The Nokia 6230 was released in the fall of 2003 and perhaps represented the peak of Nokia’s powers. At this stage Nokia were still hugely dominant in the mobile phone market and perfectly captured the explosive trend of the youth to embrace handsets: most, if not all of its mass-market smash hits (Nokia 8210, Nokia 8310, Nokia 3310, Nokia 7210, Nokia 3510) were easy on the eye, easy to use with a common operating system and all allowed personalised covers to really change the look of a phone.
At this stage, the likes of Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung or Apple were still playing catch-up, and it would still be some years before the iPhone would really break new ground.
The Nokia 6230 was released at a stage where smartphone cameras were quickly improving. The very first forays Nokia made was on models such as the Nokia 7210 which featured a camera attachment which plugged into the POP port. The Nokia 7250 was shipped in 2003 as well with this integrated. Most of the early phone models were limited by the fact that storage on board was limited and screens were bad, the 6230 sought to remedy this by using a MMC card slot to provide external memory. It was by no means the first Nokia model to do this, but definitely of the first popular ones.
This was a hugely popular handset and covered many bases, so much so that less than a year later Nokia released the Nokia 6230i, which was cosmetically identical but featured an upgraded camera, better screen and more on-board memory. Pictured is the Nokia 6230i.
The 6-series line would continue to live on and the later model Nokia 6300 had many similarities. Later still, the design would resurface as a budget model in the Nokia 6233/Nokia 6234.
Pros of Nokia 6230:
- The look of the phone was pretty standard. After some experimental designs this was one that could appeal to all. The presence of a 4-way navigational button made browsing menus much easier.
- The operating system was little changed from previous Nokia models, making this a very easy transition.
- The on-board memory card began to extend the phone’s usefulness. Although a paltry 32MB or 64MB was bundled with the phone, with a larger capacity music files were able to be played.
- The phone remained easy to customise, with a variety of official and non-official cards available.
Cons of Nokia 6230:
- The camera was arguably a little weak compared to others. Sony Ericsson phones would easily surpass this in 2004. The video function also recorded in extremely low resolutions.
- Battery life was down on previous models, not much of a surprise given the additional drains of the screen.
- The price tag was high, as it was released as a premium phone.
Future Prospects and Current Pricing
This was a popular model of mobile phone, well designed by Nokia to have very few downsides for the time. It should not prove to be too difficult to pick one of these up, and as such that puts a limit on the price for now. In the future I would expect these to be popular for collectors.
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