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Nokia 6300: More than looks

Nokia 6300: More than looks
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First Published: Wed, Apr 18 2007. 12 32 AM IST

Updated: Wed, Apr 18 2007. 12 32 AM IST
There are slim phones and then there are slim phones. Well, the Nokia 6300 is a slim phone in the latter category (those are the good ones).
There won’t be many who would find this to be a drop-dead gorgeous model, but there’s more to the 6300 than just looks. At first glance, in fact, it looks like a slider phone that’s stuck with the slider open and the back shaved off.
That, though, has more to do with the colour combination and the way the top part of the phone is constructed.
As soon as you hold the phone, though, you know it’s solid. Solid metal, that is, and it feels good. Unlike some plastic phones available (including some from Nokia), this has a great feel to it. The only thing missing perhaps is a grip (rubberised or etched into metal) on the back cover. At times, the phone tends to slip out of your hand, especially when you are messaging furiously.
The back of the phone has the camera lens and the speaker (also employed when the speaker phone and radio are turned on) and this creates some problems. If the phone is on a soft surface, such as a sofa or a car seat, the ring may well be lost since the sound generated from the speaker tends to be absorbed by the soft surface underneath. A minor glitch, but one that could prove annoying.
The front of the phone has a standard Nokia layout, but the navigation buttons (there are four small buttons around the joystick-button navikey) appear tacky.
The all-plastic buttons take away the sheen of the metal finish that otherwise dominates the phone.
The 6300 also offers expandable memory in the form of a MicroSD (a small, removable flash memory format) card. Finding the location of the card, however, is a bit of a treasure hunt. It’s located to the left of the phone under the battery cover. It follows the assumption that the card won’t be removed too often and data would be transferred using Bluetooth or USB, but what if someone is using multiple cards? With a two megapixel camera and built-in media player, that’s possible.
Using the phone:The interface seems a little sluggish compared to other Nokia phones and phones in this category from other manufacturers. It’s especially evident when changing folders or accessing messages. There is a minor lag when returning to most root folders and this can be a little irritating when you expect the response to be quicker.
Features:The Presenter software connects wirelessly to supported devices like a projector. A handy tool for business users, this feature was rarely found before on non-Windows phones. Not all of the E-series phones from Nokia had it either, and this is a good inclusion in a phone that is clearly aimed at the business segment.
Another important feature most business users look for is the speaker phone. And the 6300 certainly doesn’t disappoint. A loud, clear speaker housed at the back is good enough for most requirements. And it works really well when playing music, including the radio.
A camera on a business phone is not a given. The two megapixel camera on the 6300 is great for still photos and for videos. And the outstanding screen quality helps, too.
Overall usage of the phone is good if not great and the battery life is not too bad either. It could have been better, but, with a bright screen, there has to be some compromise.
The tactile feel of the keys is good, but the spacing between the keys can be a little troublesome for users with larger than average fingers. This is a common problem with most phones, really.
There are certainly a lot of things going for the Nokia 6300 and the price is only one of them. At Rs12,989, it’s a great buy. It looks good, works well and has enough features to appease most business users. So, then, what’s missing? Nothing that one can think of at this price.
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First Published: Wed, Apr 18 2007. 12 32 AM IST
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