Looking at my blog stats, it seems that the posts where I did my very first review about the E-ten M700 are really popular. The posts are located here: http://blogs.msdn.com/mscrmfreak/archive/2007/01/09/e-ten-glowfiish-m700-review-my-first-attempt-to-write-a-review.aspx and here http://blogs.msdn.com/mscrmfreak/archive/2007/01/16/e-ten-glowfissh-m700-review-continued.aspx
I want to continue these two successful postings with a third posting; again it is about the E-ten, but now equipped with Windows Mobile 6!
For a few days, E-ten has an update available to upgrade your E-ten M700 device if you have one of their phones with a valid IMEI number. You need to register here: http://www.etencorp.com/member/registration.php, supply some personal information, your IMEI and serial number.
Once you have downloaded the .exe file that enables you to upgrade your device, you need to do the following to make this as smooth and fast as possible: Backup your device and remove the Micro SD card from the phone. Run the .exe file on a Windows XP machine, not a VISTA machine, and follow the step-by-step instructions on your screen. After about seven minutes you will have a M700 with Windows Mobile 6 on it!
Windows Mobile 6:
I can talk about Windows Mobile 6 and mention all the features, but I want you to take a look here http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/6/default.mspx and judge for yourself. I do not need an iPhone...
The boot time did not really change in my opinion, but man let me tell you..the speed on the device itself now rocks!! I can click around like I would do on my computer, meaning applications open almost instantly. When using the keyboard, the typing is up-to-date and you don't need to wait for the screen to catch up, like you sometimes had to with Windows Mobile 5.
The User Interface got polished up nicely, but that is something Microsoft did and not E-ten. E-ten did update their themes and phone skins and that results in a better usable Phone "application".
I am using my GPS in combination with Live Search, an application you can download on your mobile phone from the following address: http://wls.live.com I downloaded Live Search right after I updated my Satellite data files through an application you get from E-ten. GPS is fast and accurate and I have had no complaints yet...I just hope we get voice support on Live Search so we do not need TomTom anymore.
Like I have said before, the M700 has a great FM Tuner, but I still need to change the band to Euro instead of just using the US Band. Other than that I have no complaints.
GPRS works nice once set up. It still loses its settings after a reset, maybe that is something they will fix in future updates. It could be a mistake from E-ten or from Microsoft..I do not know.
It works good and fast with Windows Mobile 6. The buzzing noise is still there though!