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

PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksNow available in paperback
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

Reach Volunteering: Trustee – PR& Marketing, Social Care, Commercial skills

Voluntary Only - Expenses Reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: Age Concern Slough a...

Reach Volunteering: Charity Treasurer

Voluntary Only - Expenses Reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: Crossroads Care is s...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Soho

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £35,000: SThree: We consistently strive to be ...

Ampersand Consulting LLP: Markit EDM (CADIS) Developer

£50000 - £90000 per annum + benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Markit EDM (CA...

Day In a Page

In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible