Toshiba Portege G810 review: Toshiba Portege G810

The Good Slim design; great connectivity; decent camera.

The Bad Awful stylus; inconsistent user interface; below par battery life.

The Bottom Line Toshiba has tried hard to make the Windows Mobile operating system more user friendly by adding its own touch interface, but the results are simply too inconsistent to be a success. It's a shame because this handset is packed full of great features including HSDPA support and a good 3-megapixel camera

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With the Portege G810, Toshiba is trying to coax smart phone users to go without a trusty stylus. Instead, it wants them to rely on its touch interface that it's grafted on top of G810's Windows Mobile OS. It's a similar tactic to that adopted by HTC with its Touch range of phones -- including the HTC Touch Diamond we recently reviewed  -- but can this £360 handset pull off the same trick?

There's been a spate of chunky Windows Mobile devices dropping through our letter box of late, but thankfully, the G810 bucks this trend. Instead, it's a rather petite machine that's only slightly shorter and thicker than the iPhone.

The handset runs the latest version of Microsoft's smart phone OS, Windows Mobile 6.1, so you get some improvements like full page zooming in Internet Explorer and the cleaner Home screen.

However, you won't see much of the latter because you'll be using Toshiba's own touch interface that sits over the top of Window Mobile. It's designed specifically to be used with your fingers rather than a stylus and presents most functions as large, easily-pressed buttons on the phone's 71mm (2.8-inch) touchscreen.

In use, the handset feels pretty sprightly, thanks to the 400MHz Qualcomm MSM7200 processor and with 256MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM, there's a decent amount of storage space on offer. You can increase this all the way up to 4GB if you like by adding cards via the microSD slot on lefthand side of the phone.

Connectivity is excellent too. The phone supports HSDPA up to a maximum speed of 3.6Mbps and it also supports HSUPA, which offers faster upload speeds of up to 2Mbps on networks that support this feature. Naturally, the old stalwarts of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are also included.

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