The Predecessor to the 6230. This phone has the same height in spite of the other screen. The new display is still capable to support 65000 colors, but it has the resolution of 128*160 pixels (27.5õ34.5 mm). So, the main defect of the Nokia 6230 – the small screen, is improved in the new model. In our opinion the keypad has an average ergonomics and functions pretty well, the phone is convenient in everyday life.

The second improvement, which deserves our attention, is appearance of the second speaker on the right side of the phone. Probably the manufacturer tried to realize stereo sound in the phone. Unfortunately we couldn’t listen to stereo sound because speakers had a rather strange position. But the second speaker (on the right side) is not covered (when the phone is an holster) and it increases volume of the ringtones. It’s a real improvement of the construction.

The third and the main improvement is 1Mgpixel camera in the phone. The quality of photos is comparable to Nokia 7610. On the contrast to Nokia 6230 shutter does not cover the camera lens. Limits to record large video clips were widen to 16Mb (it was 4Mb in Nokia 6230 if I am not mistaken). Video clips look better on the new screen, but there is no considerable improvement of the picture.

We can also say about such new function as effects. It’s a pity that the set of effects was too small in the last phones from Nokia. This lack is improved in Nokia 6230i. I forgot to say earlier that the maximum images resolution is 1280*960 pixels.

It’s obvious that any taken picture can be used as wallpaper for the screen. But it’s more interesting to set themes. This function is similar to functions from Sony Ericsson. Free utility to create themes has been already available on Nokia’s website. Probably you’ve guessed that you could create these themes by yourself. It is a considerable improvement compared to other models. Animated pictures can be also used as wallpaper.

On the whole there are several pretty things in the interface of the phone: white background while dialing the number, pop-up windows for different events (on the light background), animated icons in the menu (when it is presented as Grid). I think that the company eliminated its previous small mistakes and the phone became nicer. Application of the new features also caused a few errors, today we can’t say that the phone functions ideal, but we hope that all bugs will be corrected until the phone entered the mass market.

Some improvements are Java concerned. The phone supported 3D technology, which is demonstrated by preinstalled Chess Puzzle 3d. Max download size is 512 kB per application that is enough for even the most exacting user.

Now a few words about weak points of the Nokia 6230i. Hot swap is not available for memory cards. Capabilities of mp3-player were not widen, it remains rather simple. As in the previous model player functions and Audio gallery are still doubled. Memory volume is 32 Mb, but there are limits to record mp3-files in the inside memory. The phone warns about error if you try to record more than 10 Mb. Battery life was reduced by 15%. Now the phone worked about 2 days in case of rather active usage, it can’t work during 3 days. May be it is presumed that the phone will have PTT support, if look on one menu item, but we couldn’t find any information about it, may be it is just a rudiment of this firmware.

Nokia 6230i is pretended to be the best phone of the autumn 2004 in its segment. It will appear a bit later than Siemens S65, but will have better screen quality (in our opinion Nokia 6230i has better color rendering), similar features and mp3-player support. The price of Nokia 6230i will be about 500 USD in November, by Christmas it will go down till 430-440 USD. Nokia 6230 will remain on the market till the end of the year and its price will be a little bit lower. The aim of Nokia 6230i is to attract those who were waiting for the replacement of Nokia 6310i and didn’t buy Nokia 6230. I really regret that users of Nokia 6230 paid much money and purchased only an intermediate version of the phone. It was one of the first ones in its class, may be the best one, but had many small unpleasant problems. Full specifications of Nokia 6230i you can see below.

Nokia 6230i
Launch: August
Positioning: replacement for Nokia 6230
Volume: 1.1 mln in third quarter
Plant: Hungary (line 1,2)

Tri-band Operation
EGSM 900, GSM 1800, and GSM 1900 networks in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, North America, and South America where these networks are supported
Automatic switching between bands

Weight: 104 g (with BL- 5C )
Dimensions: 103 mm x 44 mm x 22 mm , 77cc

Display and User Interface
27.5 mm x 34.5 mm display
Active TFT color display
Supports up to 65,536 colors within 128 x 160 pixels
7 lines for text in basic mode with 16-pixel font
Three soft keys with five-way scroll including select function
User configurable right and left soft keys
List and animated grid menu

Integrated 1.3 megapixel Camera
Resolution up to 1280 x 960
Self timer function (10 sec)
Phone display used as a viewfinder
Standard, portrait, and night modes
Different effects
Photo album in Gallery
Gallery for storing and editing images
3 image quality options: High, normal, basic
Integrated video recorder: 3GPP spec (H.263 video and AMR audio packed in .3gp format)
Integrated video player: 3GPP spec (H.263 video, MPEG-4, and AMR audio packed in .3gp format)
Video streaming: 3GPP spec (H.263 video )

Phone Features
Personal shortcuts
Alarm clock
Stereo FM radio
Radio as alarm clock alert
2 speakers for stereo poliphonic tones
Automatic volume control
Extensive calendar with busy view of the week, improved notes view for each day, snooze on calendar alarm
Notes view for each day
To-do list (up to 30 entries)
Automatic key guard
Countdown timer
Wallpaper: Full-screen color image
Animated color screensavers
Changeable color schemes
Changeable menu schemes

Messaging and Imaging

Multimedia Messaging (MMS)
Multimedia messaging (MMS) with compatible devices: Send and receive messages containing text, a sound clip, and an image or a video clip to other compatible devices
Max message size: Up to 200 kB per MMS

Chat (Instant Messaging )
Presence-enhanced contacts

Text Messaging (SMS)
SMS distribution list
Up to 150 text messages or 50 picture/concatenated messages
Concatenated SMS: Send and receive up to 6 messages (885 characters) as a single message
Message register
Predictive text input: Support for all major languages for Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas
Picture messaging: Send pictures with text to other compatible phones, 10 preset pictures in the phone, all replaceable

Quick and easy sending of predefined messages
Insert smileys with the editor

Picture viewer
Storage of images uses shared user memory. See Memory Functions below
Images: 10 preset wallpapers, 10 preset SMS pictures, 5 preset frames, 10 preset clip art pictures in the phone
Image editing
Image editing features: Add a scalable clip art picture, add colored text, make the image smaller for contacts

Java games
Beach Ralley II, Golf, and Chess Puzzle 3d
Possibility to download new games
Two-player games over Bluetooth technology between compatible devices

Java™ Applications
Converter II: Converts currencies, measurements, temperature, etc
World Clock II
All applications user removable
Downloadable games and personal applications via Java™ technology (MIDP 2.0) with Mobile 3d support (JSR-184)
Max download size: 512 kB per application

Ringing Tones
Fixed ringing tones: 20 polyphonic and 10 monophonic tones
2 speakers for stereo tones

Data Transfer
EDGE* Class 10 (4+1, 3+2): Speed up to 236.8 Kbit/s
GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)* Class 10 (4+1, 3+2)
HSCSD (High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data)*
Data transfer up to 43.2 Kbit/s in HSCSD networks
*Note that these services require network support.

Memory Functions
The following functions use shared memory that is dependent on the data quantity per item and shared memory available at a time in the Nokia 6230i phone. The shared memory pool is up to 32 MB . Possibility to get additional memory with MultiMediaCard (MMC).
Notes: Up to 3000 characters in one note
Email messages: Max 100 kB per message
Ringing tones in Gallery: 20 preset, all removable
Images in Gallery: 10 preset
Video clips: Record and download up to 16 MB (equal to up to 40 min)
Multimedia messages: Max message size 200 kB per MMS
Java™ applications: 6 preset, max download size 512 kB per application
Phone book: Up to 1000 contacts with all entries filled, in addition to SIM card contacts
SMS messages: Up to 150 maximum-size text messages in addition to SIM card inbox messages

See More: Nokia 6230i Review (August 2005)