Orange SPV E650 Windows Mobile Smartphone - Orange SPV E650

By Riyad Emeran

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Orange SPV E650 Windows Mobile Smartphone

Summary

Our Score:

10

User Score:

With a weight of just over 130g, the E650 isn’t light by handset standards, but is far from heavy when you consider its feature list. Likewise, the dimensions of 102 x 49 x 18mm are pretty large compared to many super-thin handsets, but relatively svelte compared to any other fully featured smartphones.

As a phone, the E650 feels comfortable in the hand, with a tactile back and keys that have a solid feel to them. If you don’t fancy sliding out the full keyboard, you can use the front keypad to compose SMS messages or even short emails. The E650 utilises XT9 for predictive text entry, giving you a list of compatible words that you can choose from once you begin to enter letters. This does make for pretty fast input and can also be employed when using the slide out keyboard.

But the real key to the SPV E650 is the slide out keyboard. I know that there are plenty of other units out there that can pull off a similar trick, but this one actually looks and feels like a regular handset when closed. You’ve basically got all the advantages of a Windows Mobile device, with pretty much none of the disadvantages. And when you throw in the fact that you can pick up the E650 for free on almost any Orange contract, it becomes impossible for me not to wholeheartedly recommend it.

Verdict

The SPV E650 is the first device I’ve come across that can truly be described as a single solution for data and voice. It’s small enough to be carried around in any situation and fully featured enough to handle all of your mobile data needs. OK, so it’s not 3G and can occasionally feel a little sluggish, but I can live without the former and am willing to overlook the latter, because everything else about this device is just about perfect.

The fact that Orange is launching the E650 with a price tag of zero on every tariff bar the lowest £20 per month option, just makes it look like an even more attractive proposition. But as with any product, the real question is whether I would use one, and the answer is a definite yes. I shall be using the SPV E650 as my new, single mobile device from now on, and I can’t give a better recommendation than that!

Overall Score

10

Scores In Detail

  • Value 10
  • Usability 10
  • Features 9
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dimercaprol

August 24, 2008, 2:14 pm

I completely agree with Riyad that this is the device on the market that comes closest to being my ideal device - Phone, WiFi, Office mobile, IE, Hotmail and Gmail (easy to set up), superior texting capability, Qwerty keyboard (could be a bit bigger - I would not have minded the device being another centimetre longer), good mp3 and portable video player (with the help of free legal 3rd party software). The only gripe is the absence of a touchscreen.


Has anyone been able to download skype onto this phone? I tried but got an error message saying "Installation was unsuccessful. The program cannot be installed because it does not have sufficient system permissions".

Thomas Robbins

January 28, 2009, 11:07 pm

Completely confused by this review, we have around 50 of these mobile phones and I can tell you from a support aspect there terrible. We get at least 2 phone swaps a week this can be caused by keys falling off to the phone overheating, slide detaching itself, crashing, cutting off calls. It’s very slow for a phone it’s also not very well made and a little flimsy.


After a few months they just start to fall apart, the slide becomes stiff then sometimes just detaches itself from the base.


From my point of view this isn’t a good phone at all, I would give it 4/10 at the most.





Thomas

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