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Eten V900 Review

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The 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash and a tiny mirror are located on the back of the phone. The interface takes about 4 seconds to start, two more for focusing and extra 3 seconds for storing. These speeds are actually, good for a WM phone. Unfortunately, the interface disappointed us because the icons on the screen are too small and we can’t complain only about the settings menu here.

Camera interface - Eten V900 Review
Camera interface - Eten V900 Review
Camera interface - Eten V900 Review
Camera interface - Eten V900 Review

Camera interface


The pictures made outdoors are dark and the colors are not saturated enough. The detail level is average and there’s noise when the images are viewed on a large screen. It’s almost the same story indoors, and the flash is too weak and not very handy. The videos are disappointing as well with large artifacts and 6-9 fps, which makes them choppy.

Outdoor samples - Eten V900 Review
Outdoor samples - Eten V900 Review
Outdoor samples - Eten V900 Review
Outdoor samples - Eten V900 Review
Outdoor samples - Eten V900 Review
Outdoor samples - Eten V900 Review

Outdoor samples


Strong light - Indoor samples - Eten V900 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - Eten V900 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Eten V900 Review
Low with flash - Indoor samples - Eten V900 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Low with flash

Indoor samples


Music player - Eten V900 Review
FM Radio - Eten V900 Review
Eten V900 Review

Music player

FM Radio

 
The standard for this OS Windows Media Player is what the manufacturer provides for media playback. The sound from both the loudspeaker and the headphones is loud and with decent quality and there’s good noise insulation for the latter.


Eten V900 is equipped with an FM Radio, which can operate without plugging in the handsfree. This is possible thanks to the built in antenna. This could be a big plus if you are not used to wearing your headset or if you’ve simply forgotten it.

Playing H263 and H264 videos is not a problem. What is interesting though is that we managed to open DivX files. We were slightly disappointed to see that the VGA videos were choppy and the sound didn’t correspond to the picture.

Video playback - Eten V900 Review
Video playback - Eten V900 Review
Video playback - Eten V900 Review

Video playback


FM transmitter - Eten V900 Review

FM transmitter

On top of that, the V900 has an integrated FM transmitter, which enables you to broadcast music from your phone to your car stereo for example. However, it is more complicated than it sounds. You first have to play a track and then start broadcasting. The transmitter is deactivated every time you change the song, which basically makes it useless.


Digital TV:

As we’ve mentioned, V900 is the first Eten with DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial) support and the second such WM smartphone in the world after GSmart t600. In contrast to DVB-H, DVB-T is not especially designed for mobile devices, but is the official broadcasting method for digital TV across Europe. This allows you to watch all free channels like you would with a regular TV set. We took a trip to Germany in order to test the feature.

DVB-T - Eten V900 Review
DVB-T - Eten V900 Review
DVB-T - Eten V900 Review
DVB-T - Eten V900 Review

DVB-T


Eten V900 Review
Starting the MobileTV player takes about 6-7 seconds, and then, you need to extend the antenna and search for the channels available. There are multiple preset regions, and if you are not in one of them, you’ll have to search manually. Switching to a channel takes 6-7 seconds as well. The picture quality was good but we felt like it was slightly choppy. This could have been due to the low bitrate (about 20 fps) and didn’t bother us. Even in a moving car you won’t have any trouble with the reception if the speed is up to 50 mph. Above that the image gets really choppy.

The battery brought the next nice surprise. In contrast to GSmart t600, which only provided an hour of TV, Eten V900 gave us 3 whole hours of entertainment. That’s a very good result, and it will enable the user to watch an entire movie and not only part of it.


GPS:

Sattelite Data Update - GPS - Eten V900 Review
GPS - Eten V900 Review
GPS - Eten V900 Review

Sattelite Data Update

  

GPS

The built-in GPS has a SirfStar III chipset, which is one of the best on the market. The phone is equipped with the standard for the brand Satellite Data Update, which helps achieve faster localization, by downloading information about the last satellite position. There is no navigation software preloaded and you’ll have to either buy such or use a free one like Google Maps.

A cold start on a cloudy day took 4 minutes to get our position. If the weather is nice the process is no longer than 1 minute. At 4 seconds, the hot start is almost instantaneous. These are normal values for the chipset and we have no complaints like with M810.

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Eten V900

Eten V900

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display2.8 inches, 480 x 640 pixels (286 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 533 MHz, Samsung SC3 6400 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.17 x 2.38 x 0.66 inches
(106 x 60.5 x 17 mm)
5.19 oz  (147 g)

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