Written on: 06/02/2003 by pronto.
Cheap, robust, reliable. Handbook is clear and easy to follow.
only 1 colour (anthracite) available in Australia; Display text is small, and can be hard to read in low light conditions.
The A40 is not exactly bristling with features, but if you want a reliable mobile, without the frills, it represents excellent value for money.
As well as using it in Australia, I took it on a driving holiday through Europe and England, and had no problems at all.
The display can be hard to read at times, particularly in low light conditions. It's OK in the dark, and in full light, but the back lighting could be stronger, and the font could be a touch bigger.
Operation is almost intuitive for the frequently used functions, and there are no surprises or weird procedures. Setup is fast, and the handbook is clear and easy to follow.
By current standards, the range of features is limited (no WAP, colour display, digital camera, games, FM radio, etc.), but more than enough to satisfy anyone who just wants a communications device, instead of an entertainment centre. Ideal for a tradesman, or business phone.
Battery endurance is good, and it recharges quickly. The usual accessories are available (car charger, hand free, leather cover), but you might have to search a bit to find them.
It's marginally heavier than most of its competitors, but I doubt that most people would notice the difference.
Siemens makes the A40 in a range of colours, but unfortunately only released "Anthracite" onto the Australian market. A serviceable, but rather dull colour
This mobile will not attract admiring glances sitting next to your glass of chardonnay at an outdoor restaurant, but with the money you have saved, you will be able to afford a better vintage!