Thursday, August 03, 2006

Nokia 9300 Sleek Smartphone for Mobile Professionals

To the uninitiated, the Nokia 9300 Communicator looks like a high-tech styling of the candybar phone format, with a 128 x 128 pixel color display. Slip this silver communicator out of your jacket and and you'll look like you're in touch with the upper echelon of business and technology. Ah, but they'll only realize the half of it. This smartphone has a hidden second life.

Turn your 9300 sideways and flip it open along the lengthwise hinges. Wait a second. This is no ordinary cell phone. There's a computer in here. Indeed, the Nokia 9300 sports a full QWERTY keyboard with nice big keys and a long, rectangular color main display measuring 640 x 200 pixels. Wasn't so long ago that was half the resolution of a laptop computer. This entire foldable smartphone is hand size, 5.2 x 2 x 0.83 inches.

To be a truly mobile computer, you have to communicate. That's where the Communicator gets its name. This device runs on Cingular's GSM network with three bands for voice and data access via the EDGE protocol. EDGE provides up to 144 Kbps, near broadband and plenty for Internet access on this diminutive device. The built-in web browser supports both WAP 2.0 and full HTML 4.0 with Flash, so you can view web pages that are not optimized for mobile browsing, as well as those that are.

Email is also fully featured, with support for POP3, IMAP4, SMTP, SSL and Push Email OMA. You have the ability to view, edit and send Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. It's enough to make you smile, even SMIL. You use SMIL Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language for sending and receiving interactive audiovisual presentation slideshows. Standard SMS text messaging is also supported, of course, as is instant messaging.

An unusual feature, but one a mobile professional may well find handy is the ability to send and receive Faxes directly from the phone.

Other niceties include an adjustable display brightness control, 8 application shortcut keys, an Infrared port, voice driven menus, streaming multimedia support using RealPlayer and MPEG4 formats, an MP3 player that supports Real Audio, MP3 and AAC music formats, and a two-handed gaming experience for those "off duty" times.

The Nokia 9300 is also a cutting edge cell phone in its own right. As much as you might like to show it off, there are times when it's best to have your hands free. For those times, you can switch on the built-in speakerphone or clip a wireless Bluetooth headset on your ear. You also have hands-free dialing available.

The computer on this smartphone runs the Symbian 7.0 series 80 operating system. Built-in memory is a generous 80 Mb, and is expandable using MMC format cards.

You might think that all this voice and data processing power would suck a mobile battery dry in a matter of minutes. Oh, but not so on this advanced design. Talk time is up to 420 minutes, which is 7 full hours. Standby time is up to 192 hours or 8 days away from the charger.

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