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The Orange SPV E650 is a rebranded HTC S710 -- a great device if you want an email-centric device but don't want to lug around a massive handset. At first sight it looks like a standard candybar phone, but flick the top section out and you reveal a small Qwerty keypad, which helps you tap out long emails and text messages.
The Orange SPV E650 is currently available for free on a monthly contract with Orange.
Full Qwerty keypads are great if you need to write long emails, but they can be annoying when all you want to do is send a quick text. The E650 solves this problem by having two keypads: a standard numbers and letters keypad on top and a full Qwerty keypad hidden beneath the slide.
This dual-keypad system is not only useful in terms of providing alternate ways of inputting text but it also saves on space. Another feature we liked is the ability to access work emails via a Microsoft Exchange server using Wi-Fi and the easy-to-access SIM-card slot on the back.
For more detailed information on the Orange SPV E650's strengths, have a look at the full review of the HTC S710 here.
For an email-centric phone, it's a real shame the E650 doesn't have 3G connectivity, which means you can't get high-speed Internet access unless you're near an open Wi-Fi hotspot. Another issue we had is that it feels a little sluggish when opening some of the apps, and also when it changes screen layout from portrait to landscape.
While it may look like a standard mobile phone, it runs on Windows Mobile 6 Standard and therefore can be trickier to use than, for example, a Nokia running on the S40 platform. As with the full-blown desktop version of Windows, there are a few things that might annoy you.
For more detailed information on the Orange SPVE E650's weaknesses, you can read the full review here.
Aside from adding a small Orange logo on the front of the handset and a few minor changes to the interface, the E650 is identical to the HTC S710. If you're looking for a compact email-centric device, then this is definitely worth checking out, but if it's high-speed Internet access you're after, you should probably opt for HTC's TyTN or MTeoR.
Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Nick Hide