Eten Glofiish M700 Review
Different message types are placed in a single menu - SMS, MMS and e-mails. There is nothing unexpected here. Entering text is done by the QWERTY ore one of the following touch display methods:
• Block Recognizer
• Letter Recognizer
We think that if you don’t want to open the real QWERTY, the on-screen keyboard is the fastest and most convenient way to type. 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.
In addition comes “Easy Keyboard” that is a variation of the standard on-screen keyboard – not very impressive one.
Everything is standard in the e-mail menu; there’s an option for downloading headers only and you can also set a limit in KB per message. EDGE data upgrades the old GPRS but still we miss 3G UMTS on this phone, which rivals have already launched - UMTS/HSDPA on the HTC TyTN (Cingular 8525).
Just as the X500, here Eten has used standard separate connectors instead of an proprietory one. miniUSB for connection with a computer and for charging, and 2.5mm stereo jack for music. This means you won’t be able to use accessories from previous models (except the glofiish X500), but will be able to use a great variety for other Windows Mobile (and not only) phones. This is very wise decision that we greatly welcome!
Bluetooth is the latest up to date – it’s v2.0 + EDR and supported profiles include: Headset; OPP; GAP; A2DP (Bluetooth Stereo Audio). Compared to previous Bluetooth versions, much higher transfer speeds can now be achieved thanks to EDR (Enhanced Data Rate). Theoretically, power consumption is also reduced. The A2DP profile is useful for stereo audio streaming with a compatible device
The phone features an integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless Internet connection. You can easily connect to a home/office network, or any public place where “hotspot” service is supported. Wi-Fi transfer speeds are much higher than GPRS ones, and using it for Internet and streaming, as well as VoIP services such as Skype, is not a problem.
Sadly, the Eten M700 is still a 2G only quad-band GSM/EDGE phone. If it supported 3G data (UMTS or HSDPA) it would be able to browse the internet through the carrier's network with much faster speed.
The mobile version of Internet Explorer is used for internet browsing; loading standard pages in full size is not a problem, because of the relatively high resolution (320x240 pixels) of such devices; to achieve even greater comfort during browsing, we prefer using the display in landscape mode (in Eten phones this can be easily done using the M-Desk application). Full-screen usage is almost mandatory when the page has loaded.
There is also One Column View option which eliminates the need for horizontal scrolling but increases the need for vertical scrolling. The page is narrowed and thus it changes its initial look.