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Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review

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Interface:

GSmart t600 runs on Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional without any substantial changes in the interface. Despite been able to receive digital TV broadcasts, its capabilities are almost identical to the ones of the other phones using the same OS.

The manufacturer has not left the interface totally “naked” and there are a few innovations. One of them are the Quick Launch icons on the homescreen. There are 7 of them, giving you fast access to: e-mail, phone recording , background effects, answering machine, sound & notifications, USB connection mode and screen rotation. However, they are too small to be pressed with a finger and their functionality cannot be modified.

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Easy-Touch - Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review

Homescreen

Easy-Touch


The next personalization is the Easy-Touch menu. It is activated by holding the Windows button and lets you stop all applications currently in use, choose one of the four sound profiles, turn off the screen or adjust its brightness with just a few clicks. In theory everything sounds very good but there could have been a more extensive task manager and larger sized options.

Besides, the innovations that we mentioned above, there are some changes made to the battery icon. Now it doesn’t graphically indicate the power status but it shows the first number of the percentage left. We think this is much more convenient, compared to the standard variant, because the number gives you a better idea than 2 or 3 lines.


Phonebook:
Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review
Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review

The phone is identical to the other WM6 phones. The number of contacts that can be added is not restricted and depends only on the memory available. 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.

In the upper part, there is a field to perform a name search, and if you want to look for a contact by other criteria (e.g. company), you’ll have to use the “Search” application. Below 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.

Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review
Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review

Unfortunately, it’s a different story when adding a new one; there are too many fields available and you’ll have to search for the most frequently used. You can write almost everything you want, but strangely, you are able to add only one mobile number. 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.

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Dialing Screen

You can dial a number, not listed in your phonebook by simply using the hardware or the virtual keyboard, which appears after you press the Answer button. 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 can be accessed through the home screen, by tapping on the clock icon. There are three and each of them has its own settings for repetition, name, and melody. 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.

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Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review
Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review

Alarms

  
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 Calendar is absolutely standard for a Windows Mobile device and here, you can enter your appointments. 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.

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Calendar - Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review
Calendar - Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review
Calendar - Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review

Calendar


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Tasks

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.

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 onscreen keyboard or by hand as an image. They can be synchronized with outlook.


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Notes - Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review
Search - Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review
File Explorer - Gigabyte GSmart t600 Review

Calculator

Notes

Search

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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GIGABYTE GSmart t600

GIGABYTE GSmart t600

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
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Display2.6 inches, 480 x 640 pixels (308 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 520 MHz, Marvell PXA270 processor
64 MB RAM
Size4.33 x 2.18 x 0.72 inches
(110 x 55.5 x 18.5 mm)
4.93 oz  (140 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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