Eten M800 ReviewEten M800 8.5
- Block Recognizer
- Keyboard (slightly modified design)
- Letter Recognizer
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.
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).
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).
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.
Eten M800 Review - Messaging, Connectivity and Internet