Ok here we go and yes this is NO iPhone! This will be my very first attempt to write a review. I recently bought an E-ten Glowfiish M700 Mobile Phone as you could read in my previous posting.
Let's start with the package I received in the mail via UPS. Once I opened the box I had the following items. An E-ten Glowfiish M700 phone, battery, screen protector, Headset, USB sync cable, AC Adaptor, Leather case, Quickguide and the Windows Mobile 5.0 CD.
Before jumping right in and trying to see how this devices works I had to, according to the Quickguide, charge the battery for 8 hours. Once charged I turned it on and completed the steps shown on the screen. You do not only get Windows Mobile 5.0 with this device but you also get a lot of cool applications from E-ten themselves.
The first days I messed around with it since I did not have a simcard at that time. I will include the things I have done with it in the main story though. Before going into details what I have tested and experienced, I will give an overview of the specs of the E-ten M700.
The device looks and feels really nice. It has nice metallic color. The buttons feel normal and you don't have the feeling they will break any second. At the bottom there are two connectors; mini USB and a microSD slot. The keyboard slides out well and is really cool illuminated with a blue glow. When you press the symbol key you should see those characters light up in red, but I must say that's really hard to notice even in total darkness. The stylus is nicely tucked away at the bottom and it kind of "clicks" when you insert it, so you won't lose it that easily.
The screen has a normal and decent size if you ask me. I enabled Cleartype and I am still amazed about the quality and sharpness of this tiny screen. The screen is also very responsive to either finger or the stylus. I actually like the fact it likes my finger...
I have tested the battery in a way you normally not do. Since I did not had a simcard I couldn't do anything useful with the phone. So I charged it and almost never touched it..it easily was standby for 4 days. Right now I am using the phone and I will give an update in a next posting how the battery performs in day-to-day circumstances.
Speaker, Sound and Headset:
I have made a few calls now and I was stunned about how "clear" it sounds. I had to tweak the balance between microphone and speaker though to get the best sound when talking. I did some conference calls as well and I used the built-in mute button to mute it and place the phone next to me and enabled speakerphone. The quality in my opinion was good and I could hear everything loud and clear. I have to test it when driving a car and I will update you with that experience. I used the headset and another I had laying around and that worked great as well, not only for calling but also for using it with the built-in FM Radio. More on the radio further on in this story.
I have read a lot of reviews before picking my phone, the thing I almost always missed is how the device connects with a PC. I personally want to know if a Windows based computer will recognize the phone and sync without any issues. Well here is my story on that.
I use Windows Vista and Office 2007 RTM and am connected to an Exchange 2007 server. I attached the cable in the E-ten M700 and my laptop and Windows Vista picked up the device immediatley and installed the drivers without any issue. Since Active Sync doesn't run on Vista I needed to use a new program called Windows Mobile Device Center. This program you get by going into Windows Update and check for new updates if it's not already displayed. Once installed I had to follow a step-by-step screen and I had my phone up and running with Windows Vista.
Wireless and GPRS/EDGE:
Using wireless is easy and the phone will display messages of available secure and unsecure wireless networks in range. I connected without any problem to a wireless connection in range and went on the Internet. I have also have used wireless in combination with certificates and did not run into any issues as well. I have Cingular as a provider and they got a crappy search engine on their support site, but besides that I needed to setup my GPRS/EDGE settings. Once i found these settings GPRS/EDGE worked liked a charm and I got my email in my inbox.
Ok I think I will leave it at this for now. I know I need to test a lot of things on this phone which I will so don't worry. I will post follow-ups on this posting. Maybe you want to buy this phone or have your own experiences with it..I am all ears and leave me a comment.
Continue reading here for my new findings and experiences: http://blogs.msdn.com/mscrmfreak/archive/2007/01/16/e-ten-glowfissh-m700-review-continued.aspx