The Nokia 3230 is a Symbian Series 60 smartphone announced on November 2, 2004. It was billed as the first Series 60 phone aimed at the mass-market rather than the higher-end Series 60 devices.
It runs on Series 60 2nd Edition Feature Pack 1 (Version 2.1), based on Symbian OS 7.0s. It features several games (including multiplayer Bluetooth games), a 1.23 megapixel camera, Lifeblog, a 32 MB RS-MMC to store extra images and applications, Push to Talk, a 176×208 pixel 65,536-colour screen, multimedia messaging, and RealPlayer.
The Nokia 3230 is one of the first with Push to Talk over Cellular (PoC), a walkie-talkie style method of communicating, and also Visual Radio, which enhances a normal radio receiver with extra info about artists and songs delivered over GPRS.
For data transfer, the phone can use EDGE to upload up to 35.2 kbit/s and download up to 178.6 kbit/s, and is a GPRS multislot class 10, up to 80 kbit/s.
|Operating System||Symbian OS (7.0s) + Series 60 v2.1|
|GSM frequencies||900/1800/1900 MHz|
|GPRS||Yes, class 10|
|EDGE (EGPRS)||Yes, class 10|
|Main screen||TFT Matrix, 65,536 colors, 176x208 pixels|
|Camera||Integrated 1.23 Megapixel|
|Video recording||Yes, H.263, Q-CIF 176x144, 15 frames per second (max. clip length 1 hour)|
|Push to Talk over Cellular (PoC)||Yes|
|Java support||Yes, MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1|
|Built-in memory||5 MB|
|Memory card slot||Yes, MMC-Mobile (sales package includes 32 MB card)|
|Bluetooth||Yes, 1.2; Profiles supported: Basic Printing, Generic Access, Serial Port, Dial-up Networking, Headset, Handsfree, Generic Object Exchange, Object Push, File Transfer, Basic Imaging|
|Data cable support||Yes|
|Browser||WAP 2.0 XHTML/HTML|
|Music player||Yes (RealPlayer, Mono)|
|Radio||Yes, Visual Radio|
|Video Player||Yes (Realplayer)|
|Polyphonic tones||Yes, 48 chords|
|Battery||BL-5B Lithium Ion, 760 mA|
|Talk time||4 hours|
|Standby time||100-200 hours (usually 3-4 days)|
|Dimensions||109 mm x 49 mm x 19 mm, 90 cc|
It has been frequently reported that fine dust get into the space between the LCD screen and the transparent plastic cover. The dust can be manually removed by opening the plastic case, but in a difficult and risky way.
In common with many phones of this type the battery life is not as much as you would expect on older models of phones. Less than 2 days is typical where as older 'mono screen' phones can often manage a week between recharging.
Also, this is one of the slowest Symbian phones in the market with the average time to take a picture running into nearly 20 seconds when using its 1.3 megapixel resolution. Other issues include sudden screen blackout and slow processing speed when some using software in the phone.