We test seven mobiles with a focus on online features.
Not all mobile phones worth the name internet? It is true, but in order to qualify in this month’s test takes more than a wap browser and the ability to send e-mail. RSS reader, podcasting, upload to blogs, online navigator software and weather forecasts are some of the features that is placed under the microscope.
Most important among the Mobile’s online features is of course the browser. Four different browsers are represented in the starting field. The two Windows Mobile phones from HTC uses Microsoft’s standard Web browser Internet Explorer Mobile. A strong page of Microsoft’s Web browser is the management of bookmarks on your phone. Each bookmark is presented with the site’s icon and it’s easy to sort into folders.
The mobile version of Internet Explorer does not draw up Web pages in quite the same way as desktop variant. There is support for html, but compared to the competition in the test is Internet Explorer more slowly and more often encounter problems with large and complex pages. Zoom opportunities is limited, but there are a few different display options. To gain more space, you can hide menu bars and surf in full-screen mode. You can also set the screen horizontally-especially useful on the Tytn II. If you want to avoid having to scroll horizontally, Internet Explorer can convert this page to a column, but it works best on pages with fairly simple layout.
Opera’s browser is the default selection for the UIQ phones and can be found in Sony Ericsson G700 and G900. The top menu bar feels very bulky at first, but once you become accustomed to the ability to have multiple Web pages open at the same time, it is useful to be able to quickly switch between them using the tabs that show up in the menu bar. Opera has good support for different types of Web pages and browsing is fast despite the fact that both the G700 and G900 does not have turbo-3 g. Menus in Opera 8.65 is unnecessarily cumbersome and requires a lot of pressure with the pen to organize bookmarks or open new tabs. On the other hand, it is much easier to send a bookmark via sms from Opera than from other browsers.
K660 is not a smartphone, but still have a place in the test because Sony Ericsson put some extra energy on the internet features. The choice of browser is no surprise-the K660 is like most other Sony Ericsson phones equipped with Netfront. However, there are several new and great features that are missing from the Standard Edition of Netfront. Just like in the Nokia Web browser, there is now a pointer that makes it easier to choose the right links and elements on the Web pages. The ability to view a thumbnail of the page improves the experience further and makes the K660 is approaching Nokia browser functionality.
The interface is very neat and polished, but I feel both Sony Ericsson and Nokia’s Symbian phones like faster. Nokia N82 and delivered both with Mini Map browser. As the name says, you can use a snapshot to find right on pages that do not fit on the screen. Nokia was early with this feature, but now begins as said the competition approach.
“Engine” that draws up the pages of the Mini Map called Webkit, and is also used in Apple’s Web browser Safari. It ensures good compatibility with various sites. Nokia’s Web browser is fast and competent when it comes to drawing up the pages and has good customization options, but the menu system is complicated. There is no easy way to go back and change if you mistyped a Web address and some menu choices are weird. To send a bookmark, for example, must first download Web page to access option» Send «.»
In addition to Web browser includes Windows mobiles Live Messenger and a good e-mail program. Touch Dual and Tytn? II are able to view html-formatted emails without a problem and can handle most types of email accounts. Mobile phones from Nokia and Sony Ericsson are delivered not with pre-installed Messenger clients, but also more connected features than Windows Mobile phones. Ability to upload images to different blog services are now also available in Sony Ericsson UIQ phones, so there is only Windows Mobile phones that lack this feature.
K660 is an rss reader. It will build on Sony Ericsson’s old approach, to manage rss news messages, but the interface is updated and there have been added new features. Most interesting is the possibility to display the headlines directly in standby mode-this makes news more accessible and usable. RSS reader also supports podcasting and it is possible to choose whether the download will be done over the air, or when your phone is connected to your computer. G700 and G900 has interfaces for handling podcasts in the music player, but lacks the link to your rss reader.
Nokia phones come with a great podcasting program while the rss reader is far behind Sony Ericsson’s solution. Nokia podcasting program is easy to get started with because a wide range of applications can be accessed directly via the directory function-there is no need to enter long URLs. The content downloaded via Wi-Fi or cellular connection, but the function for automatic download has flaws. You can select how often the program to search for new content and how much of the memory card may be completed, but the program can not» wake up «on their own but must at all times be open in the background.
An exciting new feature in Nokia mobiles is Web Runtime. It is a technology that makes it possible to use Web programming construct an offline widget that runs from the menu just like a java-or Symbianprogram.
The most positive surprise in the category is undoubtedly the K660. Despite the low price, the good-and stylish-the internet functions. The browser, however, does not match the Nokia Mini Map, K660 Miss fempoängaren with the smallest possible margin.
Winner: Sony Ericsson K660
The form and buttons
Sony Ericsson G900 and G700 has both a real easy format to be smartphones. Mobiles are thin and light, but slightly wider than the average cell phone. That it is not regular java phones do you notice first when you look a little closer and find that mobile phones are fitted with pen and touch. Material feeling is not much to cheer for when it comes to whether G700 or G900. They are remarkably plastic and step feels immensely to more solid Sony Ericsson W890 products or P1i. The ergonomics are that receive no error. The keypad is really good and the four-way controller makes the threshold is not high for those who upgrade from a mobile without touchscreen. K660 is the cheapest phone, but in terms of the external qualities can handle it well. The cell phone is available in two different variants, black and wine red or white and green. Although it’s been a while since white was the height of fashion among electronic gadgets so feel your design. Except for the color selection has the cell phone a very typical Sony Ericsson look. The keypad has the small, round buttons that were introduced with the k810i, but I think the feeling is better on the K660. On the side of the phone there are buttons for the camera and volume. K660 is the lightest cell phone in the test, but both the G700 and G900 is slightly thinner.
HTC Tytn II is the largest and most heavily without competition among mobile handsets in the test, even if Nokia actually is two millimeters thicker. TyTN II is a sliding mobile and during the 2.8 inch big screen is a great qwerty keyboard. Quality feeling is high-weight makes you almost get the impression that the Tytn II would be a extra durable mobile, but few such representations do HTC unfortunately not. The other HTC-mobile, Touch Dual, is much smoother. The Touch Dual has a design that places it outside of my mainstream and the classic numerical keypad makes it stand out even when compared to other Windows Mobile phones. In addition to regular number keys are shortcuts to email, Web browser, and start menu. Both the keypad and the four-way controller below the screen works really well and skjutmekanismen are of high class. Along the edges of the phone can accommodate memory cards, volume and camera buttons, usb connector, power button and space for your pen-all discreetly flush-mounted in a chromed bar.
Nokia 8 gb has the same shape and size as the older model, but a bigger screen. The cell phone is sliding in two directions and under the screen there is both a numeric keypad and special multimedia buttons. Slide mechanism feels not as well constructed as the HTC phones, but compared to the silver has the quality feeling received a lift. Keys has good size and stroke length. At the top of the cell phone features a headphone jack in the form of a 3.5-millimeterskontakt which also fits for regular headphones. Even Nokia N82 uses standard plug for audio, but unlike and HTC phones, which has mini-usb connector, use the N82 the slightly rarer micro-usb connector.
The N82 is a fairly large and heavy mobile in candybarformatet. It will fit without problems in the trouser pocket, but it seems pretty clumsy compared with handsets from Sony Ericsson. The keypad is better than its reputation. The minimal rectangular buttons have good sense and fits with sufficient intervals to avoid hitting the wrong. The only really badly designed button on the N82 is the so-called multimedia button to the left of the» Red handset «.» It is easy to access it by mistake when using the 4-way button or c button.
HTC Touch Dual combines a sleek shell with good entry opportunities. Sony Ericsson G700 and G900 is not far behind, but the quality of feeling is not enough for a top score.
Winner: HTC Touch Dual
Management and settings
With a little luck, you don’t need to spend so much time and energy on settings. Most combinations of phones and operators can configure-either automatically or by ordering a text message. The exception is the operator of three who only delivers settings to their» own «mobiles. Then you may need to make the settings for data and mms manually. A quite complicated procedure-especially when it comes to multimedia. None of the manufacturers have invested in building some kind of guide for manual settings, but it comes to keeping your tongue right in the mouth and add data accounts and profiles for the various functions and then hope that it all works. Settings in mobile phones from Nokia and Sony Ericsson are a little more logical than the equivalents for Windows mobiles.
When it comes to wlan is the roles were reversed. HTC Tytn II has a very good interface for adding
wireless networks. This feature can be accessed directly from the home screen, and works much the same way as in the computer. Nokia’s first wlan phones was immensely complicated to configure, but thanks to wlan software on the home screen it goes pretty easy to hook up both the N82 and 8 gb. It’s still a bit trickier to save network keys and choose which networks various programs will use of Nokia than the competition, but the difference has shrunk. WLAN is also available in Sony Ericsson G900. The settings function in the same way as in other UIQ phones which places it between TytnII and Nokia mobiles when it comes to ease of use.
G700 and G900 has an updated version of the UIQ interface to work better without the pen. The icons have become larger, but what makes most of the user friendliness is the four-way controller that rapidly switches between different features from the start. G700 and G900 is much easier to use with one hand than the p1i. There are still many features that require that you press on the screen, but also it is easier because the screen is not recessed but is in line with the keypad.
K660 is easy to get started with for anyone who used a regular Sony Ericsson mobile over the last five years. The menus have been developed and are much nicer than at, for example, k750, but the arrangement is the same and you can quickly find the right. The cell phone has no accelerometer, touch screen or some like the touch, so the handling is done on classical way via the keypad. Nokia mobile phones are equipped with S60 3.1. Also here is the tradition a force-if you are upgrading from an older Nokia mobile will recognise themselves. It also allows the weaknesses remain. As the bumbling fonts in the message menu-you look at most four messages at a time.
HTC invest heavily in making its phones more user-friendly than the average Windows Mobile. Most of the improvements are quite superficial, but do anyway. Today screen with weather forecasts and notices are nice and will get those phones that feel more like just mobiles and not as a five year-old PDAs. Com Manager is another good addition. Here you can turn on and turn off bluetooth and other connections through transparent icons in?, rather than have to look in the menus. The Touch Dual has gone furthest in improvements and have great looking animated menus to navigate by swiping your finger across the screen. Unfortunately, the menus to the usual Windows Mobile applications that are nearly impossible to manage without the pen.
Both HTC and Sony Ericsson has done much to improve its touch screen interface, but it still feels a bit schizophrenic. Although much can maneuver your fingers will still the pen up all that often. Then it’s easier to use s60 handsets or K660. 8 gb is a bit sharper than the N82, thanks to better screen and more thought out buttons.
Winner: Nokia 8 GB & Sony Ericsson K660
Sony Ericsson K660 have well-made built-in programs, but when it comes to the hardware are the main assets a good screen and fast connection. The camera lacks both autofocus and lighting and the resolution of the two megapixel rarely come into its own. The images from the camera are best suited to scale down and send as mms. The music player in G700, G900, K660 has most of the features found in the Walkman mobiles -it’s really just the logo is missing. Typical Sony Ericsson features that Track id and rds radio available in all three handsets.
UIQ mobiles G700 and G900 have better cameras than the K660. G700 features a 3.2-megapixel camera with fixed focus and lighting in the form of two LEDs. G900 has higher resolution-5 megapixels-but it puts G900 in the top tier when it comes to image quality, autofocus. Nokia mobiles deliver better pictures, but Sony Ericsson have managed to get into a really good camera interface on G900 with many scene modes and the ability to select the focus point with the touch screen. Even HTC makes use of the touch screen in a good way for camera function, but neither the Touch Dual or Tytn II takes especially good pictures.
The most important settings can be controlled directly with your fingers on the screen and there is no need to haul out the pen and look in the menus. Touch Dual lacks autofocus and Tytn II often have problems with the color balance. It is generally low with extras in HTC phones. The music player is really improved compared to the standard version of Windows Mobile, but it is still far behind both Nokia and Sony Ericsson in terms of features and interface. The player is called HTC Audio manager and the most important improvement is that you can control the music player without using the stylus. Functions for playlists have clean and got more features like search functions, random play and repeat, but useful features such as automatically-generated lists and leader boards are still missing.
TyTN II has built-in gps and is the only phone in the test that is to link to an external gps antenna. This is useful if you have a car with athermic windshield. Your phone comes with a trial version of Tomtom Mobile. When it comes to automotive navigation systems, Tomtom software superior to Nokia Maps, but it costs a penny to activate. The advantage of Nokia Maps is that you can use the maps for free and just activate, and pay for, navigator features when you need them. Nokia N82 and 8 gb are quite similar to each other in terms of features. Both have 5-megapixel cameras with autofocus, but the N82 has a Xenon Flash, which makes it possible to take good indoor shots.
Mobile phones have built-in gps and comes with Nokia Maps. Neither the sensitivity in the receiver or the functionality of the gps program is as good as the Tytn II, so you have to console themselves that mobiles have a more streamlined format. The Nokia music player has all the important features, but it is knöligare to use and not as aesthetically pleasing as Sony Ericsson’s solution. Compared to the last generation s60-mobiles, such as the n80, it goes much faster to update the music library, and the music player won’t need as much of working memory, but there is still a potential for improvement.
Nokia fm radio has great sound, but it lacks rds. Nokia has released its unilateral commitment to Visual Radio and started to deliver phones with rds, but boorish enough missing feature is still in the top models. Nokia mobiles have plenty of features in both hardware and software. N82 gets highest score thanks to gps, wlan and a camera.
Winner: Nokia N82
The cell phone as a modem
A good internet Mobile will also act as a modem for your computer. All mobiles in the test comes with the required to hook up a Windows computer to the internet. HTC Touch Dual and Tytn II serves willingly as a modem after installing Activesync on your PC. Provided that the settings will work correctly in your phone so it is enough to start the program for tethering touch» Connect «.» No choices or preferences need to be done in the computer. Smoothly.
The Sony Ericsson PC Suite for K660 contains, just like your phone’s interface, very eye-candy. Despite the amount of graphics and animations feel the program is not slow and it is enough with a few clicks to start the connection. Sony Ericsson mobiles have unlike headset from Nokia and HTC a special contact for charger and data, so it is not possible to borrow the usb cable from your digital camera.
Nokia offers two options for connection. One Touch Access button in the pc Suite is the easiest way. It keeps what it promises-one touch is enough to hook up your phone. If you want to install the Nokia pc Suite high drain performance, there is also the possibility of using a standard modem driver. You have to put up a new dial-up connection, and enter * 99 # as a phone number, but once it is fixed, you have a working Internet connection and space left on your hard drive for other things.
Sony Ericsson K660 has turbo 3 g and is admirably easy to connect to your computer. The program for synchronization and internet access are both beautiful and instructive. A plus for Nokia that provides commonly used modem drivers on the Web.
Winner: Sony Ericsson K660