Written on: 07/06/2002 by Jim.
Looks good, longer battery life, . . . er . . . looks good.
Anti-intuitive interface, bloatware OS, poor screen clarity in outdoor conditions.
Overall, the Nokia 9210 mobile phone is a step backwards after the simplicity of the 9110. Although the whole package is far more glitzy there are a huge number of features missing or ludicrously well sequestered in the monstrous OS. Writing a fax or SMS required two button presses in a 9110, now requires 4. Function buttons used to toggle between applications, now every time you access more than one open file you have to leave another running and reselect it through a central menu rather than just pressing a button. This in turn seems to use up far more system memory to the point where the whole system locks up if you try to do more than one thing at a time.
You also don't get extra functions like a ringtone creator (doubtless so that Nokia can earn extra cash by making people either pay for it as separate software or sell people ringtones directly), automatic download of gropups of web pages, automatic download of email and bizarrely, the ability to transfer emails received to a folder in the file manager. Neither can you save the text of an already downloaded web page without reconnecting to the net or reset the start page to anything other than the Nokia cheerleeder page that comes preinstalled. Emails can't be left in the inbox indefinitely, there is no option for "do not EVER delete received emails", so they last for a maximum of 14 days!
The package offers a free 16Mb flash but then uses half of that extra memory supporting essential functions that you lose if you remove or reformat the card. Nor is it a simple matter of taking your old 9110 flash and putting it in the 9210, no you have to reformat it completely and convert all the files- even the .txt ones! (One way conversion available only, so hard cheese if you want to swap back to the 9210) You can't do half of the things you could on the 9110, especially not view large text files while they load without the system pausing repeatedly "preparing page."
This OS is the "symbian" child of Nokia and Psion, sadly being an embodiment of the weaknesses of both and the strengths of neither- perhaps simian would have been a better name. One would have thought that there would have been some thought as to how someone used to using a 9110 would react to this pigs ear of a system. I would seem to be alone on the net finding the 9210 a retrograde step, I can only conclude that many of the reviewers are impressed by the shiny slick look or haven't tried the 9110- after all they both do a hell of a lot more than the average mobile phone. I thought the 9210 was very impressive until I tried to live with one.