i-mate Smartflip Review1
The messageinterface does not seem to be very convenient, at least as far as we are concerned.The standard text, multimedia and e-mails are all in one and the same menu. Towrite a new one is in fact easy, but you get to know that there are readytemplates (only for MMS) only when you start writing a new one and open ‘Menu”.You must use the same menu in case you do not want to send a message you havealready started writing – otherwise the standard navigation with the ‘back’arrow and the red receiver will not do – the message will not be closed, butjust minimized (by the receiver button) at best. For instance, there will be noindexation if there are no messages in the inbox – you will simply see a blankscreen.
With the settingsof the e-mail account you can limit the download of messages to: Just today / 3days / 5 / 7 / 30 / All days. Another restriction you can impose is: Headersonly / First 500 bytes / 1000 bytes / 5000 bytes/ Entire message.
Smartflipis a quad-band GSM phone supporting GPRS and EDGE data and it can work in the GSM networks of all continents. However,the lack of 3G limits it to the comparatively slow internet speed of EDGE.
For localconnection it supports Bluetooth version 1.2 and a lot of profiles, includingthe wireless multimedia A2DP for stereo sound. You can also connect it to acomputer by a USB cable plugged in the right-side port of the telephone. Youwill need an installed Microsoft Active Sync on your PC in order to achieve aneasy synchronization of the phone with Microsoft Outlook at your will.
Thetelephone has the standard Windows Mobile Internet Explorer adapted tosmartphones. It is a good browser and capable of opening Internet pages the wayyou are accustomed to watching them on a computer. We used the ‘full screen’regime to make use of the whole screen area – simple pages as Google are easilyloaded but if you choose to open something heavier as PhoneArena.com forexample, you will need to wait, because you rely on EDGE. Unfortunately this page turned out to be too heavy for the slowconnection and it was impossible to load all the photos.