Nokia 9500 Communicator

Nokia 9500 Communicator

Summary: Want a phone that lets you take your office applications and Web browsing with you and a camera to boot? If you're not fashion conscious the Nokia 9500 might just be your answer. Read our Australian review.

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Nokia 9500 Communicator Want a phone that lets you take your office applications and Web browsing with you and a camera to boot? If your not fashion conscious the Nokia 9500 might just be your answer. Read our Australian review.

The new Nokia 9500 Communicator is a hybrid PDA, phone, camera, music player and wireless browser in one. The hardware design is similar in this 4th generation model as to its predecessor but under the hood the new Communicator packs a few more punches and worth the upgrade.

At a first glance the 9500 Communicator looks like a 1995 mobile phone on steroids. It has the look of mobile phones ten years ago, with a clunky looking interface, square looking with large buttons. It's not all bad though as the phone opens up like a clamshell with a large screen, a QWERTY keyboard and an easy to use navigation stick.

The 9500 Communicator is 148mm wide by 57mm deep by 24mm high and weighs a heavy 222g. We found the device could not fit into most shirt or trouser pockets, unless you possibly wear a pair of cargo pants.

The main purpose of this device is for business users on the road, where users require access to e-mail, word processing, Internet and more. The 9500 Communicator is clearly not going to be a fashion item this summer. The device is a rather bland grey colour and is just too square looking compared to say the Motorola V3 Razr for any sex appeal.

The Nokia 9500 Communicator business features are its greatest asset. The phone runs the Symbian operating system with most software one would typically find on an office workstation. We liked that the phone had a plethora of connectivity options including Wi-Fi, GSM/GPRS and Bluetooth.

The 16-bit colour screen measures approximately 110mm by 36mm tall, making the screen rather wide but adequate for writing e-mails, word documents, and reading Web sites. With RAM storage of 80MB, reading and modifying documents was easy and fast with relatively little lag, even with large documents.

The phone comes with a camera but we found you could only use it when the phone was closed and could not use the inside screen to preview when taking a picture.

What the 9500 Communicator lacks in style it makes up in usability and functionality. The buttons on the keyboard are intuitive and big enough to type on. We especially liked the one push buttons to key functions like calendar, contacts, telephone and so on.

The synchronisation software that was bundled with the device was easy to install and use. The Communicator 9500 comes with a docking bay making synchronisation quick, easy and tidy.

We found the 9500 Communicator very economical on battery life considering the large colour screen on the device. During our tests the phone lasted four days of casual use using both the phone and the PDA screen of equal time.

Finding a wireless network was a breeze with the device automatically configuring various mobile hot spots we were in contact with. If wireless is not available, users can still use GPRS to access the Web and e-mail. Companies worried about security will enjoy the security features of VPN, Ipsec, SPA and SSL.

Our main gripe with this phone is the lack of functionality between the phone screen and the PDA screen. It would have been nice to have more integration between the two modes, for example being able to take photographs and reading documents on the front screen instead of having to constantly switch between the two.

At AU$1499 the 9500 Communicator does what it is designed to do - be a business data tool for users on the road. While the device is a lot smaller than lugging around a laptop and is comparable in size with most PDA's it's not particularly pretty. But, if looks don't matter to you the 9500 Communicator does its job, and does it well.

Nokia 9500 Communicator
Company: Nokia
Price: AU$1499
Phone: 1300 366 733

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Topics: Nokia, Mobile OS, Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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  • Hi,Fine reviews u guys put up here. Very meaningful.Great! I am breaking my head whether to but a Nokia 9500 or the SE p910i. Its killing me to decide.Please help. Basic things like, the 910 is smaller and is easy to use or open. 9500 is a great tool but opening it all the time sounds crazy. 910 has touch screen + keypad. And yes the sync between 9500 screens is bad.Most of my worry is that most forums and people say the 9500 is very slow and hangs.Can u also pls help in on which camera quality is better of both these phones.The 910 looks a little oldish or feels it will grow old quickly as a model design. I know most areas but i need expert help on this issue.Other than the Wi-Fi capability of the 9500 does the 910 have other deficiencies?? Is the 9500 QWERTY keypad really useful or easy to type in data?? Please HELP!!!!
    anonymous
  • You shuuld mentione that the 9500 are using old technologi in relation to the WIFI. 11,b when 11.g are the fast current protocol in use.
    anonymous
  • My opinion? Mr Chase would do well to learn to construct sentences in English before posing as a journalist.
    anonymous
  • this phone is a very good machine i believe its uses out number the size of the phone. my only complaint is that after dropping it a couple of times the hing has broken. and to find someone that will repair it, if you are not in the city is difficult. it is not rugged enough for my work.
    anonymous