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Orange has as long history of supporting Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform in a range of devices that come under a group heading of SPV. The SPV M700 is a new entrant to the line-up and if you’ve seen HTC’s P3600 then it will look very familiar.
The SPV M700 in many ways takes over where the M600 left off. Similar in size and shape, it is no surprise that coming a year on the M700 adds a raft of new features including 3G support.
In fact, for my everyday device I had moved from the M600 to the M3100 and enjoyed that devices keyboard and 3G support, but have easily adopted the M700 as my everyday device. While I do miss the integrated keyboard I like the fact that the M700 is smaller and lighter than the M3100.
So what are we talking about for size and weight, then? Well the SPV M700 measures 58mm wide, 108mm tall and 18mm thick, and weighs 150g. It feels fine held to the ear for making voice calls, and call quality is very good.
The M700 comes in two colour variants, black and white. In both instances all of the back apart from the camera surround is made from shiny plastic, as is most of the front fascia. I opted for the black variant in the end, but it was not an easy choice. The black seems to pick up fingermarks more than the white casing, but I felt the black looks a bit more stylish.
Whatever colour you prefer, the general design of the M700 is the same. The device is dominated by its display. At 320 x 240 pixel, 65,000 colours and 2.8 diagonal inches it offers no real surprises, though it is clear and sharp.
Under the screen and embedded in a section with a slightly rubbery feel that aids grip are the sliver coloured Call and End keys, and between them, a navigation pad with a central select key which is again silver. To the top of this section are two softmenu buttons, to the bottom a Windows Mobile Start menu key and an OK key.
This is Quad-band handset with 3G and it can handle HSDPA to 1.8Mbps. Don’t get too excited about this at the moment though. Orange has launched its HSDPA, which it calls 3G+, but only presently in London. However, the company does plan to roll it out on a broader scale.