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Nokia finally ships its 9210 Communicator this week in Europe – eight months after its launch in Prague last year. If its budget stretches to it, Symbian is entitled to pop a few champagne corks too, as it's the first open platform phone to ship with the much hyped platform. So it's Symbian's coming out party.

And very nice it is too. The 9210 was on show at CeBIT earlier this year, and we've played with various beta builds in the pub since then. Despite its predecessors reputation of being something of a brick, it nevertheless became a cult classic as the built in Telnet allowed sysadmins to reconfigure their routers remotely. However the 9210 looks like it can shed both of these reputations. It's much lighter than your scribe's Psion Series 5MX, and the number of (and quality of) the games and multimedia means Nokia can be confident about taking a chunk of the consumer market. The screen's lush, and after a while, the prospect of returning to carrying both a phone and PDA around with you seems absurd.

It isn't quite the bees knees. The 9210 isn't tri-band yet and a GSM 1900Mhz model won't appear until next year, under the moniker 2920, which excludes US users from enjoying it to the max. (You can still use it as a PDA, we guess). And there's no word of a GPRS or Bluetooth version yet.

We've been promised a final version in the next few days, so stay tuned for a full review. ®

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