Nokia 6230 Review

  • Nokia 6230 (Series 40 2nd Edition)
  • Network
    Tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Design
    L103 x W44 x D20 mm
    Weight 97 grams
  • Display/s :
    65K Colour TFT – 128 x 128 pixels
  • Camera
    Single 640×480 Camera
    Video 3GP
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth 1.1, USB, Infrared
  • Memory
    3 MB internal memory
    MMC memory – up to 512MB
  • Ring tones
    MP3, ACC, AMR, MIDI (64), Vibration
  • Features
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    Modem for PC
    Web browser (WAP 2.0 – xHTML)
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Picture, Music, Video Player
    Changeable covers
    FM Radio
    *See below for more details.
  • Speed
    Benchmark Fast
  • Battery Life : 850 mAh Li Ion (BL-5C)
    Claimed operating times
    Standby 300 hours
    Voice 3 hours
  • Price history
    $300-350 AUS OUTRIGHT 2007
  • Sample Camera Picture

Welcome to the Nokia 6230 mobile phone review. This model was chosen by us because in prior jobs we all had one at some point. We all agreed that it should be the benchmark for reviews since its very popular phone. Originally released back in 2003 it was released as a top spec phone representing what we consider the ultimate evolution of the 40 series phones but as with all mobiles it has moved downwards in the model order.

Battery Life

The battery life of this phone is excellent. One Standby it lasted 9 days with a bit left. On busy days with bluetooth, infrared, SMS and with a few calls it managed to go a full day with power to spare.

Charging time based on the include charger was a mere 1 hour 45 minutes. Mind you the charger is higher capacity than that of lower models. So using the charger for other compatible phones will achieve the same results.


The phone is very fast.


The 6230 is a well constructed phone with one issue. The changeable covers are a tad loose. Although well secured to the body of the phone which is nice and tight the cover mechanism allows a but of leeway causing the occasional creaking noise. Other than that the plastics of the original cases are well made and detailed and scratch resistant.

The keypad is small but well weighted. Its memory card is hidden under the battery. Remember that the 6230 was one of the first mainstream phones with a memory card!


The 6230 has all you need in a good mobile phone in 2007. We could go on and on about the various features and customising options.


This phone has all the options, bluetooth, USB and infrared. Like most phones the PC software needs to be installed before you can do even the most basic file management tasks.

About Infrared: We love it because it enables secure, stable and simple file transfers between any device without installing specific software. It only uses a small amount of power.

MP3 and video/sound

The inbuilt speakers sound better than many mobiles and it is nice and loud. However it music abilities are limited to the manual selection of files you want to play. This applies to videos as well.

The FM radio works well and it can even be used as the alarm tone.

Web Browser

The included browser is a LG version and works well. Since the phone tech is pretty good downloading pages and content is fast. Superior to the U8360. Yes, you can go to your own URLs.

The camera/video recorder

The applications tarts up quickly and takes OK pictures and movies for phones of this vintage.

The screens

The Nokia’s display was one of the best in 2005 and still holds true although small by 2007 standards. Nice clear graphics images are used but again showing its age. The image is better than say the W300i.

Call quality and network reception

Voice only call quality is very good. Quality and equalisation tends to the high side. Network reception is also very able to make calls even in marginal coverage areas. Ie. one bar reception.


The only worth mentioning is the changeable covers issue and old style design.

Nokia Phone software for Windows

The PC suite that comes with the phone is almost complete, You can mange every piece of data you have in the phone and memory card. It is split into various applications so that you can use one without needing to launch every application.


You can get the phone for every network as an out-right purchase.


We still have one in use after 3 years and on the original battery. Our recommendation? Perfect do it all phone if you can live with its looks.

Best features

Price for features.
Great screen

Could do better features

Only single alarm.
Not enough internal memory.

Worst features

No USB cable included in package.

Detailed features

Sync data with PC
Alarm Clock, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch, Task list, Timer
Themes, Customisable backgrounds, Screensaver
Music, Picture, Video player
Voice dialling – answer – recorder
T9 SMS dictionary
150 SMS
20 dialled numbers
20 received calls
20 missed calls
To Do
Wallet feature
150 SMS in phone
1000 Contacts in phone with pictures
JAVA Games (Runs Java games up to 125K)