Eten M810 Review
This is an unlocked GSM phone which can operateIntroduction:
in the US on AT&T and T-Mobile (without 3G).
in the US on AT&T and T-Mobile (without 3G).
Nowadays, the Internet has become an integral part of the lives of many people. Everyone uses it for different purposes: news tracking, searching for various bits of information, podcasts, blogging, chatting, VoIP, etc. The Taiwanese manufacturer Eten offers a solution for the last four activities in the face of M810. Compared to the previous models, it has a radically different aura and it is equipped with a full physical QWERTY keyboard, so you can chat and blog easily.
Under the surface, we discovered a Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional OS, GPS, WiFi and 3.5G (UMTS/HSDPA) support, which will ensure that the so called “web-warriors have almost constant, high-speed access to the Internet”. Besides, the phone should also perform well as a music and video player with an option to listen to tracks directly from the “Web”.
This phone will have a non-3G variant as well, under the name Eten M750.
The package contains:
- Eten M810
- Spare stylus
- USB Cable
- Screen protector
- Stereo headphones/handsfree
- Leather case
- Leather strap
- Quick Start Guide
- Getting Started CD
The leather case is intended to be attached on a belt. It is fastened firmly with the clip, and in addition, you can drive your belt through it. The case will protect the phone and screen from scratches or damages.
M810’s design is similar to V900 and follows the new style of the manufacturer. In previous models, the main idea was to achieve a functional and professional appearance, and now, the designers have strived to make it much more pleasant to the eye. Eten has done a great job, therefore making the phone attractive to a larger audience. The glossy surface, covering the front and sides, contributes for that as well. In contrast to most other such devices, here, the fingerprints are very hard to notice.
The combination of rich functionality and solid make have driven the weight up to 6.3 oz (179 grams). On top of that, the weight hasn’t been well balanced when the device is opened, which leads to discomfort during continuous work.
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On the front side, we have the 2.8” TFT display, supporting up to 65k colors. In contrast to most of the latest models of the manufacturer, which have VGA resolution, it is only QVGA (four times smaller). The picture is bright and with well-saturated colors, making it pleasant to look at. In direct sunlight, everything fades, but the good news is that the screen is still fully usable. Unfortunately, it is concave and when you have to tap an area close to the edge, you might experience some discomfort.
Below it, are located the functionality buttons, the send/end keys and the 5-way D-pad. The four buttons are small, therefore difficult to press, and the D-pad is user-friendly. The lack of shortcuts (OK and Start menu) makes operating the phone without using the touch display impossible.
On the left side, we find the volume control, the voice command button and the microSD slot. They are not easy to press either, because of their location in a depression of the surface, which characterizes both sides (left, right) of the phone. On the right side are located the power and the camera buttons. However, they protrude more and are easier to press. The reset key, which is pressed with the stylus, is between them.
The only thing on the top is the strap hole, and on the bottom, reside the microphone, the miniUSB and the stylus.
The entire back is made out of plastic, which feels like it is rubber-coated. This prevents the phone from slipping when you are holding it in your hand. In the upper part, we have the loudspeaker and the 2-megapixel camera.
The sliding mechanism is stable and creates the impression that it will last. It is easy to open single-handedly, no matter which area you press – left, middle, right. The slider reveals a full QWERTY keyboard with a blue backlight. It reminds us of the slim RAZR, with the flat surface buttons, separated only by slightly protruding lines. The last ones are very bright and that impairs the user’s ability to distinguish the symbols on the keys, and at the same time, irritate the eyes if operated continuously.
Using the QWERTY keyboard is a pain. Its keys are not organized as standard and are in three rows instead of like in M800. Besides, the “space” is located between “C” and “V”, and it has the same size as all other buttons. We noticed that the dot and the comma, which are the most frequently used punctuation marks, are missing. When you need them, you’ll have to use the FN key. In addition, the buttons lack any relief and have a very short drive, which makes it almost impossible to realize when you have pressed one. This results in many mistakes and difficulties when typing. The serious texter and the blogger audiences, which the phone actually targets, will most likely curse this keyboard.