The camera shoots images up to 2-megapixels (1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120), video at 640 x 480, 352 x 288, 176 x 144, 128 x 96) and can capture as much video as your storage space can hold. The internal memory isn’t exactly vast – there is 6MB built in, but out of the box our review handset had just 2.1MB free. You can expand on this using microSD cards, and you get a 64MB card with the handset. Cards live in a slot on the left edge of the casing, where they can be hot-swapped if your fingers are nimble enough to lift the slot’s protective cover and then deal with cards.
Video clips, even shot at 640 x 480 and with pretty fast panning, are smooth enough to enjoy on a PC as well as played back on the 320 x 240 screen of the handset itself. The colours reproduced in video and stills are a little less vivid than I’d like, – the blue in the shot below is more vibrant in real life. But generally images and videos are good enough for sharing.
This is a 3G handset with tri-band GSM, but there is no front facing camera with which to make video calls showing your own face. You can make 3G video calls, but they show what you can see with the back camera – unless you turn the handset round to face yourself, in which case you can’t see handset’s screen to view your own image or that of the person you are talking to.
The 6234 is not alone in lacking a front camera, and maybe there really isn’t space in the casing to cram one in, but I can’t help feeling that a front facing camera really should be a standard feature on 3G handsets. So what if not all punters spend time on 3G video calls? Even the most reluctant might want to make a video call from time to time, and all 3G handsets should allow it. Rant over.
There is an FM radio. My review handset came to me without the headset that should have been in the box, so I filched one from another handset to test audio quality. It was fine, and as usual you can save up to 20 stations.