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Review: Nokia 9300

Nokia 9300

The Nokia 9300 Smartphone. Looks great – but how smart is it? Let’s take a look under the hood and find out.

Reviews:

CNET: “With an integrated QWERTY keyboard and support for multiple e-mail accounts, the 9300 Communicator has a lot to offer users who need a corporate-centric device. While there’s much that’s impressive in this unit for Cingular Wireless, there’s also plenty that’s frustrating. The keyboard is somewhat cramped, and the phone lacks Wi-Fi. Also, at $299.99 with a two-year contract, the Nokia 9300 is a bit on the pricey side.”

InfoSync: “Chock full of promising concepts, the Nokia 9300 Communicator gets most things right in the hardware department, but stumbles repeatedly what concerns software. A fantabulous display is hampered by poorly utilized screen estate; applications in general and the powerful browser in particular by sluggish performance; and PIM and e-mail synchronization by slow and poorly implemented local support as well as a complete lack of groupware support. Superb connectivity doesn’t do much good when its full potential cannot be exploited, but for those whose needs fall within its stark boundaries, the 9300 delivers the goods in a nicer package than the 9500.”

MobileTechReview: “Very nice design that gives the phone a modern look. Unique and clever longitudinal clamshell design. The wide screen display and full QWERTY keyboard integrate with the phone and PDA functions very well on the 9300. The phone radio reception is good if you are in good coverage areas. Great set of Office applications and PIM tools at your fingertips. Messaging and web tools bundled for users on the go. Good Bluetooth performance and compatibility and syncing with your PC via PC Suite.” However “The device is a bit underpowered with delays in application launch and in web page loading. The joystick isn’t lefty friendly.”

Features:

* Advanced voice features: handsfree speakerphone and conference calling capability
* Full keyboard and two 65,536-color displays
* Messaging options: email with attachments, SMS, and MMS
* Office applications: Documents, Sheet, and Presentations
* Organizer (calendar, contacts, tasks) and email with PC synchronization via Nokia PC Suite software
* Large memory storage: 80MB built-in memory plus MultiMediaCard (MMC)
* High-speed data connectivity with EGPRS (EDGE)
* Mobile Internet connectivity
* Symbian 7.0S OS (series 80 platform), Java MIDP 2.0 and Personal profile 1.0
* Contacts and calendar data transfer over Bluetooth wireless technology or infrared between compatible Nokia devices
* Pop-Port™ interface for mobile enhancement connectivity
* Tri-band (EGSM 900/1800/1900) operation for use on five continents

Conclusion: The general consensus regarding the 9300 is that it is an above average device with tremendous potential – but it falls short of greatness. Fundamentally, the 9300 is a buisness phone – and in that respect it does its job. So if you are looking for a solid communications device – and you can handle the imperfections, the Nokia 9300 may be worth picking up.

Posted by Sean

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