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January 17, 2005

My Nokia 9300 Review

by Darla


Well I finally was able to get my hands on one of these.  My first initial reaction was that it was surprisingly not as big as I had thought.   In comparison, its about the same size as the N-Gage when its sideways.

Lets start first with the basics.  The Nokia 9300 is a series 80 device running the Symbian 7.0S OS.  Fortunately with this phone Nokia didn't do any MMC changing to the regular MMC's will work.
The "cover phone" as its called, or main phone has the series 40 layout which isn't so bad.  There are only 5 menu functions with animated display.  The 4-way navi key is really cool compared to the joystick and press pad types on the 66xx/36xx.  The center button is the menu key and the scroll button is very very easy to maneuver.  Another thing that most Nokia users might appreciate is the easy power button.  Yeah I know that sounds weird but you wouldn't believe the amount of people, myself included, who had problems just turning the phone on! (thinks back to the 3390 days)  One of the things missing is the t9 input, which I guess really isn't a big deal because it has a qwerty keypad.

Now to the PDA:

Powering off the cover phone will still allow the PDA to function once open.  Talk about a compact desktop!!  Everything you need is right there, well, at your fingertips.  The one thing that stuck out was the connectivity functions.  On the keyboard there is a chr (character) key.  The character key is highlighted in blue and the character key colors correspond.  You can activate Bluetooth, Infrared, Sync and Zoom function just by holding the chr key and the corresponding character.  Simplicity at its best.  Another cool feature are the 8 keypad short-cut .  At the top of the keypad you have all of the menus that are located on the screen itself, but just a quicker way of getting there.  Desk, Telephone, Web, Contacts, Documents, Calendar and a "My own" key which allows you to attach your favorite program to this key for quick access..  There are also 4 command keys located near the screen display which are used when the option is located near that targeted key.

The screen is amazing.  Very crisp images and options to change the backgrounds.  Since this is targeted towards professionals there aren't any weird wallpapers. Just nice basic layouts.  It also has a standby mode which shuts the screen down when not in use.

The internal 80mb memory was enough for me to install a bunch of apps and documents such as the Settings Wizard (why doesn't NokiaUSA have this?) and Adobe Acrobat Reader and some mp3's.  the Office tool comes with everything you need to use for personal productivity.  Document, Sheets and Presentation.  According to Nokia's specs, the device supports the most common features of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel (MS Office 97 or later).

The sound quality is excellent compared to my N-Gage for playing music.  The call quality is also clear.  The 9300 has a voice recorder which records for as long as the memory can hold, seriously.  I turned it on and recorded almost 30 minutes of nothing!!  I had walked away from it and forgot about it.  Opening up the phone while in a call automatically activates the internal speakerphone, so there are no loudspeaker buttons to push in order to turn it on.

The 9300 is also a pop-port device which I really don't care for.  I find it scary that the pins can get dusty.  USB connection is also available for the device if that be your choice.

I know the one thing that I left out which is probably what everyone wants to know and that's the EDGE speed.  Unfortunately EDGE is not available in my area with Cingular so I wasn't able to test that, but I did notice that GPRS speed was much faster than on my 6600.

Ok, so basically in a nut shell this device is definitely a step up from the normal series 60's that I've played around with.  Although targeted towards professionals, I as a college student could definitely see myself using this communicator on a daily basis.  Especially the voice recorder as a back-up to note taking.   The size isn't a problem for me and the keypad is easy to thumb with. 
I didn't want to bog down my blog with images so I've listed the photos in my gallery.

Further specs and information can be found on Nokia.com
Software for the Nokia 9300 can be found on AllAboutSeries80.com

Handset provided by Allglobaltk


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hey darla nice review.. thanks i am looking forward to this handset as this morning my office banned cam handsets. seems like a woot to use


That is a nice phone, i love the size of it and the things it can do...i hope a carrier will pick it up soon


HOW did you get one?? I've haunted Nokia weekly and called cingular, and never even get an inkling of when they will be released!

How much was it? Did Cingular subsidize the price any? Is there a belt clip available for it?

I've been waiting and waiting for over a year with a phone I hate just so I can switch!
Please let us know!



Bert, the handset was provided to me for review only. I am hoping that since NokiaUSA has it on their website that it will be available to all US GSM carriers. I'm not quite sure if T-Mobile would pick it up since they haven't decided on when to deploy EDGE. But just like the 7610 is available unlocked on their site, I'm hoping that they will do the same with the 9300.

K. Salameh

I have a question regarding the nokia 9300. Does the phone's phonebook coordinate with the internal PDA's contact list (or, say, an excel spreadsheet containing a list of names and phone numbers; or perhaps an outlook-like contact list)? Thanks for the reply.
K. Salameh


Awesome device! Two questions, when is it being released in the states and which wireless provider is going to carry it? Thanks and take care!!


Hi Garry,
Unfortunately, I don't know which carriers will provide it. It is listed on Nokia USA'a website so I'm hoping that T-Mobile will pick it up.


Could you zoom in on things like documents while creating them? I am legally blind, and if I could use the zoom function to see what I was doing, it would be a great device.


it"s good but doesn't equip by camera >???


Nokia 9300 is so bad as analog phone, it doesnt have camera on it.


Yeh i got myself one of these handsets now the question is how do i transfer contact list form my 6600 to this new 9300....any ideas ?since u used a 6600 earlier....

jean grey

The 9300 is a respectable phone. I had to spend quite a bit of time updating the contacts info during the phone migration. Pity the lack of vibration - that would have sealed a very good phone. I'm still looking for some cool symbian apps that i can load on the phone. Any suggestions?

yousuf zaffar

Nokia 9300 - Error Message "Out of Memory"
I have Nokia 9300, but while accessing the Received call list it shows "Out of Memory" Error". If any body have solution or way that How to format Comunicator and Re install it's OS.. Please Tell me..


One Ham's review of the 9300/b (US tri-band): Sweet, sexy, superb looks, but retarded.

Good news
Build: 4.5
Sound: 5
Radio: 5
Software bundle: IMAP/POP3 mail, Opera’s browser, Word/Excel editing/viewing, & more.

Bad news? I want to like this sweetie, I surely do, but it's.... retarded. It reminds me of nothing so much as the Princess' sister on DRAWN TOGETHER.

The keyboard’s odd to my liking, compared to my beloved Tungsten W.

I miss the Treo 650's backlit keys (but, compare Treo’s 1800 mah cell to the 970mah of the Nokia BP-6M. Backlighting buttons burns batteries, I s’pose). So, swing the lid in from the normal tilt, to around 75 degrees & the screen shines on the keys.

Remaining issues: 1-PopPort 2-Speed 3-Capability.

Nokia has an irrational fixation on the Pop-Port, a easy-to-loose cheesy plastic wart on the bottom, where I'd rather put my hand. Wake up & smell the Salmiakki, guys; add a four-pole 2.5mm miniphone jack, so you can sell Nokia-branded hi-fi headset-stereophones (a la the iPod White earphones). Make your users happy AND maka a buck more.

The 150MHz TI OMAP brain is the Mini-Me of CPUs, without enough oomph for quick applications. Don't know about Yurp, the land of 35-hr workweeks, but Stateside, this is the age of the Hemi. If I have to water-cool my PDA to get it faster than my decrepit Kaypro Ten, well, by gum, I'll git-r-done, even if I look like Locutus of Borg. Ain't no point in adding WiFi (the promised 9300i) if this thing's gonna be so slow.

And, then, Applications. Dang it, if you want to climb out of the primordial ooze of wireless telephony, Transcend the featurephone & smartphone to Ascend into PDAphone-ness, it's got to DO stuff. Even PPC/WinCE/WindowsWhatever has more apps than Symbian.... and Symbian is a house divided. Do System 90 apps run on the System 80/OS 7.0 of the 9500/9300/9300i ? Do Series 60 apps run? What runs on the Series 40 of the exterior display? You just can't count Symbian apps, you have to count apps which run, which narrows things down quite a bit. It just does not have the richness, the diversity available to PalmPhone users... so I won't 86 my Treo 650 as I surely would like to.

And I *want* to.


I have just swopped from a Blackberry (7200) to the 9300i (T-mobile connection). It takes a while getting used to, but the functions are fairly nice, once you find out where you can actually activate them. Thanks for explaining how to activate the handsfree speaker (yip: Sounds intuitive, unless you are someone always looking for a button). The menu button threw me for a while, as I was used to all options being available from a single click menu.

The blackberry functionality on the 9300i is limited (to say the least) as you can only synch emails and calendar wirelessly. Contacts have to be synched through the Nokia Sync software. Notes (as in Outlook notes) are not synched at all (this was irritating, Nokia has the functionality on all their phones, except the 9300 and one other... come on Nokia... this is not that difficult).

One handed usage (a la Blackberry) is of course not possible to the same extent but the other features that the Nokia provides make up for it. Bluetooth is very well implemented and definitely an improvement on all other phones I have used till now (Nokia, Ericsson, RIM) though I had no reason to complain about the RIM bluetooth to start with.

Interesting glitch is that not all numbers are recognised from the address book. Thus I would sometimes get SMS's that appear as unlisted numbers, while they are already present in my contact list.

In short: This is not the most powerful PDA on the market, but serves my purposes (office/work/business travel oriented) very well. I have had no use for the wireless yet, as GPRS is plenty quick (faster than Blackberry 7200). The Blackberry application on the Nokia seems like it was hacked together in an afternoon. Definite improvements could be made here.

One drawback: Carrying this phone in your pocket looks like you are advertising. At least the Blackberry (that fitted into the rear pockets of denims) just made me look a bit deformed... the Nokia makes me appear like a wannabe pornstar; and not in a good way.

Summary: With the Nokia you can do a lot more than the Blackberry, but the Blackberry interface was a lot more intuitive, faster and very focused on business-oriented communication.


I have a palm treo 650, i recently bought a nokia 9300 from cingular. I am not able to transfer my contacts to nokia via bluetooth of infrared. I always get a message unsupported text. Could anybody help.
Regards Aman



you said: "Fortunately with this phone Nokia didn't do any MMC changing to the regular MMC's will work." What does this mean? Are you referring to the RS-MMC or DV MMC or ???

I have a 9300/b (firmware v06.03) that Nokia says supports 2GB MMC but my 2GB Transcend MMCplus is not working with my phone, but is with my PC.

Insights? Thanks,

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