GIGA-BYTE GSmart S1200 Review
The phone contacts are one of the few elements of the GIGA-BYTE GSmart S1200 (aside from the standard home screen) that have been personalized, even if in a slipshod manner. The letters that the names of your phone contact entries start with get displayed on half of the screen and you can use them to easily filter the search results. However, the said letters get in the way at times, because the list will sometimes appear over the contact names and numbers and hide them.
Similarly to all other Windows phones, each entry allows you to enter and store more information about a particular person than you know about yourself. You put in all details via a standard menu with really small letters, which is rather unhandy. You better use Outlook on your computer then synchronize your contacts.
The dialing menu is also personalized and the digits are large and handy to press with your finger. The same menu permits searching within the names and numbers in your phone contacts.
Similarly to all other Windows phones, each entry allows you to enter and store a lot of information
The GIGA-BYTE GSmart S1200 comes with the standard Windows Mobile calendar and version 6.5 doesn’t add anything new. Still, the organizer functionality is one of the things that are highly valued with smartphones running this particular operating system. The app is quite capable, although its interface is not exactly handy to use.
The operating system offers functions like notes, tasks, calculator and world clock. No novelties here, but what you have is capable enough.
You are about to see the standard Windows Mobile 6.5 face yet again. Similarly to the previous version (6.1), the messages can be visualized in a threaded style, which is convenient indeed. Setting up the email client is as easy as ABC if you happen to use a major service provider, because the settings will get automatically configured for you. Not last, you´ve got push support.
The major problem when it comes to composing messages on the GIGA-BYTE GSmart S1200 is called keyboard. Since the phone doesn’t sport an accelerometer, there is no easy way of switching to landscape mode (there is no option at all if you opt for one of the personalization packs) and the portrait mode QWERTY keyboard features such small letters that you don´t have a choice really and must use the stylus. The standard keyboard comes with larger buttons, but their alignment is not the standard one, say the Delete key is on the left and the Spacebar on the right. This is something we got used to in time, but we would have liked to see that the first symbol assigned to the “1” key is full stop and not apostrophe. As a whole, you can write at normal speed using the keyboard and we prefer it to the QWERTY version.
The GIGA-BYTE GSmart S1200 is intended for the Asian and European markets and supports 900 and 2100MHz 3G frequencies (peak download rate of 3.6Mbit/s). Moreover, it sports Wi-Fi connectivity (type 802.11b/802.11g).
The manufacturer has pre-installed two internet browsers – Internet Explorer and NetFront (NF). The latter is developed by ACCESS and you might have seen it on feature phones (cheaper models by Samsung and most latest handsets by Sony Ericsson). Allegedly, the app is as fast as the wind and visualizes pages as a real computer browser. In our opinion, it´s horribly sluggish alongside of modern Webkit browsers, loads and renders pages awfully (if at all) and the fact that we are as happy as can be to see Internet Explorer should speak volumes. Ultimately, we got Skyfire from Windows Marketplace and this was our browser of choice - it is twice as fast and plays Flash videos. We would recommend that you set it as your default internet browser, it´s well worth it.
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