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      24.01.2013 22:27
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      At the time, when the tech was almost revolutionary, it was great. It wouldn't survive today though.

      This was my second ever mobile phone which, once again, was handed down to me. My previous phone was a Nokia 3330 which was one of the most basic phones imaginable. The transition to a full colour phone which even had a camera was just mind-blowing to me back in 2004 when I got this.


      The reason the person who had this phone before me chose to have another Nokia was because of the trust we had gained of the brand following our great experience with the last phone. Nokia phones have always been well respected for their reliability, robustness and simplicity and we really liked this. Thankfully, all of these stereotypes of Nokia phones held up when we got this new model as it was as good as we expected and better still!


      The phone itself was very block-like. It actually felt like a miniature plastic cereal box with buttons due to its relative dimensions and sharp edging. I can't image it took too long for Nokia to actually design the case for this phone as it is so basic but this, in a way, added to it's charm. I know that it was quite popular with not only personal users but also for business people. Quite possibly because the phone did look quite professional due to its design being functional and to-the-point without any gimmicks. I likened the phone to a plastic cereal box, this was not only for the reasons I previously listed but also because at certain parts it was actually as flimsy as one surprisingly; the keypad especially was very low quality. When pressed, the keypad would move around slightly inside the casing and flex. The keypad buttons on this were actually removable on this sot hat it could be replaced simply by taking the cover off but it did mean that it did feel cheap. The keypad never moved enough to cause wrong buttons to be pressed or entered but it did make the experience of using it a little worse though.


      The 0.3 Megapixel camera built in to this phone was revolutionary in my eyes. This phone was amongst the first mainstream phones to offer such functionality and lead to a revolution in convenient photography. No matter where you were you were now able to take photos (not necessarily good photos) without another bulky device having to be on hand. I say that the photos were not necessarily good as they were not at all. Even the slightest of movements would cause the image to blur greatly and the colouring of the photos was very, very dull and grainy. However at the time you really could not expect much more and merely having a camera was good enough for most people.


      As you come to expect from Nokia phones, the user interface was very simple and easy to navigate. You opened up a 2 dimensional menu which could be navigated using the 4-directional button near the screen and to select you simply pressed the centre of this button. This way of pressing enter could be difficult at times as unless you pressed it perfectly, you could often hit a direction instead and therefore have to correct the highlighted text/image/icon before trying again. This was corrected with the 6230i which was released a year or 2 later along with some other improvements too.


      The battery life was pretty good with a couple of hours needing to charge it up fully and then that charge lasting about 2 days before running out again with regular usage. This made it very reliable even if you were away from a power source for a while. If left in standby it could last maybe a week or so.

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      01.09.2011 03:43

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      Reasonable basic mobile phone - sell it whilst you still can

      I used the Nokia 6230 for about 6 years and thought it would do everything I needed, namely making and recieving phone calls. But it wasn't all plain sailing.

      My first issue was that it didn't work. It was an Orange-branded phone and I bought it as an upgrade from Carphone Warehouse. It was only when I paid a couple of quid to get the unlock code so it would work on all networks, when it actually worked on the Orange network it was allegedly designed for.

      Another glitch was that getting the back off it to put the memory card in was difficult, resulting in scuff marks on the plastic casing - which was much thinner and fragile than the 2 previous Nokia "bricks" I had used.

      However, once you get passed that, it did have features that were pretty good in its day - even an FM radio which lost its signal when going under railway bridges.

      And texting is easier if you can figure out how to turn off the predictive dictionary.

      To be fair, it was a technically competent mobile phone, but I'm being spoilt now with a HTC replacement which does everything that I thought would have been possible on the Nokia 6230, but wasn't because WAP sites never took off. Smart phones are a significant improvement and definitely the thing to go for today. Wish I'd made the jump a lot earlier.

      If you're looking to get rid of your old mobile, do a bit of Googling first - prices you can get for an old Nokia 6230 vary from £1 to £16!

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      13.03.2011 22:52
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      Decent phone thats seen better days

      The Nokia 7250 was the first decent phone I had. For starters it was the first I'd had with Blutooth etc. and had several other new features that my previous phones (both Sagems) never had. It was given to me and was about 2 years old when I started out with it therefore it's longetivity.

      It was my camera, mp3 player and phone all combined into one. The camera wasn't that great at 1.3MP but the pictures were good enough to an extent, but if I had the money I would have bought a proper camera! It didn't have much memory, barely a few MB but an SD-sized card could be bought and placed beneath the battery to increase it's memory, which is precisely what I did because I wanted to store lots of music on it. The downside to putting music on it though is it exclusively accepts mp3 files and no others such as wma. I was never happy with the battery life on it, prompting me to buy another battery just to see if that would fix the problem but it made little difference, I was literally charging it on a nightly basis at times it was that bad. This would restrict the way I used it. I had many games downloaded onto this phone and they were actually alright to play though the arrow buttons were always awkward to respond and use sometimes. The keypad itself was always easy to use, I could text and dial no problem.

      It came out in 2004 and given the current trend in phones I can't see it being sold in many places but there will be good working examples available on places like eBay, it's just a case of looking round. It was an alright phone at the time.

      I woudln't recommend this phone to anyone in this day and age because of the way the phone market is at the moment and they will continute to evolve and get more and more hi-tech. The only market I can see for phones like these are as second or emergency phones, or wait a few years and start buying them when they're antiques!

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      14.08.2010 19:15
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      Great phone, highly recommended. more of a basic model for work though as not packed with features

      Loved this phone! I had it for three years before I lost it. Tried to get the same again but wasnt available to people without a business account from Meteor.

      A lot of memory to hold texts and pictures and so easy to text! Its very old style phone as there is not wireless connectivity or any apps available on it. However the music player is one of the best that I have ever used on a mobile. It wouldnt replace an mp3 player but it was nice to listen to on train rides. Also the radio is very reliable.

      The camera could be improved but it was very easy to navigate through the media content of this phone.

      At one stage I dropped the phone into a cup of tea. The phone became saturated and stopped working for two days but to my suprise the phone turned on again and was like new! I actually had the same incident with the newer model and alas no such luck. Just goes to show how well made this phone is.

      The cover can be changed but there is not much of an option. Black or grey as far as I know are all that are for sale.

      The phone is not packed with features but what is on it is very well made. Internet is not easy to navigate on this phone either. Coverage was great throughout.

      Could last for years with care.

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      09.11.2009 10:16

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      Good for use

      Multimedia Powerhouse.Name it and you have got it. Vga camera with 4 mins video,FM radio,STEREO mp3 player,24 tone polyphony and the loudest speakerphone that I ever heard to support all this.you really could not have asked for more. For more information you can check out the following link: http://www.techarena.in/review/16694-nokia-6230-mobile-phone-review.htm I have been longing for a phone like Nokia 6230 for a long time. All existing models have been made with a lot of compromises: one model was lacking in one thing, another one was lacking in something else. But Nokia 6230 has everything. As soon I get back home I will post the pics taken by the camera...also the videos.. But they do look rather good on the display(still not as good as SE). But I am very satisfied with the screen. Reception was Damn good.Still the standard on which others are measured. Batterry life is amazing(850 mah) that too with a tft screen.Yesterday I got the phone in my hands and charged it 4 6 hours.

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      25.07.2009 00:57
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      Nice phone and a good reserve/2nd phone for business

      This was my first colour screen phone and I have to say that I was over the moon with it, it is fantastic.

      I mean do you remember how you felt when you got your first camera phone too? WOW comes to mind and that is exactly what I thought when I first got it, yeah sure it is now a little outdated, but hey, its perfect for students on a tight budget, business people looking for a second phone or for parents wanting to buy their kids a good phone with plenty of features.

      Build in microphone, camera, SD card slot for memory expansion, for me this phone had the works. Multimedia Message Service (MMS) compatible, SMS (Text messaging) and radio, it is truly a good phone.

      If i am honest though I only have three gripes with this phone.

      The first being that the camera has no zoom function while taking a photo on the camera, sure you can zoom in afterwards, but thats a pain.

      The second that the phone is only compatable with Nokia's own headphones, you cant use normal plug in jack headphones like on an ipod on this phone, which is a little infuriating because if you should need a pair to replace a pair that are broken for your MP3/iPod you cant use these ones! or normal headphones with this phone, but hey, i only used the headphones for this phone while listening to the radio at night time so it was not too much of a problem.

      The third and final annoyance ance bad design really more than anything really wrong with the phone is that in order to put in an SD Memory card, it is necessary to switch off the phone, remove the back of the phone and remove the battery to access the SD slot, everything then needs to be put back into the phone and then switched back on before you can view or save things to the card/from the card. This is a little annoying especially when you are transferring things from a computer to the SD card or from the SD card to a computer.

      This problem is partially gotten around by the fact that the phone has bluetooth and as such because of this aslong as your laptop/desktop computer has some sort of bluetooth as well it is possible to transfer things between the two devices this way. This is alright for sending a couple of files but gets annoying and time consuming when trying to move larger numbers of files as only one file can be sent or received at once.

      All in all though this Nokia is just like and other and is hard as nails, mine has survived many drops and falls in its life with me and still works perfectly fine.

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        24.07.2009 07:47
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        Good all round phone

        This is a great all round phone! If you need a phone that has all the functions you'd want on a phone you want the nokia 6230. What I mean by that is that no it is not at the cutting edge of technology and doesn't boast the latest mobile technology e.g. touch screen technology and doesn't have a state of the art music library that many of us might expect because flashing the latest technology seems to be a pass time a lot of people have taken up. But as phones go it is a very good phone it is compact and very easy to navigate and use. It has a media player, radio and 1.3 mega pixel camera. The media player displays the tracks artist and name but isn't a great library for your music as you will find yourself trawling through songs in no apparent order to find a track. The radio on the phone can store up to 20 stations which I have found sufficient though on the downside like many older phones you need the headphones to listen to the radio.

        I wouldn't recommend filling up the phone with numerous tracks or photos because this depletes the speed of the folders and media player. It is good for a few tracks and photos though. Unlike many phones nowadays the Nokia 6230 has an interchangeable face so for those of us who have a habit of messing up our phone covers this is a helpful feature.

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        13.01.2009 12:44

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        If you want a basic phone I can recommend this one as I have no problems even after a year.

        I went into the shop to get a new mobile that was simple to use as I have no need for fancy gadgets and attachments etc and came away with this one. It appealed to me becasue of the large screen which made for ease of seeing numbers etc, unfortunately the screen let down slightly when taking pictures and reviewing them but as I wanted a basic simple model I cant complain that much. I also found the phone very easy to use and navigate my way around most of the features and settings, and most of all it comes with a simple ring ring ringtone which is a godsend! The phone is robust and can handle being dropped without fear of cracking the screen or bodywork. The Battery life is also very good and even after a year doesnt show much reduction in life span. The only drawback is the placing of the sound button on the side makes it very easy to press whilst in the middle of a phonecall so people either get very loud or go the other way and go very quiet. Even though I have had this phone for a while now I wont be upgrading as I like the simplicity of it for the simple things such as texting, taking photos and most imnportantly of all the simple phone call.

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        03.01.2009 19:29
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        Excellent phone to get now since it is cheap if your not willing to splash out

        Nokia 6230 - Good in the day

        The Nokia 6230 was my third phone, and what a phone it was in the day (4 years ago), cost 250 pounds but it was the best money could buy at the time and it truly as great, but looking back in time now, thanks to hindsight, I think it was a waste of money when comparing to today's technical miracles. I didn't need Bluetooth or the internet on the phone (both were pretty redundant and poor) and the camera was of low quality, didn't even make 1megapixel. Games on the phone were published infrequently, cost too much and were frankly, rubbish. The radio however did come in use (but you needed the nokia headset) and the upgradeable memory card allowed me to put some of my MP3's and custom tones on, so not all features were wasted.

        So when I tell you, that you can pick this phone up 2nd hand off eBay for 15 pounds (new won't cost much extra), you should be jumping off your seat looking for one right now (But only if the money is tight and you want a phone which does everything but costs virtually nothing).

        The only thing I really used the phone for was texting and calling friends and family and it does this very well, easy to use software for texting, changing settings etc. and the call quality is quite good and even features a speaker phone.

        If this phone is something you might be interested in but you wanted the 'whole package' then maybe the Nokia 6230i version will keep you interested, same a this phone but features a 1.3 mega pixel camera. Everything you need.

        So now in the present when there are loads of devices featuring Bluetooth and that the internet on your mobile is cheaper than ever and easier to access this is the phone to get for virtually nothing. The display isn't very bright or vibrant in colours and though the camera lacks in quality it does its job. The phone is well built and fairly reliable (expect anything less of Nokia?). Cosmetic looks are also not bad, no visible aerial, nor does it look like a brick. This phone does pretty much everything a phone does now (might be little slower and not as flashier, but still does it regardless), so grab yourself a bargain phone at a meagre price.

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          24.09.2008 14:07

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          its a reliable phone overal

          I had one of these Nokia 6230 about for years ago now, when it was first released by Nokia, and looking back this phone was well beyond its years. I truely loved this phone and was gutted when it was stollen from my bag- it must have been popular!!!

          This phone i think was release in 2004 and had features such as a fairly good camera and videa- who also has editting facilities. radio, calculatory and various other features,

          The Nokia 6230 also has changable covers, which is you want to jazz up your phone is quite a niffy idea- considering not many of the newer phone have this feature.

          You can also buy additional memory chips easily.

          Other advantages of this phone is that is now very cheap to purchase, and also you can easily get replacement battreys and chargers etc cheap on web sites such as email.

          Disadvantages of this phone is that the screen is very small compared to new phones - but really and phone is a phone and not a TV screen.

          I found my Nokia very reliable- im not sure however they have the reputation now that they had back in 2004

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          30.08.2008 14:08

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          Top phone!

          This is a superb mobile phone which has everything you would need in a phone, the mp3 player,camera,calculator,radio video player and speakerphone make this a very accomadating phone for any type of owner. This phone can also be changed memory using the memory card slot which is a big help if you want more music etc! The bluetooth connection makes this phone perfect for communacation via bluetooth headsets and also for transfering files for free! The menus are easy to navigate and you can change the menu bar to make it the way you like it, also the sound is good when somebody rings and the voice quality is great and clear. The backrounds are bright and clear and you can have lots of animated backrounds etc which makes this a superb phone. In conclussion this is a great phone which is of a comfortable size with a good sized screen which is well worth the money.

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          15.02.2008 11:07
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          For the price, they are a great bargain.

          Nokia 6230.

          Yeah - Ive had one of these phones since 2004.
          Back then; it was a phone ahead of its time. It did everything. It's a phone, radio, mp3 player, calculator, speakerphone, picture/video clip viewer, camera...etc

          It also takes an MMC memory card so you can add additional storage space. You can even use your MP3 files as ring tones so when you get tied of hearing 'the nokia ring tone' you can make it play 'Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me'...;-)

          Additional face covers, memory chips, replacement batteries, chargers etc are available cheaply on ebay.

          Why pay through the nose for a mobile when its just a phone..!!

          I recently brought a blue tooth thing for my computer and was able to connect the phone to my PC in order to make file transfer between the two even easier than before.


          Draw backs
          1) The screen size is a little small by today's standards.
          2) When texting, the predictive text sometimes places the wrong word.. (home and good for instance)...
          3) If you want to use headphones, you have to attach a large adaptor to the base of the phone. Why didn't they build a normal jack socket into the phone..???

          For the price you'll pay for one of these phones now a days, they are a great bargain. Why pay through the nose for an all singing, all dancing fashion accessory . IT'S A PHONE..!!!

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            09.02.2008 15:22
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            Worth the price it now retails for

            This is a sleek and comfortably sized little handset from Nokia and probably the first phone released that does just about everything. Even though it is now a few years old it is still a top quality and reliable phone which still sells at a fairly high price.

            Admittedly, the screen is a little small which can be frustrating at times but the functions that the phone is capable of makes up for this is many ways.

            The phone has an internal slot for a memory card, built-in memory, infra red, bluetooth, digital camera with video recording capability and a media player. On top of these features are the calculator, alarm clock and notepad which come in very useful at cerain times.

            The handset has an executive feel and look about it and originally retailed at £199.99. The phone also comes apart and there is the option of buying different cases for it.

            The camera is good quality as are the video and sound recording options. This is an effective little handset which now retails at a very suitable price indeed.

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              26.11.2007 22:03
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              good for a child's firsst phone

              When I purchased this phone about 2 years ago it was a little miracle it took clear photos I really enjoyed using it . . . .but its more practical than an entertainment tool.
              Unfortunately I sort of fell out of love with it about 9 months after I bought it, it seemed boring and lacked creativity and special features.
              Having said that its extremely hard waring and you'd have trouble breaking it.
              Mine has been kicked, bitten, sat on, stood on every "accident" you could think of it seems indestructible Very simple to use like all Nokia's ideal child's first phone I would also imagine that they are quite cheap now.
              The backs very difficult to get off though but thats a pretty minor problem.
              Battery life is great.

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                07.12.2006 19:20
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                Could do a lot worse than get this phone

                Good all round mobile Phone memory card(SD) great for putting all my famliy photo's on via the bluetooth conection to my pc or direct to sd card good sound Quality and radio sound is clear to. Plays mp3's has a fair battery life though tends to go down if playing the radio a lot. key pad is easy to use and the screen is clear to see even though this phone is a bit dated now still a good all round phone

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