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At 107 x 57 x 15mm and 112g there is little to separate the M600i from Windows Mobile Smartphones or many Nokia candybar style smartphones. The 2.5in screen is larger than you’ll find on smartphones, though, and gives the M600i a connected PDA quality. It is very close in proportions to Orange’s small format Windows Mobile Pocket PC, the SPV M600 (what a lot of M600’s). So from that little comparison, you can see that SonyEricsson is gunning, as it should with a UIQ based handset, for both smartphone and connected PDA users.
The UIQ software is comprehensive and well implemented. So you get email, MMS and SMS handling (though you are hamstrung for getting MMS images). There is a calendar which takes advantage of the 240 x 320 pixel screen and is neatly designed, ditto the contact manager. A tasks manager and notes application are also here. You get a picture viewer, sound recorder, Web browser and separate RSS manager.
Then, just for the fun of it there is Music DJ for composing your own ringtones, and couple of games: QuadraPop which is a Tetris clone and Vijay Singh Pro Golf 2005 3D (which shows off the device’s 3D graphics capability rather nicely).
Meanwhile, drop your ‘I’m working’ hat back on and you’ll find a PDF viewer and QuickOffice, with which you can create and edit documents and spreadsheets (including Microsoft Word and Excel formats). Staples like a calculator, unit converter, stopwatch and timer add bulk.
And of course there is also a music player which produces pretty good sound output through the provided headset (just as well as the connector is proprietary). For the desktop SonyEricsson augments PC Suite with Disc2Phone whose sole purpose is music transfer and whose only plus point is its ability to lower the bitrate of your tunes on the fly while it sends them to the M600i.
You can also use the M600i as a mass storage device and simply file copy either to the internal memory or the flash memory card. SonyEricsson has opted for Sony’s MemoryStick Micro format for adding to the internal storage. MemoryStick Micro cards are about the same size as MicroSD (aka TransFlash). You get a 64MB card with the handset, but you will almost immediately want to rush out and buy more, as the internal memory is limited to 60MB.
Software isn’t everything. You need to be able to use the M600i effectively to be really productive. Here there are some highs and lows. There is no Wi-Fi, and although both Bluetooth and infrared are here I think the absence of Wi-Fi is a bit of a blow. Even Nokia is introducing it into some of its N series smartphones these days.