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Eten X800 Review

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Camera:

The camera is nothing special, it is a 2-megapixel unit located on the back of the device, featuring LED flash and a mirror for self-portrait shooting.
Starting the camera takes about 5.5 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 16 seconds.

Camera Interface - Eten X800 Review
Camera Interface - Eten X800 Review

Camera Interface

The interface is pretty straight-forward and there are only few icons when it's in shooting mode: a button for selecting between camera and camcorder mode, a button for switching between cameras, 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 resolution, the 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 and 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 means taking pictures becomes even more sluggish. The flash status and resolution icons could have easily been made to act as buttons used for changing the corresponding settings!

The pictures quality is below the average for a 2MP camera. When inspected at 100%, they are blurry, which is a consequence of the heavy noise and the low level of detail. The colors are realistic, but not saturated enough, which makes the images grayish and monotonous.

Outdoor Images - Eten X800 Review
Outdoor Images - Eten X800 Review
Outdoor Images - Eten X800 Review
Outdoor Images - Eten X800 Review

Outdoor Images

Indoor Images - Eten X800 Review
Indoor Images - Eten X800 Review
Indoor Images - Eten X800 Review
Indoor Images - Eten X800 Review

Indoor Images



A camcorder is also present, with option to record videos in QVGA (320x240), QCIF (176x144) and Sub-QCIF (128x96) resolutions in 3gp format. Their quality is very low, since the frame rate is very low too.

Eten X800 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution
* Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.


Multimedia:

Media Player - Eten X800 Review

Media Player

X800 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.

Surprisingly we’ve discovered, that the Eten plays .avi files encoded with DivX 3, 4 or 5 and with a high bitrate too, which is a very good idea, but unfortunately doesn’t work as we’d expected. Having run multiple tests with different videos, with high (640x480) as well as low (320x240) resolution, not all ran smoothly and in all of them the sound or the image or both was braking up. This could be due to the limited resources and makes the otherwise good option pointless.

We recommend converting videos to MPEG4 using h.263 codec with a quality lower than 512 kbps, otherwise the video will be skipping when in full-screen mode and there will be skipped frames.

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 installed additionally.

FM Tuner - Eten X800 Review
FM Tuner - Eten X800 Review

FM Tuner

The phone has a built-in FM tuner as well. This is a nice old-school addition to the music player which helps for music on the go and can also bring you the news in audio format without the need of complicated new advanced technologies like internet streaming.

The interface is very colorful and looks attractive. The buttons are well sized and easy to press. You can easily save your favorite bands and we are happy to see that there is no dumb limit of 10 stations for example you can save 50 bands for three locations, or total of 150 bands. We are very pleased of it and used it with pleasure.


Software:

It's a pity that the RAM is still 64MB and the internal memory is 256, which is the same as the old M600+. Internal capacity can be expanded through the microSD card slot placed on the bottom of the phone.

Excel - Eten X800 Review
Word - Eten X800 Review

Excel

Word



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 solved without any difficulties by getting a memory card as there are microSD cards with capacity of up to several GBs. 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.

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.



GPS:

GPS - Eten X800 Review

GPS


The X800 comes with a built in GPS receiver and the latest generation SirfStarIII chipset, which we've seen in earlier models of Eten, such as M700 and X500. The SIRF III architecture allows the equivalent of 200,000 correlations, in contrast to the older ones which used sequential search process and allowed a few hundred to a few thousand only . This increases the GPS sensitivity and allows it to work in many indoor environments, through urban canyons, and under dense foliage. SIRF III chipset supports both WAAS in the US or EGNOS systems in Europe for even better accuracy.

Each navigation software offers different interface and functionality, and since E-TEN does not come with anything preloaded, we won’t go into great details about it. The important thing is that the ETEN's display is adequately large and bright, and offers pleasant map viewing in most conditions, expect in super-bright direct sunlight.

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Eten X800

Eten X800

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
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Display2.8 inches, 480 x 640 pixels (286 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 500 MHz, Samsung SC3 2442 processor
64 MB RAM
Size4.46 x 2.38 x 0.62 inches
(113.5 x 60.5 x 15.8 mm)
5.18 oz  (147 g)
Battery1530 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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