Below the screen is a bank of buttons. Call and End buttons are at the far left and right respectively. Centrally located is a large navigation key. Between this and the Call and End buttons on the left and right are two rockers. The upper part of both controls the Windows Mobile softmenus. These are a little out of alignment but don’t take a lot of getting used to. The lower part of the left button runs the Start menu from which you can get quickly to applications and settings. The lower part of the right button provides the OK/back function.
There is a small round button on the left of this collection which takes you directly to the on screen dial pad from where you start both voice and video calls.
There are two more buttons above the screen. These launch Pocket Internet Explorer and the Windows Mobile messaging centre for email, MMS and SMS management.
Also above the screen to the right is the small camera you use for video calls. A larger lens is on the back, and this shoots stills at up to 2-megapixels. Both self portrait mirror and flash are included, and there is a small mechanical switch with which you access the camera’s macro mode. I wouldn’t suggest trying to use this as your only digital camera, but it produces reasonable enough shots.
There are a lot of buttons on the left and right edges. On the left edge is a button that on a short press launches the voice speed dial software (you have to set up tags for this) and on a long press starts a voice recording. The OK/back button works in conjunction with a scroll wheel with up, down and push functions. The two are slightly offset from each other and fall very nicely under the thumb.
On the right is the power button and Windows Mobile 5.0 Comm Manager launch button. Here you can control Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, your SIM and other aspects of wireless communications. On the bottom of the right edge sits the camera launch button, and when you run the camera the screen defaults to widescreen mode for shooting, offering a range of icons that enable you to access settings around the top and bottom edge.