Back in the Eighties, if you were lucky (or rich) enough to own a ‘mobile’ phone, you had to put up with being the butt of a joke or two. Mobiles back then looked more like pieces of military hardware than the ubiquitous consumer product they are today. But despite the inevitable shrinkage that phones have undergone over the past 20 years or so, small is not always better, and there are plenty of reasons to have a big phone. A big phone might be difficult to slip into a pocket, but you can have a lovely large screen. And while a brick might not look particularly stylish when clamped to your ear, it gives the manufacturer the opportunity to include a generously-sized keyboard.
And that’s why I’m always prepared to give phones such as Toshiba’s Portégé G910 the time of day. While others may pooh-pooh its gargantuan proportions – it measures 117 x 64 x 19.8mm and weighs a hefty 183g – the size has major advantages. First, it happens to have a very good keyboard. Like its predecessor, the G900, it won’t slip into a tight jeans pocket without the risk of injury, but you will be able to tap out emails and texts quicker than you can on most phones, and even carry out the odd document edit without too much of a headache.
Each of the keys is large, well-proportioned, and has a good, positive click, so you’re absolutely certain when you’ve typed a letter on it. It’s also good to see that the full stop has its own dedicated key (you don’t have to use the function button to access it) and that there’s a well-sized space key – two things not all phone keyboards can boast.
Second, it has a great screen. As with all Windows Mobile Professional devices it’s a touchscreen and here, because of the size of the device, it’s generously large too. In fact its 3in diagonal and high 800 x 480 resolution is among the best I’ve seen on any smartphone, bettering the excellent screen on the Eten Glofiish M800 and X800 phones, and it means you can fit an awful lot of Internet browser, Word document and emails on screen at once.