5300 pros and cons
Love the controls and functionality - the symbian OS is highly customizable (is that a word?) so you can program your own quick key shortcuts. screen color is gorgeous and the nokia theme looks good. turn off the annoying slide animation and myFaves animation and the phone looks even better.
The music player works great and it's nice to have 1-touch access to the music player and playlists. Sound over headphones is great - even the little dinky loudspeaker isn't that bad all things considered. Sound quality is only hampered by TMobile's network. it is curious as to why nokia lets you play music over the loudspeaker without a headphone attached but one still must plug in a headphone to use the FM radio over the loudspeaker. you'd think in the 5 years since this feature came out in the 7610 they'd have smoothed that glitch out.
HOWEVER, the process of loading music can be tricky - use the data mode NOT the music mode when connected via the USB cable. Also, if you use Nokia's PC Suite to transfer music prepare to be frustrated. Nokia's app crashes frequently and for whatever reason takes about 5x longer then, say, windows media player to transfer music.
The widescreen view on the camera is better then almost all other camera phones and the picture quality is only held back by the 1.3mp size. the various light settings work well (but why no flash?).
the biggest gripe is that the 5300 is very fragile. my first drop (1st phone) killed the internal antenna - warranty replacement. my first drop (2nd phone) killed the screen... not a scratch on it but the screen just died - warranty replacement again. so far so good with #3 but don't expect the 5300 to last if you're tough on phones.
It's a load of BS that TMobile blocks the functionality of 3d party apps (like gmail, gmaps, etc.), but that's not Nokia's fault. If anyone knows how to get around this please let me know.
- Re: 5300 pros and cons by mich_bubba