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Nokia 6230i – business segment from Nokia is regenerating

During the last it has became a tradition that information about Nokia leaked long before its official announcement. This time one of Asian sites published photo of Nokia 6230i, though the index of this model was mistakenly written as 6300 (this series will appear only in 2005 and have no similarities with the device on the photo). Then this information appeared in many forums and websites. Let’s look what this novelty will bring to users and how it will influence the mobile phone market.

The design of Nokia 6230i is almost identical to its predecessor. Do not pay attention to the color of the body, for sure it will be different and more pretty to emphasis the differences between the old and new models. The 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

Price: Wholesale – 385 Euro / Operator – 345 Euro/ Street – 450-475 Euro

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 C amera

  • 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
  • Wallet
  • Stopwatch
  • Countdown timer
  • Wallpaper: Full-screen color image
  • Animated color screensavers
  • Changeable color schemes
  • Changeable menu schemes
  • Calculator

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


  • Over SMS


  • 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
  • Translator
  • 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

Connectivity and Data Transfer


  • Pop-Port™ interface
  • Connect wirelessly to a compatible phone or to a compatible PC
  • Connect to a compatible PC with Nokia Connectivity Cable DKU-2
  • Infrared
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Send and receive images, video clips, audio files, and graphics
  • Install applications with Nokia PC Suite for the Nokia 6230i phone
  • Browsing XHTML (WAP 2.0) over TCP/IP stack
  • JPEG/PNG support in browser
  • Full OMA DRM for content protection
  • SyncML

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
  • Multitasking*
  • TCP/IP*

*Note that these services require network support.

Call Management

  • Speed dialing: Up to 9 names, with keys 2-9
  • Last-number redial from dialed calls list (Dial key brings out the dialed calls list)
  • Automatic redial (max 10 attempts)
  • Automatic answer (works with headset or car kit only)
  • Call waiting, call hold, call divert, call timer
  • Automatic and manual network selection
  • Caller identification with image
  • Closed User Group
  • Fixed Dialing Number, allows calls only to predefined numbers
  • Conference call (up to 5 participants)
  • Vibrating alert

Voice Features

  • Voice dialing, 25 preset
  • 16 voice commands
  • Voice recording up to 60 min
  • Integrated handsfree speaker
  • Automatic volume control


  • PC Suite

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


  • Java midlets
  • Games: Possibility to download new games
  • Stereo tones
  • Polyphonic tones
  • Monophonic tones

Eldar Murtazin (eldar@mobile-review.com)
Translated by Maria Sennikova(maria@mobile-review.com)

Published — 23 June 2004

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