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VIDEOVIEW: E-Ten Glofiish V900 Software & GUI Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 04.09.08 - 19:05:04 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 20564x
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Following last weeks hardware hands-on videoview of the E-Ten Glofiish V900 DVB-T Windows Mobile smartphone, this videoview is about the software and GUI integration of E-Ten's upcoming smartphone which runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
While the V900 sports a, for today's Windows Mobile phones, typical flat touchscreen it doesn't features pan and drag which means you still need the stylus quite often if you want to navigate through the program menus and functions. And while most Windows Mobile smartphone manufactures try to differentiate from competitors using self-developed Today screen UI's, E-Ten decided to license Spb Mobile Shell 2.0 (see our previous review here) instead, which isn't a bad choice anyway.

The DVB-T player quality is pretty good and definitely benefits from the bright and crisp VGA screen. However, I somewhat dislike the fact that the player comes with a predefined list of channel locations. The biggest problem is, that you can not scan for channels if you are at an - for the device - unknown location which makes it a little bit harder to use it as a portable TV-set. Hopefully E-Ten will change this with the release version. Also quite uncommon for today's Windows Mobile smartphones is the fact that E-Ten isn't using Opera Mobile 9.5 but sticks with Internet Explorer Mobile. Nevertheless, this isn't a problem at all since users can install Opera Mobile 9.5 by their own anyway.

All together the E-Ten Glofiish V900 is a pretty complete package and the DVB-T player makes it quite unique. As a matter of fact today there are not too many mobile phones available, featuring DVB-T and only one other Windows Mobile smartphone, the GSmart t600, but this is 2.5G only, not 3.5G, like the V900.

Cheers ~ Arne

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