Music output lacked a little definition and volume through the headset, but the twin speakers, on the left and right edges towards the top of the casing delivered plenty of volume if a little lower quality tone than I’d like. The equaliser with settings for pop, rock, jazz and classical as well as two user definable settings, didn’t seem to have a huge effect either.
The rest of what you get is pretty standard stuff. Email support and a message centre that copes with SMS and MMS and brings Vodafone Live! postcards, flash messages and audio messages into the mix. A contact book and diary are here of course, the latter in an Organiser folder which also provides a to-do list manager, calculator, notes application, countdown timer, stopwatch and alarm clock. There is a voice recorder, and a version of the ever popular Snake alongside a Sudoku game to keep you amused.
The handset is quoted as offering four hours talk time and more than two weeks on standby. Time constraints meant I wasn’t able to complete a continuous music playing battery test on this handset, but I doubt in the real world that users looking for prolonged music playback would choose the 6234 anyway. This is more of a mid range all rounder than a music fan’s phone.
In real-world usage performance was OK but not outstanding. The phone maintained a signal well enough, call quality was good, and it got me through a couple of days between recharges. I guess that will satisfy most customers looking for a mid range handset.
If you are looking for a small format 3G handset, don’t need a lot of internal memory or superb quality audio output, and wouldn’t mind a fair quality camera into the deal, then the 6234 is a reasonable choice. There are some neat touches like the noted Nokia Wireless Presenter software, and the presence of infrared as well as Bluetooth. It’s just too bad about the minimal internal memory and absence of a front facing camera, though.