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You can use the GPS antenna without any additional software thanks to an application E-TEN bundles with the X500+ called Location SMS. This sends your latitude and longitude coordinates along with a message to an SMS recipient. There are some preconfigured messages, and you can create your own easily enough.
E-TEN is always pretty hot at bundling extra applications with Windows Mobile and this handheld is no exception. Location SMS is just one of several. They include Namecard Manager. This uses the 2-megapixel camera to capture information from business cards into Contacts. You launch the application, photograph a business card and then convert its content into text. You can edit the information on offer before copying it into Contacts.
I tested it on several business cards. When it worked well it was wonderfully good and almost no editing of information was required. But in some cases it made a complete hash of things. It could be a time saver if you like to transcribe business cards into Contacts on your handheld rather than wait till you can type them into Outlook on your PC. But you take a chance with each business card you try.
The camera, incidentally also shoots video at resolutions up to 320 x 240. It has a range of filters, a macro mode and autofocus.
The X500+ is a quad-band phone with GPRS, and E-TEN includes some phone utilities. Call Filter lets you set up ‘block’ and ‘allow’ lists. Scenarios is a profile manager. Birthday Reminder does precisely what you’d expect, acting as a tool for birthdays, anniversaries and other dates. It’ll give you a reminder a set number of days before the big event. It is independent of the Windows Mobile Calendar.
There is also a backup tool that can make backups at a set time and when the battery is low, and a utility called M-Desk, which provides a graphics driven alternative to the Windows Mobile Today screen. The Windows Mobile Today screen itself also gets a bit of a facelift with Quick Link, rows of tappable shortcuts to applications, system information and settings which you can configure to your own preferences.