Eten M810 Review
The software used in Eten M810 is Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional. It would have been better if it was the latest version 6.1, seen in the newly-announced models of the manufacturer. Their interface has been modified to a greater degree in order to make them more user-friendly. We hope that there will be a software update soon, which to compensate for these drawbacks.
In M810 the interface is almost the same as in M800, X800 and X600. The manufacturer relies on the same “old” personalization options with which to make operating the phone by fingers easier. The first one of them is the limited version of SPB Mobile Shell, which is a 4-icon toolbar, located in the upper part of the screen. Their number can be increased with two more at the most and you can rearrange them. However, we will review them as preset in the factory.
The first icon shows the battery status, but once selected, it activates a menu with the last 12 applications used. If you hold the stylus over each one of them however, you can “pin” the most frequently used, rearrange them and therefore, have a very useful shortcut menu. The second icon leads to World Clock and Alarms, the third one to Weather Forecast and the last one takes you to the Dial Tab where you can only add five contacts for speed dial.
SPB Shell, you also have the shortcut menu, which gives you access to some of the phone’s functions. It is activated by pressing and holding the right functional button for about 3 seconds and it consists of 9 shortcuts.
The finger-friendly additional Task manager is present as well and it is accessed via the small icon in the lower right corner.
There’s also the pre-installed M-Desk menu as in the rest of the models of the manufacturer. This software gives you access to different options divided in four tabs: 1) Phone; 2) PDA; 3) Fun; 4) System. Here however, it is pointless, because there is no shortcut to activate it and you have to access it through the main applications menu.
The rest of the software is standard for Windows Mobile 6.0.
The phonebook is the standard for the OS: not the best you can find on the market (hint: Symbian S60), but is neat. The number of contacts that can be added is not restricted and depends only on the memory available. When you open the phonebook all contacts are displayed as a list; each field consists of the name and the number, while a letter placed beside them indicates what the type of number it is (w – work; m – mobile, etc.). Pictures are not displayed even if there is one attached to the contact.
search field, which initiates a name search on entering a symbol – the more symbols you type, the more accurate the match is. Just below it, there are tabs with different letters (divided in groups of three). This way you can arrange the contacts so that the ones beginning with a given letter are displayed. These two search features are quite handy and they make finding a particular contact in the phonebook very easy. However, if you want to find an acquaintance by other field such as “company” for example, you have to use the “Search” application in the programs menu.
search for a name though is through the dialing screen. The virtual keyboard is visualized, together with a small call history list, once the Answer button is pressed.
By pressing the buttons, you will start imputing the digits of a possible number, but at the same time, you will search the phone book as if imputing a text by a predictive text input system. So, to call John you can press 5-6-4-6 and the matching contacts will be visualized in the list.
Things are more complicated when adding a new name: the device offers way too many capabilities, including multiple work and home numbers, but they are not arranged logically. There’s only one field for mobile number – something quite inconvenient as that’s exactly where we wanted to add multiple numbers to. The numerous address, e-mail and other fields confuse you even further – it would have been a lot easier if the most frequently used fields are highlighted in some way. Thus finding them would have been easy, eliminating the need to go through the long list.
Personal photos and ringtones can be assigned to each contact; there’s no restriction on the dimensions of the pictures but they are visualized in very small size even on an incoming call – we think they are useless. You can also add a note to each contact.
three alarms. Each one of them can be set for certain days of the week, to have own name and ringtone. Overall, using them is quite easy, but the limited number did disappoint us.
The World clock is in the same tab and the number of cities that can be shown at the same time is three as well. The alarm menu Visiting, which is next to it has a similar function. There you can only choose one destination, but you’ll be able to set the phone to use its local time.
The calendar, where you can save your appointments, can be found in the Programs menu. Some of the available options are: reminder (PRIOR NOTICE 1/5/10/15/30/45 minutes, 1/2/3/4/5/6 hour/day/week), recurrence (Once, Every (same-day-of-the-week), Day (same-date) of every month, Every (same date-and-month) for every year, sensitivity (normal, personal, private, confidential). It is also possible to add attendees (required or optional) from the contacts, whose e-mail addresses have been added and to whom meeting requests will be sent.
Examining the calendar can be done by day/week/month/year/agenda and you can choose the week starting day and its duration (5,6 or 7 days). The appointments for the day are clearly shown in their time limits, so you can see your free time at a glance.
Tasks menu, where you can add to-do items. For a given Task you can set subject, priority (normal, low, and high), start/due date, reminder (to be notified if it’s due), category (business, holiday, personal, seasonal) and write a note. The assignments can have recurrence (Once, Every (same-day-of-the-week), Day (same-date) of every month, every (same date-date-and-month) for every year and sensitivity (normal, personal, private, confidential). Examining the tasks in a list, you can easily see which of them are finished and which ones are not. The available tasks options are: sort by (status, priority, subject, start date, due date) or filter (all, recent, no categories, active, completed).
The Calculator is simple but its buttons are relatively big and can easily be pressed with a finger. Scientific calculator and unit converter are still missing.
‘Notes’ are simple notes in which you can input text by the keyboard or by hand as an image. They can be synchronized with outlook.
“Search” is an application, exploring all files of the phone. You can specify certain locations (calendar/contacts/excel/messaging/notes/etc), but the best option is All Data which will search through everything in your phone.
File Explorer is the mobile alternative of Windows Explorer seen in computers. It is used to browse the phone memory, including the system folders of the device, which feels like working on a PC.