Not everybody can justify spending hundreds of pounds on the latest high-spec mobile gadgetry, especially if basic emailing is your only requirement. At just £99 plus the cost of the top-up charge, the Orange SPV E610 provides an ideal platform for this task. For this price, you'll get a rebranded Amoi 6711 with a customised Windows Mobile 5 interface and a Qwerty keyboard as standard. It's available to buy now from the Orange Shop.
The Orange SPV E610 won't win any awards for cutting edge style. It does offer a lightweight 125g profile and is coated in a rubberised material to ensure the device won't slip from your hand. Its 64mm (2.5-inch) screen supports a QVGA resolution of 320x240 pixels. To the side you can utilise a handy jog wheel for navigating around the Windows Mobile OS. There are also additional shortcut buttons, including one for accessing the 2-megapixel camera software, on the right side.
Beneath the screen lies standard phone buttons, a directional pad and a Qwerty keyboard with evenly-spaced, angled keys. The keys themselves are plasticky, but they do offer good feedback when composing emails and texts.
The camera possess an LED light with a self-portrait mirror at the back. Its image quality -- especially on outdoor shots -- really impressed us.
With a 260MHz CPU, 28MB of free system memory and 77MB of storage space, the SPV E610 performs reasonably well, though our test video in Windows Media player did have a problem playing back in full screen mode. Thankfully, Orange has supplied an alternative video player that can handle 3GPP movie files.
Despite the phone's Windows Mobile 5 OS, Orange has also done a good job of disguising the interface with its own custom theme. Additionally, the network provides flexible pay as you go data bolt-on packages for emailing/Web browsing. Daily and weekly data bundles are available and a fair usage policy will apply.