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There is 128MB of RAM and 256MB of ROM. This is more than you usually get with Windows Mobile devices, and as usual it can be expanded on. There is an SD card slot on one edge of the casing. This accepts SDHC cards, with capacities currently running up to 8GB. But you shouldn’t need any kind of memory card for a while, as there is also a 8GB hard disk inside the Ameo.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both built in, and I have to say that another area in which the large screen comes into its own is Web browsing.
Alongside the front facing camera for video calling, the back of the Ameo houses a 3-megapixel camera with an LED flash unit. And, as if all this is not enough, there is a SiFRstar III GPS antenna built in. My review sample didn’t come with any navigation software, but I had a word with ALK, which has had distribution deals with T-Mobile for its CoPilot software on a number of previous Windows Mobile devices, and was told that CoPilot would be available with the Ameo at some stage. It is a case of ‘watch the T-Mobile Web site’, I guess.
The keyboard has several function shortcuts as well as qwerty keys. For example there’s a web’n’walk button, one that launches the Windows Mobile messaging software, and one to activate the Start menu as well as Call and End keys. Function key combinations let you get to symbols, and the space bar is double width.
For all that, the keyboard is nowhere near good enough to cater for touch typing. It is simply too small for that. Its qwerty keys are well spaced and fairly large which makes hitting them successfully easy enough, but they are quite unresponsive. A more solid break and spring back would have helped with typing at speed. Also, it is impossible to hold the Ameo in two hands and type with the thumbs as it is with, say Orange’s new SPV E650 (I’m working on a full review of the E650 now – ed.). The whole caboodle is just too top heavy and unwieldy for that, and so the keyboard is a desktop only solution.