SPV E200 review

I wouldnt exactly call it a review, more around-up based on the SPV E200.

Its almost been a week since having the SPV2, and its good – no seriously its very good. I thought the change from ericsson to spv would be difficult if not highly challenging. Up until SPV I have bought 7 different ericsson phones. So i thought long and hard before changing to another phone and company. Anyway, the menu system isnt awarked and you dont feel lost at any point. Kelvin ensures me that the SPV 1's Windows smartphone OS was terriable compared to the 2003 remake.

Some of the grips of my orginal post such as not being able to transfer my contacts via bluetooth have been solved. For some reason it now just works. Also you can send things via bluetooth using the beam feature, which is odd. For example when you want to transfer a calender, contact or task. You say beam over infrared, wait a second then it gives you a option to beam over bluetooth too. I think in that second it checks out what devices are near by. But yes it works well. Unfortually all software I have installed only uses infrared, so i cant transfer files over bluetooth yet. And on that same point, the SPV isnt locked at all, you can install what ever you like on it. I'm tempted to put doom on it. But for now I have file explorer, pocket mvp, tetrus and a few little utils. All taken from this great site. I havent yet experiemented with other apps, but will do when i get the time.

The text input could do with a tweak, but its perfectly useable and speedy. Much faster then my old T68 when you write long text messages. Havent tried picture messaging yet, as i got few friends who have phones which support it. Theres lots of references to Orange's Video messaging service which will be running soon. And I caught this the other day, which is about how orange are going to use packet video for there video service. So I'm expecting a Packetvideo player for smartphones soon, will also have to install it on my ipaq again i guess. The question I have though, is will orange allow people to create there own content using packetvideo too? At the moment the SPV doesnt save as Mpeg4, will someone create a converter or even mpeg4 video capture tool for smartphones? Hummm, would be nice…

I have yet to play with MSN messager as I think its evil, and I usually use my ipaq for instant messaging as its input is quicker and smoother than a phone will ever be. However I did see imov have brought out a jabber client for smartphones, so i may try it out soon. I keep forgetting to setup the gprs link with my ipaq and the SPV, so I'm reminding myself to do that after i finish this post.
The battery life is a stinging issue, which plagued my 3g phone. I'm am glad to announce that the SPV with bluetooth on all the time lasts at least one day if not 1 and a bit days. So as long as you charge it everyday your fine. Without bluetooth it will last a couple days at least. Oh and lets not forget I was using the camera quite a lot and I have a 64meg MMC card inside of it all draining battery life. On that issue, the SPV also supports MMC too, which is good for me as I have a few hanging around from my ericsson mpeg3 player, cant wait to see what will happen on the SDIO horizon in regards to the smartphone platform. Imagine wifi and flash memory on one card. No need to imagine its almost already herebelieve the impossible

So to sum up, its all good…So good that I dont know what to do with it next… I think a dose of real digital shoplifting isnt out of the question. Specially seeing how I can record as much as my sd or mmc card can hold. About 700+ VGA shots on a 64meg MMC card. Easily enough for a small book dont you think?

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Author: Ianforrester

Senior firestarter at BBC R&D, emergent technology expert and serial social geek event organiser.