Not as neat as some, though the glowing front panel is rather smart to look at
The touch-sensitive front controls work better than many we’ve seen, and the custom user interface works really well
There’s lots here to boost the standard Windows Mobile features - Wi-Fi, GPS, HSDPA, FM radio
The reaction to screen taps and button presses was speedy and call quality was good too
Battery life was well above the average for a Windows Mobile device. You just might get away with a long weekend away from mains power if you don’t thrash the Wi-Fi, music player or GPS.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:53:36 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Lots of software and good touch controls help bring the Portégé G810 above the average marker.
A miniUSB headset connector is unforgivable, and its looks won?t appeal to all.
The Portégé G810 is dominated by a 2.8-inch screen, while around the edge a silver band protrudes in an ungainly fashion. In fact, it is beneath the screen that the good looks come into play. When it’s not in use, the area beneath the screen is devoid of buttons. Look closely, however, and you can see the faint outlines of icons. It’s only when you touch the area these icons inhabit that they backlight blue and become active.
Despite the lack of haptics we had no trouble prodding the icon we wanted and getting the desired response. This is because Toshiba has made the icons clear and well defined, and ensured that the Portégé G810 responds immediately to a touch. You are in no doubt that you’ve made contact.
Windows Mobile 6.1 is on board, although its design is getting a bit old fashioned, so some manufacturers are slapping a new front end onto it. On the Portégé, you can access the Windows Mobile Today screen by choosing ‘home’ – hardwired to the right softmenu key. What you get is a series of screens between which you can flick by sweeping a finger left to right or right to left along the screen.
You have access to a screen of application shortcuts and settings, one of contacts and a main screen that offers the time, weather, inbox, missed calls, messaging and a calendar view. It is quite swish and, thankfully, the touch-screen responds well to sweeping actions and taps.
The specifications impress. It boasts 3.6Mbps HSDPA, a front-facing camera for video calling and a three-megapixel camera with a flash. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both present, and there’s GPS too. Toshiba has built-in an FM radio, but sadly there is no software to take advantage of the GPS – not even Google Maps.
Other software includes an image editor, Picsel viewer for reading documents and a time-configurable telephone blacklist – handy if there are people whose calls you never want to answer.
The device houses a full-screen keyboard which displays its text in a tiny window at the head of the screen. There is also an app which purports to turn a photographed image into editable text. This didn’t work too well when we tested it, though. We also don’t like the fact that the headset connector is miniUSB.
The Portégé G810 packs in the features and the neat front end and well-designed touch-buttons are both plus points. Shame about the headset connector, though.