- Sendo X smartphone


The quality of the display and its ability to handle moving video so well is mainly due to the fact that the X uses a dedicated image processor. This might not be unusual any more, but if Sendo had launched the X early last year, it would have been one of the first phones with this feature. It can only accelerate 2D graphics, so don’t get excited and think that you’ll get great 3D graphics on the X, as this is beyond its capabilities.

In terms of business features the X has a lot on offer as it comes with Bluetooth and IrDA as well as USB connectivity in the box. Sadly, it uses a proprietary USB cable and interface, which means that you have to carry the cable around with you. This shouldn’t prove to be too much of an issue as you can use the Bluetooth or IrDA to sync the X with your PC.

A CD is supplied in the box with PC synchronisation software and some PC based applications that enables you to back up your phone settings and files. The software is also used for transferring files back and forth between the PC and the phone.

The X is tri-band and works on GSM 900, 1800 and 1900 networks and offers GPRS class 8. Sendo quotes a battery standby life of 100-170 hours which seems very open, but I would expect the figure being closer to the lower number. The talk time is between four and seven hours.

Sendo also offers a foldable keyboard accessory for the X. It is a similar design to those that can be bought for various Palm and Pocket PC devices and plugs in to the connector in the bottom of the phone. It folds together into itself and takes up about the space of a PDA in your pocket, so it’s not exactly tiny. It has dedicated keys for the various function buttons on the phone as well as some other handy shortcut keys.

The idea behind the keyboard is that the X should be able to replace your PDA. With a built in notepad application as well as a document viewer that can access Word and Excel documents, it could do so to a degree.

It vastly improves the ability to enter contacts and emails or write any other type of information on the move. The only problem is the size of the screen, as with a 2.2in screen at arms length, it gets very hard to see what is going on.

The features don’t end here though as the X also comes with music playback software. With 32MB of memory built into the phone you aren’t able to fit a lot of music, but there is an SD memory card slot underneath the battery. The card can be removed while the phone is switched on, but you have to remove the battery cover to access the card slot.

The X has two external speakers, one on each side of the phone. To call the sound stereo would be pushing it, but it sounds better than most mobile phone speakers. You also get a stereo headphones with an answer button and a volume control on the cord. The sound quality isn’t great but it’s comparable to that of the Orange SPV C500 headset.

Another feature that Sendo has managed to squeeze in is voice dialling, but it works quite differently to any other phone I have used. The button on the right hand side of the phone starts the voice dial software from VoiceSignal and gives you voice prompts. However, the commands the phone will accept are all pre-programmed into memory and you can’t teach it to recognise your own voice.

I found that it didn’t work well with my voice, but others in the office found it more reliable. However, I found that I had to repeat myself a lot of the time rendering the feature more of a hassle than a useful tool.