Nokia 6230i

Nokia's 6230i is an upgraded version of its classic, unpretentious 6230 with a higher quality screen, 1.3-megapixel camera and Bluetooth.


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Design
Nokia's 6230i is the successor to the popular 6230 model from last year. To look at the handsets side-by-side, one of the only noticeable differences is the increase in screen resolution from 128 x 128 up to 208 x 208 pixels. The higher resolution display makes for sharper text and graphics on-screen as well as enhancing the usability of the screen as a viewfinder when using the camera. On a whole, the phone still measures a very comfortable 103 mm x 44 mm x 20 mm and weighs in just under 100 grams.

Buttons on the keypad are square, flat and equally sized, making text messaging a pleasant experience. Below the screen are two shortcut keys, as well as the call and end keys. In between these is a four-way rocker with a selection button at its centre.

While we generally found navigation straightforward, thanks in much part to Nokia's intuitive menu system, the close proximity to of the rocker to the shortcut keys caused the occasional erroneous selection. Animated icons liven up the Nokia 6230i's interface, which gives you a choice of a 3x3-grid or list-based structure.

Features
As we gear up for the launch of 2-megapixel camera phones from Nokia (the 6265, 6270 and 6280) and Sony Ericsson (K750i and W800i), the 6230i boasts 1.3-megapixel resolution.

A feature that's slowly but surely making itself known in Australia's mobile phone landscape is push-to-talk. Essentially, it turns your phone into a walkie-talkie. No dialling, ringing or answering -- just push a button, say your message and have it blare out of your recipient's phone almost instantly. As voice is sent in data packets over the mobile phone network, push-to-talk is not limited by range like a normal walkie-talkie or two-way radio.

Push-to-talk, or PTT as it's also known, has the added benefit of being able to send bursts of voice to many phones simultaneously. So far in Australia, Optus and Telstra's GSM network (and the latter carrier's CDMA network) support PTT. Pricing rates for the feature vary, but generally include billing per second, per day or a monthly flat-fee for unlimited use.

Nokia's 6230i supports this walkie-talkie-like functionality via a button on the side of the handset, which you hold down to transmit a message to a PTT group (set up through the push-to-talk menu option). As a relatively new addition to mobile phones, push-to-talk hasn't taken off in the same way SMS did years ago and interoperability between networks is going to take a while. Currently to use the service, you'll need friends or colleagues to be with the same carrier as you, on the same network (GSM or CDMA), subscribed to the service and have a PTT-capable handset.

For connectivity to other devices, such as PCs, PDAs and other phones, the Nokia 6230i supports Bluetooth and infrared, both of which are easily accessible by pressing the left softkey for a list of shortcuts. Nokia has a range of wireless accessories available such as a Bluetooth hands-free car kit as well as a clip on wireless headset. Bundled in the sales package is a wired headset, for making hands-free calls and listening to the 6230i's FM radio.

With 32MB of internal memory and a 64MB MMC card included, there's enough storage for about twenty MP3s straight out of the box. Unfortunately removing the card is a bit of a pain as it's housed under the 6230i's battery, although we did find our card pre-loaded with '80s Brit-pop band Tears For Fears' album Everybody Loves A Happy Ending. The music player is rather rudimentary, with the only play options being random or repeat. While the 6230 can list all tracks, you can't sort by album or artist; only filename. There is also an equaliser with pop, rock, jazz and classical settings.

Performance
Messages, whether they be SMS, MMS or e-mail, are easy to compose using the 6230i's T9 dictionary mode. Business users looking for enhanced e-mail functionality should consider PalmOne's Treo 650 or a BlackBerry, instead.

Photos taken with the 6230i generally came out in focus with vivid colour depth. Image sizes range from 160 x 120 pixels up to 1280 x 1024. The camera's night mode assisted slightly in dark surroundings but photos came out grainy compared to those taken with a flash. Video clips taken are recorded in the 3GPP format and come out slightly pixelated and choppy.

Nokia's 6000 series has generally been a line of no-nonsense business-style phones that aim to couple stellar battery life with high-end features. The 6230i continues with this tradition by offering travellers tri-band operation, up to 5 hours talk time and 300 hours standby time. In our tests, we found the 6230i lasted around 3-4 days of average phone and SMS usage with Bluetooth switched on.



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KGen_20o1 posted a review   

The Good:EVERYTHING!

The Bad:NOTHING!

The best phone anyone could ever hope for. It's MADE to make calls not living you life on it. Compared to most phones now, I guess the meaning of reliability has been lost. Luckily some of us still believe that simplest is always the best :D

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Maca posted a review   

The Good:Best phone i've had (had it for 5 Years)

The Bad:Nothing....maybe a bigger screen.

best phone i've ever had, been dropped smashed and left on the side of the road for 2 days in the rain and still works (fell out of my pocket in the middle of no where lol =D

 

dundee 1973 posted a comment   

the 6230i is a wicked little phone. i've gone through loads and its the most reliable one i have had( im on my third one, not due to faults, had to sellas short of cash at times) but just got one after nokia n70. so now sticking with 6230i for keeps. it tough, easy to use, loud speaker,good little all rounder.

 

Kris posted a comment   

The Good:overall an excellent phone

The Bad:sound a bit off - only when I've dropped it :)

Had it for 4 years and its just failing now. The screen flickers and if I switch it off its hard to switch it on again

 

cassidy posted a comment   

i have a 1gb memory stick in it and whenever i am listening to music and someone calls me after the phone call it turns itself off its sooo annoying but overall excellent phone ive dropped it countless times (not the reason for the failure) it still works fine good durability ive been using it for 4 years now no proble great phone .

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Kali posted a review   

The Good:All the features
Design
It is very very robust
Nice to hold and very nice typing-buttons
All in all, a perfect phone as I remember it. :-)

The Bad:None

The best phone I've ever had, I guess. It has a nice design, it lies perfectly in the hand, really good camera for a 1.3 MP! Nice, clean screen and then it is VERY solid...
I once dropped mine while sitting on a rollercoaster in Tivoli, from perhaps 4-5 metres hight, it went on the metal floor, split up in 10 pieces AND was completely soaked from the water that came up from the floor, like a fountain. I thought I lost my beloved phone, but when I came down and picked it up, gathered all the pieces, it worked like it was brand new. It was just with a cleaner screen, lol! It's amazing! I do recommend this phone.

<a href=http://www.set-phones.net/Nokia-6230.html>nokia 6230</a>
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nokia 6230 posted a review   

The Good:Small form factor.
Gorgeous color.
Large screen.
Detailed menu options.
Finger-friendly keypad.
Downloadable games.

The Bad:Nothing.

Great mobile with great many features. This is my first mobile gifted from my father. I like this mobile very much. Its have fast functions. For entertainment in this mobile their are many games and many space for games.

bb
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bb posted a review   

a great phone

wombat
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wombat posted a review   

The Good:Love everything about them.

The Bad:If I could ask for anything else to add to this remarkable phone, it's be a newer screen like the 6280 screen, and slightly bigger than current, but other than that I wouldn't change a thing!

I have used and owned many many mobiles and this is by far the best. I've had 2 (1x 6230, and 1x 6230i). every time I try a new phone, nokia or other I come back to this one. I've never had a problem with either or them. I've had both since they were brand new releases and they both still work fine with original battery they came with, so i've been using them for a good 5 years or so. Pics are good though no flash but I have a great digital camera for my pics. Sexy in black, silver or any other colour with interchangeable cover. Nice square buttons to use for SMS, data entry and calls, durable and very long lasting. I use my phones a LOT! And this is just a dream to use, and hot to boot. Perfect for every level of phone meak to phone geek. I should stock up for the next few years before they come off the market. LOVE IT!

susieq
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susieq posted a review   

The Good:lovely phone

The Bad:problem as above

why, even tho have people in contacts, name doesnt come up when they phone?


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User Reviews / Comments  Nokia 6230i

  • KGen_20o1

    KGen_20o1

    Rating10

    "The best phone anyone could ever hope for. It's MADE to make calls not living you life on it. Compared to most phones now, I guess the meaning of reliability has been lost. Luckily some of us st..."

  • Maca

    Maca

    Rating10

    "best phone i've ever had, been dropped smashed and left on the side of the road for 2 days in the rain and still works (fell out of my pocket in the middle of no where lol =D"

  • dundee 1973

    dundee 1973

    "the 6230i is a wicked little phone. i've gone through loads and its the most reliable one i have had( im on my third one, not due to faults, had to sellas short of cash at times) but just got one a..."

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