Nokia 6233 Review

The Nokia 6233 (and its twin, the 6234, exclusive to Vodafone) is a 3G phone with looks very similar to the old 6230i. It's a good-looking phone with an attractive stainless steel finish and a practical design with a good keypad. It's a nice size, and not too heavy for a 3G phone, albeit heavier than most 2G phones. The phone is user-friendly with a new Series 40 interface with an animated 3D menu and graphics. Some things have been updated, but the 6233 still encapsulates the user-friendliness for which Nokia is famous.

The 6233 is a jack-of-all-trades with no outstanding features, but ticking enough boxes to make it appealing to a broad market, much like the old 6230i. It has a decent 2 megapixel camera (no flash unfortunately), a music player that can handle a range of formats and a stereo FM radio. A nice feature is the use of twin speakers to give a 3D surround effect. The sound quality is good, but not as good as when using stereo headphones. The 6233 comes with a 64 Mbyte memory card which is enough to get started, and this can be upgraded to 2 Gbytes if you're serious about storing music on your phone. Bluetooth connectivity is supported, as well as USB and infrared. There's also a good choice of 3D games, including a multiplayer option. Web browsing is fast, thanks to EDGE, and battery life is very good.

Features of the Nokia 6233 include:

  • 2-megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom
  • Display: TFT, 262,144 colours, 320 x 240 pixels
  • Music player (MP3, MP4, eAAC+ and AAC formats)
  • Stereo FM Radio
  • Stereo speakers with 3D sound
  • Polyphonic ringtones and alerts (MP3)
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS 1.2, e-mail (SMTP, POP3, and IMAP4 protocols)
  • Voice memo recorder
  • Voice dialing
  • Caller ID with video
  • 3D Java games with multi-player support (Soccer 3D, Rally 3D and Snake III)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, Infrared
  • Integrated Handsfree speakers
  • Push to Talk
  • WAP 2.0, HSCSD, EDGE Class 10 (up to 236.8 kbps)
  • XHTML web browser
  • Memory: 6 Mbytes plus 64MB microSD memory card (expandable to 2 Gbytes)
  • Vibrating alert
  • Triband
  • GSM plus 3G
  • Size: 108 x 46 x 18 mm
  • Weight: 110g
  • Talktime: 4 hours
  • Battery standby: up to 340 hours