Blast From The Past: Nokia 6230b

Not long ago, I published a list of my top three Nokia phones of all time – some of you were surprised to find a ‘dumbphone’ listed there – the venerable Nokia 6230b. Hailing back from 2004, the 6230b was one of the most advanced phones of its time. It was the first phone I remember that supported EDGE Class 10 (all others at the time were only Class 4) and its compact size included such ‘futuristic’ technologies as Bluetooth, a VGA-resolution camera, and a full-sized MMC (MultiMediaCard) slot for extra storage.

Of course, this all sounds lame in today’s world, but it’s still a cool little phone. On my previous post, I received a comment from Craig, with whom I had actually traded a 6230b years ago – I gave him my 6170b (another spectacular phone, btw) as an exchange. Craig mentioned that he still had a 6230b laying around and offered to send it to me, which is just plain awesome.

The phone arrived yesterday, and I’m already enamored by it, just as I was 7 years ago. Of course, there are some challenges. For starters, I don’t have any of the old fat-barreled Nokia chargers around anymore – luckily my friend Vikki was able to hook me up. I also don’t yet know how I’m going to get my contacts on this thing – I gave up SIM storage years ago and solely rely on Google to store my PIM info nowadays.

In any case, now that I have a charger, I’m going to attempt to use the Nokia 6230b for an entire day. I’m anxious to see how well I can get along with a dumbphone for the day, that’s for sure.

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