Thanks to its Samsung 400MHz processor it operates faster than many other PPCs (some of them use half the power) and can handle more CPU-intensive operations like VoIP telephony. The overall Spb Benchmark index for the X500 is almost twice higher compared to the one of T-Mobile MDA which runs on TI OMAP850 195 MHz CPU. Even though we have not tested yet the HTC Artemis, we expect its performance to be similar to the MDA's since it uses the same processor.
Here are the results:Eten X500 performance compared to Eten M600+ and HTC Wizard-based Pocket PC
But when it comes to using it as a standard phone you won't be that satisfied: during our Signal Reception test, it performed below average and lost its signal before the majority of other devices.
During a call the incoming sound volume is above the average you will hear the otehr party loudly, but the voices sound high-pitched, lacking most of the low and low-middle frequencies. The other party heard us exactly the opposite way muffled and monotonous without the high-frequencies part of the voice.
The phone is powered by 1530mAh li-polymer battery. According to the manufacturer it will run it for up to 7 hours of talk time, or 8 days of standing by, which is way above average for a Pocket PC. We are also very pleasantly surprised by the 6 hours of GPS navigation time with the screen on during our testing. Conclusion:
The X500 is high-tech pocket assistant with great functionality. It brings wireless network and GPS navigation in slim stylish body with average size. Its 400MHz processor beats its rivals and its 2-megapixel camera is a good performer for this class. It suffers from weak keys design (they are not comfortable) and inferior carrying case. Overall, if you are looking for Pocket PC which can be used for GPS navigation, look no further. The X500 GPS features the latest SirfStarIII chipset, comes with exceptional battery life, and thanks to is bright and color saturated display, map viewing is a pleasure.