Tools Of The Trade: The Nokia 9300 smartphone

The 9300 will feel familiar to anyone who has used Psion's Series 3 and Revo organisers. The device looks similar, and the Symbian operating system also has its origins in work done by Psion.

The Psion's flaw was a lack of connectivity - an accusation that cannot be levelled at the Communicator. It comes with a GPRS connection, Bluetooth and infra-red. In contrast to the larger 9500 Communicator, there is no in-built wireless LAN capability, although this should not be a barrier unless you are a particularly heavy data user - not least because GPRS data charges are falling.

Nokia also allows the 9300 to synchronise directly with a Windows desktop PC via the USB cable that is included. And the same cable allows the 9300 to "borrow" a PC's internet connection, which is another way for heavy-duty users to avoid running up large download bills.

As Nokia users have come to expect, the 9300's Bluetooth connections behave impeccably, and the phone works well as a GPRS modem.

The 9300 offers several ways of accessing email, including downloading messages from a regular internet email account. Orange, which is the first network to launch the 9300, will also offer Blackberry email for business users.

Add in a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation application and a web browser, and the 9300 makes for a powerful all-round business tool. The screen can show eight lines of text in word processor mode and the browser is one of the best mobile versions currently available, rendering some web pages better than Microsoft's pocket version of Internet Explorer; the word processor produces files that open without trouble in Word.

There is not much to dislike about the 9300. It is small enough to fit in a jacket pocket but quite easy to type on at speed. The screen is clear and the battery life good - our test model was still going strong after two days' quite intensive use.

A minor criticism is that the 9300 is rather slow switching between applications, and the bundled Blackberry mail software cannot send attachments.

Multimedia functions are limited by the lack of a camera, though for some business uses that is a benefit. And the 9300 does include a media player, so it is not a completely utilitarian device.

At a network-subsidised price of more than £300, though, the 9300 is a premium product and will face competition from smartphones produced by HTC, maker of the popular XDA handhelds, as well as Blackberry devices and phones from PDA (personal digital assistant) makers such as HP, Fujitsu Siemens and Palm.

Orange is offering the handset to business users with Blackberry servers for £35 a month, including 5MB of data. The 9300 is a far more flexible device than a regular Blackberry and worth the premium. Small business and personal users might want to see what other operators offer, though, rather than buying a 9300 without a contract now.

THE VERDICT

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Pros: design, ease of use, functions.

Cons: a bit fiddly for web browsing on the move; launch network Orange offering device only to business users with Blackberry servers.

Price: from £330 plus VAT with Orange business contract.

Contacts: www.orange.co.uk; www.nokia.co.uk

Life and Style
life
Arts and Entertainment
Diana from the Great British Bake Off 2014
tvProducers confirm contestant left because of illness
News
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reportedly married in secret on Saturday
peopleSpokesperson for couple confirms they tied the knot on Saturday after almost a decade together
Life and Style
Chen Mao recovers in BK Hospital, Seoul
health
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksAn evocation of the conflict through the eyes of those who lived through it
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Client-Side web developer (JQuery, Javascript, UI, JMX, FIX)

Negotiable: Harrington Starr: Client-Side web developer (JQuery, Javascript, U...

Structured Finance

Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: CITY - An excellent new instruction w...

SQL Server Developer

£500 per day: Harrington Starr: SQL Server Developer SQL, PHP, C#, Real Time,...

C#.NET Developer

£600 per day: Harrington Starr: C#.NET Developer C#, Win Forms, WPF, WCF, MVVM...

Day In a Page

Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff