Sony Ericsson T230 Review
The Sony Ericsson T230 is an entry-level phone that replaces the old
T200. The T200 was a terrible phone, so the T230 is definitely an improvement,
but it's still a very basic phone.
The T230 has a colour display, but at 4096 colours it's not the clearest
screen around, and is very small. The overall appearance and build quality
of the T230 is an improvement, and the keypad is is marginally less
fiddly, but it's not the most ergonomically pleasing phone available.
On the positive side, it's slim, lightweight, and cheap, with good battery
Features of the Sony Ericsson T230 include:
- LCD display (4096 colours, 101 x 80 pixels)
- Sound recorder
- 32-voice polyphonic ringtones
- Ringtone composer
- Games - embedded plus downloadable
- Predictive text
- Multimedia messaging (MMS)
- WAP 1.2, GPRS
- Connectivity: USB, RS232 cable
- Optional plug-in camera
- Picture phonebook
- Vibtation alert
- Dual band
- Size: 101 x 44 x 19 mm
- Weight: 79g
- Talktime: up to 12 hours
- Battery standby: 12 days
Sony Ericsson T230 User Reviews
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Average rating from 100 reviews:
Reviewed by james from england on 14th Feb 2005
my poor rating for this mobile may be because of the dates, obviousely
technology has moved on. however, the sony ericsson t230 is a good phone
for someone that doesnt care THAT much about great features. it completes
basic tasks with ease, and it looks good. the main problems people may
find is the slightly low reaction time, and how when you are writing
a text, you may finish the text 30 seconds before it finishes appearing
on screen. however, the battery life is very good and is reliable. the
attachable camera that comes with it is.. ok at best. IN THE RIGHT CONDITIONS
it can take great photos that are clear, but as a general rule, colours
are dull and not sharp. however, for the price this phone is, it is
more than acceptable. the polyphonic ringtones are good, despite there
only being a few of them. the sound recording is good at the right distance,
but who needs that anyway?!? one thing that bugged me for no reason
is that dirt, dust, HAIRS (I dont know either) and fluff seem to go
in the holes where the sound comes from and not come out.. this phone
not having removeable covers, the dirt is stuck and makes the screen
impossible to see in really bright light. overall its a good phone,
but for someone who doesnt care TOO much about how many features it
Reviewed by faisal mehboob from pakistan on 14th
ITS IS NICE PHONE BUT NOT EXCELLENT ITS OFFENTLY HANG WHEN ITS RE START
AFTER CHARGING.AND ITS RING TONE VOLUME IS NOT SO SHARP SUCH LIKE NOKIA
SETS. ATLEAST ITS NOT BAD ITS WEIGHT IS LITE AND GOOD LOOKING BUT OFTEN
TIME ITS SIGNALS IS NOT REACHED INSIDE MARKET AND APPEARS SOS CALLS
Reviewed by Nsajigwa from Tanzania on 13th Feb
you know wht i asked my father to buy me a nokia but he bought this.
this phone sucks it bad it has no nice features. com on sony you should
desined it better a list keep bluetooth. any site you go you can not
get any ringtone yo need to have usb that sucks. now any chick out there
Reviewed by Tess from england on 12th Feb 2005
I have had this phone since august 2003 and i have had enough! I was
first attracted by the colour screen but its not that good i had to
change the contrast to make graphics easier to view. This phone can
have a camera plugged into the bottom but its absolutely rubbish and
very hard to take good pictures. You have to move them to the phone
and even then you have to have enough memory - so that means if you
have recently downloaded a game or got a full inbox then you will not
be able to move your picture to the phone! There is no memory whatsoever.
Another thing that attracted me was the quirky design i quite liked
all the little buttons and the navigation pad was a big plus for me,
but after about 6 weeks some of the buttons had become stiff, i didn't
go away and in the end i had to send my phone away as it had affected
my texting abbilities ( i couldn't use multitap) ( i can't spell abbilties
lol) So pretty much if you want a phone for a good price to use for
the odd call or text, this could be the phone for you.
Reviewed by alis from germany on 11th Feb 2005
I guess are many bad things to say about that fone, makes much noise
and has unclear coulours, but hey, what if we dont have money, this
is good for less money. Thats why I am giving 3 stars here
Reviewed by James from UK on 11th Feb 2005
I really like this phone and I think the features are quite good. It
would have had more if they had included bluetooth but I cN'T FIND IT
ON MINE :(!
Reviewed by Raluca from Romania on 11th Feb 2005
It's great! I just love it very much. I never had any problems with
Reviewed by Jake from New Zealand on 11th Feb
Man i hate this fone. Anyone that says it is excellent has obviously
not had it for over 2 months. My fone has colle3cted lots of dust under
the screen and keeps jamming. AVOID THIS FONE LIKE THE PLAGUE!
Reviewed by lacy email@example.com from Romania on
9th Feb 2005
I think for his price is a good phone. I buyed last month. Til I'm satisfided
with his features. He knows much more than my last phone, Samsung C100.
Ok, Samsung is the best in screen display color only they know how did
it). But my newest phone is Sony Ericsson, and I'm ok with he.
Reviewed by sprotas from i dont know on 9th Feb
iv got t230 just month ago and its broken its soft is defective if you
want try download exacly same amaunt as its memory and here you go you
have crashed phone and when you want delete some files phone just swiches
off. and you cant erase it even with pc its t230 end. so if you want
realy good phone go and buy nokia
Reviewed by Morpheus from england on 8th Feb 2005
This is an okay phone, when it was released, it was really quite good,
but now it is out-dated. But hey, if you just want it as a phoning device,
it's goood. It's: *Light, *Compact, *Has an alright sized screen, *looks
quite good, *cheap, but thats about all. You can have an attatchable
camera, but there's no use because its poor quality. Still, I would
recommend this to first-time-phone buyers, it a great starter phone.
Reviewed by aaron from scotland on 8th Feb 2005
Good batterij life, color screen is outstanding, photo phonebook is
cool. I love this phone. I got it on T-Mobile for 40 pounds.
Reviewed by toasty from australia on 6th Feb 2005
i got dis fone a few weeks ago an d i reckon it rox!!! it is my 1st
fone but i i think it is all i need der is no use goign out and buying
a really expensive fone when u can get da t230 for about 100 bucks i
reckon da price and standard are great but it should cum with a few
more accessories like handsfree or sumthing but u dont need a camera
4 sure buy 1 outta da shop if u want 1!!!!
Reviewed by K.Bhavani from India on 4th Feb 2005
I feel bad to ill-speak of my ever first phone! But what to do guys...
I cant stop myself from saying this.... I bought this phone four months
ago. It really iritates me! DAMN!!! It hangs more often! The worst thing
is that I need to remove the battery and then re-insert it each and
every time when it hangs!!! I hate it. GRRR!! Its performance is very
poor! Cant bear with anymore. Most of the times i send alerts or inboxes
to my buddies on wap, it never conveys them properly. I lost few friends
cuz of this bad phone *SOBS* SO decided to sell it. *SNIFFZ* Dare buying
my phone ? Any 1 ??? :-D To be frank, This T230 is a SADDIST!!!
Reviewed by Zoli from Romania on 2nd Feb 2005
I payed 46 Euro for this phone, with card included. I wanted to buy
a cheap phone, but with enough features included. It's exactely what
I expected. In the games sometimes hand up, but as any Ericsson it's
easy-to-use, with everything You need from a phone! I can personelise
it for the important people to ring differently, I can compose my own
music, etc... If You want special features like games or other fantasms,
go buy a PC or an expensive phone. I think people don't realise that
if You buy an entry-level phone You can't expect to function as a 500
Euro phone. Sony-Ericsson T230 is outstanding for his price!
Reviewed by Moe Enzo from U.K. on 1st Feb 2005
MY MATE HAS DIS N I CUD TELL U IT REALLY SUCKS. I WUD GIVE IT A 0 BUT
DIS REVIEW FORCED ME INTO GIVIN IT A 1 STAR. POOR COLOUR RESOLUTION
N DA FEATURES SUCK. IT FEELS LIKE CHEAP PLASTIC N MORE LIKE A TOY DAN
A FONE. FOR GOODNESS SAKE, JUST LOOK AT IT.
Reviewed by hemnath from india on 31st Jan 2005
I GOT THE PHONE LAST NOVEMBER 2004. FIRST I THOUGHT THAT THE PHONE WAS
GREAT. BUT ITS WRONG THE PHONE IS VERY SLOW ESPECIALLY WHEN OPENING
LONG MESSAGES OR OPENING MESSAGES IN THE SIM. THE PHONE HANGS FOR MORE
THAN 5 MINUTES,ITS JUST MAKES ME IRRITATED. ALSO I HAVE A PROBLEM WHEN
SWITCHING ON THE PHONE. THE PHONE HANGS ON THAT TIME ALSO. I HAVE TO
SWITCH IT ON AGAIN. YOU CAN REALLY FEEL THAT THE PHONE IS SLOW WHEN
TYPING MESSAGES FASTLY THE PHONE SHOWS HOW WORST IT IS. THE INBUILT
TONES ARE VERY HORRIBLE. TOTALLY I HATE THE PHONE THE NOKIA 6600 IS
AUSUM. DONT TRY TO BUY THIS PHONE. WASTE OF MONEY I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE
ONLY ONE STAR FOR ITS COLOR SCREEN AND ITS APPEARANCE.
Reviewed by tonichi from philippines on 27th Jan
I have this phone for 4 months now and im thinking of replacing it with
a nokia camfone and radio. why? At first i was amazed by the features
of t230, audible and nice polyrings, exterior design, composer, recorder
etc. But as the months passed using this it beacame boring because i
had the same tones, the same wallpaper etc. The problem is the connectivity
it had no IR a neccesity of todays cellphones. IR connectivity is portable
than using datacables. and im beggining to get disappointed with the
software coz its so slow even when im texting the phones can't cope
up with my fingers ending up fixing scrambled messages also u have to
get through a lot of steps before u can send one. i had nokias before
and it lasted years before i replace them. time to buy me a 7250i
Reviewed by nat from australia on 23rd Jan 2005
when i got this phone my expectations where definently higher. The buttons,
i found, are to small and hard to get to when writing a text message.
also it was really confusing how to get out of programs instead of deleting
them. i also found this phone very slow compared to my nokia 3200.
Reviewed by liam wison from uk on 19th Jan 2005
i have had my t230 scince xmas 2004 and i think it is great! it is a
smart little phone and for only £80 it is great value
Reviewed by Shane McCarrick from Ireland on 14th
This phone is average, at best. In Ireland it costs 49 Euro as a pay-as-you-go
phone on the o2 network- and this includes 80 Euro of free call credit-
so essentially o2 is paying you 30 Euro to take this phone off their
hands- so my expectations were not exactly the highest..... (49 Euro
offer is from the Carphone Warehouse on Grafton Street, Dublin 2) Phone
has a similar menu structure to the t610, its big brother- and unfortunately
similar problems to it too. There can be problems when you go to charge
the phone- occasionally it refuses to acknowledge that you have put
the charger in at all. Turning off the phone and on at a later point
in time is occasionally problematic (e.g. if you're on a flight and
have to turn it off). On numerous occasions the phone refused point
blank to turn on again- until such time as the charger was plugged into
the phone (despite the fact that it was fully charged). I don't have
massive fingers- but I did have problems with especially the central
joy-stick button- accidentally hitting side buttons was a big problem
(I also had problems with accidentally hitting the send button while
writing text messages- on multiple occasions sending unfinished text
messages). The screen is not as clear as I imagined it would be- but
legible enough. All-in-all, given that I got the phone free- and my
expectations were not particularly high, I was moderately satisfied.
Were I required to pay for this phone I would be disctincly dissatisfied.
Reviewed by dani from australia on 11th Jan 2005
well wat can i say its a pretty goo fone i like it cuz its my first
but u no other ppl might think its rubbish but i like my first fone
i think its awesome !!!!!!!! lol have fun in ur life I LURVVVVVVVV SPONGEBOB!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by BasterWareZ from on 9th Jan 2005
Small display, very slow reaction... But colorful...
Reviewed by EOGHAN from IRELAND on 8th Jan 2005
RELY COOL FONE
Reviewed by Joshy from - on 6th Jan 2005
I Got This phone and its kool, it looks kool, it weigh practicaly nothing,
and its got kool games! not the best thing around but a good first phone.
It does the same stuff that phones for $160 upwards can do.
Reviewed by RAMANDEEP SINGH SEHGAL from india on
6th Jan 2005
the phone hangs in between ..and don't have infrared property...storage
space /memory is also less..
Reviewed by Eoghan c from ireland on 4th Jan 2005
dis fone is great! it looks grate has loads of features + is very cheap.
i would recomend dis fone 2 any 1!
Reviewed by sofie from BELGIUM on 3rd Jan 2005
if you really have nothing to do all day but push about fifty buttons
before even being able to send a message not even taking count of the
number of pushes needed for the message, I could recommend this phone.
If you have toothpicks for fingers to be able to push the main button
without pushing atleast two of the surrounding, I think You would like
it. And if you are a really, but then really really fast typer that
you are able to see what sigh you actually typed before it is logged
into the text( and taking regart that ' <-this sign is not even in the
thing, or atleast i cant find it, then this piece of junk is all yours.
Please note that I am a type ahollic and that this is the first mobile
I ever had problems typing with, letting alone after months still not
being ablo to type with it. Im going to get rid of this piece of junk
and Im going back to my beloved nokia, I'll try the 3220, cant get much
worse than this though. One plus point: nice look, but th ats all.
Reviewed by Ronell Trinidad from Philippines on
21st Dec 2004
The Sony Ericsson T-230 is an entry-level MMS-capable phone, on the
level competing with Nokia's 3510i. Well, being an entry-level phone,
one mustn't expect much, but hey, for the money, it displays the best
color screen I've ever seen in its class. Also at par is the voice-polyphonic
tones that sound distinctively better than Nokia's midi-polytones.Text
input maybe slow at first, but when you get used to it, you'll be pretty
quick. And,one thing I liked about Sony Ericsson phones is their professional,
no-frills look that doesn't look like other nokia wanabees...
Reviewed by t230_lover from New Zealand on 21st
Yes! I absoloutely love this phone. If anyone looks in the my mobile
mags then you'll see what I mean! It has by far the most amount of gadgets
on the phone (the phone RRP is $199. I totally recommend this phone!
Before I got it, I went to a vodafone stand at a mall. I asked them
if I could see a demo phone. It was exactly like the real one and it
was just totally awesome! GO BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by BACARDI_SUPERIOR from Serbia & Montenegro
on 20th Dec 2004
What can i say...traditionally good battery,weak keypad,but not so bad
color display...! To short this story,i think that i will return to
my first love-motorola! ;) All the best from Serbia
Reviewed by jamie from australia on 20th Dec 2004
iv had problems after problems with this fone, this is my second one
coz i had to take the first one back coz it didn't work and now me other
one i splaying up on me, these fones are rediculous but i spose you
get wat you pay for
Reviewed by Negru2k from Romania on 18th Dec 2004
I have a T-230 and i think it is very good.sony you are the best
Reviewed by Zandra Carino from new zealand on
18th Dec 2004
This fone iz pritty olrite, it works pretty olrite but wen i playd a
game lyk hardcore 1 of da keys started to peel of which was a total
bumma but neway da only ting i hate bout it is dat you cant download
screen tatoos wich sux so dats y i gave it free stars... yeh dats ma
opinion but n one disagree feel free to..... disagree ;) even dou som
tings are a total mmuck up wif dis fone its stil good quality which
make it special!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Guruprasad from India on 17th Dec
My experience with it wasnt good - 4 days after purchase, even before
the SIM got activated - for whatsover reason the down arrow - soft key
stopped to function.The display is not too good and the by default ringtones
are horrible.I wud not recommend this to anione in any part of world
Reviewed by Marat from Russia on 16th Dec 2004
1)Very Slow 2)Frezzez sometimes 3)Sometimes doesn't switch on and freez.
4)Low speak time max 1 hour 5)Charging problem 6)uncomfortable joystik
emulator 7)And many other bugs
Reviewed by JT from Belgium on 15th Dec 2004
Very annoying phone, long key entry delays, it takes ages to write instant
messages. Response time also very slow. They should have left out the
colorscreen and put more processing power to speed up the response time.
Communication cable to your computer costs $$$ I suggest not to buy
Reviewed by Elliot from Perth on 14th Dec 2004
It is a great phone for people who want a cheap phone wit polyphonic
ringtones and a colour screen (even though the screen is poor quality),
but i would not reccomend somone who can afford better. The things that
made me give it 2 stars is the tiny like, 1mb or sumfin memory, which
is 3/4 used up by sms, mms, and contacts. The other bad things are the
charger doesnt go in properly and sumtimes it wont charge. Sumtimes
things go wrong wit it and it wont turn on untill you take the battery
out. I know its not just my phone because a friend of mine has the same
fone with the same problems.
Reviewed by wasnt_me from Australia on 11th Dec
Good at the time of non camera phones, where a colour screen and polphonic
ringtones were all you needed, but it became completely useless when
camera phones came. this phone lacks features and bores you!!!
Reviewed by JaMeS from australia on 10th Dec 2004
I think dis fone is da best fone eva!!!!!!!!!:p its easy 2 use and u
dont need a camera 4 heavens sake buy 1 from da shop pplz its so0o0o0o0oo0o0o0o0o0o0o0o
much beta quality than fone cameras overall ................................
this fone RULZ:p
Reviewed by Sarahann Sheikh from belgium on 9th
I have this phone and I find it amazing! It's very basic and it's all
you need.If you're not very good with technology,as I am, this phone
is perfect for you!
Reviewed by jonny dinsim from wonderland on 8th
THIS PHONE IS ALL YOU NEED FOR A BASIC MOBILE. SMS, MMS, PREDICTIVE
TEXT, ITS THE WHOLE THING. I DON'T KNOW WHY SOME PEOPLE DON'T LIKE THIS
THING, THERE PROBABLY ONLY LOOKING FOR THE BEST OF THE BEST. IF I WERE
YOU I WOULD BUY THIS PHONE.
Reviewed by Lil Miss Perfect from New Zealand on
7th Dec 2004
This is a great phone for anyone who wants great value for their money.
The Good and Bad about the T230: Good: Basiclly Everything- The T230
cellphone is one of the most stylish phones I have seen. It comes in
two colours, and is incredibly small and sleek, in other words if you
like phones with good looks this little baby is for you! The Screen
is a good size for the phone & the colour is brilliant (bright, clear,
good quality e.t.c). The features are outstanding( there is just so
many!). They include two awsome games, but V-Rally is my fave!!:-) plus
a stopwatch, alarm, timer, events calender & SO much more. Heaps of
great ringtones are included( 32 voice polyphonic) There is loads of
accesories including a clip on "Communicam" and a FM handsfree radio.
You can Browse the internet via Wap which is one of my fave features
on the phone! O.K I could go on for ages about the good points but I
gotta get to the bad point/s. Bad: The only bad thing about this phone
is there is no intergrated camera, but it is easy enough to clip on
the attachible one. So.. GO AHEAD AND BUY THIS PHONE!! For a more detailed
review go to i-mobile.com
Reviewed by anton from New Zealand on 5th Dec
If you are lookin for a Cheap-for-features phone, look no further, apart
from the horrid keypad, it's a pretty good mobile. Has some outstanding
functions like + One touch SMS, + Decent MMS support (100k size limit
and multi page editing, a Nokia usually has 1 page only and a stupid
46k size limit on MMS) + Voice recorder surrporting AMR popular format
and sending over MMS. you can get about 2:30 of speech on one MMS, cheap
way to send a voice message! + You can also record you own sounds this
way to use as ringtones, + Colour screen is much better than t200, t300,
t68, t68i supporting 4096 colors instead of 256 colours. + Wap 1.2.1
browser, capable of limited HTML browsing. + downloadable games (this
is NOT java) + picture MMS with attachable but clumsy CommuniCam mca-25
now the bad bits, - Keypad!!! aRGH!!! I thought my Sagem was bad, they
are too tiiiny, hard to press and are a horrid plasticly "rubber" material.
- Wap browser has a fault, You browse to a WAPsite that has a "search"
or logon form fields, Theis silly phone says "you need to fill something
in" if you miss even one field, even if clicking "back", "home" or something
similar and not required.. - Sony Ericsson have not fixed the bugs yet,
not even one F/W upgrade avail. - OS is a little slow, can get locked
up if you rush it. - No Bluetooth (You get what you pay for) - No I/R
(You get what you pay for but i'm sure they could have stretched to
IR.) - simacard is far too hard to insert/remove. Argh! - CommuniCam
mca-25 is too slow to upload pics to phone. The clumsyness is handleable.
In a summary, it's a capable but simple and easy to use little phone
with terrible number keys. Shame they stuck it in such a bad case. I
wish it was a little nicer and rounder as well as some edges are quite
sharp. The attachable CommuniCam mca-25 takes fantastic picures for
a phone, but is very slow and clumsy.
Reviewed by pikaboo from Mars on 4th Dec 2004
hehehe i guess all the ppl who said this phone is rubbish.. maybe they
are too rich ... they can buy whatever expensive phone... so far my
brother having this phone for almost 5 months now .. no problem at all
... it still depends on how you use the phone ... any phone will give
problem if you never use it properly .. and i know there are nokia freaks
as well ... who cares only for brand which they are having .. they are
outdated with nokia's same menus over again in almost all the phones...
they will add 1 function and name it as new model... this is total waste
.. i guess sony ericsson is far better than nokia ... not over priced
... service also not bad.. i had T610 .. it was 1 year old somethin
and i send for service cause of the keyboard.. they repair it for free
and its already out of warranty period .. i dont think so any other
brand will give this kinda services...
Reviewed by iris from spain on 3rd Dec 2004
I find this a good little phone, it does everything i need it for, so
what if you can not get all the mod con's on it, it is only a phone
after all!! By the way can anyone help me with an instruction manual
in English (mine is in Spanish)or where I can get one
Reviewed by Sadique Ahmed from England on 29th
this is a fantastic phone, its really easy and gd to use battery lasts
really long and all the features in the phone is fantastic. its a brilliant
phone i give it five stars because its wicked. safe
Reviewed by Asif Wahedi from Afghanistan on 28th
I realy thanks the company and the technical people they mad the Mobile.
the only proble i'm felt sofore is the small kebord (button) it has.
Reviewed by nima sattar arjomandy from iran on
26th Nov 2004
it is very good phone.
Reviewed by Trent Rule from Australia on 25th
I had owned 1 other ericsson before this that was a T39 and it was the
best phone ive ever had, when i bought my T230 i was expecting the best
of the best but instead i got a phone that loves to make you angry.
Ive had so many electical problems with this phone from the battery
not lasting any longer than 3 days to the charger not connecting and
when i sent it back to be fixed they told me there was nothing wrong
with it! My advie is not to by a T230 they really prove that there cheaply
Reviewed by abhijit from india on 22nd Nov 2004
It'realy good in allway functionality and looks. excellnt performance
Reviewed by van Gool from The Netherlands on 20th
I got mine completly free with a free contract. And apart from that
it has a VERY slow interface and sucky buttons (and maybe the bad display)
it is a phone that does all the things i want in a phone, It can call
and it can send sms. So i am OK with it. If you want a multimedia system
Nokia buy that one but if you want a small phone that fits in your trousers
and that is cheap this is a good choice.
Reviewed by nathan from united kingdom on 19th
i think that the sony ericsson t230 is an okay phone but it could do
with a camera,radio andmore games.
Reviewed by lijoy jose from india on 19th Nov
i like T230 it is the best phone that can be bought in that amount.
pls improove ur sirvice in india,kerala
Reviewed by ravi from india on 19th Nov 2004
good but lacks fm. ya one very big fault is u cant do anything wiyh
gprs .it also hangs many atimes i recommend dont bye it
Reviewed by raghavendra from india on 18th Nov
Its Good .As its cheap and has all the faclities needed in a mobile
Reviewed by fayçal from algeria on 18th Nov 2004
i just get it, i think that it's a good phone but a i want get more
ringtones and wallpapers , if you can send me it at 0021378725225. please
Reviewed by Dattatraya from India on 18th Nov
This a scap product..Its hanging every time..
Reviewed by Elias from South Africa on 16th Nov
THIS PHONE IS BEST AMONG THE OTHER,THE BAD ABOUT IT IS THE CAMERA THING
THAT YOU HAVE PLACE AT THE BOTTOM.
Reviewed by christopher from Austraila on 16th
it is realy bad
Reviewed by nilan from Srilanka on 16th Nov 2004
this is a very pooor fone..i do not want to recommend it to any human...bcoz
i made a damn purchase befor 3 months ago n nuw vibra is not functioning...DoNoT
Reviewed by ken from canada on 15th Nov 2004
its okay... but the buttons are way too small
Reviewed by Erin from Australia on 13th Nov 2004
The T230 is an outstanding phone!! 1. As it is a colour screen 2. Has
everything you need in a phone 3. Is compatible 4. Is Great and lastly
5. Has never let me done!! All you need in a phone is to be ablt to
ring other people and recieve messegers from friends and family!! Who
cares if it doesn't have a T.v or speak back to you!!
Reviewed by chris from australia on 13th Nov 2004
this phone is the best its buttons are a bit small but it still roks
because it is easy to get to the menu but the colour is a tiny bit dodgy
all those people hu mark it wif one star just dont no how to use it
properly and the games are excellant BUY THIS FONE COZ ITS GREAT cya
Reviewed by Calvin from australia on 13th Nov
you cant do anyything on the gprs thing. cant even use vodafne live
features. wouldnt recommend it.
Reviewed by Moke from BiH on 12th Nov 2004
Phone is really good,but only what missing on this phone is IC and bluetooth.For
example,I got some problems with connecting a phone to my pc(by COM
cable,I didn't use USB cable yet)and reading files from my phone.If
anyone have any suggestion about this problem,please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org''.Thanks.
Reviewed by Jenni from australia on 12th Nov 2004
I luv my phone. it is heaps cheap thats probably why it may not have
the best screen in the world.i bought mine 4 $150 and all the other
colour phones r like $300. people bag it out but once u get used to
it u will luv it morethan a boring easy to use nokia. if u r gonna compare
it to a $1000 phone of course that one will be better USE UR COMMON
SENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S great 4 a kids phone cause they dont like
boring ones and their cheap. P.ss they r kid friendly but dum mothers
wont have a clue!!!
Reviewed by Gibran.d from India on 12th Nov 2004
Ilove the phone its better than any nokia
Reviewed by Jessie from Australia on 8th Nov 2004
this visablitity of the screen is really poor, you can see the pixals,
yes its light in weight but its an ugly colour and you cant buy other
cases for it. i would recommend that you DONT buy the Sony Ericsson
T230 but buy th Sony Ericsson T30!! see ya xx
Reviewed by Shaikh Abdul Aziz from India on 4th
Dear Paul from England, There's an easier way to get to writing a Message.
1. Press the LEFT Arrow key for 2 secs, and you reach the write message
screen. 2. Type your message (which may not be as stupid as...) 3. Press
the Yes Key 4. Enter the phone no of the recipient(Who may not be as
stupid as...) 5. Select the Send option and press the Yes Key again
to send the message. 6. Done Now you can send ANY messages (Which may
be as stupid as...) without needing them to be Important
Reviewed by Paul from England on 3rd Nov 2004
An okay phone, small and light. Keypad is too small (the keys are rectangular
and very thin) and the minuscule 'confirm' button (in the middle of
the 4-way directional button) is chrome plated which makes it very slippery
so it's easy for one's finger to slip off it. By far the most ANNOYING
feature is this: To send a text message, this is the RIDICULOUS routine:
1. Press NO to wake up the phone 2. Press the slippery chrome button
to get the main menu 3. Press the 'right' button to go to 'messages'
4. Press the slippery chrome button to select 'messages' 5. Press the
slippery chrome button to select 'text' 6. Press the slippery chrome
button to select 'write new' 7. Write the message using the small keys.
8. Press the slippery chrome button to select 'send' 9. If the number
is in the phone memory, press 'left' to get to the phone numbers section.
10. Press the slippery chrome button to select 'phonebook' 11. Press
the slippery chrome button to get to the phonebook or type in a letter
(eg. D) to show those names (eg Dave, Don....) 12. Press the slippery
chrome button to select the name. 13. Press the 'down' button to select
'send'. Off it goes. At last. At least this means you'll save a lot
of money, because you won't bother doing all this unless it's a really
Reviewed by A buyer from Dutch on 2nd Nov 2004
IT IS A STUPID PHONE, NO CAMERA, UGLY. JASON FROM THE UK IS RIGHT IT
IS UGLY!! oh did i said, NO CAMERA, YOU HAVE TO BUY IT NEXT TO THE PHONE.
Reviewed by niccola from england on 2nd Nov 2004
i only gave this a 3 star rating as i cant find any other games t download
on it the games r gud but they cud b better then they r apart from that
i really like the phone u can do a lot off stuff on it and its not a
brick so u forget that u have it on u.
Reviewed by khutso mphasha from south africa on
2nd Nov 2004
everybody is complaining about the screen resolution.other than that
its an ok phone.have option of adding a camera.fm radio would have made
it super though.its average and better than phones of its price
Reviewed by JJ from Philippines on 31st Oct 2004
The phone looks OK, by only if u hav the grey colour instead of the
blue. It should have a integrated camera and an internal FM. If it did,
5 stars and one of the most top selling phones in the market, trust
Reviewed by physcho from phone loving country on
31st Oct 2004
OMG I LOVE THIS phone sooo muCH... IT'S SOOO COOOL... I LOVE I LOVE
I LOVE.... THE ONLY THING I LOVE MORE IS MY GIRLFWEND.... THIS PHONE
IS CUTE... BUT MY GIRLFWEND IS CUTER... MUHAHAHA ANYWAYZ THIS PHONE
IS THE BEST COZ IT'S LIKE A REALLY CHHEAP PHONE THAT ONLY COSTED LIKE
$139 IN AUSTRLAIA.... but it SHOULD BE like worth like ummm $250....
see... just buy thing phoen coz it's the BETS EVER!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Sam Perrins from Wales(united kingdom) on
30th Oct 2004
I QUALITY PHONE and i got it at a cheap price
Reviewed by jaja from jamaica on 30th Oct 2004
THis phone is the BESt... Ya?
Reviewed by NAUMAAN from PAKISTAN on 29th Oct
I USE THIS CELLULER. IT'S GOOD FOR ME. I THINK T230 HAS ALL POSSIBILITIES
IN(ECONOMIC CLASS CELL).IT IS WORKING PROPERLY. IT'S GOOD LOOKING. ALL
THE PEOPLE(MY FAMILY,MYFRIEND,MY NEIGHBOUR,MY WORKING FRIEND) APPRITIATE
Reviewed by Martynas from Lithuania on 28th Oct
I have that phone and it is perfect to me.
Reviewed by sudath Piyasena from Sri Lanka on
28th Oct 2004
This is a very good mobile ....... Think it's price. It is very cheap.But
it must be improved screen resolution.
Reviewed by Jeevz from australia on 27th Oct 2004
this phone is the BEST!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by jason from uk on 26th Oct 2004
this phone is rubbish DONT get it i changed it after about a month it
dont have a camera!!!!!!!!! it so ugly in real ife when ur holdin it!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Alvin from Australia on 26th Oct 2004
Okay here's the idea.... DONT READ ANY OF THE OTHERS COZ MOST OF THEM
ARE LYING... anywayz this phone rox.... even though Ppl say the screen
is too small.... trust me once u get use to it it's MAaad *droooolz*
colour screen =] *droolz again*... anywayz in hte desktop where all
the stuff is... Omg the pictures r sooo like CUTE!!!... i hate those
phones with realli boring pictures for the desktop..... =] CUTE DESKTOP
CUTE DESKTOP!!!..... and anywayz... ummmmz.... IT like SOoo Damn Light...
and SmalLish... pr0bz the smallest modern phone Most YOuths use....
OMG and The LOoks r just like KOOOl.... Maad looks and very Stylish....
and U dont needa a camera much... there's not realli much point of taking
pics of ur friends or ur stuff... so BUY THIS PHONE.... ( and if u realli
want to take pictures... u can buy a camera accesory.... OMG it's GOt
DIGITAL CAMERA STARTARDS....DIGITAL!!!!) lol and yea OMG the reception
is MAad and u can download maad ringtones.... OMG and if u go to www.sonymusic.com.au
U can Download THose RINGTONES where the actual artist is SINGING WITH
WORDS AND MUSIc.... they're called true tones or realtones... i get
mixed up... but it's MAaad... trust me and i'ts like SOOOO CHEAP TOO....
trust me this is one of the best phones out there.... and for PPlz who
WANT PREPAID PHONES.... GET IT.... Buy this phone coz it's in prepaid
at Optus and Telstra..... for ppl who dont want to be on plans.... plans
r rubbish... and on Optus.. like EVERYONE JOINS OPTUS PREPAID... and
everytime u recharge.... u get 300 minutes FREE TALK TO ANY OPTUS MOBILE!!!!111111
5 hours of talking to ANY OPTUS MOBILE.... and trust me.... like EVERYONE
IS UP WITH OPTUS here in Australia.... DONT LOOK ANYWHERE ELSE COZ THIS
PHONE ROx....... Love da sound recorder.... hahahaha just play the stereo
and ur fav songs and out the phone right next to the speaker so the
phone REC ORDS THE MUSIC.... =] this PHOEn IS THE BEST OT THERE... believe
me... i dont lie much.... and i'm being HOnest!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Yogita from India on 26th Oct 2004
My experience with the phone hasn't been good. Apart from good looks,
I have had major problems with thy functioning. My cell has managed
to hang up in 3-4 instances and the only solution available for me was
to remove the battery. I keep cancelling a particular step by pressing
the NO key and it takes ages to come out of the particular mode. The
functioning of the Yes and the No key is extremely slow.
Reviewed by Asim from India on 24th Oct 2004
This phone is really great since it stands to an equilibrium with its
price, and can be the best affordable gadget for a college student because
of its recording function. I dont think there is anything wrong in this
set, the only thing that it lacks is an FM Radio.
Reviewed by Ivan from Serbia on 20th Oct 2004
Very bad phone with lot of problems example `auto` power off when work`s
on GPRS etc......
Reviewed by THILAKSHAN from SRI LANKA on 13th
I've got this phone 7 months ago,and still it's working better than
my T100.voice recording feature is the best.but i think this phone should
have fm radio so it would be a great and cool hand set for any one.
Reviewed by Inge Williams from South Africa on
12th Oct 2004
I think this is a great phone. Not only doesit have great features,
but is also extremely light and compact.
Reviewed by Mishal from Pakistan on 8th Oct 2004
I got my t230 a month back , replacing my Nokia 2100 and since then
i have had loads of fun fiddling around with the t230. It is user freindly
and you can fix n personalize it to suit your taste. Infrared would
have been a real bonus but nonetheless at that price.........not a bad
bargain at all.
Reviewed by KiRC from PHILIPPINES on 23rd Sep
Recently,I boughta SE T230 to replace my old Nokia 3510. At first, it
was good,because of its smart features. However, I am greatly unimpressed
by the phones irritatingly slow response. If my 3510 was a Pentium 4,
the the SE T230 was... an abacus!Seriously, it was really slow. It was
also nice because it has better resolutuion than other phones of its
category (3530, etc.), but higher numbers of pixels doesnt always mean
optimum picture quality. The pixels were so dull, that i could almost
write in between them. Such a big disappoinment.
Reviewed by dave atky from england on 17th Sep
absolute garbage lost signal going from 1 room to another.couldnt tell
when i had a missed call or message as screen saver came on straght
Reviewed by Ted from Philippines on 15th Sep 2004
This would have been a perfect mobile phone from Sony Ericsson if it
had a Profiles menu, customizable message alerts (like virtually all
Nokia mobile phones), user-replaceable housing (like most Nokia mobile
phones) and an infrared connection. Otherwise, the size is small & handy
and the other features are great. An impressive Avis.
Reviewed by Jojo from Manila, Philippines on 9th
I got this mobile phone to replace my Nokia 3530. I had mixed feelings
with getting a Sony Ericsson since I'm adept at using Nokia mobile phones
(my first one was a Nokia 3330), but my friend assured me that they
are of good value and very unique. I chose between a Sony Ericsson T310
and a T230, but got the T230 because it looked better, had more screen
colors (4096 to be exact) and is a much newer model. Plus, it only cost
me PhP 4,700 (approx. US$85.00). I was happy to trade-in my Nokia 3530
which I had for about EIGHT PROBLEMATIC-FILLED months. My first impressions
on the phone are that it looks sooo one-of-a-kind! Most of the people
here use Nokia cellphones, so my mobile phone is pretty unique. It's
really small, like a Nokia 8250. It's got a bigger screen than the Nokia
3530 (101x80 pixels for the T230 versus 96x65 pixels for the 3530) which
means better resolution than my low-res 3530. It's got two preinstalled
games with V-Rally 2 as my favorite. It's got great featur es which
were never available with the Nokia 3530 such as an optional camera
attachment, themes, 24-layer polyphonic ringtones and voice recorder
all in a classy package. Now for my nitpicks...I am a pretty fast texter
so it came as a disappointment to me that it has some noticeable delay
when I "speed-text". My remedy to this is to slow down my texting a
notch lower. Another negative is the tactile feel of the keys are not
what I had in mind. The keypad is made of rubber (like the Nokia 5210)
thus one has to press a bit harder to enter text. The housing isn't
user-replaceable, but there are some Class-A replacements which cost
considerably more than Nokia Xpress-On covers. Nitpicks aside, this
is really a unique and feature-filled phone for its price. No regrets.
Reviewed by Marissa from Trinidad and Tobago on
1st Sep 2004
When my boyfriend suggested that he'll get me a new mobile as a birthday
gift I was a bit skeptical - sure my TDMA Nokia 1230 was old but it
still worked. I was able to make and recieve calls and send SMS. Why'd
I need a new phone? Besides, he was the one that got em the Nokia in
the first place. Of course, never one to look a gift horse in the mouth
I looked at my options and it came down to either the Sony Ericsson
T230 or the Nokia 5100. Now I loved Nokia and found that it was a trustworthy
brand, yet I opted for the T230. I've had it for only a month now and
I have no regrets thus far. I found it to be user friendly and in a
matter of an hour I was used to handling it. I loved the bright color
display which is a great improvement from what I had before. And inspite
of what I had read in other reviews, the display is indeed visible in
the bright sunlight. The games V-Rally2 and Deep Abyss are addicitive
and a major improvement to the Snake and Space Impact I used to pla
y on my old Nokia. It's lightweight and compact and I sometimes even
forget that it's attached to my waist. It's camera ready, has a melody
composer and a sound recorder, as well as useful little things like
a calculator, timer and stopwatch. And of course it's got GPRS capability.
You can't go wrong for a phone that cost about US$105. There are a few
drawbacks however - the buttons are smaller than what a hard and fast
Nokia user might be accostomed to. And then there's the slow or delayed
reaction time of the phone when doing certain applications like texting
or playing either of it's two games. There are some nice polyphonic
ringtones ( I like Irish Dreams and Caribbean of course) however there
are too few of them (8 to be precise)and although you can compose a
few and save them, my music lessons never took me that far. Of course
there is always the option of being able to download tones and games
from the sony ericcson website. All in all though, it's a sleek little
phone that's easy to use, comes with loads of useful features and it's
very affordable. Now if only I can convince my boyfriend to get me the
attachable camera ... :) Thanks Dustin!
Reviewed by LianA. from USA on 23rd Aug 2004
Its a good basic phone, color screen is good, but i jus dont like the
fact that it doesnt have a camera, but if you are looking for a phone
without a camera that has a color screen this phone is good n simple,
battery life is average, and reception is average.
Reviewed by MeHy from Romania on 23rd Aug 2004
IS THE BEST !!! BuY IT
Reviewed by Justin Bird from Australia on 22nd
I recently perchaced the T230 for $150 and it is worth every cent but
then again i am a loser with no friends.
Reviewed by ravi from India on 22nd Aug 2004
Reviewed by Steven from australia on 15th Aug
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