Continuing with its hardware features, the G900 also packs an HDSPA adaptor for Internet connection speeds of up to 3.6mbps; it’s Tri-band with support for GPRS and EDGE; it has an 802.11 Wi-Fi adaptor so you have the option of using hot spots instead of the more expensive 3G connection; and finally there’s Bluetooth. There are also two cameras – one on the front for video calls and one on the rear for taking shots up to 1,600 x 1,200 in resolution. There’s a light to assist you in taking pictures in dim conditions but no flash. Internal memory is limited at just 40MB but can be supplemented using the miniSD slot on the left side of the device.
Taking advantage of the Wi-Fi connection is a bundled VOIP application (Tiptalk) and there’s also a feature that will lock and unlock your phone over Bluetooth depending on its proximity to your laptop or PC. And of course, as it’s equipped with Windows Mobile 6, you also get Office Mobile thrown in, which allows you to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
As a phone it all knits together reasonably well too. Voice call quality is good. The controls all work intuitively in both phone and typing mode. The volume adjustment buttons are in a sensible place, making it easy to adjust as you talk. And the handy OK button also doubles as a key for shutting down application windows, which is very useful.
The one remaining negative point, in addition to the size issue, is battery life. Like its fellow G500, it’s not great. I rarely managed to persuade it to last any longer than 24 hours before it needed a recharge.
That said, at least you can charge the phone over its USB connection (oddly a 1.1 connection), making it pretty straightforward to top-up the battery. All you need is a standard cable and any handy laptop or desktop PC.
The G900 is a mixed bag. On the plus side, it has a big 800 x 480 pixel screen, great keyboard and the inclusion of Windows Mobile 6 makes it a highly practical mobile communications device and office companion. The fingerprint reader is also a bonus for those who want to keep sensitive information away from prying eyes. On the down side, it is bulky, heavy and battery life is disappointing.
In the end the G900 didn’t quite have that essential combination of sexy and smart that I’ve been looking for all this time. I suppose, like Cameron Diaz, it’s a rare combination, but you still can’t help dreaming…
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