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post Feb 22 2006, 02:06 PM
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As I previously mentioned the memory management on Windows Mobile 5.0 is different. When you first pick up the phone and turn it on out of the box you may find that applications take a little while to start up. When I opened "Messaging" I found that it took 5 seconds to load the first time, however I get the feeling that Windows Mobile 5.0 is built for repetitive tasks, and opening something a second or third time is much, much quicker. Docking units are obviously now a thing of the past, however the mini USB cable does the job and, to be honest, the C600 is too small for a cradle.

With Windows Mobile 5.0 you'll find that more stuff now works. There's less compatibility issues which means less hassle. Although a lot of changes are "under the hood", the improved contacts and navigation is a definite plus point.

The EDGE compatibility is a little wasted here in the UK as Orange doesn't have an EDGE network to allow the promised 247Kbps speeds. However, if you are lucky enough to be in a country with the capability then the browsing speed would be fantastic.

It would have been nice to get a card slightly larger than the 32Mb MiniSD supplied with the handset, especially as a lot of internal memory is sapped up by the phone, however shops like MobyMemory will sell you a bigger one quite cheaply. As for battery life, obviously if you do choose to have the "Screen Timeout" set to never then battery life is impacted, but you can easily get a days worth of usage out of it with the backlight permanently on. In tests we found that on the "default" settings we could get around four days out of it before having to charge it again.

One thing we did notice about the C600... "Orange Backup" has gone. Where's it vanished to? This is always an invaluable tool for Orange SPV users and now it's vanished, so people upgrading from earlier models can't restore stuff. Weird.

The C600 is a very good phone. It does all the flashy stuff you want plus it ain't bad at making phone calls either. Call quality is spot on and it connected to my Bluetooth headset first time. Whilst it's not a massively different handset from the C500, Orange have built on the success that the C500 gave. The SPV C600 can be compared to a Formula 1 car. Although it looks almost the same as last years F1 car, the engine, on-board computer, suspension and stability of the car have been improved greatly.

Sean Murphy
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