I’d guess that is to help provide some protection, though it won’t stop the screen cracking if you drop something heavy directly on it. And it could prevent you finger-prodding icons or menu options that are located in the corners of the display.
The stylus, your other option here, is sadly very lightweight. It feels like air in the hand. When will designers learn to make styli weigh a few grams so that they feel like a real pen?
The part of the device I had most trouble with is the mini joystick. This sits between the screen and qwerty keypad, and you use it to move around between menus and click it to make selections. I just don’t like mini joysticks. They never feel as comfortable as navigation pads.
The other buttons are better but not perfect. The Call, End, Start menu and OK buttons are large and clearly marked. I’d have liked them to be raised a little from their surroundings as then they’d be easier to identify by touch. The same goes for the two long, thin soft menu buttons.
The MC35 is a connected device so you can make voice and data calls with it. It supports quad band GSM with EDGE but sadly it doesn’t support 3G so Web browsing and other data based communication is relatively slow.
It runs Windows Mobile 5.0 rather than Windows Mobile 6. So those with complex data synchronisation needs and the Exchange Server 2007 based network which could service these won’t be able to take advantage of all the data sharing options on offer.
On the other hand, battery life proved to be excellent. There are three processor settings, one maximises battery life, one maximises performance, and the third is an auto setting which changes the processor speed depending on its workload.