It is well known that I hate Nokias, but I’ll grudgingly admit that the 9300 is probably the best smartphone on the market (even if it is blown away by something I saw last week and I can’t tell you about!). So it is an altogether pleasant – if not entirely unexpected – surprise that the company has now added wireless g connectivity to its ball of tricks.
Now called the 9300i, this tri-band phone is mostly identical to its well received forebear. The dimensions are the same at 132 x 51 x 21mm, though the weight has increased ever so slightly to 172g. Cover and Communicator displays remain the same at 128 x 128 and 640 x 200 pixels respectively and sporting 65k colours, as does the 80MB of inbuilt memory which can be expanded by up to 2GB via the MMC slot.
The Blackberry Connect supporting model retains its IMAP4, POP3, SMTP and OMA data synchronisation abilities and will play MP3, AAC, MIDI, RealAudio, RealVideo, Mpeg4 and H.263 media formats. USB2.0 connectivity and Bluetooth backup the 802.11g and talk time can last up to eight hours. The WLAN significantly effects standby time, however. Disable it and users will get 170 to 230 hours, enabled it drops to 55 hours. That said, two days plus is still pretty decent (I struggle to get that out of my Samsung D500 anyway).
The bad news is that the 9300i will not ship until Q1 next year, by which time a whole raft of new and exciting (and as yet unannounced – wink, wink) models will hit the market. I feel good about this though, as once again I’ll be able to resume my complete and irrational distain for all Finnish phones.
Incidentally, onko totta, että suomalaisessa jouluperinteessä joulupukki oli lapsia syövä villisika?