E-TEN glofiish M810 review: E-TEN glofiish M810

Typical Price: £435.00
3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Onboard GPS; excellent build quality; good camera.

The Bad Heavy and bulky; poor keyboard; sluggish screen updates.

The Bottom Line Sluggish screen updates, a poor keyboard and chunky style mean that the M810 struggles to make a big impression against the likes of the HTC TyTN II. However, if onboard GPS is important to you then it's worth a look

6.5 Overall

The glofiish M810 is E-TEN's attempt to take on the raft of Windows Mobile smart phones with slide-out keyboards that have appeared lately. It's got plenty of extras, including an onboard GPS chip, but at around £435 SIM-free from expansys, it's not exactly cheap. Is it worth your hard-earned dosh?

Strengths
The M810 may not be the most exciting Windows Mobile phone to look at, but it certainly feels like it's built to last. The graphite-style finish on the front looks suitably professional for a phone that's likely to find its most comfortable niche among business users.

Push the phone apart and it opens with a satisfying clunk to reveal the full Qwerty keyboard that hides inside. The keys on the keyboard could be better, but they're reasonably large and much easier to use than the onscreen virtual keyboard when you're composing emails or sending text messages.

The M810 really can't be faulted when it comes to connectivity. Not only does it support HSDPA for speedy Web downloads, but you also get Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. On top of this, E-TEN has added an onboard SiRF Star III GPS chip. There's a basic GPS application provided that shows your current coordinates, but if you want to really make the most of it, you'll need to invest in some navigation software.

The phone may primarily be aimed at business users, but E-TEN hasn't forgotten the fun stuff. For starters, it's added a 2-megapixel camera with autofocus and a flash for taking pictures as well as a secondary camera on the front for making 3G video calls. The main snapper isn't going to replace your digital camera, but the pictures are reasonable with natural-looking colours.

The phone also comes with a pair of decent headphones so you can listen to tunes via the Microsoft media player. If you get bored of your own selection of music, you can fire up the FM tuner to listen to Radio One.

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