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Eten M800 Review

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Messaging:

Messaging - Eten M800 Review
Messaging - Eten M800 Review

Messaging

Different message types are placed in a single menu - SMS, MMS and e-mails. There is nothing unexpected here. If you don’t want to use the hardware QWERTY (open the slider), entering text is done by one of the following touch display methods:

  • Block Recognizer
  • Keyboard (slightly modified design)
  • Letter Recognizer
  • Transcriber

We think that the on-screen keyboard is the fastest and most convenient way to do it, but if you train the other methods, they can also be quite handy!

In addition, the Eten comes with Easy Keyboard, which is another version of the screen keyboard, with large buttons. When used in portrait mode, the keys are not in the standard QWERTY order and if you want to take advantage of the feature, you’ll have to use it in landscape. With M800 though, it is a lot more appropriate, to just use the hardware keyboard.


Connectivity:

Eten M800 Review
Nowadays, talking using the phone is not enough – Windows Mobile phones are pocket computers that are used for Internet, and as GPRS/EDGE are not fast enough, 3G modules are built-in. The sad thing is that like GSM, 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks also use various bands on the different continents (2100 MHz for Europe and Asia and 850/1900 MHz for America/Australia, with 1700 MHz prepared for launch by T-Mobile), which means that if the device is optimized for usage in one of the continents group, it won’t work in the other and vice verse. The Eten M800 is quad-band GSM and tri-band (850/1900/2100) UMTS/HSDPA, which allows it to be 3G used in both Europe/Asia and in the U.S., over AT&T’s 3G network. The support of HSDPA (3.6MBps) will allow for even faster than the UMTS data transfer. Just as the TyTN II for example, M800 will be usable in any GSM or UMTS network around the globe, but lacking 1700 MHz, it won’t work as 3G in T-Mobile U.S. future network when it launches.

WiFi and Bluetooth come standard. Bluetooth is mainly used for connecting to other nearby devices, such as accessories (earpieces, car-kits, multimedia devices) and for data transfer (transfer of files to/from another phone/PC). Cable connection can also be used, via the miniUSB port.

Like all other Windows phones, you need to have ActiveSync (Windows XP) or Windows Mobile Device Center (Windows Vista) installed on the computer to connect to it. The program will let you easily synchronize the phone (contacts, emails, and organizer) with Outlook.

With WiFi, you can connect to a wireless LAN network covering your position, use it as an Internet source and view the shared documents (input \\name-of-computer in Internet Explorer and you will see what is shared).


Internet:

Like in every WM6 phone, we have the mobile version of Internet Explorer present here. Unfortunately, the name is the only thing that relates it to the PC version. Large pages are downloaded slowly. That’s where the agony begins: you have three options for visualization, One Column, Fit To Screen and Desktop. The first two deactivate horizontal and allow vertical scrolling and the last one tries to show the page as a PC. It performs OK and does the job. Navigation though, is not comfortable. You cannot zoom out or pan, for easier repositioning (like the iPhone), and if more text is present, be ready for constant scrolling in both directions, since there is no option to fit the text to the screen (as in S60).

Eten M800 Review
Eten M800 Review
Landscape view
Landscape view

Landscape view"

Internet Explorer - Eten M800 Review
Internet Explorer - Eten M800 Review

Internet Explorer


Overall, the browser is usable, but uncomfortable and far behind the competition; we avoided using it, unless we really needed to do so. The light upgrade to version 6.1 doesn’t change things much and it’s time Microsoft equipped its business phones with something more competitive. A good example is iPhone’s Safari, the Symbian S60 phones and even some “not smartphones,” by manufacturers such as Sony Ericsson and Samsung.

However, since this is a PocketPC if you don’t like this internet browser, you can install another one. Unfortunately, at the moment there are no descent alternatives available. There are only a few perspective programs, which are expected to come out in the future, and at the moment, only their beta versions are available: Opera Mobile 9.5, SkyFire, and even Microsoft’s own DeepFish.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. OrhCh (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Sep 2006)


Good review, bad phone ....

posted on 26 May 2008, 05:48

2. Simdes (unregistered)


The slowest smartphone I have ever seen...

posted on 04 Sep 2008, 23:05

3. omarkdzr (unregistered)


Not user-friendly in the phone aspect. I missed many calls from friends because their calls cannot be answered easily by pressing a touch sensitive button. The touch sensitive button is not user-friendly. Usually I answer a call by pressing the 'Answer' icon on the bottom left of touch screen, and even that is not a surefire thing to be connected, the line always falls off. Bad phone, bad phone,don't buy,don't buy..

posted on 12 Nov 2008, 08:51

4. Flo (unregistered)


I advice anyone to test the device, Its absolutly fabulous if you get rid of the build-in Eten ROM and use a cooked one without any EXROM programs. Get a WM6.1 and buy SPB Mobile Shell & Pocket Plus. There you go. Works perfectly and fast. By the way: If you dont have the time to get used to this phone - dont get a smartphone at all. Because it will never be a perfect fit for you guys. Its like a Computer with nothing on it except Windows. Its not user-friendly at all. You HAVE to customize it for YOUR purpose. @omarkdzr: Never had any phone-related problems. But I advice you to get S2U2, Its a nicely programmed shareware app that gives you the ability to answer or dismiss a call by sliding on your phone sideways.

posted on 26 Sep 2010, 18:10

5. JannieHogan24 (unregistered)


That's well known that money can make people disembarrass. But what to do if one does not have money? The only one way is to get the home loans or just financial loan.

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Eten M800

Eten M800

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
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Display480 x 640 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 500 MHz, Samsung SC3 2442 processor
64 MB RAM
Size4.48 x 2.27 x 0.72 inches
(114 x 58 x 18.4 mm)
6.27 oz  (178 g)
Battery1530 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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