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misswebbster.'s review of Orange SPV

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Orange SPV

“The idea of the SPV is certainly spot on. It is the...”

Written on: 27/11/2002 by misswebbster. (1 review written)

The idea of the SPV is certainly spot on. It is the much needed link between PDA's and mobile phones, and the features are fantastic- at last, a phone that will sync with a pc!
The games are great- nice bright colours and good sound.
Having the sd card is also a great idea- apparently you can get different sizes of these- it comes with an 8mb card.
I found that the ringtones are a little quiet, but apparently you can use mp3s as ring tones- now THAT is an awesome idea!
The phone comes with lot's of accessories- camera, case, handsfree kit (with volume control) sd card, docker and software.
The Keypad was the first thing I had a problem with. The keys are squashed together and are convex in shape so my fingers slip off them really easily- it is certainly not comfortable to use, especially as I have fairly long nails.
As I work with computers I thought the Windows idea was great...however to be honest, other than some of the logos used, it isn't a lot like using a Windows interface. The file structure isn't very 'Windows' like and seems a bit of a mystery to navigate.
I have had a LOT of problems getting the internet connection set up- in fact it is still not resolved after several hours on the phone to technical support at Orange. I can't even send or recieve MMS no matter how many times we check the settings or they send sim updates. I also can't get it to sync with my laptop- very frustrating.
Another annoyance is that when you search your 'contacts' for an entry you can only search on the first letter of each key, for example 'a' or 'd' or 'g' and so on. You then have to scroll down to the one you want.
The backlight doesn't stay on if when watching video clips either.
I also can't find any sites to download screensavers, which is bad as the standard one is just a blank grey screen so it looks as if the handset is switched off.
Another VERY apparent issue is the locking up and freezing.... I guess I should have known better than to buy a phone with a Windows OS! It doesn't even have a ctrl-alt-del option! I've lost count of the number of times I've had to power it off in the two days I've had it.
It can also be quite slow and the picture quality is not as good as the 7650- plus not having a built in camera is a pain- let's face it, Murphys law and all that- you're never going to have the camera with you when you need it!
You can't just plug in the charger either- you need an attachment (supplied).
The battery is also poor.
Oh yeah- and no bluetooth either :(

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54225_Dbrook.'s Response to 54099_misswebbster.'s Review

Written on: 28/11/2002

You seemed to have had the same problems as myself.
The phone is a real let down in certain areas - the battery is very poor and I still might exchange mine for a 7650. It's a real shame - a product with such potential being let down by a poor battery, a naff marketing strategy and seemingly poor production.
What's worse...there's no accessories available for it yet. A longer-life battery would be good.
But, if you wanted this phone as a PDA alternative and you were relying upon it for business purposes - e.g., out on the road - there's no in-car charger available, battery life is no where near enough and the software is somewhat unstable.
I have connected to the internet etc...the problem is that the phones should have been pre-configured pre-sale for internet access and GPRS.
It's best to configure it manually (!). These are the setting you need:
(Edit) Connections:
Dial Up Connections:
Orange CSD Wap
Orange CSD
Connects to: The Internet
Country code: 44
Dial code: 7973
number: 100500
Username: Orange
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GPRS Connections:-
Orange GPRS:
Connects to: The Internet
Access Point:
orangeinternet
User Name & pwd blank
Primary DNS:
158.43.192.1
Secondary DNS:
158.43.128.1
IP Address blank
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Orange MMS:
Connects to: Orange MMS
Access point: orangemms
username: Orange
pwd: Multimedia
zeros for Primary & Sec DNS
IP: None
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Orange WAP:
Connects to: WAP Network
Access point: orangewap
No user/pwd
zero Prim & sec DNS
IP: 192.168.71.35
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Internet Explorer:
Internet Explorer -> Options -> Connections:
Auto detect settings = OFF
Select Network = The Internet (this is where you point Int Explorer)
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Hope this helps :-)

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113039_Phil.'s Response to 54099_misswebbster.'s Review

Written on: 04/07/2003

The authors comment about searching for names in the contacts list is not correct. It works perfectly....as long as you read the manual and realise that it works in T9 mode! For example, to search for Fiona, you would click 3 then 4. Dooh!
<br>I have had it for 3 weeks, no problems at all. The keys are small, but given that I dont use SMS that much..it isnt a problem....everything else is menu driven.

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Strepsils.'s Response to 54099_misswebbster.'s Review

Written on: 13/12/2002

The comment regarding the keypad is true - it is a tad small, but if you've been used to having an 8310 or something similar in size, then you'll soon get used to it. The screen is excellent, and navigation is very easy once you learn the shortcuts - for example, the reviewer says you can't get to contacts other than on the a d and g etc - well, the searching in contacts works the same was at T9 predictive text input - enter 328 and it will go to DAVe for example. My GPRS worked straight out of the box, but I only got it last a week ago so maybe they've fixed it since the early models.

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56202_Wily.'s Response to 54099_misswebbster.'s Review

Written on: 06/12/2002

I also connected my SPV instantly after one call to Orange because whoever registered the phone "forgot" to switch on GPRS, once that was done, no problems. I agree the keypad is a bit small and other than that, some windows explorer type programme built in would have been nice and more detailed contact searches too.

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54318_Paul.'s Response to 54099_misswebbster.'s Review

Written on: 28/11/2002

I have an SPV and have had no problems with it, Internet connection worked first time. He's right about the key pad though, very uncomfortable.
Perhaps the reviewer wanted a mouse and keyboard, as obviously it has to be different from windows. I am very impressed with this phone. I had bluetooth for a year on my T39 and didn't miss it, I doubt I'll miss it on this one.
Messenger, IE, Mediaplayer, Outlook, Contacts... if you're not sure get a Nokia!

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