Look and Feel
A clever two-piece system allows the keyboard to be left behind when not needed. It looks neat, but is large for any pocket.
Ease of Use
It is easy to use the big touch-screen, and once you are used to the flat keyboard you can type pretty quickly.
GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G are here, and the large VGA display means you can read what you are typing, or see incoming emails, or view websites easily.
The Windows Mobile features work well, but you can’t use the Advantage X7510 one-handed, as it is too big.
Battery life is slightly above average for a Windows Mobile device – not bad considering the battery has to drive a five-inch screen.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:53:33 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Big screen, usable keyboard, great for two-way video calling.
Far too large to carry in the pocket, and voice calls only work with the speakerphone or a headset for privacy.
If you have seen or heard about HTC’s Shift, which is a Vista device with some Windows Mobile features thrown in, you will see that the Advantage X7510 is in a different bracket altogether. It is a fully fledged Windows Mobile device, but it appears to double up as a tiny notebook computer.
The original Advantage has been revamped to give the X7510 a fresh look. After all, the original appeared before the HTC Shift, and before netbooks and mini-notebooks. The Advantage X7510 has a large five-inch 480x640-pixel screen making it easy to use. It comes in two parts; a thin keyboard section and a thicker part containing everything else. The device measures about 133mm wide and 98mm tall, and the main unit is around 16mm thick, with the keyboard measuring a mere 5mm thick. The keyboard is detachable, but can be securely fitted to the device using hinged magnets.
You get a leather pouch in which the two parts can sit in a bag and be brought together as needed.
It is a chunky arrangement, but it does provide the largest screen and keyboard we’ve seen on a true Windows Mobile device. And, depending on what you need to do in an average day, you could leave the notebook computer at home.
The telephony and comms parts of the Advantage X7510 come in the shape of quad-band and HSDPA, a front-facing camera for video calling, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
You get 16GB of internal storage and a miniSD card slot. This is a rarely seen format these days, but cards are widely available. For those times when the screen is too small to manage, a VGA out connector is provided and there’s TV-out too.
There’s a 3.1-megapixel main camera for shooting stills and video and it has an LED flash. Opera Mobile makes web browsing on the large screen a treat.
The ergonomics aren’t great. If you prod the touch-screen too hard when the keyboard is attached the screen section topples backwards – the magnets are good, but not super-strength.
The keyboard keys are not physical but flat. They need a mere touch to activate them and it takes a little getting used to. But we did and thereafter typed at a reasonable speed.
A pocket-friendly smartphone this isn’t. But it is a good attempt at providing laptop-like functionality in a really small space. In fact, it’s far better than the HTC Shift.