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Nokia 6300 - Fortus
Mobile Phone Review
When Nokia created the 6300, it wanted a phone that was both beautiful and simple, and they seem to have achieved this goal beyond all expectations. The Nokia 6300 is elegant in its simple design, whilst possessing more functionality than you would give it credit for, especially since it's not a smart phone nor does it have 3G. But it does have most everything else you would want from a contemporary mobile phone, including a 2-megapixel camera and video recorder, an MP3 playe...
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When Nokia created the 6300, it wanted a phone that was both beautiful and simple, and they seem to have achieved this goal beyond all expectations. The Nokia 6300 is elegant in its simple design, whilst possessing more functionality than you would give it credit for, especially since it's not a smart phone nor does it have 3G. But it does have most everything else you would want from a contemporary mobile phone, including a 2-megapixel camera and video recorder, an MP3 player and FM radio.
Surprisingly lightweight for a mobile phone with a metal casing, the slim, sleek phone is neither too wide nor too small, and fits perfectly in your hand and in your pocket, the cool stainless steel finish smooth to the touch. Unlike most slim phones, it doesn't feel like it would suddenly crack into two; it feels quite sturdy despite its size and shape. It also possesses large keypads for easy dialing and text messaging, and a five way navigation key that may take a bit of getting used to, but is practical nonetheless.
The beautiful colour screen, at a high quality 320x240 pixel resolution with 16 million colours, is so effective that it is clear even in direct sunlight. However, it eats up much of the battery, which is one of the few complaints of users of this phone. Minimal use will assure around three days of battery life, but if you use your mobile regularly for texts, calls or even games, you'll be charging your 6300 more often than you would other units.
Using email and web browsing also drains the battery faster than normal, but using the email is worth the more frequent need to plug in. The client supports several email services that are currently popular, such as Yahoo and Gmail, and comes with two web browsers, a standard Nokia browser and the Opera Mini browser.
The 2-megapixel camera is great for taking casual photographs for sending over MMS or viewing over your computer, but not advisable for print outs, as many have found the quality to be grainy. The camera doesn't have flash either, but the night mode works well enough for the flash's absence to be a problem. There isn't a very big memory for storing a lot of music, except if you get a separate microSD card; a 2GB memory card will allow you store 480 songs. The FM radio works fine, although you won't be able to listen to it using Bluetooth wireless earphones, which only works with calls and the music player.
Some users have criticized this phone for not being Symbian based, meaning you cannot download many applications and software that you might find useful, but others who don't need the platform and have found it could slow your phone down are relieved. The 6300 responds rather quickly without Symbian, and downloads data using GPRS/EDGE. You can also transfer files to the mobile using Nokia PC Suite.
A unique gift of the 6300 is its wireless functionality. It has SyncML to synchronize your calendar and contact list, and can upgrade your firmware wirelessly as well.
The 6300 is classy and elegant, but with substance beneath all the style. A whopping percentage of buyers of this mobile unit adore this phone. You will too.
Nokia 6500 Slide -
Fortus Mobile Phone Review
Classic Style Let Down By Basic Mistakes
Although initially known more for their candy-style handsets, Finnish manufacturer Nokia has become more synonymous with slide design mobile phones in the last few years, thanks to its 6000 series. With its recently released 6500 Slide – which is being sold alongside the 6500 Classic as a phone that gets back to basics – Nokia has again raised the bar when it comes to design. Unfortunately, this time it’s more style than substance. ...
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Classic Style Let Down By Basic Mistakes
Although initially known more for their candy-style handsets, Finnish manufacturer Nokia has become more synonymous with slide design mobile phones in the last few years, thanks to its 6000 series. With its recently released 6500 Slide – which is being sold alongside the 6500 Classic as a phone that gets back to basics – Nokia has again raised the bar when it comes to design. Unfortunately, this time it’s more style than substance.
First, the good news – with the 6500 Slide, Nokia has once again raised the bar when it comes to how a mobile phone should look. With its sleek design – stainless steel finished off with discreet rubber strips for a better grip – it’s certainly one of the most attractive slide design phones on the market. The sliding feature itself is extremely well handled, with a smooth motion that’s controlled by a two-way spring.
This clever design continues with how the features are laid out externally – for instance, the microSD expansion slot is found beneath the battery cover, as with so many other models. However, the difference here is that you don’t actually have to remove the battery as well if you want to upgrade your card. Speaking of which, there’s a micro-USB port at the top of the handset, so connecting to other media outlets is a lot simpler than many of the Nokia 6500’s competitors.
Feature-wise, although it’s no slouch the 6500 does disappoint in a few areas. For example, if you’re using a Java application such as a game or piece of office software, you can’t do both simultaneously – you need to exit one and then start the other one. Whilst this isn’t a major disaster, it does mean that using the phone’s features can feel as if you’ve been short-changed.
Apart from that, though, the features on offer here are pretty good for what is essentially a fairly basic handset. Multimedia is especially looked after – with a combined music player and video player that is essentially an all-round multimedia player, the 6500 doesn’t disappoint. With a graphic equalizer allowing you to tailor your tastes in sound, it offers excellent quality, especially through a decent set of headphones.
Picture quality on the camera is also pretty good, in no small way due to the fact that Nokia has allowed the 6500 to use the Carl Zeiss optic software usually found on its N-series range of phones. With its 3.2mega-pixel having a display quality of 2048x1536 pixels on still images and an equally strong 640x480 display on video playback, images are more than acceptable.
Unfortunately for Nokia, that’s where the praise for the 6500 ends. Even if it’s not the most expensive of phones to buy, some of the features that are missing here can be found on less expensive phones elsewhere. For instance, there’s no backlight feature, so the screen can look slightly washed out when outdoors. The slide function also fails to auto-lock the handset, which can be extremely annoying when keys are other features are used by mistake. There’s also no auto-focus option when using the video feature.
This is a shame, as overall the Nokia 6500 is a decent enough phone – it looks good, call quality is decent and battery life more than acceptable at 13 days on standby, and 6 hours talk time. If only Nokia had ironed out the small faults that are on display here, they could have had another strong handset to speak of. As it is, it’s merely an average one.
Nokia trials mobile
TV in Sweden
Today Nokia announced a new commercial DVB-H pilot in Stockholm with Teracom in Sweden. Nokia is supplying the Nokia Mobile Broadcast System 3.0
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Today Nokia announced a new commercial DVB-H pilot in Stockholm with Teracom in Sweden. Nokia is supplying the Nokia Mobile Broadcast System 3.0 and Nokia N92 mobile TV devices to the pilot which will last from October to December 2006 and includes 400 consumers. The project is a co-operation between ATG, Boxer, Nokia, Sveriges Radio, Sveriges Television/UR, Telenor and Teracom.
The pilot participants will be able to watch fourteen TV channels and listen to four radio channels in the Stockholm city region, where a network has been built for high quality indoor and outdoor coverage. The objective is to evaluate what Swedish consumers think about commercial broadcast mobile TV.
ATG, Boxer, Sveriges Radio and Sveriges Television will provide content for the pilot. The test will be delivered using Nokia Mobile Broadcast Solution 3.0, and the pilot participants will use mobile devices from Nokia, the Nokia N92. Teracom will be responsible for the network, the broadcast and operating of the platform.
"We strongly believe in the capability of the DVB-H technology as well as in the mobile TV service, and we are looking forward to presenting the full potential and interest of broadcast mobile TV in Sweden," says Sigurd Leth, Multimedia Director for Nokia Nordic.
DVB-H technology complements existing operator networks, optimizing capacity and quality. It offers consumers the chance to enjoy high quality terrestrial digital broadcasts along with voice telephony and internet access all in a single device. Broadcast mobile TV will offer new business opportunities for mobile service providers, content and broadcast companies, infrastructure and handset manufacturers as well as technology providers.
This is the second mobile TV pilot in Sweden where Nokia is one of the main suppliers of DVB-H technology. Last week, Nokia announced a new contract with TeliaSonera Sweden for a complete DVB-H pilot system, including Nokia Mobile Broadcast System 3.0 and Nokia N92 mobile TV devices, underpinned by Nokia's hosting and systems integration know-how.
The feedback from different mobile TV pilots has been promising. Results from pilots on broadcast (DVB-H) mobile TV services amongst consumers in Finland, the UK, Spain and France have revealed clear consumer demand for such services as well as important indications over future business models for commercial mobile TV services.