Older Windows Mobile 5.0 devices need a software update to get this feature, though it is increasingly present on new Pocket PCs and smartphones. For those with POP based email there is always the Windows Mobile Messaging centre for email on demand.
The 2.8in 240 x 320 pixel screen that takes up most of the front fascia is complemented by a tiny navigation button and four shortcuts – Call, End, a button which launches the M600+’s speed dial software and another which launches something called M-Desk.
On the left edge there is a volume rocker, reset button, camera activation button, and a small round button that on a long press starts the Windows Mobile voice notes software and on a short press starts the add-on Voice Command software for voice dialling and device control.
The camera activation button gets you into the software for the 2-megapixel camera whose lens, self portrait mirror and tiny flash are on the back of the casing.
One of the best aspects of the E-TEN M600+ shows itself when you use the 2-megapixel camera. The screen is surrounded by icons which allow you to make settings such as changing the image resolution, applying filters and deciding whether to save your image on the internal memory or a memory card. You can toggle these on and off by hitting a toolbar icon on screen. I’ve seen this before from E-TEN, and I don’t think anyone can beat it for ease of access to camera options.
Much of this is pretty standard stuff for Windows Mobile Pocket PC, but where E-TEN shines is in terms of the software it piles on. I’ve already mentioned some of this in passing, but there is plenty more.
The speed dialler presents ten speed dials at a time on screen in huge boxes which are really easy to hit with a finger. Other communications relevant add-ons include Call Filter which lets you set up block and allow lists for callers and Scenarios with which you can create four profiles. Both of these can be configured to have Today screen icons so that with a simple screen tap you are into them.