical and non-threatening mobile phone OSes, and the 2.4in screen is commendably crisp and colourful making a cinch to see what is going on. Once you have explained to your Nan the basic theory behind the navpad then navigating the 7230's menus is straightforward.

Built-in features include Ovi Maps, the Opera Mini web browser, a Facebook application and an e-mail client making this a good choice if your old folks are silver surfers. The camera is nothing to write home about but does the job well enough and you can slip a Micro SD card loaded with the best of Vera Lynn or Max Bygraves into the phone should you wish to, Nokia supplying a 2GB card in the box.

Verdict

Without anything in the way of emergency features and lacking hearing-aid compatibility, the 7230 can't be regarded as a truly pensioner-friendly mobile, but as a decently specified, up-to-date and fairly easy-to-use handset it's not at all bad. ®

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Nokia 7230

Nokia 7230

A cheap fully featured phone for the aged relative who wants a 'normal' handset.
Price: £80 PAYG RRP

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