On the plus side what you do get is 802.11b wi-fi; the latest in Bluetooth, a 3.2-megapixel camera with twin-LED flash; the Symbian 9 OS with UIQ 3.0 user interface; an RDS FM radio with 20 station pre-sets; a voice recorder; the PDF+ reader; Quickoffice for all your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents; and the usual peripheral do-dads such as a unit converter and stopwatch, plus a couple of games: QuadraPop and Vijay Singh Pro Gold 3D.
Something we haven't come across before was the Business Card Scanner. Fire up the application, take a picture of a business card and in theory it extracts all the relevant info and stores it to your contacts. Most of the time it got the name, phone number(s) and email address correct. It also stores the jpeg of the card with the contact so you can manually check the information.
The 3.2 megapixel camera does a fair job
The email part of the messaging application is comprehensive enough and will handle IMAP4, POP3 and SMTP protocols as well as SSL and TLS encryption. The handset also supports most push email providers while Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync comes pre-installed. Web surfing is competently handled by the Opera browser, version 8.65.
Being a Symbian handset you can of course knock yourself out downloading other applications and utilities.
Actually doing stuff with the W960i requires you to get jiggy with both the stylus and your thumb, and occasionally forces you to use both hands. The majority of day-to-day operations can be managed using the good old Mk 1 thumb, the screen proving to be just about large enough to house the 15 programmable shortcut icons and the Main Menu, Hide Shortcuts and Back buttons in such a fashion that unless you have the hands of a navvy you will hit what you are aiming at nine times out of ten.
Business Card Scanner
"Something we haven't come across before was the Business Card Scanner."
Isn't this a standard feature on HTC/O2 Smartphones these days?! You really should have come across it...!
Can we get Symbian to the K-series?
I've been very impressed with the Java Platform on my K790a, even though I have found a few bugs here and there. I'm hoping that JP8 on the K850i is even better, but man, Symbian on the K-series would be very cool.
Paris, on my K-series, please.
Track ID is indeed present on the 960i, as it is on the 850i.