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Nokia 6233 Review

 
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Introduction:

Since the first 3G network was launched in Australia, many have thought that 3G capable handsets are reserved for those with a lot of money – and not for the average user. This stereotype has begun to diminish with entry-level 3G handsets like this one from Nokia – the 6233.

The 6233 aims to bring a balance of business and lifestyle features into the one handset, with high-speed 3G network connectivity.

New/outstanding features:

The Nokia 6233 doesn't bring any new features to the board, but does include those that other current 3G handsets have – a 2mpx digital camera, microSD memory card support, Bluetooth and USB 2.0, and a QVGA 262k colour display. There is one feature that the 6233 doesn't include though… an internal camera for video calling!!

The feature that will appeal to the biggest market would be the 2mpx digital camera on the 6233. I see the Nokia 6233 being a big hit with the younger generation because it's one of the cheapest on the 3G networks at the moment. Camera-phones are all the rage with the younger generation and they'll love the idea of a 2mpx camera in their pocket to catch all the happenings when they're out and about with friends.

Perfectly matched with the 2mpx digital camera is the QVGA (320 x 240 pixel) TFT LCD, with support for up to 262,144 colours. It's great to see the same displays in entry/mid-level handsets as we're seeing in the high-end handsets, because it just shows that the manufacturers aren't leaving new comers to the market left behind with yesteryears features.

Sadly the 6233 only has 6MB of internal shared memory, which I see as one of the major down-sides of the handset. It does have a microSD memory card slot (up to 2GB supported), and a 64MB card is included in the sales package. For synching with a PC or transferring files to/from other supported devices, the 6233 offers Bluetooth wireless technology, infrared, and USB 2.0 via the Pop-Port™ interface.

Physical aspects:

The Nokia 6233 feels just like your regular candy-bar handset from Nokia, but is a bit thicker than most 2G handsets (which is to be expected with any 3G handset). The total measurements are 108 x 46 x 18 mm (110g), so it's not large at all. The handset has a snazzy stainless steel finish around the perimeter of the face, and the rest of the handset is made from plastic that has a soft coating on the top which feels great in-hand.

The 6233 follows the usual style with the display occupying just over half of the front, then the numerical keypad utilizing the rest of the space. The buttons on the 6233 are extremely tactile and push down quite far into the handset so you get that real 'click' feeling. The 5-way navigational pad is a little square which has an indent in the middle where your thumb sits nicely.

You can get the 6233 in two different colours – black or grey. The black looks a lot nicer (I received the grey version) and a lot more professional. There are two keys on the right hand side of the handset for volume up/down operation, and they also double as zoom keys for the 2mpx camera. Towards the bottom of the handset on the same side is the dedicated camera key for capturing still images or starting/stopping video recording.

As always the bottom of the handset houses the all-in-one Pop-Port™ interface and mini charging port. The left hand side of the handset has the Infrared port for close-range, low-speed wireless transfer.

User interface & display:

The latest version of the Nokia Series 40 interface (3rd edition) is programmed onto the Nokia 6233. The Series 40 interface has really come a long way since the first edition back in the days of the Nokia 6610, and now looks more like a Symbian OS with Series 60 interface than a Series 40 (although it's not quite as powerful as a Symbian OS).

The main menu has small icons in a grid layout, which animate when hovered on. I found the menu to look really tacky though, because when you hovered on an icon and it started to animate it looked like it had been awfully resized, and none of the edges of the icon were soft, they looked all pixelated.

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