Not Just Mini

Four small, light, and thin mobile phones make up in this month’s supertest. Neonode N2, Samsung M300, Sony Ericsson W880 and Nokia 6300 are pitted against each other. In the 1990s shrank mobiles with each new generation. Now, the evolution of the format gained momentum again and we are testing a Quartet selected from among the smallest phones on the market.

Normal gsm lurking is still in the majority among the smallest phones on the market, but 3 g is no longer synonymous with clumsy and battery-draining phones. Sony Ericsson W880i fit without a doubt starting field and although the 3 g still gives shorter speeches times than GSM, so is the slimmest phone W880i both in the test in the cell that has the best data opportunities. Speed is of course high thanks to 3 g, but the features that take advantage of the connectivity is also very well made in the W880i.

The browser works fine even with standard html pages and are well integrated with the rss feature in your phone. If a Web page contains metadata with rss links so your phone can easily add them to your rss news reader which, in turn, are presented in the same way as sms and other messages. In addition to sms and mms have the W880i support email. It’s a little easier to get started with email in Nokia 6300 thanks to the guides for the different operators, but overall, the W880i the best handling of messages.

Neonode has many unique features compared to the other phones in the test. One of them is that the speaker and microphone is located on the back of the phone instead of on the screen. Call quality does not seem to be affected by it-Neonode sounds like it will be just like Nokia and Sony Ericsson.

Sound in Samsung M300, however, is not a pleasant experience. There is an obvious distortion that makes it difficult to hear what the other party says sometimes. Another weakness of the M300 is the mms function. Most mobiles can send 100 or 300 KB size of mms, but in Samsung M300 is the maximum size of 80 KB, which means that the images from the camera can not be sent in full size, even though they only have VGA resolution. Nor is there any function to reduce the images after the fact, so if a picture taken in too high of a resolution cannot be send wirelessly in any way because both bluetooth IR port and e-mail support is missing.

Phone books in Nokia 6300 and Sony Ericsson W880i is good, but not up to the same class as real smartphones. Nokia uses unnecessarily large fonts and it is a flaw that we don’t use tabs to facilitate navigation of the phone book and call list targets on the same as Sony Ericsson. Neonode’s phone book is competent, but not as good connection to call lists that 6300 or W880i.

Winner: Sony Ericsson W880i

 

Sony Ericsson W88i is the thinnest of the tested models.

Multimedia

Both the Nokia 6300 and Sony Ericsson W880i has good screens with qvga resolution. Although the W880i is a little wider than the 6300 that is the screen surface less. Unfortunately, Neonode focused on groups, apart from the touch screen, easier. The resolution is 176 x 220 pixel-equivalent significantly cheaper mobile phones Sony Ericsson K610i. Samsung’s screen occupies the League with 128 x 160 pixels.

Cameras are available in all four mobiles, but quality varies. Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Neonode has all the 2-megapixel cameras without autofocus. Nokia 6300 takes the best close-ups while K880i is sharpest at long distances. Sony Ericsson’s pictures look best at a first glance, but a closer examination shows exaggerated colors and a noise reduction that leaves its traces. Photos from Nokia 6300 and the Neonode N2 is fuzzier and have more noise, but feels more “real”. None of the phones in the test has photo lamp, but Neonode’s camera has noticeably worse light sensitivity than the other and is virtually unusable for interior shots. Camera in Samsung M300 has VGA resolution, 0.3 megapixels. Images are good to their height for mms.

Samsung M300 lacks as the only phone in the test music player and space for memory cards-a consistent of the low price. Neonode and Sony Ericsson will send with the cards in the size 1 GB while Nokia content with 128 megabytes. 1 GB is a fully usable size, but both the miniSD, microSD and M2 cards are available in larger sizes, so why not ignore to send the cards and let the buyer choose yourself?

The letter W in the W880i is known for the Walkman and mobile phone has a good music player that can easily be started with a special orange button. The interface is neat with album art and a brilliant white text on black background, but in terms of the capabilities are so Nokia not far behind. The music player in the 6300 has just as good a format supported like Walkman player and equivalent functionality with your own playlists, and automatically-generated top list of the most played songs.

Neonode’s music player can definitely compete with the Sony Ericsson Walkman player when it comes to appearance, but regarding refinements that is both Sony Ericsson and Nokia’s players more well-equipped. Videos can be played on mobile phones from Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Neonode. Nokia can handle most formats.

FM radio, RDS, we find in the Samsung M300 and Nokia 6300. Reception is approved in both, but the radio in the 6300 has more bells and whistles, such as channel directory, and the Nokia headphones sounds better. The best headphones in the test comes with the Sony Ericsson K880i and Neonode N2-good musiklurar of the in-ear type which can be replace with favorite headset thanks to the standard plug on the headset cable.

Nokia has a capable media player with support for music, video and FM radio. Sony Ericsson W880i comes with better headphones and bigger memory card, but the screen is small and the radio is missing.

Winner: Nokia 6300

In the test is the M300 alone being without both the music player and memory card slot.

Systems and software

Neonode N2 is a well disguised as Windows Mobile. Basically, see the operating system Windows CE 6.0, but that user sees only Neonode’s own interface Neno. It is possible to install the software in the N2 and the cell phone is open to anyone who wants to develop their own features, but it is not possible to use java or Window Mobile applications, so the selection is limited, to say the least. Those programs in your phone’s alarm, calculator, calendar, and notes. The calendar, phone book and notes, go to sync with Outlook on your computer via Microsoft Active Sync application. Any unit converter or timer is not available in Neonode N2.

Mobile phones from Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung can run java programs. Best java performance has Nokia 6300 although there are annoying delays when starting and closing the program. Sony Ericsson is a little slower than the Nokia cell phone, but considerably faster than the Samsung M300.

W880i comes with several useful applications. In addition to the counters, and alarms are timer, stopwatch, code memo and software for editing videos and ringtones. In addition, there is a program that can remotely control a PC via bluetooth, for example, to change the image in a Powerpoint presentation. Nokia 6300 doesn’t have as many small programs and features the W880i, but counter keeps top class and the cell phone comes with a java application for file sharing and chat using bluetooth.

The “active standby” in 6300 complements the background image with the upcoming meetings in your calendar and shortcuts much like Symbian or Windows Mobile phones. Samsung M300 has both calendar calculator, alarm, currency converter and to-do list. The programs are very easily designed and the minimal screen makes it difficult to get an overview of the calendar.

Neonode’s system provides a powerful impression, but the features are few and the development of third-party applications have not taken off yet. Nokia 6300 takes home category with the smallest possible margin in front of Sony Ericsson W880i thanks to excellent java performance.

Winner: Nokia 6300

 

In Nokia 6300 phone book is good, but not really in smartphoneklass.

User experience, format and quality

You do not see the logo to identify M300 as a Samsung handset. Lines are recognized from the brand’s foldable best-sellers, but both the size and weight have been reduced completely. The result is a “mini-Samsung” which definitely have a pleasing format, but where the quality feeling not really hung out with when the cell phone krymptes. The phone feels a bit more plastic than other Samsung models, but the worst with the M300 is the keypad. The thin rubber surface of the buttons makes it feel a bit like pressing a cellphone tucked in a plastic bag.

Sony Ericsson and Neonode has succeeded better than Samsung with its rubber material. The back of the W880i as well as the entire N2 casing has a rough rubber varnish that involves a clear boost for quality feel compared to regular blank plastic. Neonode phone overall seems very well built and durable. A proper latch holds together skin and for those who prefer to carry their phone around your neck, there are two big holes below the screen attaching the carrying strap in.

Nokia and Sony Ericsson have focused on metal the metal casing on the W880i has a brushed surface and covers the front and about half of the mobile pages. The Nokia 6300 is a bit more polished without being glossy and have, in addition to the front and edges, a metal battery door around the screen and the camera features Nokia used the shiny, black plastic. Nokia’s plastic feels cheaper than the rubber-like variant of Sony Ericsson and Neonode. Neonode N2 and Samsung M300 is 77 and 80 millimeters shorter than most other phones on the market. Nokia 6300 and Sony Ericsson W880i is thin phones, but both are over decimetre in length.

Keypad on Nokia cell phone has a very conventional design with medium-sized, square buttons. Sony Ericsson has taken out the turns more with minimal, oblong number keys and function keys are grouped in three circles. Sony Ericsson’s buttons are nice, but at the same time quite uncomfortable pressing.

The user experience differs a lot between mobiles. Neonode stand out the most and has an interface that challenges all the conventions when it comes to how a mobile phone should be handled. Any keypad does not exist and even if there are menus with icons it is sweeping gestures with his thumb that apply to most commands by touch screen. When you enter numbers and messages are most of the screen up by keyboard, so mobiles with regular keypad provides a better overview. On the other hand, it is a good feeling in your entry thanks to the vibrator buzzing to every time the cell phone understand the pressure.

Neonode N2 is not hard to use when it learnt that particular interface all peculiarities, but it requires a proper review of the manual. Menus in Neonode N2 has its own style of stripped-down graphics in black, white and red and elegant details like the flowered backgrounds. In contrast to the Neonode works menus of handsets from Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson brand as you would expect, almost no matter what brand you are familiar with. Sony Ericsson’s interface is very attractive with animated icons and various effects when switching between menus and applications while Nokia saved a little more on the gunpowder.

Mobiles from Neonode and Sony Ericsson have a quality feel to the top class and positions himself in front of the Nokia 6300 which although metal surface feels rather ordinary in comparison. Neonode and Sony Ericsson have also focused more on the graphics and interfaces provides a more lavish appearance. Samsung’s lower price tag will take its toll-M300 feels like an older and simpler product than the trio at the top. The high learning threshold makes Neonode may settle for a second place in the category.

Winner: Sony Ericsson W880i

Neonode N2 requires a thorough review of the manual to learn.

Winner: Sony Ericsson W880i

The W880i is a really thin phone that doesn’t compromise on performance and features. Sony Ericsson focuses on safe bets when it comes to interface and operation, but thanks to the format and quality of feeling it still feels like the W880i moves the boundaries forward. RSS reader and music player are absolutely top class while the keypad and the lack of an FM radio belong to the mobile phone’s shortcomings.

 

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