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.
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.
Weighing 91 grams and measuring 106.4 x 43.6 x 13.1 mm, the 6300 is around the average for a candy bar handset. The stainless steel panels give the 6300 a professional touch. The QVGA display occupies most of the front of the handset, with the keypad beneath it.
The battery cover is stainless steel, and slides on and off with ease. On the left and right of the handset are two blue 'reminder lights', which fade in and out to notify of missed calls and unread messages. The only buttons on the side of the 6300 are the volume up and down keys on the right. The on/off button is located at the top of the handset.
The entire numerical keypad is made of plastic (which looks like stainless steel), and is extremely comfortable to use. Above the numerical keypad are two soft keys, the 5-way navigational keypad, and the hang-up and pick-up buttons. All keys are backlit by bright blue LED's.
In an unusual change, the Nokia 6300 does not have the proprietary Pop-Port interface. Instead, there is a miniUSB port, charging port, and a port for the Nokia stereo headset. This could possibly indicate a move away from the Pop-Port interface for Nokia, but I can't see why!
The miniSD memory card slot is located underneath the battery cover. The battery itself does not need to be removed to access the memory card, so the port is classed as hot swappable.
User interface & display:
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.
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