View Full Version : Nokia 9500 Review (Part One)


Ewan
18-11-2004, 11:39 AM
The Nokia 9500 Communicator has arrived. All About Symbian been spending a lot of time with it, and over a series of articles, we’re going to look in-depth at the latest smartphone from Nokia (http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/features/viewarticle.php?id=123). The 9210 was the first Symbian OS phone from Nokia, and helped launch All About ER6 (as we were known then). Now, four years later, how does this new device compete?

Delta737
18-11-2004, 12:27 PM
Wow Ewan: GREAT review. Very comprehensive and extensive, for both 9210 and non-9210 users (like me)! I anxiously await the next part(s) of your review!

Ewan
18-11-2004, 12:37 PM
Thanks Delta. I had the choice of building up one massive article, but that would take three weeks. And you lot are hungry for info. hence the multi-parter.

Delta737
18-11-2004, 01:07 PM
I understand. If I would have one big article to read, I might not have taken the time to read it all :redface: So this is a pretty good solution for both reader and writer IMO

Bassey
18-11-2004, 04:35 PM
Nice review! I was wondering, are you going to do an in-depth on the synch software? Most reviews just mention "and, of course, it synchs with Outlook and Lotus Notes" but most symbian users know it's rarely as simple as that. For an "Office away from the Office", synching documents, contacts and calendar is going to be very important. A good look at how\if this works compared to other symbian synch systems would be hugely beneficial.

Delta737
18-11-2004, 05:20 PM
First problems seem to have appeared :rolleyes:
http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/forum/showpost.php?p=198669&postcount=9

upponalle
18-11-2004, 08:42 PM
Hi Ewan,

thanks for the great review. I can't wait to get the other parts... :D

Anyway, I have a small question. Your fourth sentence starts with "It asked what language I wanted the device to use,..." What kind of choices did you have ? And do you know if you can change the device language afterwards? The picture of the control panel shows a section called "Device language".

Thanks!

Cheers,

Ewan
19-11-2004, 12:14 AM
Sync Software: Given I don't have Notes and I refuse to put Outlook on my PC, I''m happy toi can sync to Windws Address Book. That seems to work okay. I'll certainly talk about the PC Suite, but I've not got a huge amount of setups here.

Languages: UK release model that I have had English or Dutch.

Jojo G.
19-11-2004, 01:40 AM
I tried installing my CoBuild Dictionary from my 9210i to my 9500, it would crash, are there updates available?? Anyone??

Ewan
19-11-2004, 08:53 AM
Program compatibility is good, but not quite perfect. Some apps (most of Epocware's for example) run quite happily. Some others do crash out immediaitely. For example OPL looks for a font in one place (EON14.gdr) but it';s been moved, so the app crashes. A quick mail to the author of the application is best. That way they know there is interest in tweaking the app.

Bassey
19-11-2004, 01:57 PM
Given I don't have Notes and I refuse to put Outlook on my PC, I''m happy toi can sync to Windws Address Book. That seems to work okay. I'll certainly talk about the PC Suite, but I've not got a huge amount of setups here.


Well, if you'd like, you can send the 9500 to me, and I'll do a review of that bit for you? I don't mind, honestly! :D

Ewan
19-11-2004, 02:27 PM
How about you send me your PC with the software configured. That's *much* more likely.

upponalle
20-11-2004, 11:44 AM
What size of MMC was in your package, if any?

mck3nzi3
23-11-2004, 07:21 AM
When the second part of review ?? We can't waitinggg.... :rolleyes:

Delta737
23-11-2004, 08:25 AM
When the second part of review ?? We can't waitinggg.... :rolleyes:
Same here :D But we should give Ewan some time...

Ewan
23-11-2004, 09:49 AM
The parts are about a week apart. I've got other areas of the site to work on, and everything needs a fair crack of the whip. We did get the first review of Pathway to Glory on the N-gage in the world, so that needed some time as well. Should have part two on this Wed or Thur, once I;'m happy with it!

You [b]do[/b[ want me to spend a good amount of time on this, don't you? :)

mck3nzi3
23-11-2004, 10:32 AM
Mine 9500 expected for today, but I'll gladly wait to read your opinion about ;)

PS is true that WIFI connection is restricted only for browsing ? No possibilities to browse file on remote PC ?? :o

Delta737
23-11-2004, 11:13 AM
That is true. But maybe some developer will make an app that can do that.

N/A
23-11-2004, 03:58 PM
PS is true that WIFI connection is restricted only for browsing ? No possibilities to browse file on remote PC ?? :oIt is for any TCP/IP based traffic; browsing, email, etc., with built-in or installable applications.

You can access files on a remote PC, if you get a suitable client application:
- the phone's browser will do, if your PC runs a web server
- an FTP client will do, if your PC runs an FTP server
- an NFS client will (one doesn't exist to as far as I know), if your PC runs an NFS server
- an SMB/CIFS client (one doesn't exist as far as I know), if your runs an SMB/CIFS server (like Samba or the PC is a Microsoft Windows file server)
- etc.

mck3nzi3
24-11-2004, 02:18 PM
hEI Ewan, how do you take screenshot of 9500 ? which software you have used? :icon14:

PS thnx for infos N/A !!! ;)

Ewan
24-11-2004, 02:30 PM
Screenshot software is built in. Ctlr-Fn-Shift-S

mck3nzi3
24-11-2004, 04:07 PM
I have learned another thing! More Thx ! :D

Ewan
25-11-2004, 03:17 PM
Make that Friday for part two. Other stuff came up today and I need a bit more time to finish looking at the internet connectivity.

DONATO
25-11-2004, 10:50 PM
Good day.

pretty clear and objective review.
would like to see it on part two how many screens on the web can be opened at the same time as well as if 9500 is enabled to allow users to use their webmails and other applications demanding password and log in over the web, and to participate in any ordinary internet chat rooms, none of those features supported by previous communicator models, neither any pocket pc I have seen so far.

thank you.

Delta737
26-11-2004, 06:00 PM
Part 2 is online already:
http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/features/viewarticle.php?id=125