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TFT: Thin Film Transistor
CSTN: Color Super-twist Nematic
Let me be frank with you, AVOID all CSTN screens preiod! This is a weaker and cheaper technology compared to TFT.
Phones which implements CSTN technology in their screens are very slow. Slow response time when accessing the menu, dialling a number (especially from the SIM Card) and just doing general activities within the phone. To make matters worse CSTN screens are illegible in the sun. When you are in the sun you won't be able to make out anything on the screen UNLESS you have bionic eyes.
TFT (Thin Film Transistor) technology blows away STN/CSTN technology by a wide margin. First of all, the reaction time in which items are displayed on a TFT screen is much faster...reason being TFT has built in circuitry in the screen so it doesn't have to draw and redraw each image/text. Secondly everything seen on a TFT screen is clearer and thirdly you can make out pictures and text clearly enough even in the scorching sun.
As you can see, the TFT has some vast improvements over CSTN, BUT one advantage that CSTN has over TFT is less power consumption so your cell battery will last longer if that cell phone has a CSTN screen.
CSTN phones are cheaper as well that's why you are bound to find the lower-end colour phones with a CSTN display.
Stick with TFT if you want first class quality.
To troubleshoot your problem the first thing I'm going to tell you to do is to send the files to your phone BEFORE converting them and see if they play fine, that is, the files you download from the internet. If they play fine before converting them go ahead and convert them after and see if the problem arises (no sound, restarting etc.). This troubleshooter only applies to files you download from the internet.
If the original downloaded file plays perfectly and the converted file plays with glitches then the problem PROBABLY lies within the EASY CD-DA CONVERTER program. I use this program and it's flawless for me. I have version 10 which I believe is the latest. My version is the full version, no trial thing right here. You can probably visit the site and get a later version and see if it solves the problem.
In regards to the earphone question, I'm not really a headset fan so I don't even use the pre-packaged one that came with my phone...only in certain circumstances. What I did however, was to check Nokia's site to see the latest earphones which are compatible with Nokia 6230 and I picked this one: "Nokia Boom Headset HDB-4" and this is what Nokia have to say about it: This modern headset comes with basic handsfree functionality and a convenient over-the-ear concept providing excellent audio quality. I would give it a try because it not only provides stereo but apparently good bass as well. Take care until we speak again. Take care JUDE.
The phone's software is the operating system for the phone and a more official title for this type of software is called firmware. Look at it this way, look at it as a Windows operating system for a computer, only in this case it's a Windows for your phone. Whenever you change the phones software / firmare you get different features and in some cases faster responses.
You can check your firmware by typing *#0000# in standby mode.
I will use my firmware data as an example as to what you will see:
v 05.24 -> This is the firmware of your phone
25-11-04 -> Date the firmware was released
There's more information below all that which you will see if you press the key but you need not worry about that, that information is for the smaller brother Nokia 6230b deigned to work in the U.S.
Nokia 6230 firmware started at 3.15 as far as I know (somebody correct me if I'm wrong) and it's now up to 5.50. I have tried quite a few including 5.50 but I'm most satisfied with 5.24. 5.24 was the first major upgrade and to me it's still the best. Even though 5.50 is the latest 5.24 has two things over it, in my opinion, speed and better clarity from the camera.
Lewy, you can ONLY update your firmware (this process is also known as 'flashing the phone') via special cables and a special type of electronic box which is expensive for the average consumer. The best way to get an upgrade done is to take your phone to a Nokia Center, who will do the upgrade for you free of charge if you phone is still under warrantly, otherwise they will charge you a small fee. There are also other 3rd parties who will flash your phone for you. The easiest way to locate these type of people is to check your nearest phone repair shop. Hope you have a better understanding of the whole firmware and flashing terminologies. Take care.
Sorry about the delay in replying to you.
In theory 1.3 Megapixel cameras are SUPPOSED better than VGA cameras...BUT seeing is believing and I have seen where my 6230's VGA camera outperformed a 'STAND-ALONE' 3.2 Megapixel camera (a full digital camera, NOT a camera phone). I know it's hard to believe but it's true. The problem with that particular 3.2 Megapixel camera is that the photos lacked colour and the pictures had a dull look. When you compare photos between my 6230's VGA camera and that stand-alone camera my pictures are rich and colourful. I never thought I would ever see a camera phone camera beat a full featured stand-alone camera. Naglia, don't expect the same results if you compare a 6230's VGA camera with every 1.3 & 3.2 Megapixel because I know for a fact that if you compare the 6230's VGA camera to a 'Canon' stand-alone, whether it be 1.3 or 3.2 Megapixel, the 6230 would be laid to rest 6ft. under. The stand-alone camera I compared my phone's camera with was a Concorde brand. Canon is the leader in digital cameras.
For the most part though, Megapixel cameras, whether camera phones or stand-alone normally OUTCLASSES VGA cameras.
As for taking pictures in the dark, I have never tested the quality of a non-flash megapixel camera so that I cannot answer...at the moment. Stick a pin and I will get back to you on that one. Take care NAGLIA (smile)
to original jamaican
yh iv seen the differnece in my 6230i and 6230 seems easier to use in folders and so on...but 6230i is a pain just to make a folder and moving stuff...
hi. im not a high tech person so i have a question. What are you talking about when you say software 5.24 and 5.50? i dont no what this means so please explain. thanks heaps lewy
To Original Jamaican,
Hey there dude am a 6230i user version 3.88, and boy do I wish we had u over on our opinion side. Wen I was buying my phone I had the choice to choose btwn my phone and the Sony Ericsson K750 & while sometimes I regret not buying the SE, with its 2 mp camera & all, wen I read ur inputs and praises 4 this phone I don’t regret anymore. Anyway I wanted to know what software u could recommend for audio conversion e.g. mp3 to aac etc and weather its free to download over the net. Am asking coz my friend gave me a software to try out called easy cd-da extractor a 30 day trial version and while it converted very easily wen I load the converted files to my phone (aac and mp4) my phone would sometimes play the file without any sound then restart its self then on a second attempt it would play the file without problems then wen I try it later on the same story all over again. This only happens only with the files that I converted with that software, the rest work like a charm even CD’s that I rip using nokia’s audio manager in 2 aac format are brilliant. Pliz ur input will be appreciated. I also wanted to know the headsets that u use with ur 6230, do u use nokia headsets or do u use a nokia audio adapter. Thanks in advance.
786, thank you for helping out SHA but never dare leave out the 'version 2' part of the 6230's Operating System platform. This Series 40 platform is much more of a pleasure to use compared to version 1. It also provides more flexibilty, more features and very convient use of older features eg. being able to create a folder no matter where you are in the gallery, even if you start a 'file move' process and realised that you didn't create a folder prior to you beginning the 'file move' process. I find this very handy if you are transferring a file from internal memory to MMC and you reach deep into the MMC just to realise that you want the file in a folder of it's own, you can create a folder without restarting the file move transfer again from square one. Series 40 version 2 aka S40v2 makes a world of a difference compared to Series 40 version 1.
this symbian version is Series 40 "non symbian" its a simple easy to use platform..i think its the best platform
the phone is damn cool. is there a way to play music files of memory card in music player. n wat symbian version is this phone
what does CSTN (it's a spec of mobile screens) stands for?????? can someone expand it for me.
thanks..i can play mpeg4"s on my 6233 since its got a big screeen and stuff...il download the converter so it can play the codec ones....thanks for the advice original_jamaican..
The 6230 *DOESN'T* play direct MPEG-4 files. However, it WILL play 3GP files encoded with the MPEG-4 codec. To break it down for you: some software tools used to create 3GP files will allow you to either use a codec called H.263, another codec called MPEG-4 and in some cases, a codec called X-VID. The 6230 ONLY supports H.263 and MPEG-4. If you should encode a video file using the X-VID codec it WON'T work when you try to open the file on the phone.
The H.263 codec is the best overall codec based on my findings because when you encode video files at a high bitrate, especially large video files, in using MPEG-4 the video sometimes stagger a bit and show little square boxes when the camera change from a scene. With the H.263 codec the video normally runs smoothly even if it was encoded at a high bitrate.
Some programs allow you to manually enter a bitrate while others only allow you to use pre-selected bitrates. Bitrates can start from 1kbps to about 512kbps. If you are serious about video quality DON'T select anything below 128kbps and try not to go as far as 512kbps. 512kbps is a very high bitrate and the video, regardless of which codec you use, will drag every now and again during playback...in addition to that, too high a bitrate drains your battery more quickly and stresses the phone processor. For the record, I use 128kps for good quality and adequate battery life and 216kbps for high quality while compromising the battery life a bit. The choice is yours BUT follow my guidelines.
This whole video thing can be confusing though because 3GP files should have a .3gp file extension BUT there are some cases where you will find files labelled as MPEG-4 which works with the phone. These files have a .mp4 file extension. The ONLY reason why these files work is because they have a trace of 3GP encoding in them, that's the only conclusion I can think of. I have received .mp4 files from other phones which worked easily on my phone. However, these .mp4 files that work with the Nokia 6230, if you should check the details of the file using your phone options, you will see the text in the details saying that the format of the file is 3GP.
My advice, if you come across a MPEG-4 file and really want it, send it to your phone and cross your fingers because it will either work or don't work. It all depends on how the file was encoded and we CAN'T tell just by looking at the file. It's simply a trial and error procedure. There's nothing more I can say in regards to this topic. I have said all I could possibly say. Keep me posted. Take care 786.
I have used version 5.35 a few times on a friend's 6230. I saw no problems. In fact, you may mistake it for 5.24 based on the speed and trouble free operations. In comparison to 5.50, 5.35 still beats it in terms of overall phone speed, that may be the only thing it beats 5.50 at. Regardless, I still think 5.24 has an advantage over the other firmwares so I personally stick to 5.24. Hope my answer was helpful PREM. Take care.
what'bout Version 5.35 for this mobile. is it better or worse than 5.24 & 5.50??????
Thanx in advance.
Based on my personal experience reverting back to 5.24 from 5.50 WON'T damage your phone. I'm not saying it's impossible but it's hard for software to damage hardware. Sudin, if you currently have 5.50 and want to try 5.24 go ahead and don't worry about a thing.
In regards to the earphone question, I checked Nokia's site to see the latest earphones which are compatible with Nokia 6230 and I picked this one: "Nokia Boom Headset HDB-4" and this is what Nokia have to say about it: This modern headset comes with basic handsfree functionality and a convenient over-the-ear concept providing excellent audio quality. I would give it a try because it not only provides stereo but apparently good bass as well. Take care until we speak again.