|If you're looking for a unique Windows Mobile 5 based smartphone, you should take a look at the TORQ P120. Not "subsidized" by any particular mobile provider, you can use it on any GSM network that you have a SIM card for. The TORQ P120 features GSM, Bluetooth, and Wifi (802.11b) radios in a nicely designed candy form factor. |
The TORQ P120 is a candybar shaped smartphone (no keyboard). Finished in a matte black color (except for the top cap, which is glossy), it's very attractive. The body has rounded corners that make it feel comfortable in your hand. It's small enough to fit easily in a pocket (thicker than an HP 6515, thinner and about the same width as a Treo 700w) -- just be careful of blows to the screen as there is no built-in cover.
The main feature on the front is, of course, the screen. The 2.8 inch LCD has a resolution of 240x 320 pixels. The screen is very bright, clear and easy to see even with the backlight at half strength. Near the top of the device, on either side of the screen, are two status LEDs. The one to the left of the screen flashes blue when the Bluetooth radio is enabled and flashes amber when the Wifi radio is turned on. With both radios on, you get two flashing colors. The LED on the right shows charge status (red while charging, off when charged), and status of the GSM/GPRS radio (yellow flash). Below the screen, there are 4 buttons and a 5-way directional pad. There is a button to access Contacts, one to access the M-Desk utility, a "green phone" button (to access the phone application and dial), and a "red phone" button to end calls. The directional pad is a little small for my fingers. The button in the middle of the pad (to confirm choices) is also too far down inside the pad to make it remotely easy to push.
This device sports the Samsung S3C 2440 400 MHz processor. The processor was very snappy and responsive under normal use.
Windows Mobile 5
The display, a 2.8 inch 240x 320 screen was bright and easy to see, even if the backlight wasn't on all the way. It was perfectly viewable in direct sunlight.
The TORQ P120 has 128MB of SDRAM and 64MB of flash ROM. If you need more, there's an SD card slot.
The size and weight was "pleasing". It slips into a pocket well and feels sturdy. It is 4.4" x 2.4" x.87". It weighs in at 5.82 ounces with battery.
An SD slot on the top of the device is the primary method for expansion. The Bluetooth connection also allows some expansion.
The included cradle is very attractive. It has an extra slot to charge a spare battery. You can plug the USB/AC adapter cable into the back and put your phone in the cradle to charge.
The phone has a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM/GPRS radio,802.11b Wifi radio, and Bluetooth 1.2 radio.
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