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Motorola W510 Q & A
Motorola W510 OR NOKIA 6300?
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I want to switch to Fido, and out of all the phones they had I decided to get either Motorola W510 or Nokia 6300. Lately, I've been really wanting the Nokia... however everybody is telling me that the battery life isn't that great. At first, I wanted Motorola but everybody's comments seem to be about poor software or something and that the screen or something freezes on incoming calls .... So I can't make up my mind. I think I'd rather get a phone that works but has avg battery life, rather than a phone that works shitty but has longer battery life.
SO CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE ANSWER this question and help me out here, because I posted the same question last night and nobody answered at all :(
With such a big focus on the latest and greatest technology, it’s often easy to forget about the other consumers who don’t require high-end features in their handset of choice. In my opinion some of the major manufacturers have been a little lack in recent times when it comes to keeping their mid- and low-range handsets up to today’s standards – Nokia is not one of these companies!
Nokia announced the 6300 in late November, and it has just arrived on the Australian market. It is a mid-range handset with some high-end features: a 16.7 million colour display, stainless steel panels, and wide multimedia format support.
NEW OUTSTANDING FEATURES
As I just mentioned, the standout features for the Nokia 6300 include the 16.7 million colour display, the stainless steel design, and the enhanced Series 40 user interface. Other than those three things, the rest of the features are the stock-standard for a mid-range handset.
The 6300’s display is a top-of-the range QVGA resolution panel, capable of displaying what is known as ‘true colour’ – 16.7 million colours. This is the latest advancement in mobile phone displays, and it’s great to see Nokia including this in mid-range handsets. The quality of this display really must be seen to be believed!
The 6300 runs the Nokia Series 40 3rd edition platform. It is responsive and very easy to navigate around with the 5-way navigational pad and additional two soft keys. The handset has a wide range of built-in applications (calendar, media players, web browser, and so on), but more can be added thanks to the Java MIDP 2.0 application environment.
USER DISPLAY AND INTERFACE
Running the Nokia Series 40 3rd edition user interface, the Nokia 6300 is stable and easy to use. Series 40 is a tried and tested platform, and I find it to be one of the most bug free non-smartphone platforms out there. It is the most widely used by Nokia in their non-smartphone range, and is just as functional as Series 60 except it does not run a Symbian operating system.
The Series 40 interface is highly customizable by themes, but also allows the colour and size of the font to be changed via the settings menu. Only one theme was pre-installed on my 6300, but there are many more online. Wallpapers and screensavers are all configurable, and high resolution images look absolutely stunning on the 16.7 million colour display.
Active standby is an ingenious feature by Nokia that displays a wealth of information on the standby screen. Like the rest of the user interface, it can be personalized to suit individual tastes. Active standby splits the standby screen into four panels, and these panels can be assigned to display upcoming calendar entries, countdown timers, general indicators, notes, the radio & music player, or the shortcut bar. The shortcut bar is a scrolling bar of icons which can be selected from a list of 55 different functions. By default the bar shows 5 icons, but this can be increased or decreased as desired.
The 6300 also has a ‘Go To’ menu (by default this is the left soft icon when in standby mode), which can also display any of the 55 shortcuts that are available for the shortcut bar. By default Go To has a link to the keyboard lock, the camera, the music player, and the radio application.
The main menu can be displayed in a list, grid, grid with labels, or tab view. The 10 icons (messaging, contacts, log, settings, gallery, media, web, organiser, applications, and Push-To-Talk) can be arranged according to personal preference. Additional icons cannot be added to the main menu.
The 6300’s display is a top of the line QVGA LCD, capable of true colour representation (up to 16.7 million colours). This display cannot be complimented enough, and really needs to be seen - screen captures don’t do it any justice! Nokia should be commended on including this type of display in a mid-range handset, ensuring that those who cannot afford high-end handsets (or just don’t need them) don’t get left behind in advancements in technology.
Making and receiving calls
The Nokia 6300 is compatible with the GSM 900, 1800, and 1900MHz networks. These three bands are the most commonly used across the globe, except in some continents where the 800MHz band is widely used. The 6300 automatically switches between network bands when necessary.
Inside the 6300’s sales package is a stereo headset, which can be used for calls, listening to music, or listening to the radio. The earpiece or the integrated loudspeaker can also be used for calls. Bluetooth headsets can be used, but they need to be purchased separately. Volume through all mediums is adequate, and is adjusted by using the up and down keys on the right hand side of the handset (or the volume keys on the Bluetooth headset, if any).
The contact book supports multiple entries when the contacts are stored in the handset memory. Additional numbers (including PTT numbers), e-mail addresses, web addresses, company names, job title, formal name, nick name, postal address, birthday, personal notes, images and video can be added to each contact.
If you constantly make calls in noisy environments, the 6300’s voice clarity functionality may be of some help. It is activated through the call settings menu, and enhances speech intelligibility. The handset has 6 ring tone profiles, including a flight profile, which disables all radio features so the handset can be used in radio-sensitive areas. The silent profile can quickly be activated by holding down the hash (#) key.
MP3, AAC, and MIDI files can be used as ring tones. The 6300 has 10 pre-installed AAC files, but any compatible file format on the internal or external memory can be used.
Powered by a 860mAh lithium-ion battery, Nokia say the 6300 should last for around 3.5 hours talk time and up to 336 hours standby time. In my testing I could go about three days of regular SMS/MMS messaging and several 10-20 minute calls before the handset started warning me of low battery.
Using the included battery charger, it takes around 2 hours to charge from near-empty. The 6300 uses the now standard mini charging port. The 6300’s battery is not charged while it is connected via USB.
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