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VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the GIGA-BYTE GSmart t600 DVB-T Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 21.04.08 - 23:57:58 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 14844x
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While the GIGA-BYTE GSmart t600 isn't a brand new device anymore, GIGA-BYTE unveiled it during last year's 3GSM World Congress already, this Windows Mobile smartphone just made it recently to the European market. First launched in Russia late last year, it was introduced in France last month and soon hitting Germany as well.
Sporting Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the GSmart t600 is a 2.5G smartphone, featuring quadband GSM and GPRS as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and WiFi b/g. However, it neither features EDGE nor UMTS or HSDPA.

Nevertheless, the t600 has other advantages, like the Marvell XScale PXA270 CPU with 520 MHz, 64 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM (which can be expanded using microSD cards), a small 2.6" touchscreen which supports real VGA resolution, the 2.0 megapixel autofocus camera with photo light and for sure mobile TV by supporting DVB-T (in the UK better known as FreeView):

At a weight of 140 grams including the 1300 mAh Li-Ion Polymer battery, the t600 measures 110 x 55.5 x 18.5 mm which isn't to bad for such a power horse.

During the next days I will try the GSmart t600, especially its DVB-T functionality and will follow-up with some more videos and the review later. In the meantime, please feel free to ask you questions in the comments below which I will either cover separately in the next videos or in the review.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by NM Peters on 22.04.08 - 19:06:04

It would be great to see how opera 9.5(9.33) run on this as it's optimised for vga windows mobiles.

Posted by Nightflyer on 22.04.08 - 22:04:05

I really appreciate the way you present these devices Arne, nice job!
Late last year I bought my Kaiser at vodafone Germany, although it is a great device and I love its keyboard, after having seen how easy the device plays tv and considering the VGA display maybe I would have chosen the Gigabyte instead (no, I wouldn`t, I´d wait for the next HTC devices or jump on the XPERIA - ok stop, it's too late now anyway). 
I agree with the poster above, seeing the Opera browser might be interesting (although I think there are reasons why you shouldn't show it off...).

Posted by Arne Hess on 22.04.08 - 23:49:12

@NM Peters: Yep, would like to see it as well... smile As soon as I get anything (semi) official from Opera, I will test for sure and publish the results here. Promised!

@Nightflyer: Thanks for the kind words about my videos. Yes, the t600 is a pretty solid device, even if it is 2.5G only but well, not everybody needs 3G but mobile TV might be more interesting for some of us. The VGS screen definitely rocks, that's really crispy and sharp and I love it too.
Regarding the Xperia X1, well - I have something for you now but I'm sure you've seen/watched it already... wink

Posted by Johnny De,silva on 23.04.08 - 20:25:55

Just wondering is the picture clarity much more crisper then slingplayer mobile or about the same quality.

Posted by Arne Hess on 24.04.08 - 12:23:22

@Johnny: That's a quite interesting question and worth a separate posting where I will try to compare both. However, I would say that a DVB-T quality is better then a Slingbox quality which makes sense. Each DVB-T channel is broadcasted at 3.5 Mbps while it's quite hard to receive a SlingStream at 3.5 Mbps. To archive a 3.5 Mbps SlingStream you need HSDPA at 7.2 Mbps as well as a DSL line which upstreams at around 4 Mbps.
Furthermore, the DVB-T encoding is slightly different to the SlingStream encoding (in Western Europe, DVB-T uses MPEG-2-Video, in Easter Europe, MPEG-4-AVC (H.264) is either planned or already in use).

But anyway, a great topic I will follow-up with a separate posting.

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