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Nokia 6233 review

Nokia 6233 review
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The Nokia 6233 builds on the formula that made the Nokia 6230i so popular - a classically-designed, feature-rich device. As 3G gains even greater mass-market attraction
Review On : Nokia 6233
Reviewed by: Jonathan Cheah
At A Glance:
Price: RM 1299
Local Distributor: Nokia Malaysia (M) Sdn Bhd / Zitron.
Contact : 1-300-88-1600
Build quality: 9/10
Applications: 10/10
Interface: 9/10
Value-for-money: 10/10
Overall rating: 9/10
+ Sleek form factor
+ MicroSD slot
+ 2MP Camera
+ Bluetooth & Infrared
- No camera flash
- Bug with keypad lighting


The Nokia 6233 is a 3G candybar phone, made in the classic Nokia tradition with unremarkable buttons and a slide-off battery cover behind. The phone is sleek and slim, and for the price given to us was simple one of the best opening prices we have seen on the market for some time, given what comes in the phone.
In the box
  • Handset Transceiver
  • Battery (standard battery)
  • Charger
  • Headset
  • MicroSD Card and SD adapter
  • User manual
  • CD

    Exterior
    The Nokia 6233 is a candybar phone as mentioned earlier. It is long and slim, just simple classic black with silver accents around the edge of the phone. There is a camera lens set into the back of the phone, and just below this is a slide-off cover for the battery.

    Buttons/Screen
    The keys on the 6233 are black with white text, and the backlight for the keypad is in blue. The central navigation button surrounds a square of silver, and the softkeys and menu buttons are at the bottom of the screen as usual. The screen is a 262K TFT type that is able to display 320 x 240 pixels, and the colour depth is 24-bit.

    The MicroSD card slots into the bottom left of the phone, and the volume toggle is, surprisingly, on the right side of the phone. Also on the right side of the phone is the camera hotkey, which is much easier to press than the central navigation key, which tends to slip to one side when pressed.

    Software/Messaging
    The menu display is a grid of three by four animated icons, and it is the third edition of the Series-40 OS, which is also used in the two models (7373 and 7390) in the third and latest trinity of Fashion phones from Nokia. The 5200, 5300 and 8800 Sirocco edition also run on this OS.

    The primary messaging consists of SMS, MMS and IM capability. This is supplemented with SMTP, IMAP4 and POP3 email support.
    PIM
    Starting off the PIM is the alarm clock function, and this time it even permits you to set the snooze time-out for up to 60 minutes whereas it was usually a fixed five minutes in earlier editions of Nokia phones.
    The calendar now comes with a split window which displays any notes that you may make for a particular date. The To-Do list and Notes are standard features by now in most phones, but the scientific calculator is where Nokia really outdoes itself this time.
    The stopwatch is useful if you need to time something, while the dictionary offers a simple word definition for English text.

    Camera/Video
    The 2-megapixel camera is nice. It feels more natural to place the shooter button on this side of the phone. I liked the orientation and shape of the phone here because if you use your left hand to reach around the screen, there is some stability imparted to the device by your palm pressing against the bottom of the phone.
    The maximum resolution for the camera is 1600 x 1200 pixels and the zoom goes up to 8x. However, the 6233 lacks a flash light for its camera, so you will simple have to make do with the night mode setting for shooting pictures at night.
    There is a 10-second self timer built into the camera, and this is usually good for the posed shots because it can help to reduce the vibration caused by your finger pressing down on the camera button. Eliminating the need to press down on the button allows you to really steady your shot and shoot a photo that is clear and firm.
    Multimedia/Voice
    It is curious to see why there is a Media Player and a Music player in the phone. The Music player plays music, of course, whereas the Media player lets you open images and tones as well.
    This phone has a built in radio function, and an equaliser as well. The voice recorder is a nice addition as well, and it allows you to make voice notes as you are on the move. However, I have yet to see many people use this function when it was present in other devices.
    With regard to voice capabilities, the 6233 had a nicely rounded tone from its speakers, especially once you adjusted it to maximum level. The lower volume levels weren’t really audible and would probably not be a good setting to have on your phone. The sound was pretty rich, without the annoying tinny electronics sounds that some other phones have.

    Connectivity
    A surprising inclusion is the Nokia 6233 is infrared connectivity, which usually shows up in high-end business devices and is frequently overlooked in most of the current batch of handsets. That port is located in the centre of the right side of the phone, right in between the camera and the up/down keys.
    Bluetooth is by now a standard feature on most phones except for the very cheap ones, and it is present here as a built in feature to the device. One thing which frequently escapes notice is Push-to-Talk (PTT), which this device has. The PTT feature is activated by the key on the top left of the phone, and pressing this key immediately takes you to your list of PTT contacts.
    This is, of course, a 3G phone that runs on the WCDMA 2100 band and of course gives you rather high speeds of data transfer, which in turn is dependant on the speed offered by your 3G service provider. Finally, you can always use good old-fashioned USB connectivity and plug your phone in to the computer with a hard wire.
    Games
    There are two games in our review unit. Snake II is the 3D version of the granddaddy of mobile games, and Sudoku is pretty self-explanatory. The Sudoku is a version of the popular number puzzle and quite a practical game for a mobile device as you only need to enter the numbers 1-9 in a given grid.
    The snake game was a little harder to control as the controls were a little sluggish. However, the colours were very clear and sharp and the music was rather addictive. However, the backlight for the keys stayed on for a rather long time in this section although the screen was dimmed. Be careful not to let your batteries run down because of this.

    Editor's Opinion

    The 6233 harkens back to the days when the candybar handset was the only type of handset around. Of course, it is much sleeker now, and done up in a polished finish in front and a rubberised surface at the back for better grip.
    The technology is better, and the music and pictures are much richer than they ever were. Once in a while, going back to the basics is a refreshing change for the biggest handset maker in the world and they should be applauded for it.
    It may not be the flashiest thing on the market, but it spells ‘Serious Player?for the user that carries this around to boardroom meetings. At the given price of RM 1299, this device is a steal. Frankly, I expected this to be somewhere in the high 1xxx region.


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