Nokia 6233 Review – Successor to a Classic Mobile Phone

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Nokia 6233 Review: Released in 2005, the mantra for Nokia was clearly if it wasn’t broke, don’t fix it. The Nokia 6230 of 2004 was one of the popular mobile phones of the year. With its improved display and memory card slot, it was a phone that catered for a wide range of uses. The phone quickly gained some spin-off models, the main one being the Nokia 6230i, which featured an identical look but had a better on-board camera.

By now, imaging and more specifically mobile phone cameras had come into vogue. Previously they were only able to be on phones via attachments, and once integrated only took grainy, low resolution shots. But phones like the Sony Ericsson K750i were really pushing the boundaries. 2-megapixel cameras with flash could produce some pretty acceptable images. So while few things changed in terms of look, underneath the surface there were some big developments on this phone. An improved screen resolution allows for a much better interface than the Nokia 6230, with items laid out in rows of icons. The construction of the phone also takes a step upwards. A metallic frame now adorns the phone where previously it was all plastic.#

The Nokia 6233 is identical to the Nokia 6234, which was a model produced for the Vodafone network.

Full specifications here.

The metallic look of the phone went down well. This to be expanded further in the upgrades to this phone. Both the Nokia 6300 and Nokia 6303 featured metallic front and rear housings as well as a slimmed down size.

Nokia 6233 Review: Pros

The display of the phone was much improved over its predecessors. At 320 x 240 resolution for a 2.0 inch screen this is nicer to look at and offers real practical benefits. Many new applications were bundled in here which were not possible on phones with smaller resolution screens.

The camera resolution at 2.0 megapixels was better than that of the Nokia 6230i (1.3m) and the Nokia 6230 (VGA) allowing for better shots.

The phone construction was also more solid with a metallic frame. This appealed to a wide range of users.

Media capabilities were better. The phone came with better stereo speakers, and also supported the common microSD card format rather than the older Nokia MMC.

Nokia 6233 Review: Cons

Some of the materials added to the weight of the phone: at 110g, this was quite chunky and heavy. A rubberised backplate also attracted a lot of dust.

The camera lacked a flash and other features such as different shooting modes. Further there was no front-facing camera, which would have been handy for videocalls.

The phone was still weaker as a media player than the Sony Ericsson Walkman series, with the latter featuring better software.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

The Nokia 6233/Nokia 6234 is less well known than the Nokia 6230. By this time there were many other alternatives for users to purchase. Nevertheless they are still solid phones which hold their condition well and should be sought after into the future.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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