To MAN: The 6230's MP3 player and sound quality is fantastic !!!
First of the all the 6230 supports MP3s and AAC audio files.
Some people find the MP3 player to be on the simply side because of the looks BUT the usability and versatility of the MP3 greatly overshadows the looks.
Even though many phones integrated MP3 players in their units, I still find the 6230's MP3 player to surpass the lot of phones.
In fact, many people compare it to the iPod and I know of someone who sold their IPOD after they got the Nokia 6230 because after hearing the sound quality they realised they didn't need their iPod anymore.
The main thing I like about the MP3 player is that it's built in...meaning that it CANNOT be deleted. A friend of mine had a Motorola L7 and he accidentally deleted his MP3 player because it was a java player. The only way he was able to play music was by going to the file directly and opening them, which can be tedious especially if you have a lot of audio files. So right there the Nokia 6230 outshines the Motorola L7.
Another thing I like about the 6230's MP3 player is that it has the ability to rewind and fast forward...MANY phones STILL can't do that.
It also has a 5 band Equalizer...NOT many phones have that kind of feature!
Another advantage is that it supports M3U playlist...meaning files which you can customise with your favourite songs. For instance, let's say you have MP3 or AAC rings, you know small audio files created just for ringing...let's say you ONLY want to play the FULL songs in your Music Player and you don't want the small ringing MP3 or AAC ringtones to be in the MP3 player when you are playing music, by using the M3U playlist feature you can insert ONLY the full songs into the player and leave the rings just for when people calls.
You can jump to a track by pressing the track number while the Music Player is shown on the screen. This feature can be very useful if you have lots of songs in your phone...like me who basically have 100 songs. Another way of jumping to a track is by scrolling through each track while the Music Player is running and then activating that track as soon as it is highlight...you can jump to a particular song either way EVEN if a SONG is being played...in other words if a song is being played you DON'T need to stop the song before jumping to another!
Another thing I like about the Music Player is that it supports background playing so when you are listening to music you can do many other things while the song is being played...write a text message, look up a contact number, check the calender, write a note in notepad...you get the idea. Quite a few phones doesn't support this feature. Multitasking is always a plus!
The Music Player starts up extremely fast too just as everything else in the phone.
As you can see, the Music Player easily outshines many others.
AUDIO: In regards to the audio quality, I find it to be great. In fact I didn't expect it to sound so good seeing that it's a phone and NOT a iPod. Another opinionist from this forum was shocked at the sound quality. They said they expected it to be good BUT not this good. It plays sound crisp and clear and even though it's not a boom box you can still hear bass in most songs. So far the phone hasn't rejected any bitrate thrown at it.
I have played MP3 tracks ranging from 128kbps-384kbps. I have also played lower bitrates than 128kbps MP3s but tracks under 128kbps is not recommended unless it's in the AAC format.
A 384kbps MP3 is a very high quality song and has a very large file size. That doesn't matter to me though because I have a 1GB memory card. Some phones CANNOT handle a 384kbps MP3 file. I tried it in a friend's Motorola e398 which is supposed to be a music phone. The file got transferred to the phone ok but when I tried to play the file the Motorola reported an error. That same file played PERFECTLY and SMOOTHLY in the 6230. The file size was 12MB. Where audio is concerned there's NOTHING to dislike in the 6230, it sounds clear, handles high bitrates and handle very large audio files. This phone was way ahead of it's time. Other phones are playing catch up now.
I hope my advice helps.
I have a question for the resident "Wise One" or whoever might know. I am debating the 6230 vs. the 6230i. Since I'm not really interested in the camera and basically want the best and fastest "phone" functions, my only concern is the ability to record voice messages. the 6230 specs show 3 minutes. Is that a grand total of 3 minutes? even with a 512 card? or does that mean it will only record individual messages up to 3 minutes, but that you can record as many messages as your card will hold? Thanks so much in advance for your time and generous sharing of your experience/knowledge. This is a really great forum.
I think the phone is great, my 6230 has never caused me problems into to day, can any one help me!!!! my gallery is empty i cant add any folder, take pictures or revieve any file from blutooth i dont no why every time i go to gallery is sayes empty there is no folders at all
I'm sorry that I'm just getting around to reply to you. You know how it is during the Christmas season, busy until the new year.
To answer your question:
The 6233 is supposed to be an upgrade but in some ways I see it as a downgrade. The most important aspect of a phone is the telephony features. If you have a lot of friends and associates then a huge contact memory is a must! The 6230 can store up to 1,000 contacts with all fields filled...when I say all field I mean - Home, Cell, Work, Fax, E-mail, Street address etc. The 6233 on the other hand only has a capacity for 500 contacts. So if you are a girls man and you don't want to worry about deleting older contacts to make space for newer contacts, then the 6230 is for you.
The 6230 has more internal memory than the 6233. My 6230 has 7MB whereas the 6233 is said to have 6MB flat.
Another advantage that the 6230 have over the 6233 is that it's smaller and lighter. The 6230 weighs 97 grams whereas the 6233 weighs 110 grams...that weight is comparable to some smartphones. I like the smaller and lighter idea because I don't want to be reminded that a phone is in my pocket all the time. Sometimes the 6230 is in my pocket and I tend to forget it's there until it rings. I love that part.
It is said that the 6230 battery life is better. Maybe because the screen resolution isn't as high as the 6233 but either way, having a longer battery life is better anyway you look at it.
That's 5 basic areas where the 6230 wins over the 6233.
Other than that there's nothing more the 6230 has over the 6233. I just love my 6230 and can't think of any replacement.
If you want me to tell you directly whether or not you should take the 6230 it might be unfair of me to say because it all depends on your likes and needs. The 6230 may be a better all around phone BUT the 6233 still excels in some areas like the screen which is bigger and accommodates more colour than the 6230. The 6233 has VGA quality video opposed to the 6230's sub-QCIF. The 6233 has a 2MP camera opposed to the 6230's VGA...regardless, the 6230's VGA camera is said to be the best out of all VGA cameras. That's about it.
My advice to you is if you don't need to store more than 500 contacts and battery life isn't an issue then keep your 6233. If you want to store thousands of contacts and want the best all-around cell phone ever made then try the 6230.
I hope I was able to be of assistance. Don't hesitate to ask me anything.
take it to a Nokia care centre theyl upgade the firmware for free --- it cant be upgraded with cable only Nokia care centre can do it
Hey can you all help me to upgrade my firmware to 5.24 or higher,i have 4.44. i would like to get it for 5.24 as everybody remnd it. is there is a way without taking to any one to do it. i have a CA-53 Cable
dude i have a 6233 and iv been offered a 6230 for it i know its a downgrade but this phone is a upgrade becuse its the best nokia shall i swap it or not u tell me becuse iv given up deciding
to VASILEN and TANIA: I have had my phone for a year and a half and my battery NEVER gets hot, it only gets warm which is natural. My batter is still going strong as I was able to spend a little over 4 hours on a call...and Nokia says you can get between 3-5 hours of talk time. I use the ACP-12U to charge my battery. Both battery and charger works flawlessly together.
I have also had my Nokia 6230 for just over 2 years now.It is a good phone.My battery also gets extremely hot when chargeing, most times.Funnily enough not always.I use the same charger each and everytime.Can anyone recommend an upgrade to this phone?I would like to get a new phone that has the same features and more.
I am very pleased with my over two years old Nokia 6230. My question about this phone is whether someone has faulty battery like mine? My battery gets too hot to touch while being charged with ACP-12E. I tried to charge it with ACP-7E and it didn't get so hot. I have already a new battery and now everething seems OK. It's a pity that the original battery lasts for so short time, but I must consider the fact that a friend of mine had his battery replaced in only 1 year on his SE K700i.
To SUDIN: The phone's firmware is the operating system for the phone. Just like how Windows is the operating system for a computer. Whenever you change an operating system 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.
The changes you will find in 5.24 onwards is:
1. The Music Player can read simultaneously from the internal memory and memory card whether or not the MP3s are in the root folder or the MMC or subfolders.
2. Different options when you highlight a file and select options. One of the best options is being able to create a folder anywhere in the gallery (even on the MMC) after you begin the moving process for a file.
3. When the phone is locked you can press several keys to turn on the light for 2 seconds which comes in handy for me. Sometimes at night you might want to check the time but you don't want the phone light to stay on too long (as that drains the battery). With the phone being locked, if you press the 'End' or 'Unlock' key, the screen will light up and then fades out after 2 seconds. Very handy for checking the time quickly in the dark...for me at least. When I was using firmware 4.40 I had to press the power button to get the light on as NO other key seemed to turn it one ONCE the phone was locked. Using the power button makes the light stay on for 15 secs (and you can't get the light turned off in less a time) with 4.40...and it still does with 5.24 or later BUT at least more keys are able to light up the phone.
4. BETTER quality from the camera and it loads up the camera more quickly.
5. Faster responses throughout the whole phone.
6. The screen is more enhanced, more clarity when viewing photos & graphics...example when you turn the phone on the 'shaking hands' are more detailed and clearer compared to the dull look of the hands in firmwares lower than 5.24.
7. The audio icons look different. The colour is changed from yellow to white now and they are a bit smaller and has a neater look.
8. The text in the notepad is larger which I prefer (acessible by going to Organizer - Notes).
9. When you go to Clock settings the seconds are shown alongside with the time. I love that because you are able to set the time more accurately.
10. File size reported for files are more accurate. For example I had a 1.9mb AAC file which was reported as 2.0 in firmwares lower than 5.24.
There are more enhancements but I included the top 10. To find all the enhancements you just have to dig deep and find them on your own.
The ONLY downgrade is that after taking or viewing an image the middle key now says 'Send' opposed to 'Zoom'. In order to zoom you have to select options and then select Zoom which is first on the options list. Regardless I don't consider it a major disadvantage so I can live with that. The improvements greatly outnumber whatever disadvantage you or anybody else may come across.
Finally, once you UPGRADE (flash) you will lose EVERYTHING you had previously so BACKUP your phone before FLASHING it.
Take your phone to a NOKIA CENTRE or anywhere that flashes phone. If your phone is under warranty you will get a free upgrade from a Nokia Centre otherwise you will have to pay a small fee. Other places may charge more than a Nokia Centre so consult a Nokia Centre first if there's one in your area. I hope my post helps.
Hi, I have the 6230 and i am very happy with it. I have only one problem. I would like to use the automatic sync function from Nokia PC Suite but after the first sync the phone is waiting for pressing OK. So the phone is not in idle state until I pressed the button to confirm the synchronisation. This means that the next auto sync fails because the phone is not in idle state. Does someone have a fix or workaround or is there a setting in the phone that i missed?
Yes, it supports AAC format. This phone is one of the first phones to support such audo format. Best phone in 2004!
This phone is the greatest phone i have ever had. Original jamaican can u help me with this phone. How do i upgrade my phone's firmware and how to know my current one. And what does happen if we upgrade it?