Eten Glofiish M700 Review
The camera is a simple unit with average performance. We thought it is the same as that of the X500 because it is 2-megapixel unit located on the back of the device, featuring LED flash and a mirror for self-portrait shooting, but its performance is weaker.
The camera becomes operational within 7 – 8 seconds and it takes nearly 13 seconds to record a photo at maximum resolution, which brings it nearer to the 11 sec. of M600+ and farther from the 6 sec. of X500. A work that slow is a real disappointment.
The camera is started by the button on the right side. The interface is pretty straight-forward and there are only a few icons when it’s in shooting mode: a button for selecting between camera and camcoder mode, a Settings button, a Close button, as well as information icons indicating the status of the flash, the picture/video size, and how many you can take with the memory available. Taking pictures is done by pressing the button which launches the application. The Settings menu is designed using big-sized icons; there is a capability for setting the size, white balance, the flash mode, the shooting mode (whether it is Portrait or Landscape oriented) – these are all standard settings. There is an option for automatically stamping the Date on the picture. As expected, various effects are available: Normal, Negative, Gray, Retrospective, Mirror. We think that the Mirror effect is the most interesting one.
Overall, the interface is quite awkward to use and there is almost no functionality when the camera is in shooting mode, which makes taking pictures even more sluggish. The flash status and resolution icons could have easily been made to act as buttons used for changing the corresponding settings!
The camera performance is poorer than expected or than the average for 2 mega pixels. There is a lot of ‘noise’ even on outdoor pictures, ‘devouring’ the otherwise little available detail. Frequently the more illuminated parts are over-exposed while the darker ones look even worse because of the increased ‘noise’. Indoor photographing is of even poorer quality, almost without any detail. The LED flashlight is not strong enough.
When we tried taking a picture using the flash in total darkness…”something” was seen in the pictures but the quality (if it could be called this way) was way below the necessary minimum to be worth discussing it. The pictures are awful and framing them is also almost impossible because the flash does not light up until the shoot button is pressed.
The supported video formats are MPEG4, WMV and 3GP, while the quality of the latter is pretty low. They can be viewed in fullscreen and the picture quality is quite good and looks very nice on the (near) three-inch display. We advice you getting your video files in MPEG4 H.263 for previewing on the phone. Unfortunately the better H264 codec is not supported.
The options buttons (next/previous, Play/Pause, etc.) are small and inconvenient both during Music and Video playback. When audio files are played, the video visualization window is still displayed, which is a lapse as it only takes up place on your screen. You can have these problems solved by adding new skins for the Media Player or by using another player, which can be additionally installed.
During the test we noticed that the multimedia player does not come as a heavy load for the phone, and we used Skype to chat while it was playing in background. Music can be played with the integrated speaker, but that’s only suitable if you use it as a ringtone. If you want to listen to the music you can use the headset included in the package, as well as Bluetooth Stereo via the A2DP profile. The headset jack is a standard 2.5mm stereo and for better sound quality you can attach regular wired headphones, using a 2.5-3.5mm stereo adapter.
The phone also has built-in FM tuner. This is a nice old-school addition to the music player which helps for music on the go and can also bring you the news in audio format without the need of complicated new advanced technologies like internet streaming.
The interface is very colorful and looks attractive. The buttons are well sized and easy to press. You can easily save your favorite bands and we are happy to see that there is no dumb limit of 10 stations for example – you can save 50 bands for three locations, or total of 150 bands. We are very pleased of it and used it with pleasure.
WM for PPC provides unlimited capabilities for installing software. The only restrictions are the memory available and the hardware of the phone. The first problem is easily solved by getting a memory card as there are microSD cards with capacity of up to several GB. Every PPC comes with programs that are modified, “pocket” versions known PC applications. Such programs are the mobile versions of (Microsoft) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Explorer, Media Player, etc. Many more could be downloaded from third party sources.
There are numerous programs created for this platform, almost as much as the ones intended for PCs with Windows operating system. The most popular are the various utilities for personalizing the PPC, multimedia players, file explorers, Instant Messengers, etc. Skype is an interesting software which is a VoIP program known with its PC version. It works flawlessly and you can use the Cradle or WiFi for providing Internet connectivity
If you travel a lot and need to know where you are or how to get somewhere, the М700 can help. It comes with GPS received built-in, but in order to use it the consumer needs to put navigation software. Many titles are available on the market, and for our tests we used TomTom 5 which will set you back about $150 with Maps.
For our tests, we used TomTom Navigator 5.21. The installation went very smooth. After starting the application for the first time, the TomTom found the internal GPS and after about 15 seconds we had a location lock! The time it takes for the GPS to acquire its location for the first time is called cold start and the 15 seconds we got was an excellent result. If the navigation application is closed and then restarted, the GPS needs just a little over three seconds to reacquire its location.
Each navigation software offers different interface and functionality, and since E-TEN does not come with anything preloaded and I won’t go into great details about it. The important thing is that the ETEN's display is adequately large and bright, and offers pleasant map viewing in most conditions, expect in super-bright direct sunlight. Thanks to the fast 400 Mhz CPU, the phone has not problems whatsoever rendering or scrolling maps. Route calculations are also extremely fast, and were about 40,000 route calculations in about 3 seconds. Most navigation software packets also offer voice guidance, which sounds just excellent through the ETEN's rear speaker.
Eten has done just excellent job with the battery times. For instance, the G500’s could be used for navigation with the screen on for only 2.5 hours. The new X500 in our real life test we got exactly 6 hours of continuous GPS usage, while using the M700 gave us 8 hours. This is just great compared to our stand-alone Holux 236 GPS (with SirfStar III) which also has about 8 hours, but does not even have a display! That is the reason why probably the company has decided not to include car charger in the sale package, which considering its low price is a shame.