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Eten X600 Review

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Eten X600 is a Windows Mobile 6 Professional based device and as a whole, its software and possibilities are almost entirely identical to the other phones using the same operating system. Nothing will surprise you if you have previously used the OS. You should bear in mind that certain problems and positive features are present not only in this phone or the make’s models, but for the models using this operating system (WM6 Professional).

In order to make the phone user friendly, Eten, like the other manufacturers (HTC, LG, etc.), personalizes the home-screen, utilizing a limited variant of the SPB Mobile Shell software. There is a toolbar in the upper part of the Home screen, which expands when selected. There are four icons by default, but two more can be added and the order in which they appear can be rearranged. We will examine the toolbar as preset in the factory. The first icon indicates the battery remaining, but when selected a menu appears showing the last twelve applications used. The second one is a shortcut to the World Clock and Alarms menu, the third one leads to the Weather Forecast and the last one gets us to the Dial Tab, where you can set up to six contacts for speed dial, characterized by name or picture attached.


Task Manager - Eten X600 Review
Quickbar shortcut menu - Eten X600 Review

Task Manager

Quickbar shortcut menu

In addition you have one more menu for a fast access to the phone’s functions. It is activated by tapping the QuickBar (Home) button and consists of nine shortcuts to different applications, including flashlight (that uses the camera LED). A customized task manager, including good finger touch control, which facilitates termination of running applications, has been added as well.

The X600 has the M-Desk menu preloaded, as the rest of the Eten models. It is activated by double tapping the QuickBar button . This software provides shortcuts to various menus of the phone, divided in four tabs: 1) Phone; 2) PDA; 3) Fun; 4) System.

The rest of the interface is standard for this OS.


PhoneBook:

Eten X600 Review
Eten X600 Review
The phonebook is the typical for the OS, which although good, is on the average when compared with other smartphones. The number of contacts that can be added is not restricted and depends only on the memory available. When you open the phonebook all contacts are displayed as a list; each field consists of the name and the number of the contact, while a letter placed beside them indicates what the type of the number is (w – work; m – mobile, etc.). Pictures are not displayed even if there is one attached to the contact.

The line displayed at the top of the screen is a search field, which initiates a name and number search on entering a symbol – the more symbols you type, the more accurate the match is – it’s quite useful! This one searches all names entered for the contact, but if you want to find an acquaintance by other field like “company” for example, you have to use the “Search” application. There are tabs with different letters (divided in groups of three) just below it. This way you can arrange the contacts so that only the ones beginning with a given letter are displayed. These two search features are quite handy and they make finding a particular contact in the phonebook very quick.

Eten X600 Review
Eten X600 Review
Too bad that’s not the case when adding a new name to the phonebook; the device offers way too many capabilities, including multiple work and home numbers, but there’s only one for mobile –something quite inconvenient as that’s exactly where we wanted to add multiple numbers to. The numerous address, e-mail and other address fields confuse you even further – it would have been a lot easier if the most frequently used fields are highlighted in some way. We would choose this to be done with the Name, Picture, Mobile number and e-mail fields and thus finding them would have been easy, eliminating the need to go through the long list.

Personal photos and ringtones can be assigned to each contact; there’s no restriction on the dimensions of the pictures but they are visualized in very small size even on an incoming call – we think they are useless. You can also add a note to each contact.

The problem of WM5 because of which you couldn’t add an unknown number from the call history to an existing contact, is eliminated here.


Dialer:

As in any normal phone, a number can be input through a numeric keypad. The virtual keyboard is visualized when the Answer button is pressed. Information on the last dialed number will be displayed and you can call it by pressing the green receiver again.

Eten X600 Review
Eten X600 Review

Pressing the buttons you will start imputing the digits of a possible number, but at the same time you will search the phone book as if imputing a text by a predictive text input system. So, to call John you can press 5-6-4-6 and the matching contacts will be visualized in the list.


Organizer:

Alarms - Eten X600 Review
Alarms - Eten X600 Review
Alarms - Eten X600 Review

Alarms

Alarms can be accessed through the home screen toolbar, by tapping on the clock icon. Three of them are available, and they can all be configured to be active for certain days of the week, assigning names and different sounds to each of them. All alarms can be active simultaneously, and overall they are easy to use and do what they are supposed to. We are rather disappointed that their number is limited to three, as it was in the previous version of the OS.

The next tab in this menu is the clock; there is a field called Visiting next to it which can be used as a World Clock – select another location and the phone starts using its local time. The clock has an option to be displayed on the title bar of all the menus, which is handy.

The electronic calendar, where you can save your aappointments, can be found in the Programs menu. You can use options like: reminder (PRIOR NOTICE 1/5/10/15/30/45 minutes, 1/2/3/4/5/6 hour/day/week), recurrence (Once, Every (same-day-of-the-week), Day (same-date) of every month, Every (same date-and-month) for every year, sensitivity (normal, personal, private, confidential). You can also add attendees (required or optional) from your contacts where e-mail addresses have been added and where meeting requests will be sent.

Examining the calendar can be done by day/week/month/year/agenda and you can choose starting day for the week and the week duration (5-6-7-day week). The appointments for the day are clearly shown in their time limits, so you can see your free time at a glance. This is one of the new things of WM6 compared to WM5.

Calendar - Eten X600 Review
Calendar - Eten X600 Review
Calendar - Eten X600 Review
Calendar - Eten X600 Review

Calendar



Tasks - Eten X600 Review
Tasks - Eten X600 Review

Tasks

You have Tasks menu, where you can add to-do items. For a given Task you can set subject, priority (normal, low, and high), start/due date, reminder (to be notified if it’s due), category (business, holiday, personal, seasonal) and write a note. The Task can have recurrence (Once, Every (same-day-of-the-week), Day (same-date) of every month, every (same date-date-and-month) for every year and sensitivity (normal, personal, private, confidential). Examining the tasks in a list you can easily see which of them are finished and which are not. The tasks options can be: sort by (status, priority, subject, start date, due date) or filter (all, recent, no categories, active, completed).

The Calculator is simple but its buttons are relatively big and can easily be pressed with your fingers. Features like scientific calculator and unit converter are still missing.

Notes’ are simple notes in which you can input text by the keyboard or by hand as an image. They can be synchronized with outlook.


Search - Eten X600 Review
Calculator - Eten X600 Review
File Explorer - Eten X600 Review

Search

Calculator

File Explorer

Search is an application searching in all files in the phone. You can specify certain types of files ( calendar /contacts /excel /messaging /notes /etc ), but the best option is All Data which will rummage everything in your phone.

File Explorer is the mobile alternative of Explorer in Windows environment with computers. We use it to view the phone memory, including the system folders of the device which feels like working on a PC.



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Eten X600

Eten X600

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 400 MHz, Samsung SC3 2442 processor
64 MB RAM
Size4.21 x 2.28 x 0.57 inches
(107 x 58 x 14.7 mm)
4.79 oz  (136 g)
Battery1530 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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