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GIGA-BYTE GSmart S1200 Review

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GIGA-BYTE GSmart S1200 Review
As we have already mentioned, the GIGA-BYTE GSmart S1200 gets rather sluggish when running its interface personalization packs. We figure the device either needs a more powerful processor than the one it’s been equipped with, i.e. Qualcomm 7200A at 528MHz, or better software optimization. In terms of operational memory, the device is well prepared and has 288 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM.

The slow operational speed and the stuttering issues are annoying by themselves, but they are not nearly as important as the low in-call quality. Speaking on the GIGA-BYTE GSmart S1200 is a quaint experience. The voices of people sounded dull and monotonous and we were unable to catch onto what we were being told in noisier environment. The same people complained that we sounded sharp and metallic on their end, but claimed they could still clearly understand us. Lucky guys, we wish we had been on the other end as well.

The battery of the GIGA-BYTE GSmart S1200 cannot be called robust with its 1010 mAh capacity and you will have to charge your device on a daily basis even in medium usage scenarios. According to the manufacturer, the battery should provide about 4 hours of continuous talk time and up to 6 days in stand-by. 


Conclusion:

In spite of its appealing overall look, varied and personalized interface, the GIGA-BYTE GSmart S1200 is a mediocre Windows phone. We don’t suppose anyone would be willing to sacrifice the comfort of use and proper functionality for showy interface. The low in-call quality and sluggish speed of the handset prevent us from being able to recommend it. In case you are firmly intent on getting yourself a compact Windows Mobile 6.5 cell phone, consider the HTC Touch2 and Samsung OmniaLITE B7300. The former runs the already proven TouchFLO interface and our first impression of the device is that it’s a snappy performer indeed. The prototype of the Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 that we had the chance to test impressed us with its performance and the final units will come with the widget-based TouchWiz interface, similarly to all other members of the same family.


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Pros

  • Compact
  • Appealing overall look
  • Varied and entertaining interface

Cons

  • No protective flap for the microSD slot
  • Sluggish on the overall
  • The showy interface comes at the expense of comfort of use
  • Unhandy QWERTY keyboard
  • Low in-call quality
  • Needs charging on daily basis
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GIGABYTE GSmart S1200

GIGABYTE GSmart S1200

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.5
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Display3.1 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (301 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 528 MHz
288 MB RAM
Size4.17 x 2.05 x 0.45 inches
(106 x 52 x 11.4 mm)
3.62 oz  (102 g)
Battery1010 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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