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We have tested five smart phones

Mobiles with built-in keyboard was one of the big trends at this year’s 3GSM exhibition in Barcelona. The great demand for phones with good keyboard will, of course, that more and more people discover how convenient and cheap it is to send email instead of trying to squish their communications to the 160-character SMS. Five mobiles from five different manufacturers make up in this super test.

Settings

A prerequisite for that mail can be sent and received is that the cell phone has a working internet connection. With the HTC Tytn and Nokia E61 lets you choose between w-lan and mobile connectivity. To make settings for the w-lan works better in Windows interface on HTC than with Nokia. The Setup Wizard in the HTC Tytn includes more options-even those that could have been hidden in an “Advanced” menu-but the scheme win it better than Nokia’s mimics how it works to add a wireless connection on PC or Mac. The problem with the w-lan on the Nokia S60 phones is that there are several different ways to do w-laninställningarna and feeds it into the network keys in the “wrong” mobile guide will not remember the settings. The program “WLAN Wizard” will partly solve the problem, but Nokia’s solution to sort into w-lan among 3 g and GPRS settings are not successful at all times.

To make settings for GPRS and 3 g works painlessly with the all mobiles. All operators do not have settings for Treo, HTC Tytn and Samsung i320 on their Web pages. Then they should instead go to the manufacturer’s website and download the settings there.

The email settings means that input the server address, user name and password, and more in your phone. It is technically possible to also send e-mail via SMS, but there are few email providers which offer the possibility so it’s important that your phone has good interface for manual settings. Nokia E61 has a guide with simplified email settings for many different internet service providers, but it is not comprehensive in any way. As for w-lan has Windows Mobile a good, but advanced interface for email settings. It’s the same with Treo-there are many technical parameters that pop up. Do you know what all that means is it no problem, but both Sony Ericsson and Nokia has chosen the simpler approach with guides for the main settings and the ability to go into the menus and change advanced settings if necessary.

Winner: HTC Tytn

Send and receive

To send e-mail, go to in much the same way in the different handsets. Nokia have succeeded best in integrating email posting with other features-such as the photo gallery. Now, this is not a huge plus when your phone has no camera, but the interface is well made, even when it comes to select addresses from the contacts and to create mailing lists. Sony Ericsson’s interface is nice, but slow animations at all menu items pull down the experience. The good thing with the M600 is, by contrast, html support. HTML is the most common technique to provide e-mail formatting with different fonts, colors, bold, and so on. The M600 is the only phone in the test that shows the mail in html format without the hassle. Palm, HTC and Nokia can display html-formatted email, open the message as an attachment in a browser, but Sony Ericsson’s solution is much more elegant. Samsung i320 ignores html altogether-the message appears as plain text with no formatting.

Winner: Sony Ericsson M600

Attachments

In e-mail clients, mobile phones have no problem sending and receiving attachments, but it is interesting to test what is possible to do well when the files are on your phone. HTC Tytn impresses with really good records management program. Samsung i320 software and it contains no way to edit the common document formats. A program to view office files included with, but in practice this means that i320 not performing more than many of Samsung’s “regular” phones when it comes to document management. The program “Documents to go” is installed on the Treo 680. Just like the programs in the HTC Tytn, it can edit files from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. A plus with “Documents to go” is that it can sync files from your computer’s documents folder on your mobile device at the same time as calendar and address book synchronized. Nokia and Sony Ericsson have programs to edit Word and Excel files. They will not reach up to the same ease of use as the programs in the HTC Tytn and Treo 680. Above all, it will be tough to work with large files, but there are also functions that require a great deal of unnecessary sweltering in the menus. Program to display images and pdf files are available in all five of the phones, but again they have HTC the Treo and the most convenient solutions. Audio files may not receive by email each day, but of course, those phones can play mp3 files from e-mail attachments and from memory cards. Nokia and Sony Ericsson have the best music pillars as well as the largest range of compatible headphones and other musical accessories.

Winner: Treo 680

The form and buttons

Some sort of keyboard is a must on a e-postmobil and the manufacturers have chosen different paths to make room for the best keyboard on the limited space. It to the surface, we find the greatest keyboard in HTC Tytn. Swedish characters are accessed via function keys-Nokia E61 and Samsung i320 is alone in having custom buttons for å, ä and ö. Back to HTC Tytn. In addition to the keyboard, which slides under the screen when not in use, there is a touch screen, a scroll wheel and the function button to handle calls and navigate menus. With such a large keyboard that the Tytn, it becomes clear that the buttons sitting in straight columns instead of the offset between the lines found on a real computer keyboard. However, you can quite quickly get used to both control location and at the press of a button before the Swedish characters. TyTN is overall easy to write on and have good functional buttons. Unfortunately, while the heaviest and most bulky phone in the test.

A cell that has a flexible format is the Treo 680. The shape makes it comfortable to wear, we do not have the protruding antenna found on earlier models, and the keyboard has a sensible size. Unfortunately, the Treo the worst solution for Swedish characters-it requires at least three-four button presses to produce the correct letter. For numbers works Treo better buttons are clearly marked with grey color and automatically provides numbers instead of letters for example when entering phone numbers. Just like other models with PalmOS Treo 680 has a touch screen. There is also a good navigation button, red and green off as well as shortcuts to the main programmes.

Nokia E61 and Samsung i320 lacks a touch screen. Both Series 60 and Windows Mobile Smartphone is designed for making advanced features easy to use with a mobile phone keypad, so you feel no great loss. Samsung’s keyboard has significantly less buttons than Nokia’s, but both have managed to fit all the letters including å, ä and ö. Samsung’s numerical solution is a bit strange-the letter buttons is circled two and two. Each pair corresponds to a number, so you put your thumb right on so get it right no matter what the keys really is pressed. Perhaps this is a solution you get used to over time, but during the test period, I saw Samsung entering numbers as the worst. The keys are also very small, so it has been for large fingers are the benefits with the keyboard in front of T9 is not so great. The great strength of i320 is the flexible format. The mobile phone is really thin and fits easily in the inner pocket. Nokia E61 is larger, especially in width, but I think it’s a better compromise between size and usability than Samsung’s mobile is. The buttons work great to write in with your thumbs and your phone has a great stick and sensible placed function buttons for menus and conversations.

The most innovative keypad still has the Sony Ericsson M600. In number mode, simply press as usual. Either button also handles two different letters that are input by pressing the left or right side of the button. For writing Swedish characters used a form of multi-tap-several press a provides such as ä or å. A solution that is quick to learn. The M600 has a touch screen and a scroll wheel on the side of your phone. The format is easy-it’s not as thin as Samsung i320, but it is shorter and narrower and does not feel much more bulky than a typical mobile phone.

Winner: Sony Ericsson M600

Miscellaneous

To use the Treo 680 is a real trip down memory lane if you ever had a PDA from Palm. The difference between these interfaces for Treo and Palm from the 90s is minimal. The news is in the telephony functions-is both prettier and feel more “21st century” than in the rest of the cell phone. At the same time as PalmOS don’t have the most expensive area is the operating system very fast and easy to use. After a while, we find that many of the programs have been improved over the years, and the operating system is definitely one of the greatest strengths of the Treo 680. Sony Ericsson M600 is its opposite. Here everything is aesthetically very appealing, but the graphics seem to be dealing with what the phone’s processor can’t be bothered with and it doesn’t always go so fast in menus. Nokia E61 and Windows mobiles position themselves between the M600 and Treo 680. The more advanced PocketPC system in the Tytn is both prettier and faster than Windows Mobile Smartphone in Samsung i320. E61 is not the fastest Series 60 mobile phone I tested, but the firmware is free from annoying delays and E61 works well in most situations.

When it comes to multimedia handsets have a pretty varied equipment. Skärmpplösningen 320 x 240 pixel dominates-the exception is the Treo 680 that has a square screen with 320 x 320 pixels. Samsung i320 has a to the surface a bit smaller screen than the others, but it is very crisp and bright. Camera, see HTC Tytn, Treo 680, and Samsung i320. The camera in the HTC Tytn is on paper, sharpen your competitive edge with 2 megapixels. However, I think Samsung camera produces better images-not least indoors thanks to a good photo lamp. The VGA camera on the Treo 680 is no big shots. Music player is available in all mobile and HTC Tytn and Sony Ericsson M600 supports wireless stereo sound without the need to install any additional applications.

Best connectivity, there is no doubt in the HTC Tytn with w-lan, 3 g hsdpa. This ends up both the Treo 680 and Samsung i320 firmly behind.

Winner: HTC Tytn

Winner: HTC Tytn

The greatest, but still the best. TyTN is a large and heavy mobile, but it is not possible to ignore the content. The cell phone has the best connectivity, support for attachments in different formats and a powerful operating system. The keyboard is good, and the mobile phone have a touch screen. A Tytn costs a lot of money but, again, the content can justify a purchase-considering everything that fits under the cover is the more affordable than the Treo 680. The weakness is the telephony functions-this has other succeeded better. TyTN is slightly more than the Pocket PC is a mobile phone. Most I lack a proper numeric keypad.

Box: Standards for email

POP3

POP (Post Office Protocol) is the most common technique for retrieving email. Version 3 of Protocol is most prevalent today-hence the name POP3. POP3 is based on the email application will download all new mail to your device, and then disconnect the connection, so you don’t need to be constantly connected to use email with POP3.

IMAP4

Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) version 4 is more advanced than POP3. IMAP allows users to be constantly connected to the mail server, and multiple users can collaborate using an email account and share messages and folders. IMAP4 is available today in most e-postmobiler, but it can be tricky to find an internet service provider or operator offering e-mail accounts with IMAP4 support. The reason is that IMAP4 burden the email server more users compared to POP3. FastMail is one of the few pages on the net that offer free IMAP4 accounts.

SMTP

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is used to send email and used in conjunction with POP3 or IMAP4 for a koplett e-mail solution. Many operators will block “port 25”, the default address for SMTP, to prevent users from setting up their own SMTP servers for spam. Therefore, you may have to use the provider’s SMTP server-see list.

WebDAV

WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is used to download mail from Hotmail accounts.

Pushmail

To know if you received new e-mail, you must connect to the provider’s server. Unlike for example TEXT MESSAGES coming to your phone as soon as the mobile operator has time to deliver the message, you will receive only information about new mail as often as your phone connects to the server. To get to grips with this delay, see pushmail, which with the help of a special server software sends out email to your phone as soon as the message reaches your inbox on the server. Examples of technology pushmail is BlackBerry, Push-IMAP and Lemonade Profile.

Free service our site is a good option to test the possibilities with pushmail.