E-Ten Glofiish X800 in-depth review -

Look and feel

Regarding looks, E-TEN has been pretty clever with the X800. Its colour scheme is primarily black and silver, which is not so different from a lot of other smartphones. But there are flashes of red that help it stand out from the crowd.

While some of the buttons under the screen sport red icons against a black background, more engagingly, the surrounds to the front-facing video-calling camera and the back-facing main camera are also both a smart, sharp, crimson.

Ease of use

There are lots of shortcut buttons under the screen - eight in fact - and they work fine. What's not so wonderful is the mini-joystick that acts as the navigation button. This is fiddly and not as comfortable as a flat navigation key.

We also think the miniSD card slot is a bit tricky to use. We had trouble getting cards in and out because the slot is recessed and its cover gets in the way.

Features

GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G with HSDPA, video calling - it seems as though the feature bases are nicely covered. E-TEN has gone one further and included a 480x640-pixel screen. It measures 2.8 inches corner to corner, and is as sharp and bright as any we've seen on a smartphone or PDA of equivalent size.

Performance

If we have one complaint about the performance it is that despite the 500MHz processor, the X800 occasionally ran a little slow.

Battery life

We were impressed by the battery life of the E-TEN Glofiish X800. The biggest drain is the GPS.

 E-Ten Glofiish X800 Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:50:59 PM

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out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

6

out of 5

Ease of use

8

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

With a high-resolution screen and crammed with extras, this is a PDA with lots of plus

Cons:

If you are looking for something sleek and slim for the hand and pocket, this isn't it.

E-TEN often seems to come up with PDA-style smartphones that are a shade ahead of the pack. For the X800, that means cramming in a huge array of top-end features, so that if you want the smartphone with everything, this isn't a bad place to start. We do have a few grumbles, however, that detract from our overall impression of this device.



It isn't always just about what is going on under the hood with a smartphone. The outside matters too. Some of this relates to looks; the rest to general ergonomics.



Regarding looks, E-TEN has been pretty clever with the X800. Its colour scheme is primarily black and silver, which is not so different from a lot of other smartphones. But there are flashes of red that help it stand out from the crowd.

While some of the buttons under the screen sport red icons against a black background, more engagingly, the surrounds to the front-facing video-calling camera and the back-facing main camera are also both a smart, sharp, crimson.

There are lots of shortcut buttons under the screen - eight in fact - and they work fine. What's not so wonderful is the mini-joystick that acts as the navigation button. This is fiddly and not as comfortable as a flat navigation key.

We also think the miniSD card slot is a bit tricky to use. We had trouble getting cards in and out because the slot is recessed and its cover gets in the way.

Software heaven

E-TEN tends to cram plenty of software extras into its devices. In this case, they include a handy application launcher that you can access by tapping the Home button under the screen. On the Today screen, a bank of four icons takes you to contacts, world time, alarms and weather info (downloaded over the air).

Other extras include an FM radio, Location SMS for sending texts to other people that include your GPS position and a business card reader that can photograph business cards and pop their contents into your Contacts application.

Add to that a nice graphics-based alternative to the Windows Mobile 6 Professional Today screen, a call block and allow list manager and a speed-dial utility.

GPS and more

GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G with HSDPA, video calling - it seems as though the feature bases are nicely covered. E-TEN has gone one further and included a 480x640-pixel screen. It measures 2.8 inches corner to corner, and is as sharp and bright as any we've seen on a smartphone or PDA of equivalent size.

If we have one complaint about the features, it is that despite the 500MHz processor, the X800 occasionally ran a little slow. This is one of the niggles that detracts from what is otherwise a very well-put-together PDA-style smartphone.