There is also no Bluetooth, no calendar, no voice recorder, no data conversion utility. In fact the only added feature of note is an alarm.
So what about those key features then?
Well, the HSDPA modem purports to be plug and play. So I put an Orange 3G SIM into the phone and used the supplied USB cable to connect it to a laptop. This starts the automatic installation of Toshiba’s Wellphone XT software, which enables you to make a connection to the Internet, place voice calls and manage text messages. It is all pretty straightforward, even if Wellphone XT itself isn’t the most engaging software to use.
When it comes to using the G450 for USB data storage you can use Wellphone or drag and drop through the Windows Explorer. Either way you have to put the handset into U-Disc mode before connecting it, which is something of a pain. Thereafter, though, it appears on your PC like a USB keydrive.
One of the file types you may want to drag across to the G450 is music files. The music player is actually pretty good once you get the hang of controlling it. Battery life is good too, with the phone giving me well over eight hours of music from a single charge.
But considering that Toshiba is proud of this phone’s ability to play music its 160MB of internal storage and lack of flash memory card slot isn’t very impressive. After all if you are a fan of portable music in general you’ll know that there are plenty of players and phones out there that have far greater capacities.
Innovative looking it may be, and it does function as a USB HSDPA modem without any trouble, but the G450 is woefully under-featured for a handset at this price. If you need a modem for your laptop I’d suggest you take a look at the standalone offerings from the UK network operators.
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