The Samsung E230 was a mobile phone that was announced by Samsung in August 2007. The phone was part of Samsung’s budget lineup and was designed to provide users with basic features at an affordable price point.
Design and Display
The E230 was a small and light phone that measured 89.8 x 45.8 x 15.7 mm and weighed only 70 g. The phone had a sleek and simple design, with a candy bar form factor that allowed it to be held and used with one hand.
The phone had a 1.9-inch TFT display capable of showing up to 65,000 colors. The display’s resolution was 128 x 160 pixels, which gave consumers a crisp and colorful viewing experience. The phone also included a second external display, which was a black and white CSTN display with a 96 × 96-pixel resolution. This screen was intended to show incoming calls, texts, and other alerts without opening the phone. The phone included a conventional Mini-SIM card slot, allowing users to swiftly switch SIM cards and use the phone with other carriers.
The Samsung E230 was a low-cost mobile phone that was primarily intended for communication and lacked significant photographic features. The phone included a VGA camera with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Compared to contemporary smartphone cameras, this camera allowed users to snap basic images but had limited functionality and image quality.
The phone could also record videos, which was beneficial for users who wanted to shoot brief videos on the move. The video quality, on the other hand, was limited, with a maximum resolution of 176 × 144 pixels and a frame rate of 15 frames per second.
The Samsung E230 featured just 10MB of internal memory, which was mostly utilized to hold the phone’s operating system and important software. However, the phone had a microSD card slot, allowing users to extend the device’s storage capacity by up to 2GB by using a dedicated microSD card.
The Samsung E230 phonebook could hold up to 1000 entries, which could include both phone numbers and contact names. Users may maintain track of their recent calls and contacts by storing up to 30 calls, 30 received, and 30 missed call records on the phone.
Sound and Features
The Samsung E230 had several features that were common in its time. The phone came with a loudspeaker, which allowed users to listen to audio files, ringtones, and incoming calls without using earphones. The phone supported vibration alerts and downloadable polyphonic and MP3 ringtones, which allowed users to customize their alert sounds.
The phone did not feature a 3.5mm audio jack, but it did support Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, which allowed users to connect wireless headphones or speakers to the device for audio playback. The Samsung E230 featured a USB 2.0 port, which allowed users to connect the device to a computer for data transfer and charging.
The phone had basic messaging capabilities, including SMS, EMS, and MMS. It also had a WAP 2.0 browser, which allowed users to access the internet and view mobile-optimized websites. The Samsung E230 had a few pre-installed games, and it also supported Java MIDP 2.0, which allowed users to download and install additional games and applications.
The phone had an MP3/AAC/AAC+ player, which allowed users to listen to their favorite music on the device. The phone featured predictive text input, which made it easier for users to type messages and emails quickly. The Samsung E230 also had an organizer and voice memo features, which allowed users to take notes and set reminders.
The Samsung E230 was powered by a removable Li-Ion 750 mAh battery, which provided a standby time of up to 250 hours and a talk time of up to 5 hours. The phone was available in the color black and was priced at around 80 EUR.