The screen is probably the least impressive aspect of this handset’s design. It delivers a Windows Mobile standard 320 x 240 pixels, but it is small, measuring a mere two inches diagonally. There is room for a 2.2in screen, and while the difference might not sound like much it really would have been a help especially for some of the more information rich aspects of Windows Mobile such as Web browsing.
On the plus side, the built in Bluetooth is augmented by Wi-Fi. Not only can you browse and email using this, you can take advantage of the handy unified IM client for a bit of chatter. Called Mundu you can use this to confer with your MSN Messenger, Gtalk, Yahoo, ICQ, AOL and Jabber contacts.
Now, you can get Mundu for any Windows Mobile, Palm or RIM device, several Sony Ericsson handsets, and it is in beta for the iPhone too. But it’ll cost you a few dollars, so if you are an IM fan it is handy to have it bundled here.
Other pre-installed applications bulking out Windows Mobile Standard include a version of Fizz Traveller, an application which can manage multiple alarms, provide a world clock, manage a to-do list, convert currencies and grab a weather forecast. Again, you can buy this separately but it is nice to have it bundled.
You also get a ringtone editor and an app that can apparently extract information from barcodes. Called QuickMark this is more useful in Asia than the UK.
BenQ has toyed with the Windows Mobile today screen to great effect, providing shortcuts to Calendar, Tasks, a programme launch bar and profile switching utility. Between them, these mean you may hardly ever have to go to the Start menu, which has been designed with somewhat more cartoonish icons than Microsoft provides with Windows Mobile.