when i said more powerful i meant in terms of the phones abilities, like what it can do. i don't really know about the reception, but you can look at the nokia website yourself and see that the 6230i has a more powerful camera (although like the 6101.6102 it doesn have a flash, like the 6682), it has removeable and larger memory, it can play mp3's, has FM radio support, etc etc you get the idea.
Cingular has pulled the 6230 off the web because of the software issue they are having with it. Unless you like hard resetting your phone a few times a day and having a menu that auto scrolls and never stops. I had an original 6230 and lost it. The new one i received from lockline insurance is awful.