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      14.08.2011 19:07
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      As I have such a great talent at losing my phones on nights out I decided to dig into my draws to find a cheap old phone that wouldn't be such a loss when i inevitably misplace or break it. To be completely honest I'm very happy to use this phone. I miss the good old days where phones were used to phone and text people and the one rubbish arcade game you have on there is impressive enoughǃ however, my friends think otherwise and don't understand why I'm not totally ashamed by my non touch screen brick that cant possibly still work. Well it does and I love my non touch screen brick.

      Don't get me wrong, I have the touch screen flashy phone too but its refreshing to use the nokia mobile as it's so much simpler to use. There are no awkward extras you get on new phones. No shortcuts to phonebooks or massages as there isn't all that rubbish cloɡɡinɡ up the main menu.

      So as my friends kindly point out all of the time, it's not the most attractive phone you can buy. It's chunky for a phone that does so little but take it as a bonus that it's easier to find at the bottom of your bag. It doesn't come in many colours and there are buttons instead of touch screens. The button can sometimes get annoying as they get stuck constantly but Id that's probably due to its already long life. The arrows keys are the most annoying thin about this phone as my thumbs seems to be too big to be able to click one button without clicking another one as well. Not good when I want to play Tetris the one impressive game on this phone.

      The battery life is perfect. It's enough to last me a whole week as long as I don't constantly text and ring people. Even if I do, it's plenty to get through a day without worrying I'm going to run out.
      As I brought this phone such a long time ago I can't remember how much I purchased it, though it seems irrelevant anyway seeing as it's been so long the price has most likely gone down considerably especially as the majority will probably be second hand. Looking around they seem to be varying in price but nothing that will empty any pockets.

      Overall this is a great phone for those people who want one that will last and don't mind not having all the extra flashy stuff you get on the more modern models.

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      02.08.2011 01:07
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      It's always got my back if I need it.

      Whenever I am between phones or my latest phone has an issue, this is my old faithful. I've had it for a good 6 years now and it has never failed me.

      Being one of my first colour phones I grew very attached to it, especially with its 1.3MP camera which was a huge step up from a 256 colour Siemens MC60 that I first had.

      Also it was one of the first phones that you could put a full size SD memory card in and I flaunted that capability with 1GB card which held all my pictures, and my music and I even downloaded midi files that I used as ringtones and stored them here.

      Nokia is known for its very user friendly layout, and this was exactly that. My best bits were that you can customise the menu screen into a block menu or a list and this I found to be useful as I would have loathed the menu being in list form and having the option for both can keep people happy. Also the numerical system of features and folders meant that you can shortcut to various messages or settings folders and this was handy too.

      Its mp3 player was very good as you can put it on loudspeaker and it was pretty loud for its time and so was the FM radio. It was my replacement ipod whenever I lost mine, however inbetween changing songs there is a little lag as expected because it is pretty old.

      My favourite feature on this phone was the bluetooth. File transfer on this phone was quick and painless and lead to hours of fun sending photos to other bluetooth users and if using a bluetooth enabled computer, for transferring files without having to open the back and getting the memory card out from underneath the battery (which would reset the time and date settings of the phone)

      Also battery life on this is surprisingly economical, I could go without charging it for 3 days using the text feature every few hours. And using the camera function, I could go without charging it for 2 days.


      The main drawback I had with this phone in comparison to new phones is the screen size, its so diddy! Also the WAP feature is quite a bit of a joke compared to the internet on modern phones....


      This phone was the superphone of its time without a doubt.

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      14.11.2010 13:15
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      I've had this phone ever since it was cool to have this phone so it's been a very very long time. Anyone who knows me will know how clumsy and forgetful I am so it doesn't take me long to lose or break a new expensive phone. The Nokia 6230i has been my back up phone all these long years so I love it to bits...to a point

      ***About the phone***

      Text messaging -This is one of the things that irritates me about this phone. This phone seems to think that everytime you want to text someone, its bound to be the last thing you send so you end up having to clear everything before texting something. It probably wouldn't be so annoying if the clear button on my phone hadn't broken so it wouldn't be a work out to do each time.

      Other than this I can't complain. It has predictive text and the old fashion way of texting with extra options of adding smiley's, symbols, numbers, contacts, templates and pictures.

      Contacts- The address book on this phone isn't something I adore either. Unlike most other phone, you don't get a list of names to be clicked to find the number. Instead the whole screen is taken up both the name and number. It's not a huge issue as you can just type the name in to find the one you want buts I'm much more used to the traditional layout.

      Media- The phone has a camera which allows you to take pictures and videos. However, the quality is so awful I don't think I have ever done either. Also, after taking a picture, the phone takes about 30 seconds to save it. It also comes with a voice recorder which isn't much better with quality but is a handy gadget.

      Organiser- This phone has an alarm clock, calendar, to- do list, notes for those people who to keep organised using there phone. The calendar is certainly something I regularly use as you can click on the date and type in what you want to remind you what you have on that day.

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      Games -The phone has 3 games. These are Tetris, Tomb Raider and 3D pool. I've only really used Tetris which is extremely addictive on this phone. It's a fun little extra for when you get bored but not something you'd actually buy it for.

      Collection - I've actually only discovered this part of the phone so can't really say too much about each application in this particular folders. It contains a world clock, a translator and a weight converter. Glances through them, they seem pretty useful and easy to use.

      Extras include a countdown application and a calculator.

      ***The Price***

      Looking on Google shopping pages, the cheapest price I see for this phone is £3

      ***The Good***

      This phone has been with me for so long and it still hasn't broken on me. Quite an achievement with my past. Although it's not the most up to date phone, it does what I need it to do with not many problems that get in the way.

      ***The Bad***

      Unfortunately, this phone is wearing out so the buttons are getting more tired out and harder to press. Someone's you have the bang the phone a bit to get specific buttons to actually work but this isn't surprising after the amount of time I've had it.

      Another problem I have with the buttons is the select button. I don't think many people will have the same problem, mainly people who have long nails like mine. The button is curved and difficult to press without accidently pressing the arrows around it.

      ***Other information***

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      Weight: 97 g (with BL-5C)
      Dimensions: 103 mm x 44 mm x 20 mm, 76cc

      Memory -

      Notes: Up to 3000 characters in one note
      Email messages: Max 30 kB per message
      Ringing tones in Gallery: 20 preset, all removable
      Images in Gallery: 10 preset
      Video clips: Record up to 2 MB (equal to up to 4 min); download up to 5 MB
      Multimedia messages: Max message size 100 kB per MMS
      JavaTM applications: 6 preset, max download size 128 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

      ***Overall***
      A trustworthy phone that I recommend to those not fussy about it being stylish and new or for those like me and need a backup one because you're the clumsy type whose phones don't last to long.

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        18.07.2010 19:25

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        A great all round phone despite its old age and would recomend keeping hold of it due to reliability

        This is a great phone it is has been the most reliable I have had, I now regret replacing it. This great phone has never broken down after all the years I used it and I still keep it in reserve incase my other phone breaks down and take it on holiday as a back up phone incase of any problems. Its best feature I found was its battery life, it can last up to a good week if used heavily and music played on it, whilst if it just sits there virtually unused it seems to last double that easily. The features it comes with are also quite decent given the time it came out, with its radio tuner coming in handy and its media playing functionality and adaptability.

        It is a great all round mobile phone to have in my opinion, it does averything it is suppost to quite happily and readily, although newer mobiles will of course replace it due to their increased functionality as technology progresses over time.

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        12.04.2010 21:14
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        A good phone for those who like simplicity and durability

        I first got this phone about 7 months ago, my old phone was yet another casulty of my accident prone gene. I went for this one purely on price, it was cheap and on O2. I wasn't expecting much, but I really have been pleasantly surprised. Not only has it lasted far longer than my other phones, it has barely a scratch on it, the menu is easy to navigate, the fonts are clear, the memory space is not bad for what i'd call a budget phone, and it has the phone charm hole many newer phones no longer have. On the down side it is not the most attractive phone, and the screen has a tendancy to get dust trapped behind it. The camera won't give very good photos, and sometimes they randomly take on a red tint, but there is plenty of space for them, especially if you buy the extra memory card that is available. The MP3 playback is ok, although sometimes a bit fuzzy. The bluetooth is a useful feature, makes it easy to put more music onto the phone without the hassel of cables. When it comes to battery life, it has a tendancy to run down faster than it is meant to, even on standby. All in all i'd say the phone is worthwhile getting if you want functional and sturdy over features and looks.

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        21.03.2010 13:02

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        Worth buying even after a few years

        This is now quite an old phone, as I bought mine back in 2006, but it is still more than acceptable. The design is stylish in a simple, classic way although it obviously will not be turning heads!!

        Almost all of the main features function well without being overwhelming. The camera is only 1.3 megapixels but is easy to use and with the additional 512 MB memory card that you can buy for it, you can store a lot of photos before you need to transfer them to your PC or delete them. The same applies for the MP3 player and the sound quality of the speakers definitely surprised me when I tried it out for the first time (in a good way!). All the normal functions (text, calling etc) work well without problems as you would expect from a Nokia.

        The only problem I have found is that the reception on the FM radio is generally poor, so if this is an important feature for you then I would look elsewhere.

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        12.01.2010 00:05

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        my first reveiw on a nokia 6230i thanks for reading

        I have had this Phone for around 5 years now and it seems to be 100% indestructable!
        it has been through thick and thin, its been in pints of lager stamped on dropped but yet it still seems to work.
        The battery life is the main downfall with this Phone as it only seems to last 12 hours in standby but please remember it is a early colour screened phone.
        it is extremly simple to use and has a realativly good camera 1.3 mega pixels to be precise.
        i highly recomend this to anybody as a first phone or to a person who is not as technical as the younger generation as it has such simple options.
        this phone is now currently on the market for approxematly £40-£50 which is quite a comprencive price compared to the newer models of phone that are more complicated and not as hard wearing as this phone.

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        25.07.2009 01:29
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        Good for a 2nd phone or a general purpose phone/on a tight student budget, good features

        Well this phone was a christmas present to me and replaced my trusty 6230 and as this was the ugraded version of the phone, I have to say I was quite excited to see what the etra features would be like. And to my joy the camera had a zoom function on it! Which I was really happy about. What I was even more happy about though was that the camera had been upgraded from a VGA style camera to a 1.3 Mega Pixel camera which was a pretty big thing for me as I loved using the camera on my phone.

        many of the same features were still on the phone and what I really loved about this phone (and the 6230) is simply just how simply and easy it is to navigate around the phone. Simple, quick and easy, you cant ask for anything else out of a phone unless you love the up to date technology.

        One of my gripes from the phones predecessor was still there however, the annoying fact that to install the SD card (upto 512MB) you have to again power off the phone and remove everything but the SIM card to get the SD card into place and then replace everything and boot up the phone once again. I feel that they could have easily put a removeablt panel in the side of the phone to insert the SD card so that it slides under the battery and then replace the panel to stop the card falling out would have been a far better design feature and far more convenient. But hey, I dont have a degree in mobile phone design lol haha so I will keep that as a personal opinion rather than a statement.

        I dont know if it was just the fact that I knew I was using the upgraded version of my old phone, but I definitely saw an improvement in the phones overall performance, maybe it was psychological? I dont know but it just felt so much quicker.

        Another of the improvements to the phone, was the phones standard D-pad style button for selecting things on the main menu and other tasks, on the older phone this was a button which curved inwards. This made it quite clumsy to use even to someone quite familiar with the phone, however the 6230i did not suffer the same fate. With the standard fascia there was a dimpled button build into the D-pad style button, this made it far easier to select the central part of the pad. A definite bonus to the phones design.

        The only problem I have had with this phone is that the camera stopped working about 3 months after the warranty expired, this was a bit of a confidence dip in my view of Nokia phones, however it was not much of a big deal as the week that I noticed it, I knew I would have my digital camera on me. Still, annoying none the less.

        A good all round phone that has all the same fantastic features as its predecessor (see my review on the Nokia 6230) but with a view well needed upgrades. Maybe it was just a one off, but I felt that the quality of this phone was not quite what I had experienced from Nokia in the past

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        27.06.2009 16:51

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        straightforward

        Nokia 6230i - my faithful phone! Had it for three years now and well, not tempted to upgrade!

        This phone is reliable has all the functions I require, is a good size, pleasing to the eye and has a classic quality about it. Most important is that I have long finger nails - modern touch screen phones do not register my nails so these are basically useless to me - the buttons on my Nokia are the right size and sensitivity so ideal. It can do my email and access the web at a basic level which is suitable for some of us. The camera is good for those impromptu photos, the organiser reminds me of birthdays and appointments whilst the alarm clock wakes me up for work!

        The battery lasts well and connects to the standard Nokia charger. I often use my phone on the hands free in the car through a blue tooth connection and had no problems. I have a car charger but as this phone is so sturdy I have never used it as no many how many calls I make or receive the battery lasts the day.

        A little old fashioned but still performing. Recommended.

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        28.05.2009 15:34

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        An overall great phone, hopefully one which won't be discontinued.

        After having this phone for a number of years, I found that it was the perfect phone for me.
        It does exactly what it says; it may not be flash and have the accessories and things that newer phones have, but it does do what is necessary of a phone. I found that it was quite a strong phone, I dropped it on countless occasions and it didn't break - which is great for clumsy people, such as myself!
        The camera quality was also great, for a 1.3 Megapixel camera, it came out with some amazing shots and in fact some incredibly clear shots. I found it was easy to store lots of photos on the phone and it was possible to increase storage by purchasing a larger MMC card, which wasn't very expensive.
        I think the best part of the phone was the how reliable and easy it was to use. I found that even after dropping the phone it still worked to the same quality of speed etc as it did when I first purchased it. It was also easy to work out how to change the settings and use the phone.
        I think the only disappointing thing about the phone was the fact that it is now becomming much more difficult to purchase them, as they are "going out of fashion" whilst these new, flasy phones are coming in.

        Overall, the best phone I've had - even if it's not the most flashy!

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        26.05.2009 17:56

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        would recommend for someone on a tight budget.

        I have had this phone now for some 3 1/2 years and in that time it has served me very well. Now of course it is slightly out of date how ever for a reliable basic phone it excels. The biggest advantage I see from it is the phone's reliability and sturdiness. Mine has been dropped onto all sorts of surfaces, run over on gravel by my car and launched 100 metres across a park with a giant slingshot. During all these the phone never ever turned of or came apart and during the slingshot firing we were able to record on the camera it's flight through the air.
        The camera is outclassed now by all the other phones of today however it is useful for catching those quick snapshots. I am still using the original battery it came with and it still lasts 4-5 days between charges even with making calls.

        Overall a top and reliable phone.

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        20.02.2009 19:09

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        A decent and once very popular basic user phone.

        Got this phone Mid-2008, in silver, and its a great little phone, with unlimited reliability.

        Although Im not exactly 100% experienced with all the features on the thing, I know the basics.

        The main thing that will annoy any person going from a Smartphone or S60 Phone to the 6230i, is the serious lack of applications for the phone itself. Where Smartphones and S60's have loads of different applications, ranging from connectivity and media players, to good looking games, you are essentially downgrading to a S40 phone, which supports 128 x 128 Java games and apps.

        That being said, there isnt much this phone doesnt have for the average user. The camera is an upgrade from its sister-phone, the 6230, and there is an added 'Select' button in the middle of the directions to make things easier for you to select things.

        The other plus point that I seriously 'marked' out for, was the moving images on the screen in standby... something unheard of in S40 Phones. This, with the right application installed on your PC, means you can make your own themes, with a moving image as the standby picture.

        The basics, like SMS, MMS and Phone calls are what we have come to expect of Nokia, as being perfect as always. There is also the ability to access the Menu functions whilst in a phone call.

        The phone, however, requires a DKU-2 Cable for PC connectivity, whereas the newer Nokias have started to use the Universal USB Cables for connectivity, much like current MP3 players and so forth.

        Probably fairly cheap now, so for a basic user, or a clumsy finger-slipper, this is the way to go. And given its part of the ever popular 6230 brand of phone, figures dont lie. It once seemed that EVERYONE had a 6230!

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        06.01.2009 23:31

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        a great all round phone

        Great phone with which i have had no problems with....all its features are great, from java games to a great camera and bluetooth which picks up from a good distance. It is a very reliable phone that has never turned off on me as other phones tend to do if they get bashed around,

        i recommend it to everyone who wants a great standard of Nokia phone that wont let them down. Its signal is always very good, it has an excellent range of features. The battery time is also great, ive gone days upon days without having to charge it up. Its an extremly durable phone. Everything you want with a nokia. GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY, trust me

        I have had this phone 4 years, dropped it, got water in it, stood on it, the lot and its still works! finally got a new model but it'll be sadly missed lol. a great reliable, easy to use phone!

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        03.01.2009 19:40
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        A great phone to get if you want loads of features but don't want to spend much.

        Nokia 6230i - One of the best and cheapest phones to get now

        The Nokia 6230i has it all, Bluetooth, radio, infrared, games, music, memory card, easy to use, internet workers and a decent 1.3 megapixel camera.

        So when I tell you, that you can pick this phone up 2nd hand off eBay for 25 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).

        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.

        If you wanted a phone which had everything but didn't want to spend much get this one.

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          If your looking for a cheapish durable phone to do the basic things, you cant get much better...

          I've had my Nokia 6230i now for around 3 years, and I cant think of many pieces of equipment that would outlast it.
          Being a student, the Nokia gets a very rough time of it, and on drunken stumbles back from student night at the union has had a fair few knocks in its time. But, no matter what I do to it, it seems to withstand it and still work flawlessly!

          I can also recall once about a year ago when I, whilst fairly intoxicated(and for a bet might i add, not that it makes it any less stupid :) ), jumped in a canal, not realising that I had my phone still in my jeans pocket. To my amazement, after a few days drying, the phone still worked! Compared with modern phones' functionality, this one really doesn't compete, with a miserly 1.3mp camera and lacking some of the newer functions of the flash new phones. But could you find one that still works after going for a swim? I doubt it!

          Having said that, its got a fair few of the features you'd want out of a phone, including not only the obvious stuff like texting and calling, but also FM radio, Bluetooth and support for playing all types of video. This phone is not really aimed at those who are looking for the latest mobiles with the loudest speakers and best cameras, but more at those who just want their phone to do what a phone was built for, namely, Calling, texting and withstanding the elements. And lets face it, if your walking down the street with a phone like this one, its not about to get nicked for drug money...

          If I was buying again, which I wont as I suspect the phone will probably outlive me, I would definitely be inclined to go for another Nokia, simply due to the fact that they are really simple to use and wont break on their first contact outside of the lab tests.

          I you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, I don't bite, and if you enjoyed my review, please read some of my others.

          Thanks for reading :)
          Poor_uni_student

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          Flexible, efficient, and powerful: the Nokia 6230i phone shares the same classic design as the popular Nokia 6230, but with revved up features inside.

          The camera resolution was upgraded up to 1.3 megapixels so you can show off your images in print.

          There's now 32 MB of internal memory, which is easily expandable with removable MMC cards (up to 512 MB). Use the phone as a storage device for photos, music and video files - or even documents and presentations.

          When you need to get files from one device to another, the Nokia 6230i phone gives you true versatility with Bluetooth technology, infrared, Pop-Port, USB (supporting plug-and-play), and GPRS/EDGE networks.