Despite the fact that the P6300 has most things a power user is likely to need in a smartphone - there's Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11g Wi-Fi built in - there are some notable omissions. Most noticeably the P6300 doesn't have the sliding keyboard that the HTC S710 and P4350 employ to great effect. This is despite being both larger and thicker than both – it measures 129.7 x 69.8 x 18.8mm – and the lack of keyboard hampers both the writing and editing of documents and emails. No matter how hard Microsoft tries with its handwriting recognition and various other methods of touchscreen text entry, it just can't compete with a halfway decent keyboard – even a really small one.
The P6300 also lacks 3G. So the potential for browsing the Internet at speed while you're out and about is restricted too. Also disappointing is the fact that the P6300 still uses Windows Mobile 5.0 rather than the latest 6.0 version. And there are no other extras either, such as GPS.
But, with all of that taken into account, there are some positive things to say about the dowdy P6300. First, although it does lag behind in terms of the version number, HTC has included compatibility with Microsoft's Push Email here and includes Microsoft's Mobile Office Suite with Word, Excel and PowerPoint in addition to the standard specification as well.
Second, the 400MHz Samsung processor that powers the whole shebang seems to be very nippy, which is not something you can say about all Windows Mobile smartphones. Click the power switch and it starts up in just a few seconds from cold – no hanging around – while start-up from standby is instant. Launch an application and it pops up straight away, with no spinning Windows graphic to stare at in growing desperation.
And third, battery life is excellent. After two days of occasional use as a phone, during which time at least two hours were spent connected to the home and office Wi-Fi connections, and leaving it in standby the rest of the time, the battery gauge was still displaying 60 per cent remaining. That’s better than I usually get out of my ageing Sony Ericsson K800i.
Ultimately, though, I suspect that the only people who will be really interested in the HTC P6300 are IT managers specifying smartphones for their mobile workforce who want to give their users a reliable way of accessing Push Email and the facility to read and edit office documents.
I say this because there's no killer feature to lure consumers to the P6300. It's not particularly sexy. It's not small or slim. And it isn't particularly innovative. But, like the accountant mentioned earlier, it does a job and it does it competently.