Originally Posted by NJBlackBerry
I think the Nokia 9300 is horrible. Bad form factor, very slow OS (Symbian) and awful BB integration.
Why should I like it?
P.S. I have a bunch in my desk. All of our IS executives were given them and they all sent them right to me because they are too bulky.
Thanks for the idea. I don't know how I am set up on the BES but when I had my BB 7100 my contacts sync'd with the server. I did have to push changes from my local machine to the server in order to keep it up to date. I have not found any setting on the 9300 or the Blackbery interface program where you could set it up for wireless reconcilliation. I would like that info if you have it. (or whatever setup you have)
The Blackberry Connect software is available on the Nokia website at Nokiausa.com/support. Just type in 9300 blacberry in the search box and it is the second or third link.
All I have is my own opinion - which includes less than a week on the 9300. I am no road warrior. I don't even scramble to turn on my phone when the plane lands, but I do like some utility from the devices I carry. The Blackberry was good for email, calendare and contacts. I see almost no difference in the functionality of those with the 9300.
The 9300 is also a phone. Although the BB 7100 had telephonic capabilities, I was very unimpressed with it as a phone. Although, it did have a cool feature that if a phone number showed up in a document or email, you could click on it and the phone would call the number.
The 9300 also has some entertainment (or training) value: it plays MP3's and other audio files - no need to carry another device for that; it Plays MP4's and other video files - nice for sending video briefs and interviews for your execs to watch. They can also just relax and listen to music, watch videos, play games (let's not get into the games on the BB).
The smaller outside screen on the 9300 will probably increase talk time compared with the BB. Can't vouch for that yet.
It actually will access the internet with acceptable speed and pages look mostly normal. The internal screen is very wide. I don't mind scrolling up and down, but I won't scroll side to side. There is also a VPN client for the Nokia that will give you all the VPN benefits. (The BB got into our VPN because we hosted our own BES - that was kind of nice but nothing looked good.)
Good or bad, I think on the 9300 I can ignore the security policies pushed out by our BES. The 9300 allows you to set up a policy on the phone, which means I have more control.
I believe the 9300 gives you the ability to not only read MS Office documents - including PowerPoing - but you can also edit and create some. Not sure what you can do in those yet.
I didn't mention the nifty Nokia ring tone that comes with the phone, but I am sure that is burned in your memory anyway.
Thanks for listening, and thanks for your help.