Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES TRENDS -

When Nokia joined hands with Mi­crosoft for Win­dows Mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem, the com­pany an­nounced that the Sym­bian OS would be phased out by 2016. With still four years to go, the com­pany is still in­tro­duc­ing Sym­bian de­vices. The lat­est we have in our hands is the Nokia 603.

This phone looks very much like the ear­lier Sym­bian 3 de­vices. The plas­tic body with a 3.5inch bright dis­play sports some curved edges. The only phys­i­cal keys are call an­swer, call re­ject and menu be­low the dis­play. While the vol­ume con­trols and cam­era key is on the right, the top is dom­i­nated by a charg­ing port, 3.5mm jack and lock key. The back panel is neat with 5MP cam­era lens and speak­ers at the bot­tom.

The in­ter­face of the 603 isn’t any dif­fer­ent. The Sym­bian Belle op­er­at­ing sys­tem di­vides the main home­screen into mul­ti­ple win­dows where one can add short­cuts. The old menu in­ter­face of the Nokia phones has been re­placed by the ap­pli­ca­tion launcher where ev­ery­thing is stored in the open, with­out any fold­ers or sub-heads. Sim­i­lar to the no­ti­fi­ca­tion bar on An­droid smart­phones, we could ac­cess short­cuts to mo­bile data, Wi-fi, Blue­tooth and Silent along with the no­ti­fi­ca­tions for missed calls, mu­sic player, mes­sages, etc. Sur­pris­ingly, the 603 had a lot many apps pre-in­stalled. The reg­u­lar set of util­ity apps pre-loaded on the phone in­cluded Quick­of­fice, Nokia Drive for nav­i­ga­tion, Msg


Noth­ing bad about the de­vice but why not spend a bit ex­tra and get Nokia Lu­mia 710? Reader, Adobe Reader, CNN In­ter­na­tional, Weather, etc. We also man­aged to down­load a few apps from the Nokia Ovi Store.

Other than emails, call­ing, web and apps, we also used the phone for play­ing mu­sic. The sound out­put was good and the bright dis­play en­hanced our video ex­pe­ri­ence. There is also a 5MP cam­era that cap­tures de­cent images. Sur­pris­ingly, the over­all per­for­mance of the de­vice was smooth with­out any hic­cups. The bat­tery didn’t last more than a day, which is a usual with to­day’s smart­phones.


NOKIA 603 Price: ` 13,000


3.5-inch dis­play; 5 MP cam­era; 340 MB in­ter­nal, 32GB; ex­pand­able; Wi-fi; 3G, Blue­tooth; 109.6 grams; 1300 mah bat­tery.

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