3 Asus P750 in-depth review -

Look and feel

Not the smallest or neatest Windows Mobile device in town, but it does house a number pad, scroll-wheel, shortcut buttons and a touch-screen, so there are plenty of options for getting to applications and services.

 

Ease of use

The touch-screen adds oodles of usability to the smartphone format. Why have a flat, non-responsive screen when you can have one that responds to touch?

 

Features

From 3G with HSDPA to Wi-Fi and GPS – this smartphone has it all. Not to mention a huge library of software from business card recognition to GPS route tracker as well as the Windows Mobile Professional basic software.

 

Performance

The processor seems up to the task, and the relatively big screen – for a smartphone – means that you can read text easily. Even the three-megapixel camera is an improvement on the two-megapixel ones that seem to proliferate in Windows Mobile devices these days.

 

Battery Life

Like everything else about this smartphone, the battery life impressed.

 3 Asus P750 Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:51:41 PM

6

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

8

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

A vast array of features both on the hardware and software fronts.

Cons:

Chunky for the hand and pocket.

The P750 is one of the best-equipped smartphones we’ve seen, offering plenty of hardware and software solutions. Although this does mean that you won’t be able to slip the P750 into your trouser pocket as it is on the bulky side, it will be the only device you need for all your business and consumer needs.

 

A hybrid device

The P750 looks like a standard Windows Mobile Smartphone, with a number pad sitting beneath the screen. Usually, this would negate the need for a touch-sensitive screen, but Asus has built Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional into this smartphone, which means that it also has a touch-screen onboard. This can be used for dialling numbers, writing SMS message or longer emails as well as navigating around the device. You could also use the touch-screen to access the Windows Mobile tappable keyboard or handwriting recognition for direct text input.

 

With a scroll-wheel on the left edge of the casing that fits neatly under the thumb, as well as a mini joystick under the screen, you can’t complain about navigating around the device’s features.

 

Communication caper

This P750 supports 3G with HSDPA and has a front-facing camera for video calling. There is also a built-in Windows Mobile web browser Asus complements this with an RSS reader to enable you to get the latest news straight to the device. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are on-board too.

 

A GPS antenna is built in to the P750, which turns the device into a fully fledged sat nav system – if you buy one of the several available add-on applications. For the tighter pocketed, there are two bits of software already on-board to get you started. One lets you send an SMS containing your GPS position to up to five people at once. The other tracks your movements and exports them as a file you can use with Google Earth.

 

Camera and business cards

Disappointingly, the three-megapixel camera doesn’t come with a flash or self-portrait mirror, but it does have an auto-focus mode and a business card scanner. Take a picture of any business card and the scanner software will extract the relevant information and convert it into a contact in the phonebook.

 

Asus P750 - the verdict

The Asus P750 also sports an application that shows you the time in three different places around the world, so you can work out the best times to call people or, if you are travelling, to arrange meetings using the local time zone. You can also password protect an area of storage so you can keep it secret from prying eyes.

 

Add a microSD card slot with SDHC and a super battery life into the mix and all in all we’d say that – despite its rather ungainly looks and chunky size – the P750 is one of the best smartphones we’ve seen for a while.