MWg Atom Life review: MWg Atom Life

MWg Atom Life

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Fast processor; ample storage; good connectivity.

The Bad Not enough RAM; low-res screen; basic design.

The Bottom Line With an asking price around £200 without contract, the Atom Life is a very tempting offer. It could do with more memory for running applications, but otherwise, it's well equipped

7.5 Overall

If you're shopping for a smart phone on a budget, but don't want to compromise when it comes to features, then the MWg Atom Life could hop into your cart and end your search. It features a fast processor, oodles of storage space and it runs Windows Mobile 6. Perhaps more importantly, though, it's available for just £199.95 without contract from expansys

Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform is certainly impressive when it comes to features, but it can also be a demanding operating system that can cause cheaper phones to grind to halt under its weight. Thankfully, the Atom Life is well equipped for the job with an Intel XScale PXA 270 processor running at 624MHz. It feels snappy and responsive when faced with any task.

The screen is large and good for viewing Web pages and emails

You'll find plenty of storage available, so if you want to load it up with some music files you don't have to worry about running out of space. There's 1GB of internal storage, of which around 800MB is available for storing your own files. There's also a miniSD card slot that supports high capacity cards, so you can easily add more storage if you fill up the internal memory.

When it comes to connectivity, the Atom Life boasts HSDPA for fast downloads, plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There's even infrared thrown in for good measure.

In addition to being able to play audio and video -- thanks to Windows Media Player -- there's also a built-in FM radio. The radio will only work when the supplied headset is attached, though. The built-in speakers do impress, despite their small size, especially when combined with the SRS WOW HD equaliser, which made Galvanize by the Chemical Brothers sound like it was coming from a much larger system and not just from a phone.

Although the Atom Life has plenty of processing power and storage, it's limited in terms of actual memory to run applications, with only 64MB available. You'll need to keep an eye on the list of running programs if you want to get the best from it.

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