Toshiba Portege G900 Review
Different message types are placed in a single menu - SMS, MMS and e-mails. There is nothing unexpected here. If you do not wish to use the built-in keyboard then entering text is done by one of the following touch display methods:
- Block Recognizer
- Letter Recognizer
We think that the on-screen keyboard is the fastest and most convenient way to do it, but if you train the other methods, they can also be quite handy! Combined with the T9 predictive system, entering text with the phone is really quick.
Just a few steps away is the option to add your e-mail account (POP3 or IMAP) and to use it on your mobile phone. Very nice extra is that the phone can try to get the email settings automatically from the internet, and so we configured our Gmail Account by entering only the username and password. Windows Mobile 6 already supports HTML formatted e-mails. The client is very similar to the Outlook on a computer, you can filter your inbox to see just some results, reply to message or forward it to other person. The support for attachments allows you to download or send one, in addition to the text body. The phone can be set to synchronize with your company Exchange Server.
As standard, Windows Mobile comes preloaded with the mobile version of Live! Messenger (MSN). Windows Live account will be added in Messaging when you add your e-mail account.
Unfortunately, the G900 Portege is a tri-band GSM which means it will not be fully usable in the States, as only one of the 2 domestic GSM bands is supported. For higher speed when it comes to internet over the air, the G900 supports UMTS 3G (HSDPA 3.6mbps) but again only the European/Asian band (2100Mhz) is featured.
Standard for a smartphone of that class, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are available. Bluetooth is mainly used for connecting to other nearby devices, as accessories (earpieces, car-kits, multimedia devices) and for data transfer (transfer of files to/from another phone/PC). The technology helps wireless connection and the data transfer speed we achieved was about 22KBperscond which is quite slow compared to the wire connection by a cable which was 14 times higher – 320 KB meaning that a song in MP3 format with average size of about 5 MB will be uploaded in 16 seconds. Like all other Windows phones, you need to have ActiveSync installed on the computer to connect to it. The program will let you easily synchronize the phone (contacts, emails, organizer) with Outlook.
With WiFi you can connect to a wireless LAN network covering you, use it as an Internet source and view shared folders (input \\name-of-computer in Internet Explorer and you will see what is shared). In our test the connection was 50KB/sec.
The mobile version of Internet Explorer is used for internet browsing; loading standard pages in full size is not a problem, and the huge screen resolution allows you to see most of them without scrolling. Browsing on the phone is very similar to as on a computer, instead of as on another phone.
As it is a Pocket PC, you can always use third party software to replace the original one. The G900 even comes with Opera which renders the pages more accurately than the IE.
1. Doug (unregistered)
Mind you I just discovered this site last week and just love it, but how does this phone get a 9.5 rating in connectivity when it only connects on one band in the USA, and then no high speed data? Perhaps the editors could consider splitting connectivity ratings between Europe, Asia, and the USA with different numbers for each? Oh, and is just me, or is the USA still waiting for a fast 3G data phone with a screen big enough to actually surf the real web? QVGA just doesn't cut it, and I was waiting for this review hoping this was the phone that would do it, but I'm disappointed again.
2. Yuval Attar (unregistered)
there is no way it lasts ... how did they say it ? ... "A single charge of its 1,320mAh battery lasted about two days of use. It is rated for up to 160 minutes when used in a 3G network and 265 minutes when connected to just a GSM network" it last only 5 hours when no one talks with it.
3. elbweb (unregistered)
The times quoted above are talk time, not standby...