Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox T830

When I brought my first Siemens handphone more than 6 years ago, I’ve never turned away from that brand ever since & went on with my SX1 till now.

Then things started looking bleak when BenQ acquired them. As I never really like BenQ phones. I never thought I would see myself owning another Siemens. Till I almost forgot of the Fujitsu-Siemens brand of phones.

In the mist of searching for my next “purrrfect phone”, presenting the Fujitsu-Siemens T830. (Pictured on left, beside the HTC Hermes aka O2 XDA Trion aka Dopod 838 Pro on the right).

Maybe they could just make the keyboard more compact (like the blackberry/p990i or slider KB) to accommodate a full 2.7″ VGA 640×480 Screen (65k colours at least, 262k preferred), slap in HSPDA3.5G support & FM radio & it will just hit it right on the sweet spot.

Specifications:

  • Windows Mobile 5.0 OS
  • 240×240 Touchscreen
  • 2MP Primary Autofocus Camera
  • Video Call Secondary VGA Cam
  • GSM/UTMS 3G
  • Side JogDial
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b and 802.11g
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Built in GPS Chip & Reciever
  • Hardware Qwerty Keyboard
  • Full Sized SD/SDIO/MMC slot
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • 128MB ROM & 64MB RAM

One Fujitsu Siemens T830 review by solopalmari & another from mobinaute.com (with babelfish translation from french).

The greatest welcome for the T830 is the use of the standard full sized SD cards (over adapter format nightmares with miniSD or the horrific microSD cards) with its SDIO/SD/MMC slot & the presence of a 3.5mm Audio Jack with mini USB sync as standard.

The biggest reason pulling me back in the T830 is the 240×240 1:1 aspect screen. Though being a WM5.0-specific supported feature, it will the product’s main downfall – it WILL HAVE problems with most PPC programs designed for the QVGA 4:3 aspect screens, together with older WM2003 programs (either it won’t run or will have the bottom chopped off). Hopefully Fujitsu Siemens will release a successor to the already promising T830 with these such recommended changes I will cover next.

In summary, the dream phone most people would want at the moment is non-existent. Currently its only a bit here & there, so maybe da manufacturers can get back on the drawing board with these features AT LEAST:

  • Windows Mobile 5.0 OS (Phone Ed)
  • 400Mhz Processor (XScale 624Mhz preferred)
  • QVGA Touchscreen (VGA 640×480 preferred)
  • 2MP Primary Autofocus Camera
  • 0.3MP Secondary Video Cam
  • Quad-Band GSM/UTMS 3G/HSDPA
  • Side JogDial
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b & 802.11g
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • FM Radio w/built-in Antenna
  • IrDA (Optional)
  • Mini-USB sync/charging port with USB Host
  • Built in GPS Chip & Reciever
  • Hardware Qwerty Keyboard (Slideout prefered to maintain form)
  • Full Sized SD/SDIO/MMC slot – IMPORTANT!
  • Full sized 3.5mm Audio Jack – IMPORTANT!
  • 128MB ROM & 64MB RAM
  • 1350mah primary battery

Some features compliment another, like the full sized SD/MMC slots to go for loading in large maps for the GPS function, the 3.5mm jack acting as an antenna for the FM radio & a universal Mini-USB port for everything IO. Moreover, so it won’t be considered a downgrade (or upgrade) when I get a replacement for my current 624Mhz VGA Dell Axim x50v. If only my Dell had a slide out keyboard & phone functionality… Hope I find my puurrfect phone soon, da current replacement 7250i is simply killing me.

Other than that, theres the HTC Artemis & the AnexTEK SP310 smartphone, here & here.

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