Summary: We liked this one a lot. It is the result of a long evolution, and has had almost every flaw ironed out long ago, and has even managed to reduce itself to pocketable size as well. The processor power might need to be upped for the next revision, however. It costs about the same as the Palm Treo 650 but has a better keyboard and, crucially, WiFi. The oldest but perhaps the best, we'd say.
Conclusion: Like having an office in your pocket! The Communicator line are unique in providing a true phone experience that transforms into a PDA when the clamshell is open. Given the widescreen display, keyboard and features, this device is surprisingly small and can fit in a roomy pocket (tight jeans and RAZR lovers need not apply). Business users and road warriors should find the wide screen display, QWERTY keyboard and software suite attractive.
Pros: Very nice design that gives the phone a modern look. Unique and clever longitudinal clamshell design. The wide screen display and full QWERTY keyboard integrate with the phone and PDA functions very well on the 9300. Myriad keyboard shortcuts speed up everyday actions. Great set of Office applications and PIM tools at your fingertips. Messaging and web tools bundled for users on the go. Good Bluetooth performance and compatibility and syncing with your PC via PC Suite.
Excerpt: Nokia may be considered a founder of communicators as a special class of devices. Today many devices are called this way but first a phone equipped with a QWERTY-keypad and having handheld computer functionality was meant when saying this word. None of the smartphones come under this description and the absence of a fully functional keyboard makes them form another class.