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★★☆☆☆

“This Orange SPV phone sounded great in the literature...”

Written on: 04/12/2003 by cdrogers (1 review written)

Good Points
Lots of features for those who like gadgets
Comes with headset, carry pouch and memory card
Access the Internet and email on the move

Bad Points
Poor battery life
Takes ages to boot up
Constant freezing
Doesn't always answer calls

General Comments
This Orange SPV phone sounded great in the literature and promotional videos and materials from Orange. However, once I had opened the box and turned it on I was VERY disappointed.



The phone is un-attractive and bulky. It takes 2 presses of the power button to turn on, and then you have to wait up to a minute for WIndows to load, then it's hit and miss that you'll get the PIN screen to go any further.



Another let down is the call qaulity, the ear piece is not very loud and the ring tone volume is appalling.



I've used Pocket PC devices with ActiveSync for a while wihtout any problems, this is not the case with the SPV/ Sometimes it syncs, sometimes it doesn't. Not very reliable.



The OS is also very slow. Sometimes when you press a button or select a menu option the phone sits there and thinks about it for at least 30 seconds.



Finally, when you try to answer a call, the phone will on occassion cut you off.



Overall, if you are thinking of buying this phone I have one word of advice - DON'T!