The Nokia 9500 is the latest Communicator
series phone, replacing the 9210i and packing
in a rich feature set. Aimed at businesses
and those people who demand powerful, flexible
access to their data, contacts, email and
the internet, the 9500 is clearly the most
powerful mobile device of its type.
The 9500 is quite a large phone, weighing
in at 222 grams and measuring 148x57x24
mm - making about 10% lighter and slightly
more compact than it's predecessor.
At it's heart, the new Communicator is
a tri-band GSM phone supporting GPRS and
EDGE data, plus the novel inclusion of support
for wireless 802.11b networks, turning the
9500 into a powerful mobile computer.
The big internal screen is 640 pixels
by 200 pixels in 65,000 colours, and when
combined with the built in web browser,
email client or Microsoft Office compatible
applications, plus the easy to use keyboard,
then the Nokia 9500 can be seen to be a
hugely practical device too.
Outside, the Communicator's looks
have been improved over the slablike 9210i
and there's a 128x128 pixel 65,000 colour
display, better keypad and a VGA resolution
Local connectivity is via Bluetooth,
USB cable or infra-red, or alternatively
via the built-in wireless ethernet.
The 9500 runs the powerful Symbian Series
80 operating system, and Nokia have worked
with leading industry partners such as IBM,
Symantec, Computer Associates and Cisco
to help create applications for the new
Communicator and ease integration into business
environments. In addition, the 9500 integrates
with industry standard messaging platforms.
Don't just think that this is a phone
for business though - the Nokia 9500 supports
all the standard internet protocols such
as POP3, and the wide screen combined with
the powerful Opera web browser makes it
a practical platform for anyone who needs
roaming access to the web or mail.
It comes with 80Mb shared memory as standard,
and this can be expanded with MMC memory
cards. The Nokia 9500 Communicator also
plays MP3s and RealPlayer clips, can take
still photos and short video clips with
the camera and comes with polyphonic ringtones.
You can customise the phone with optional