Written on: 01/01/2006 by pipe23 (1 review written)
There is one little technical flaw, but overall, the Orange SPV is a perfect mobile phone.
It is a PC in your pocket with a phone built in.
Enjoy, but be prepared to spend time installing applications and making it your own personal computer. (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2004 by srihari rao kotni (2 reviews written)
I'm posting an additional comment on this Orange SPV mobile phone. I have bought a new SD/MMC of 128MB beause the default one that comes with purchane is 8MB too little for any thing. When i have incerted this i was expecting the mobile to recognise automatically because it has microsoft windows. To my surprise it did't recognise the sim, i have tried all the options in the Active sync software that comes with it. There is no format option or any way i can copy the files from my disk to the... (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2004 by wilistew (1 review written)
This Orange SPV mobile phone is good if you want a slow small screen palm top with a phone built in. If you do a lot of calling or texting then forget it. The phone has cut me off calls loads of times, crashed, slowed down enough to make it unusable and none of your mates have got a charger. The text function is useless. The phone has a very small dictionary and seems to not remember words. If you are not a computer nerd who has to download stuff using addsync then get the nokia 6230. The... (read more)
Written on: 22/02/2004 by stephen delaney (1 review written)
This Orange SPV mobile phone is the worst phone on the market, I have been a mobile phone owner/user since 1987 from the big transmobiles to the present day following the advances in technology and advances size reduction until this phone. The technological advancements in quality of reception, clarity of voice, battery life and features.
Recption is very poor even against the small Samsung phones, battery life is prehistoric,The features dont work and when you buy the phone it has lots of... (read more)
Written on: 18/12/2003 by adg75 (1 review written)
For a business phone, I've very pleased with the SPV E-200 (many improvements over the 100 series). The latest releases have fixed most of the bugs... (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2003 by adp00 (1 review written)
I've had this Orange SPV mobile phone for nearly a year now, and I am still absolutely delighted with it. Having read a few of the reviews posted here and on other websites, I have noticed that most of the problems people encounter with this phone (can be slow, unreliable etc) can easily be overcome simply by having the phone unlocked. Visit websites such as www.modaco.com and www.coolsmartphone.com to realise the potential of the SPV. I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU DO THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE... (read more)
Written on: 04/12/2003 by cdrogers (1 review written)
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... (read more)
Written on: 03/12/2003 by scollins316 (1 review written)
The Orange SPV Battery lasts less than a day even without making any calls or using the smartphone features.
- The software fails locks up constantly.
- Orange won't exchange it for a different phone..!! I've written letters, been to the store, numerous phone calls to no avail, they are standing buy their guns - no exchange. aaaaargh
COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY (and my time) (read more)
Written on: 28/11/2003 by niteowl (1 review written)
Wasted a day of my busy life on the phone to Orange tech support but they still do not know why the Orange SPV does not sync with a PC. The whole point of a smartphone is to have a very mobile office, this does nothing of the sort yet. Perhaps this will be fixd one day but the product was 6 weeks late due to field testing and still does not work out of the box. Anti-virus software kills it dead in the cradle and Orange's final shot at fixing the sync errors was to leave A.V. turned off all... (read more)
Written on: 25/11/2003 by spv boy (2 reviews written)
The Orange SPV is an awesome phone in brief it has the integrated mp3 player that is great with the fact u can play the songs from a speaker and dont always need headphones although there can be a lag wen loading and opening up programmes but the best point is the ringtones make a wav. file shorter in a wave editing programme e.g nero wave editor and use that its brilliant as well as software updates such as games and applications that can all be added on with the usb cradle AWEOSME PHONE !!! (read more)
Written on: 19/11/2003 by Rotaree
I hate this phone, I can't wait for my contract to be a year old so that I can get rid of it without paying for the privilege. The battery life is atrocious, the software is not sufficiently advanced for its capabilities, the endless random malfunctions are infuriating (not being able to 'hang up', not being able to turn the thing on having had to turn it off to end a call, not having any of the buttons working, not charging when placed on the charger etc. etc. etc.). It is the worst... (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2003 by nhai1 (1 review written)
This is the worst phone I have EVER had. I bought it in June 2003, it is now Nov 2003 and this is SPV number 4. The on-off button has failed, twice. The software fails, the keys are fiddly.... how much time have you got. On the eve of the 5th replacement I have persuaded Orange to give me an upgraded phone SPV E100... They agreed and lets see if this incarnation works. If it worked as advbertised, though, it would be a good techy utility (read more)
Written on: 26/10/2003 by PicSee (1 review written)
I purchased this phone nearly 12 months ago and my contract is nearly up and i can't wait to change it!
Originally I wanted it because of it's near 'PDA' features and that part of it is great. However, I'm fed up with waiting ages for it to boot up and the, very often, slow and painful wait while it decides to do what you asked it to, I have had to take the battery out on several occasions as it froze solid.
The reception for phone calls has been quite good but the texts have been very... (read more)
Written on: 23/09/2003 by srihari rao kotni (2 reviews written)
hi! I had brought the orange SPV mobile phone in Uk as i'm one of the few supporters of Microsoft. Another reason is its very fancy and very rich with features. I took this to India and begins all the problems. As its the basic GPRS phone, i have no problem in connectivity, but no service provider was able to support the phone incase of any service problems. Added to this the usb interface stopped working and the set is running outof memory. I cant upgrade this as i'm not in UK. Since i have... (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2003 by Phil.
This is possibly the most unreliable phone I have ever owned. In three months I am now awaiting for replacement number 4.
The problems have included the operating system freezing (normally at the end of a call). Buttons failing to work. Problems with the phone recognising attachments (the camera or SD card). Most recently the phone has refused to switch on... instead it just clicks! Like a twitching corpse!
Am I the only one to have this bad luck. (read more)
Written on: 04/08/2003 by Krosfyah.
Iv had the Orange SPV Mobile phone for a week - certainly rich in features, especially compared to my old 8310 (why on earth can we not have a radio too though?!)
The only thing i don't like is the fact that, as has been mentioned, i see the "hour glass timer" (or Orange equivalent a lot while using the various applications - ok, so at worst you wait a few seconds, but you dont really want to see the thing at all. Also, when selecting something, sometimes it is processing and the timer is... (read more)
Written on: 04/07/2003 by William.
Everybody seem to think the ringtones are rubbish but you need to look aroung the web like
I did. Basicly you can have all different types
of ringtones. Basic (1 note at a time for example nokia 3310, nokia 330) Polyphonic (a little more jazy. sounds cool) Music (real music cd type) The Orange SPV covers all three. I am only going to explain Music (CD type) if you want to know how to do the first two write back.
Go to http://www.download.com and download the... (read more)
Written on: 23/06/2003 by pepsichris.
The Orange SPV is a really good phone - not for the people who get scared by using Caller Groups or setting up Profiles etc. Obviously not perfect, but the automatic updates have improved it massively, mine synched up straight away, and all Internet Settings etc were already in place.
Doesn't navigate like other phones or any Windows OS - has one main menu which is like a cross breed of the Windows Start Menu and a normal phone menu. Pauses for a second or two at times, but in... (read more)
Written on: 09/06/2003 by Louis.
Having had this phone for three months i feel ready to review it.
First of all i got it from orange on a upgrade for free. Happy Days!
Well i have opened the phone up to run on all networks, i can also put any software on it that i wish. Check this site for lots of help and advice www.coolsmartphone.com
I have lots of game on it, as i have upgraded my memory card.
The phone is amasing, yes it has downfalls like, baterry life, but if you do the orange update from there site it improves it... (read more)
Written on: 03/06/2003 by Beks.
When i first bought this it was just a good phone with a lot of features but the battery life was awful just about triple the time on the new video phones and those are bad. But upon discovering the web sites www.modaco.com and www.coolsmartphone.com I have now got the full benefit or what i consider to be the best phone on the market. For stlye there is the samsung V200 but for features and size it is this. When you can play cd quality tunes for your ringtones. Just encoding WAV files from... (read more)
Written on: 23/05/2003 by Jon.
The Orange SPV has loads of features and once you get used to navigating - it's brilliant.
Had one problem and removed the battery, when I went back in the menu was in French. Took a while to work out what to change (never being any good at french). (read more)
Written on: 18/05/2003 by Munders.
Heavier than my previous phones. Stalls quite often, slow. Had the service pack update (10 mins instore) and they wiped the canera software! Fools. Now i have to go back to the city to get it reloaded. The GPRS is a hassle getting set up on the SPV. (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2003 by Richard.
Many people have said bad things about the Orange SPV. I agree I am on my second handset as the first did crash on me however I have downloaded the firmware update on my second unit and have found only one flaw since. You need paitence with this phone it is not for tehno fools how many phones can you download software updates direct from the handset and how many can you surf the web. Perhaps we should look at this as a Pocket Pc with phone functions when you do it becomes a lot easier to... (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2003 by Ross Denver.
To the person regarding the ringtones, you can record your own ringtones from CD. You can use activesinc to import a .wav format tune and use it for a ringtone.
As for the person saying you couldn't find the thing for changing over your Sim card details. Go to SIM Manager. you can transfer all your details from your sim card to your phone. Hope this helps.
I have put in value for money as 9 as it is a company phone so I don't really know and the form wouldn't accept text. (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2003 by Smarten.
Bought one as an upgrade, day one it crashed permanently, took it back to Orange shop and they will not replace it until their technical dept can diagnose the fault (could take forever!!) so one week later I am still without a phone and out of pocket as a result of buying one of these! My feature ratings are from a theoretical point of view as I have no experience of the features seeing as it doesn't work! Orange shop staff also agree the phone is problematic and many have been replaced as... (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2003 by Swissmate.
There is no better 3G Phone available in the market at the moment to compete with SVP. This is the best one available. I was installing all kind of software on my phone in the beginning due to which the phone slowed down or sometime crashed. After all it's a PC. Now I added 512 MB SD Card and have everything in there. Problem resolved. The new upgrade has improved the battery life, the antenna and the value of the product drastically. (read more)
Written on: 06/04/2003 by Al Hillery.
Its inability to perform simple tasks such as send photots and ringtones by infrared. And you would have thought on a phone as advanced as this you would be able to fully cusomise the home screen, rarther than just be able to change the colours, the presets are ok, but i would like to be able to start my home screen from scratch (read more)
Written on: 24/03/2003 by Chris.
The SPV takes a while to get used to, but once you get going it's brilliant with endless amounts of different things you can do with it (read more)
Written on: 19/03/2003 by Monty.
The phone is an excellent piece of equipment if you wish to combine a phone, personal organiser. The phone can seem a little slow, but this is mainly due to the fact that it is a computer rather than simply a phone. Once I updated the phone using the download option, the battery life has increased dramatically. You don't have to be a computer genius to operate this phone, but if you have a slight knowledge of computers, you will be able to fully utilise this phone and all of its features.... (read more)
Written on: 18/03/2003 by Chris Jones.
I bought a Orange SPV just over a week ago. Has crashed a few times. Also find the battery only lasts about 20 hours.
I upgraded to this phone from Pay As You Go and have been told I can't take it back.
If you are thinking of buying one DON'T. (read more)
Written on: 17/03/2003 by Sam.
I bought one on Wednesday, it crashed about six times in two days, kept returning to home screen whilst using other features, took it back to Orange shop and got new handset, seems ok at present, but will give it some abuse over the next few days just to make sure. I have also experienced poor reception in previously good areas.
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Written on: 12/03/2003 by Philip McCabe.
Had a few power faults where it wont come back on for some unknown reason, plus keeps saying their is no signal whan my t100 has a clear signal, appart from that a great phone has everything you would ever need, would be better with an intergrated camera. (read more)
Written on: 11/03/2003 by Richard Sum.
The phone looks pleasing to the eye, it is not heavy and fits easily into a coat pocket. The menu system is slow and at times seems almost non-responsive. The camera once connected makes the device clumsy and its picture is unstable..you need a steady hand for this one. Playback of multimedia is acceptable in sound form but the video is 'jerky' at best, leaving playback as a gimmic, and not a usable feature. The SPV battery life lasts about 18 hours if its used infrequently, so its not for... (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2003 by sean.
having been a phone nut for the past few years..sl45,t66,t68,t720,6610 etc i went for the Orange SPV as it could do the lot. Having used the phone for 3 months i can say that if you dont need all the functions look elsewhere as the SPV is hard to use due to small keypad not good for text etc. Battery life is also very bad, 1 day if you are lucky. The spv locks up every day, remove battery then start again...i have upgraded the software which seems to have cured some of the problems but not... (read more)
Written on: 30/01/2003 by Ian Shaw.
I got this phone last week with great expectations, but sadly i was greatly dissapointed. I will firstly tell you the good points. The features are ace, media player is a huge bonus allowing you to play mp3s, watch videos (low quality). The ringtones are extremely good quality but i recommend finding your own as the ones that are preset are absolute tripe, quite why they've done this i dont know. There is only 8mb of storage space so you are somewhat limited. GPRS allows high speed... (read more)
Written on: 15/01/2003 by Dave.
Excellent phone. Stops me being bored on long train journeys. A few minor annoyances, like it slowing down at random times, but, hey - it's Microsoft - you have to expect that. Things like All-Explorer and IAAlbum not shipping with the phone for free is a bit annoying. That functionality should be provided with the O/S as it is in all other versions of Windows. I was going to develop my own, but find that all software has to be certified for use by Orange. (read more)
Written on: 26/12/2002 by Orange.
Needs better help on how to download files from the computer to your phone and then use them as a ringtone/background or whatever. HELP! (read more)
Written on: 18/12/2002 by Brook Nolson.
The SPV is an excellent product which has allowed me to put my Compaq iPAQ away in its box. The camera is rubbish and the ring tones are extremely boring, would it not have been better to allow a mobile of this nature the very latest in ring tones. A car kit would be a very valuable piece of kit right now. (read more)
Written on: 14/12/2002 by Silent Conscience.
I personally think this phone is the best out there now after considering all the features and value for money! But I do find one thing quite annoying though, is that I couldn't find any website for latest ringtones for spv. This is probably because this phone is still new and that not many people know bout it yet. But it's really getting on my nerves when some said the ringtones are no good and some say it's amazing (but where and how can you download it if the website didn't allow this... (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2002 by Martin Gardner.
Well I was pretty well impressed !! Took a couple of days to learn all the features and how to use them unlike the other two reviewers! They said the ring tones was poor and the sound not loud THEN CHANGE YOUR SETTINGS DUHH!. Once you have set up active sync which was I must say easier to download from microsft than the disc, you can open up your phone file and drag and drop .wav or .midi files direct onto your phone WOW hifi sound or what, I have a 15 sec clip from star wars film in the bar... (read more)
Written on: 28/11/2002 by tomesy.
I've had the SPV a few days now and in general I'm really pleased with it. I've added a 128 MB SD card which has allowed me to store 3 albums worth of MP3's and has room left for numerous pictures. (The phone comes with an 8MB card which is only really useful for storing photo's). The sound quality isn't bad at all through the supplied hands-free headphones (although I didn't find them the snuggest fit - probably my ears). The look and feel of the phone is excellent, although the keypad... (read more)
Written on: 27/11/2002 by misswebbster.
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... (read more)
Written on: 24/11/2002 by DBrook.
Whilst the Orange SPV phone is feature-rich when it comes to multimedia, I think the feature aspect has totally taken over the phone and the basic features that are needed in a mobile phone are perhaps lost.
The keypad is quite small - it's too easy to catch the wrong key (very annoying when writing an SMS). The navi-buttons are also clumsy. When selecting to move left or right, the button is so small that you end up moving down too.
The menu system is easy to follow and configurable -... (read more)