With a weight of just over 130g, the E650 isn’t light by handset standards, but is far from heavy when you consider its feature list. Likewise, the dimensions of 102 x 49 x 18mm are pretty large compared to many super-thin handsets, but relatively svelte compared to any other fully featured smartphones.
As a phone, the E650 feels comfortable in the hand, with a tactile back and keys that have a solid feel to them. If you don’t fancy sliding out the full keyboard, you can use the front keypad to compose SMS messages or even short emails. The E650 utilises XT9 for predictive text entry, giving you a list of compatible words that you can choose from once you begin to enter letters. This does make for pretty fast input and can also be employed when using the slide out keyboard.
But the real key to the SPV E650 is the slide out keyboard. I know that there are plenty of other units out there that can pull off a similar trick, but this one actually looks and feels like a regular handset when closed. You’ve basically got all the advantages of a Windows Mobile device, with pretty much none of the disadvantages. And when you throw in the fact that you can pick up the E650 for free on almost any Orange contract, it becomes impossible for me not to wholeheartedly recommend it.
The SPV E650 is the first device I’ve come across that can truly be described as a single solution for data and voice. It’s small enough to be carried around in any situation and fully featured enough to handle all of your mobile data needs. OK, so it’s not 3G and can occasionally feel a little sluggish, but I can live without the former and am willing to overlook the latter, because everything else about this device is just about perfect.
The fact that Orange is launching the E650 with a price tag of zero on every tariff bar the lowest £20 per month option, just makes it look like an even more attractive proposition. But as with any product, the real question is whether I would use one, and the answer is a definite yes. I shall be using the SPV E650 as my new, single mobile device from now on, and I can’t give a better recommendation than that!
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