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Motorola E680 review - Linux phone

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The Motorola e680 is a TriBand GSM phone operating on the 1900/1800/900 frequencies using a Xscale 300mhz processor and approximately 50mb of onboard memory. It supports GPRS data transmission, WAP internet browsing, SMS/MMS and has a 65,000 color TFT touch screen with 3D Stereo Speakers. It has a VGA camera with video capture, bluetooth transfer, Java support, and external memory storage using the SD Memory Card format of up to 1GB. All the bells and whistles of the most powerful convergence devices currently available with the exception of WiFi support.

Device Controls.....

Top of the e680 has the stereo headphone jack, screen lock, and mini-USB port....
Motorola E680 review - Linux phone

At the bottom of the device you will find the SD Card slot...
Motorola E680 review - Linux phone

and stylus holder for the metal and retractable stylus....
Motorola E680 review - Linux phone
Motorola E680 review - Linux phone

Left side locates the volume keys which are not labeled and are highly integrated into the casing almost to the point of being invisible....

Motorola E680 review - Linux phone

While the right side locates the digicam button...
Motorola E680 review - Linux phone

The device casing is made from a very high quality plastic and is painted a dark "indigo" blue with silver accents. Construction is very nice and high quality, but feels much lighter than a comparable P900. In fact, the e680 feels much smaller than the P900 in use...it is very pocketable and light weight. At the center of the device is a large "M" emblem that also acts as the charging indicator and bluetooth transfer status light. Changing from red to green during charge and flashing in blue during bluetooth use...

Motorola E680 review - Linux phone
Motorola E680 review - Linux phone

RF performance is again typical Motorola. The e680 is very good in this area and will not disappoint anyone with its ability to pickup and hold a signal. Battery performance on the other hand was not as good as a P900, but this should be attributed to the Xscale 300mhz processor and 780mAh battery as much as the OS. I found the e680 to be underpowered in this respect considering the demands of its OS and processor. Not that the Linux OS is a power hungry Hog....but more that the performance of the device requires a larger battery. The MpX220 for example uses a 1000mAh battery in a smaller form factor.

Call quality and incoming voice is also very good as are most all Motorola high-end handsets. The Speaker Phone is simply one of the best I've used, along with the RaZr. The 3D Stereo speakers reproducing sound at very high levels.

Motorola E680 review - Linux phone

The e680 is the first device I've used with a touch screen exclusively. I tried the P800 for a few weeks without a keypad but found that I did not care to dial with my fingers on the touch screen as much as using the flipdown keypad. The e680, however, was very easy to use as a phone with ample spacing between the virtual keypad for dialing numbers..

Motorola E680 review - Linux phone
Motorola E680 review - Linux phone

It has four application shortcuts at the top of the screen for accessing "System", "Contacts" "Mail" and "Phone", and is easy to use one-handed by accessing contacts...and then using the 5-way D-pad to scroll through the contacts list for the number you wish to dial. To the left and right of the D-pad are the "Send" and "End" keys respectively. The e680 also has an advanced voice dial program, but I was never able to figure out how to enable it. The device did not come with a manual and I really had limited time with it to explore all its menus and key or button assignments.

Motorola E680 review - Linux phone

The e680 supports Mp3 ringtones, individual ringtones for contacts and photo contacts.
Motorola E680 review - Linux phone
Motorola E680 review - Linux phone

As a phone, the e680 is a top-notch performer and visually a very "Cool Looking" device. It is much smaller than its UIQ and Pocket PC competitiors, and in actual use may appeal more to those who want a pocketable convergence device.

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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera0.3 megapixels VGA
Hardware
Single core, 300 MHz, Intel XScale processor
Size4.25 x 2.08 x 0.83 inches
(108 x 53 x 21mm)
4.69 oz  (133 g)
Battery780 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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