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Review of Nokia's 6230i EDGE Cameraphone


Review by Jin Khang Ong on Wednesday July 06, 2005.

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The Nokia 6230 took the market by storm when it was introduced last year. With an FM radio, a MP3 player, and a built-in camera, it had a lot going for it. This time, Nokia ups the ante with its new Nokia 6230i, a device that features a much better display and, of course, a 1.3 megapixel camera, the first Series 40 handset to do so. The measly 7MB of memory in the old 6230 has also been increased to 32MB. The 6230i is a triband (900/1800/1900 MHz) phone with support for EDGE networks, and also features Push to Talk (PTT).

Physical Aspects

Measuring 103mm � 44mm � 20mm (4.06" x 1.73" x .79"), the 6230i at first glance looks exactly like the old 6230. Only on closer inspection will one notice the additional button in the middle of the D-Pad, and the slightly larger display. The 6230i weighs 99g, 2 grams heavier than the 6230 it replaces, but is still tolerable and won't weigh your pockets down.

Turn on the phone and you will be greeted with a fantastic new screen. It is slightly bigger than the previous one, measuring 30mm square (1.65" diagonal) compared with 27mm square (1.5" diagonal), and the resolution has been upped to a whopping 208 x 208 pixels, a great improvement over the old 128 x 128 pixels. The 6230i's new 65K colour TFT display is bright and sharp, readable under harsh sunlight, and reproduces colours beautifully. As a result of the higher resolution, fonts appear smoother, and the 'extra small' font while viewing SMS is now readable, unlike in previous Series 40 phones where the small fonts required you to squint to read them. You can view 6 lines of text on the new screen. However, there is no way to adjust the display brightness, which is bad news since the screen can be blindingly bright at night or even in dim conditions.

The D-Pad comes with a center selection key now. This is much better than the previous 6230 since it is much easier to press on a dedicated button than on the D-Pad itself. However, the same unsteady keypad of old is back with no improvement. The keys still feel wobbly and are moved about too easily - especially the 5-key. As a result of this, some keypresses were not registered while typing SMS or playing games. It annoyed me quite a bit as I am quite a fast texter and this definitely slowed me down. The keypad backlight is adequate, but does not shine evenly across the whole of the keypad, causing certain keys to not be properly lit. Not a major issue, but this has been a common problem with many Nokia devices and something that Nokia should start looking into.

On the left of the phone you will find the volume buttons. Like the 6230, the camera lens on the back is raised from the rest of the cover, and that piece wraps around the side to merge with the loudspeaker. Just beside the speaker lies the infrared port. It's not obvious and a new user would probably have to look at the manual to find out where it is exactly. The power button at the top is large and easy to press. It has a nice feel to it and isn't too stiff or too loose. You will find the pop-port connector on the bottom of the phone along with the power socket. The power socket was a little loose on our review unit. When I plugged in the charger, any slight movement would cause the plug to be dislodged. I don't know if this is only in the case of our review unit, or this is a common problem with all 6230i.

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Jin Khang Ong
Jin Khang Ong writes phone reviews for MobileBurn when he gets a few spare moments away from his day job as a doctor in Malaysia.

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