The whole office in your pocket. We have tested the smart phones of all the weight and price classes.
A good smartphone combines business with pleasure-email and calendar fits in a unit along with the video and music. The sharp line between smartphones and “regular” phones have almost become blurred with cross-border phones like the Nokia 6120 Classic and Sony Ericsson W950 Walkman ™, but for this we have selected supertest six mobiles that definitely belongs to the smarter on the market. Wireless networking is a must as is the ability to install Windows Mobile or Symbian program.
The form and buttons
The largest and most heavily is the Nokia E90. Compared to previous communicators is the size not so fearsome-just 9300 was less-but with a weight of more than 2 hectolitres fits E90 better in jacket pocket or Briefcase than in your pocket. Just like its predecessors is E90 a foldable mobile hinges on the long side. The hinge has with its dual leads a slightly different design compared to other foldable cell phones, but the solution feels durable, and it’s easy to fold up the screen at different angles.
E90 has a large keyboard with separate buttons for å, ä and ö. Key for å sits directly below the island, rather than the more conventional position obliquely above, but it gets used up fast. With cell phone in front of him on the table, one can type quickly with multiple fingers, but the keyboard is not wider than that it works well as a tumtangentbord on the spot. The buttons have a pretty short stroke, so kommunikatorn is no alternative to the laptop to write longer texts, but compared to other mobiles have E90 keyboard. The screen is not touch-sensitive, so the function buttons are important and E90 is well supplied with them. Most important functions like calendar, phone book and Web browsers have their own buttons below the screen and there is a good touch pad to the right of the keyboard.
Unlike previous communicators can use all functions, even when your phone is closed. Exterior works E90 as a standard S60 mobile. For example, you can write sms with one hand using the T9, something that is not obvious among high-end smartphones. E90 is made of a material that does not attract finger prints to any great extent. The phone feels like a serious work tool and my only objection to the design are the predominant chrome bars-but they can be a plus in someone else’s eyes.
Very metal we find even on Sony Ericsson P1i. The front is framed by brushed aluminum and you really get the feeling that Sony Ericsson raised their design ambitions since the weighty and plastic P990i. The back of the cell phone has a rubbery surface, and my overall impression of the materials and quality of P1i is very positive. Despite its name, has many similarities with the P1i external not the previous mobiles in the P-series. It is very similar to the M600i with the special two-part keys. A comparison of the measurements show that the M600 is a little over a millimeter thinner and 12 grams lighter, but the extra weight of P1i carries to considering new features like camera and wlan.
M600 had clearly concave buttons. On the P1i has the buttons become flatter, but it is still easy to press forward the correct letters by pressing the right or left edge of a button. Å, ä and ö does not have custom buttons, but is accessed by multiple press a or o. in addition to keypad have P1i touch screen and a number of function keys. There is no trackpad, but if you want to navigate menus or lists, so there is a swivel wheel and a back-button on the phone’s left side.
HTC P4350 is the only sliding mobile. Around the screen is green and Red Horn, a touchpad and function keys for start menu. When the keyboard flips up switches the display from portrait to landscape format. There are no separate buttons for å, ä and ö without letters can be accessed via the function key. It requires a certain break-in, but despite everything pretty well. Skjutmekanismen feels well built and durable, and the cell phone has a handy format despite a large touch-sensitive screen and keyboard. The dimensions are similar to the Sony Ericsson P1i and P4350 is on good and evil a more discreet mobile with its black shell. It’s also noticeably heavier than the P1i, but due to the metal and rubber surfaces have P1i better quality feel despite lower density.
The other HTC-mobile, with the name Touch, is even smaller and lighter. The cell phone has a very minimalist appearance with discrete buttons for green and Red handset by the side of a silver-coloured control plate. Silver color is repeated in a list around the Mobile’s edge with recessed buttons, usb connector and cover over the sim and memory card slots. Voyage of the cell phone is all black with a rubberized surface. Many features of the HTC Touch can be controlled directly with your fingers on the screen, but there is also a stylus.
Nokia E61i and Samsung i600 is built on a similar looking, but a few centimetres wider E61i and is thus the place with a bigger keyboard. Both the E61i and i600 builds on past successes. Samsung i600 has great similarities with the triple bandaren i320, but to fit with turbo 3 g and video call camera cell phone have been two millimeters long and ten grams heavier with the standard battery. In the box, there is also a large back piece with a high capacity battery. With the main battery becomes Mobile, however, rather clumsy.
Nokia E61i has become slightly thinner compared to its predecessor-despite the fact that the cell phone now includes a camera. The keyboard has become more distinctive and the joystick has been removed in favor of a trackpad. Both the keyboard and trackpad are ready lift compared to old E61. While Samsung has changed the keyboard slightly. I320 had angular buttons while the i600 have smooth, slightly rounded Ditto. The new Samsung-buttons is in my opinion an improvement, but Nokia’s keyboard is still more comfortable to type on.
Both Nokia and Samsung has provided mobiles with separate buttons for å, ä and ö, but just like on Nokia E90 differs little from the position that we are familiar with from the computer keyboard. In the case of function buttons has Nokia or Samsung reinvented itself significantly. We find green and Red Horn, trackpad and buttons for the application menu below the screen on both handsets. Samsung has a touch wheel on the right side of the cell phone while Nokia merely common volume buttons.
E90 has by far the best keyboard and the Additionally a complete, standard mobile keypad on the outside. The price we must pay is the inevitable brick associations. Smoothest format has the HTC Touch and the Samsung i600 closely followed by the Nokia E61i, Sony Ericsson P1i, HTC P4350. E61i features a full keyboard with good sense in a still quite smooth mobile, so a successful compromise will allow Nokia takes home first round.
Winner: Nokia E61i
Touch screen mobiles means is still a learning curve when it comes to telephony. Sony Ericsson P1i lacks the usual buttons with green and Red Horn and instead use shortcuts on the screen to handle calls. The surfaces are large enough to press with your fingers, but it had not damaged with clear buttons for call handling. UIQ, the system that sits in P1, is a sleek interface and phone book and call list targets is no exception. The information displayed in a transparent way, with the tabs and clear symbols. It is also possible to sort the contacts in your folders and groups for easy connection to distribution lists or call filter. One clever feature is that if someone calls you and you reject the call, the phone can save an automatic reminder to call back to the current issue.
Message handling, Sony Ericsson also succeeded well with. Sms, mms, email and new entries in rss feeds are presented in their respective folders and to integrate rss messages are better than that Nokia hide function as a submenu in the browser.
The HTC Touch is the only phone in the test which has no keypad with numbers or letters. Since most of the cell phone is controlled via the screen so it is easy to forget the small buttons for call handling-but the Touch has green and red button just like regular mobiles. To beat the number, however, will display to the use and the numbers are large enough for it to be possible to telephone with one hand and without using the stylus. It is possible to set up shortcuts with photo to key number.
P4350 has great similarities to the Touch even though it is not yet possible to upgrade to the latest version of Windows Mobile. The simplified interface Touch FLO missing in P4350, but it does not matter that much when it comes to telephony functions because P4350 still has a large on-screen keyboard with numbers and clear functional buttons below the screen. To manage your messages and navigate the phone book without using the pen, however, is easier to Touch, but it’s a major shortcoming that the cell phone offers no display keypad with T9. To write text must pen up. Phonebook and call records works well in both Touch and P4350, but appearance is Spartan in comparison Sony Ericsson’s interface.
Even Samsung i600 has Windows Mobile operating system, but in the simple Smartphone Edition. I600 lacks the touch screen and the interface is in places even more minimalist than the HTC phones, but Samsung has added custom menus designed for touch pad and wheel with shortcuts to the most important functions. A significant improvement over the old i320.
Nokia mobiles E90 and E61i has basically the same menus and interfaces, but the E90 is many of the programs designed to take advantage of the large interior screen. For normal calls it works well to use E90 as a standard S60 phone, but both the phone book and call lists are divided into two columns when the phone is opened. In the left pane displays the list of contacts or phone numbers and the right column provides detailed information about the selected record. When you open the message, you will see a list of folders on the left and the list of messages on the left.
E61i features a landscape display with qvga resolution and thus not fit to split views in several columns. In other works the telephony functions in the E90-for example there is Group tool, a program that makes it easier to search the call lists for contacts with customers or colleagues, connecting up conference calls or to send group sms.
Sony Ericsson P1i has the telephony features that correspond to the high expectations that you have on a real smartphone. The link between the calendar and call lists as well as the stylish interface impresses, but sometimes is that the graphics are heavy for mobile processor. There are small delays, but not as serious as in the earlier models with the UIQ 3.
Winner: Sony Ericsson P1i
Browser, e-mail, and other online programs are important features of a smartphone. All mobiles in the test is equipped with wlan. Nokia’s interface to manage wireless networks are still inadequate-it applies to both the E61i and E90. For example, we need to think about using the option ‘ define connection point “instead of logging in directly via the wlan Wizard to your phone to remember the network key.
Samsung and HTC using the built-in features for wlan in Windows Mobile. They work well and is also suitable for beginners because all settings have the same name as the Windows on your computer. To connect a bluetooth device, however, is complicated in Windows Mobile. In mobile phones from Nokia and Sony Ericsson POPs units within reach up fast with name and when the correct device visible on the screen, you can stop searching and start pairing. In Windows Mobile, one must first wait for the search will be ended, which can take their time if you are close to many mobile users-for example, on the train. Each device found is presented first as “unknown device”. Then you have to wait another moment before names pop up and you can select the right device. Sony Ericsson has user-friendly interface for wlan as well as bluetooth.
In the case of connection via the mobile network is Nokia E90 the best equipped. E90 has turbo-3 g with up to 3.6 Mbps speed, and in addition, edge and quad-band. Samsung i600 has maximum speed 1.8 Mbps, edge and triband. Sony Ericsson P1i and Nokia E61i has standard 3 g with HTC P4350 quad-band and while Touch is quadband and triple-band mobiles. Sony Ericsson P1i is the only phone in the test that has no edge.
Nokia E61i and E90 uses Nokia’s own browser Minimap. The amount of memory that the browser can use seems to be improved compared to the older Nokia phones, and I manage to not provoke some errors when I open major news portals and other sites that I know that mobiles typically have problems with E90 is able to view many Web pages without needing to scroll horizontally because the screen has a horizontal resolution of 800 whole pixels. The browser displays if necessary, a minatyrbild of the whole page so that you can quickly browse to the correct location, something that is often used in E61i which has a more normal screen width of 320 pixels.
Sony Ericsson P1i comes with the Opera browser 8.0. Opera has more options than the Nokia Web browser and better support for older internet standards such as frames and plain html, but the Minimap feels faster and can operate with one hand while Opera requires the use of the pen.
The mobile version of Microsoft Internet Explorer works fine-both on mobile sites and as far as regular html. According to Microsoft, there should be support for dynamic Web services with Ajax in the latest versions of the reader, but I can say that many Ajax pages that work well on your computer won’t open in mobile. Internet Explorer is poor on features compared to the Opera or the Nokia Web browser. It has the most basic functionality to customize the display-such as full-screen mode, adaptation to a slim screen and reduction of the size of the font.
E-poststödet is good in mobiles and when looking at the specifications seems to be the closest match. However, there are differences. Neither Nokia mobiles or Samsung and HTC with Windows Mobile version 5 supports html formatted emails. Very strange given that mobile phones have good browsers. It should be a cinch for the manufacturers to take advantage of the browser’s html rendering to view messages in a better way. Sony Ericsson P1i can handle this nicely like the HTC Touch. When upgrades are released will hopefully html to work even in the Samsung i600 or HTC P4350. Support for Live Messenger available from pre-installed in Windows phones and is easily installed from the “Download” menu on the Nokia E61i and E90.
Nokia E90 has the best connectivity and sweep the floor with the other mobiles when it comes to view Web pages. However, the e-mail program a disappointment-I would have expected the html support in this type of mobile.
Winner: Nokia E90
Management of contacts, calendar, to-do list and notes-Personal Information Manager, or PIM-are features that must work perfectly in a smartphone. Standardisation with regards to PIM features are almost complete, but there are subtle touches here and there that are worth mentioning. Sony Ericsson P1i can use the camera as a visitkortsscanner. The transformation from image to text in cell phone takes a while, but the P1i is significantly faster than regular phones with the feature, such as the Samsung U600. Nokia mobiles and Samsung i600 has the advantage that applications work well to deal with the mobile phone’s touchpad-that is to say, you don’t have to use both hands and pick up the pen to look up a date on the calendar or find a note.
The large screen of the Nokia E90 could accommodate a very good calendar, but this is Nokia been lazy and basically just added weekly or month view and day view from the “small screen” side by side. Compared with the E61i is the improved ease of use rather small considering the difference in price and size. Calendar in Windows phones from HTC and Samsung is not significantly different from the Nokia or Sony Ericsson’s solutions in terms of features. Look at the aesthetic qualities so is Sony Ericsson’s interface the most lavish with animations and graphics followed by Nokia and finally Windows Mobile.
The information should not only be accessible on mobile phones, but also to be possible to sync with your computer’s applications. All phones ship with the necessary cables and software for PC, but Windows phones must be completed with The Missing Sync to work with Mac. Together with Windows computers with Microsoft Office will Samsung and HTC phones best. ActiveSync is has the best support for programs like Outlook and Windows Media Player and works better than the Nokia and Sony Ericsson’s synkprogram when it comes to handling of categories and more unusual data fields in contacts. Sony Ericsson has had trouble getting out new versions of its synkprogram when operating systems are updated, but the software to the P1i supports both Mac as Windows Vista.
PIM applications in P1i is both stylish and powerful. However, we must hope that Sony Ericsson will not repeat their misses with delayed updates of the synkprogrammen.
Winner: Sony Ericsson P1i
A few years ago, it was common to smartphones missing cameras as many businesses want to avoid the staff sneaking around and documents trade secrets through the use of camera phones. Even if the rule remains in place in many workplaces have mobile manufacturers have chosen to provide even the majority of smartphones with the camera and the feature is available in the all mobiles.
Sony Ericsson P1i and Nokia E90 has 3.2-megapixel cameras with auto focus and photo light. Both offer high-quality images, but the images from Sony Ericsson’s camera is slightly sharper and less influenced by the mobile phone’s noise reduction.
HTC Touch, HTC P4350 and Nokia E61i has tvåmegapixelkameror but auto focus. Image quality sos E61i and P4350 is on par with other simple mobile cameras, but the HTC Touch does not have quite the same sharpness. The automatic white balance in HTC Touch works pretty bad, which means that the pictures often have a pink or blue tint. The interface for taking pictures is very good in HTC Touch and it’s easy to make manual settings.
Samsung i600 has the worst camera. 1.3 megapixel with no autofocus or photo lamp is not high-tech in 2007. The screens are all qvga resolution with the exception of the large interior screen of the Nokia E90. Nokia monitors overall impresses-new screen, in the E61i is significantly better than the one who sat in the old E61. Screen in P1i is very nice and bright, even if it is slightly smaller than the HTC-screens. Samsung has the smallest screen of test-the sharpness is good, but the brightness is not in top class.
Sony Ericsson P1
Music player and space for memory cards, of course, there are in all mobiles. Nokia and Sony Ericsson have handsets equipped with players from their respective music mobiles while Windows phones includes the portable version of Windows Media Player. Format support is good in all mobiles-I managed to successfully play back mp3 files with both constant and variable bit rate and different qualities. However, Windows Media Player does not match Sony Ericsson and Nokia in terms of ease of use and features. There is no such as equalizer, automatically-generated playlists and more advanced playback features as loop of the playlist. Nokia and Sony Ericsson also have a greater range of music accessories. HTC Touch has been supplemented with an additional music player-HTC Audio Manager. Unlike Windows Media Player it is possible to control the HTC player without pen, but otherwise it does not impress.
Nokia E90 has the best video performance. It is capable to play formats such as h.264, mpeg4 and podcast-tv and record video with vga resolution and 30 frames per second.
FM radio is available in the Nokia E90 and Sony Ericsson P1i. However, it is only the P1i supports rds.
Winner: Sony Ericsson P1i and Nokia E90
All mobiles in the test can open e-mail attachments and office files, but the quality of the programmes varies between brands. Mobile phones from HTC is Microsoft’s Office Mobile Suite while Samsung shipped with the program just Picsel Viewer which can display, but not edit the files. After you upgrade to Windows Mobile 6, however, while Samsung able to edit Word and Excel files. Office Mobile is working as it should and is really useful in HTC P4350 thanks to the keyboard.
Equivalent of Office Mobile on mobile phones from Nokia and Sony Ericsson’s called Quickoffice. Editing features are more robust in Quickoffice compared to Windows Mobile 5-especially if you are changing in the same document interchangeably in computer and mobile phones.
Quickoffice is, above all, better at handling Word files, such as documents with tables and footnotes. Some Nokia phones are sold with a simpler version of Quickoffice but editing capabilities, but Nokia E90, Nokia E61i and the Sony Ericsson P1i comes all with the full version. Neither Office Mobile or Quickoffice can open the xml-based file format that was introduced with Office 2007, so use kompatiblitetsläget if you want to be able to send a document from Office 2007 to a mobile.
Quickoffice is more powerful than the Office Mobile and when running the application on Nokia E90 goes it really good to work with large documents, thanks to generous screen and good keyboard. Therefore, the category slightly ahead of Sony Ericsson P1 and Nokia E61i.
Winner: Nokia E90
Systems and software
Samsung i600 or HTC P4350 is shipped with Windows Mobile 5, but both the Samsung and HTC has promised upgrades for these mobiles. Differences between version 5 and 6 as it comes into contact with as a normal user is quite small-the icons have become nicer and Microsoft has managed to do some features a little easier to manage. The major differences are in the support for remote synchronization and email management. In combination with an Exchange server features Windows Mobile 6 more opportunities.
HTC P4350 contains no extra programs in addition to those included in the operating system. It does not in any way a bad phone, but both the HTC Touch and the Samsung i600 comes with smart software that provides added value. In HTC Touch, the focus is on making it possible to use your mobile phone without the pen. The interface Touch FLO and the proprietary music player means that you succeed, in large part, but Nokia mobiles, Samsung i600, and the Sony Ericsson P1i is all easier to use with one hand thanks to key rates.
Samsung has added Windows Mobile with a number of their own programs. There are two very simple program for RSS and Podcasting. They work, but are not much to cheer for as compared to the better third-party application purposes. However, there is a great program that keeps track of photos, music and documents, as well as improvements to the to-do list and alarm clock. Samsung has also added a world time watch and a custom start menu with shortcuts to important programs.
The older kommunikatorerna from Nokia had a private interface-Series 80. It has Nokia now dumped in favor of the 3rd Edition of S60-it systems available in the brand’s other Symbian smartphones. The S60 interface is used in both the inner and the outer screen on the E90 and switching between screens when it opens and closes the cell phone works smoothly. The big advantage with the loot from Series 80 for S60 is that you get access to a greater range of programmes. The downside is that many programs and views in S60 does not make use of the possibilities offered by the larger screen especially good. For example, there is no system of drop down menus in multiple levels and the number of function buttons next to the screen is reduced from four to two. Icons and fonts are unnecessarily large, and the screen seems less despite the number of pixels increased from 640 to 800 width compared to the Nokia 9300i.
E90, E61i contains about the same program. In addition to basic functions, see map application Nokia Maps, IP telephony, a client for downloading Messenger and other programs, Worldmate with world time watch and unit converter, and a search function that can look for keywords in all the content in your phone. Nokia Maps is a functioning navigator if you choose to subscribe to directions. Nokia E90 has a built-in gps with about the same sensitivity as the receiver in the N95-that is something worse than a good bluetooth gps with SirfIII. Nokia E61i lacks as well as other phones in the test integrated gps.
With UIQ 3.0 user interface have P1i a very elegant, but somewhat slow interface when all effects are turned on. It is possible to turn off the animations that appear when you open and close different menus and then become mobile noticeably faster. Entering text with P1i is a different experience-as soon as you have written a couple of letters starts mobile suggest appropriate words and I suspect that it is possible to write really fast if you learn to use the feature.
P1i offer fine opportunities to adapt the standby mode with shortcuts and information from PIM applications. There is room for shortcuts to ten proprietary program spread over two lines. Beyond the basic functionality is P1i have pre-installed software. There is a unit converter and two games. The music player and rss reader, however, is in the top class and weigh up for lack of small programs.
E90 and definitely raises the bar for P1i UIQ and S60 both systems that have been around a while. Nokia has overall more features while Sony Ericsson has invested more effort into the interface and on the music player.
Winner: Nokia E90 and Sony Ericsson P1i
Nokia E90 and Sony Ericsson P1i
Nokia E90 has everything you could wish for in terms of connectivity and features. The large keyboard and a screen that holds an entire Web page width means that the cell phone can be a strong alternative when you don’t have the ability to carry around a laptop. P1i has sharper, music player, email programs, telephony features and radio and an interface that takes advantage of the screen in the best way. What finally makes the game really even is P1i unlike E90 will fit in a normal pocket.