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06/28/08 03:20 AM
Toshiba Portege G810 Windows Mobile Pro touch screen phone mini review with video

Update July 2: Read our full review of the Toshiba G810 here.

We've got the Toshiba Portege G810 Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional phone in house, and there's a lot to like. This is a touch-optimized phone, in the vein of HTC's Touch family of devices and it has a flush screen as well as a customized user interface.

That interface comes courtesy of Spb Software, who developed the G810's user interface. It comes with Spb's Today Screen, Shell and full screen keyboard. These are very similar to the original HTC TouchFLO software, and in fact, Spb's been working on it longer than HTC. The UI is very fast thanks to Spb's excellent work, and they get a bit of help from the Portege's 400MHz Qualcomm processor.

The iPhone, Toshiba Portege G810 and HTC Touch Diamond

The Toshiba G810 is another one of the Swiss Army Knife family of phones that has pretty much every feature currently available for a mobile phone: GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, a 3 megapixel camera with autofocus lens, FM radio and best of all: unlocked world-wide GSM AND 3G. That's right, the G810 supports US 3G HSDPA and in fact adds HSUPA (where supported) for faster uploads. So it competes directly with the HTC Touch Cruise feature-for-feature, but with a more attractive design. In fact, Toshiba's new G710, G810 and G910 are first Toshiba Windows Mobile phones devices that put emphasis on elegant and attractive design. The G810 also competes with HTC's Touch Diamond, but it lacks the Diamond's VGA display and accelerometer (though as of this writing, there isn't yet a US version of the Diamond). The G810 works great on AT&T's HSDPA network and automatically configured itself to use that network for data.

The QVGA display is extremely bright and sharp- as good as the iPhone's. Touch response is very good and overall, the resolution is well-suited to the 2.8" LCD-- it's easy to read and web pages are legible without zooming.

The G810 just released this week in Europe and its's sold by importers here in the US.

Here's a video walkthrough of the PDA phone, just under 5 minutes that shows the user interface, device speed, CoPilot 7 GPS navigation software (not included with the phone) in action and more.

We'll have our full review in a few days. Until then, feel free to post questions.

Here are the specs:

Unlocked quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, triband 3G HSDPA 850/1900/2100MHz
400MHz Qualcomm processor
QVGA 320 x 240 touch screen, flush design, works in portrait and landscape
128 megs RAM, 256 megs flash ROM
Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR
WiFi 802.11b/g
FM radio
3 megapixel camera with autofocus lens
SHDC microSD card slot
weight: 4.34 ounces


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