Elsewhere the M930 is pretty well put together, and boasts a decent feature set. It doesn’t have the GPS functionality that many of its touch screen brethren do, but with HSDPA speeds up to 3.6Mbit/sec, mobile data flies – and browsing the web is a none-too-shabby experience once you’ve installed a decent browser such as Opera Mini. There’s also 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, you get a nice leather belt case included in the box, and battery life isn’t bad either, though two days of standard use per charge isn’t exactly ground-breaking.
Software-wise there’s an extra or two as well, with an application that allows you to control presentations on a laptop over Bluetooth, plus a streaming media player and an encryption tool. The latter allows you to keep sensitive documents and other information in a PIN-protected environment.
Despite the rather austere Windows Mobile interface, the M930 is actually a pretty successful phone. It is bigger than the HTC S730, but its solid build and phone-like feel mitigate this. I like its bigger screen hidden under the lid too. I certainly like the spacious, responsive keyboard. And I like the fact it has a pretty sensible line-up of phone hardware – there’s no GPS, but mobile data is swift at 3.6Mbit/sec HSDPA and you get Wi-Fi included as well.
It has a flaw or two – the implementation of the function key is just bonkers, and the camera isn’t very good – but these are minor issue. True it’s more expensive than the HTC S730, but you should be able to get it free on some kind of contract soon, and that will make it a tempting proposition for those who prefer the more phone-like functionality of Windows Mobile standard.
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