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ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review

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Camera:

The camera is one of the major upgrades of the M600+; it's 1.3 megapixel in the M600, and here it's 2-megapixel one – that's also indicated on the metallic ring around its lens which is placed on the back of the phone. It uses a LED as a flash, and it only lights up during exposure, and not during picture framing, which makes it inappropriate to use in low lighting because you will not be able to see what you're shooting. A small mirror for self-shots is positioned just below the camera.

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Staring the camera takes about 6 seconds; the time between taking two consecutive pictures at the highest resolution (the time needed for saving it to the phone also is included) is about ten or eleven seconds; This is pretty slow, which makes the camera quite inconvenient to use.   

The camera is started by the button on the left side. The interface is pretty straight-forward and there are only a few icons when it's in shooting mode: a button for selecting between camera and camcoder mode, a Settings button, a Close button, as well as information icons indicating the status of the flash, the picture/video size, and how many you can take with the memory available. Taking pictures is done by pressing the button which launches the application. The Settings menu is designed using big-sized icons; there is a capability for setting the size, white balance, the flash mode, the shooting mode (whether it is Portrait or Landscape oriented) – these are all standard settings. There is an option for automatically stamping the Date on the picture. As expected, various effects are available: Normal, Negative, Gray, Retrospective, Mirror. We think that the Mirror effect is the most interesting one.
Overall, the interface is quite awkward to use and there is almost no functionality when the camera is in shooting mode, which makes taking pictures even more sluggish. The flash status and resolution icons could have easily been made to act as buttons used for changing the corresponding settings!

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The pictures are what we expect to get from a 2 megapixel camera without auto-focus. They are definitely better than the ones taken with the M600, not only because of the higher resolution. Overall the pictures are better exposed, the purple fringing is reduced (although it's still present) and the colors look more real. But after a comparison to a Canon G3 digital camera, adjusted for taking pictures at 2 megapixels, it is obvious that there's much more to be wanted of the M600+ camera (or any other 2 megapixel phone).

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ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
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ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review
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ETEN M600+ PocketPC Review

When we tried taking a picture using the flash in total darkness…”something” was seen in the pictures but the quality (if it could be called this way) was way below the necessary minimum to be worth discussing it. The pictures are awful and framing them is also almost impossible because the flash does not light up until the shoot button is pressed.        

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Media Player:

M600+ is equipped with the standard mobile version of Windows Media Player. It is a multimedia player for music and video files. MP3 format is supported, as well as WMA  and WAV. After updating the library with files, all supported types are found, and they can be added to playlists. This function is not well implemented and organizing them is quite hard. Songs can be viewed by artist, album and genre, as these are taken from the ID3 tag of the files.

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The supported video formats are WMV and 3GP, while the quality of the latter is pretty low. They can be viewed in fullscreen and the picture quality is quite good and looks very nice on the three-inch display.
The options buttons (next/previous, Play/Pause, etc.) are small and inconvenient both during Music and Video playback. When audio files are played, the video visualization window is still displayed, which is a lapse as it only takes up place on your screen. You can have these problems solved by adding new skins for the Media Player or by using another player, which can be additionally installed.

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During the test we noticed that the multimedia player does not come as a heavy load for the phone, and we used Skype to chat while it was playing in background. We even used it for playing 1411 kbps WAV file. Music can be played with the integrated speaker, but that's only suitable if you use it as a ringtone. If you want to listen to the music you can use the headset included in the package, as well as Bluetooth Stereo via the A2DP profile. The headset jack is a standard 2.5mm stereo and for better sound quality you can attach regular wired headphones.


Software:

The M600+ doubles the available memory from 128 to 256 MB. However, it's a pity that the RAM is still 64MB. Memory can be expanded through the SD card slot placed at the upper part of the phone. It supports the SD I/O standard, so additional hardware like GPS can be installed – the location of the port makes it suitable for such procedures.

WM for PPC provides unlimited capabilities for installing software. The only restrictions are the memory available and the hardware of the phone. The first problem is easily solved by getting a memory card as there are SD cards with capacity of up to several GB. Every PPC comes with programs that are modified, “pocket” versions known PC applications. Such programs are the mobile versions of (Microsoft) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Explorer, Media Player, etc. Many more could be downloaded from third party sources.

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There are numerous programs created for this platform, almost as much as the ones intended for PCs with Windows operating system. The most popular are the various utilities for personalizing the PPC, multimedia players, file explorers, Instant Messengers, etc. Skype is an interesting software which is a VoIP program known with its PC version. It works flawlessly and you can use the Cradle or WiFi for providing Internet connectivity

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Eten M600+

Eten M600+

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 5.0
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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 400 MHz, Samsung S3C 2440 processor
64 MB RAM
Size4.40 x 2.40 x 0.86 inches
(111.5 x 60.5 x 22 mm)
5.82 oz  (165 g)
Battery1440 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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