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MWg Atom V: MWg's answer to the HTC Touch Cruise

The MWg Atom V is a Windows Mobile 6 smart phone that offers Wi-Fi, HSDPA and GPS, and looks to compete directly with the HTC Touch Cruise

Only a few days ago we got our hands on the MWg Atom Life and now we've been lucky enough to get our hands on the next one up in the range, the MWg Atom V. Packed with similar features to the HTC Touch Cruise, the Atom V is aimed at people who want a Windows Mobile smart phone with GPS.

Similar to the MWg Atom Life, we found the Atom V more plasticky than we prefer. The glossy front section is a fingerprint magnet and tarnishes an otherwise well-built phone. It's thin, not too heavy or too light, and its navigation keys are easy to use.

Compared to the Cruise, it boasts a very similar line-up of connectivity options, including GPS, Wi-Fi and HSDPA. There's only a 2-megapixel camera instead of the Cruise's 3 megapixels, however, and 64MB of RAM instead of 128MB. That said, the Atom V didn't feel slow when we were using it -- it opened apps quickly enough.

Overall we like what the MWg Atom V has to offer, but considering it's the same price as the HTC Touch Cruise, the Cruise looks the better bet, with a smarter design and slightly better specs. It's currently available from eXpansys for around £400 SIM-free. Expect a full review soon. -Andrew Lim