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PHOTOVIEW: E-TEN Glofiish X500+ Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 01.06.07 - 17:50:23 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 30531x
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Following my earlier Glofiish X500+ unboxing experience, here we go with a couple of detailed shots of E-TEN's latest Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone/Pocket PC Phone Edition.
This unique VGA Pocket PC Phone Edition features Windows Mobile 6 and the VGA screen definitely benefits from Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile version since the 2.8" screen looks crispy and makes it using it a pleasure. The housing is a kind of soft-touch finishing (similar to the Samsung SGH-i600/BlackJack or HTC Excalibur) which definitely feels nice and keeps the device safely in the hand as well as it keeps away finger prints.

The design is pretty reduced to the most important keys and includes for sure a D-Pad with action key as well. On the back, the device is sporting the 2 megapixel camera with photo light and mirror for self portraits as well as a loudspeaker:

On the left side, the device is sporting the volume keys and the Windows Mobile typical record key as well as a 2.5 mm headset jack. On the right, we have the camera button and the on/off switch:

The X500+ supports microSD memory cards and a standard mini USB jack:

So on the front, the X500+ features on the top left a GPS hotkey which activates the GPS receiver and on the top right the M-Desk key which launches E-TENs self-developed M-Desk application (something similar to the default Windows XP/Vista desktop). Bellow the two keys, the device has two LEDs which are used for W-LAN and GPS indication as well as for GSM reception and charging indication:

On the bottom, the device features the talk/end key and the two soft-keys only. It doesn't has a Start or Ok key as many other devices have today:

Anyway - all the front keys are illuminated which makes it easy to use in the night:

Compared to the old E-TEN M600, the X500+ became leaner and clearer. It's squarish and slightly longer:

Unfortunately, I don't have the X500+'s real competitor here - the HTC Artemis (which is HTC's Pocket PC Phone Edition with inbuilt GPS but QVGA screen only). Nevertheless, for better imagination how small a QVGA device can be, here are two photos of the X500+ compared to the HTC Prophet:

Mote to come soon - as always please feel free to ask your questions in the meantime. I will do my best to answer them in a timely manner.

UPDATE: The review is here.

Cheers ~ Arne

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