The Nokia 6300 runs Symbian Series 40, which we don’t see all that often. It isn’t as sophisticated as Series 60 (S60), and the 6300 doesn’t have the vast range of built in applications that S60 users are accustomed to. But it shares some strong features with S60 such as the very useful Active Standby mode that gives you quick access to applications from the phone’s main screen, and the ability to synchronise with a PC. All in all, the ‘lite’ approach of Series 40 may actually be a boon to those looking for a relatively simple mid-range mobile.
The Calendar is limited to 1000 contacts, which is nowhere near enough for me, (really?... ed) but for many people should be fine. There is a diary and to do list, notes application, mobile email is supported, the music player handles MP3 and AAC, there is a voice recorder, alarm, calculator, countdown timer, stopwatch, and - of course - a camera. Browsing is slow as it is restricted to GPRS and the browser is not that wonderful visually due to screen size limitations.
Built-in memory is a bit limited at just 7.8MB but the Nokia 6300 supports microSD cards, with the slot under the battery cover on the left edge of the casing. A 128MB card is supplied with the phone. This isn’t going to be enough for oodles of music, so you will need to invest in a higher capacity card if you are a mobile music fan. Given my earlier comments on the headset this isn’t the best phone for music fans, anyway.
You can synchronise diary and contacts with a PC, and Nokia has abandoned the proprietary Pop-Port connector in favour of mini USB, which is a great move, but then fails to provide a PC Connectivity cable, which is a pretty shoddy move. If you want to use the provided PC Suite to synchronise the phone’s Calendar and Contacts with your main computer you’ll need either to buy a cable, use one you might already have for another device, or use Bluetooth.
The built in camera lacks a self portrait mirror or flash, and has a maximum resolution of 1,600 x 1,200 pixels. Image quality is not as good as I’d have liked where indoor shots are concerned. My standard reference shot of the coloured plate taken under ordinary household lighting is rather dark. Outdoors the camera performed better with colour representation pretty good and images fairly sharp. The cat was actually moving slightly when the photo of her was taken, yet surprisingly there is no blurring. You do, though, generally need a fairly steady hand to get the best out of the camera.
Battery life was very impressive with a full charge delivering eight hours 54 minutes of continuous music.
Internal memory is a bit short and Nokia should have bundled a larger microSD card to compensate and a mini USB cable. But in general this is a solid and understated mid-range phone that deserves to be popular.