After carefully reading this review, the first thing that comes to mind is "PANTS" !!!
I used to own an Orange SPV E100 and coming from the O2 Network I was quite reluctant to move to Orange and the Smartphone. Here is my story.....
However, after reading reviews (or the E100) and some opinions on this site, I took the plunge!
MY GOD, what a mistake!!! Not only was the phone almost unusable as a Mobile (not telling me I had voice messages, poor signal, poor battery life, constantly hanging even after an upgrade), it was 12 months of hell!!
Even the Orange coverage was poor, making my work life very hard indeed.
12 months on, I bought a Samsung D500 on Vodafone! FANTASTIC, its a phone, it works and great signal, great bluetooth and more importantly, NEVER crashed, hung or died after 2 days due to a dead battery. Apps are ok, and can sync with Outlook on the fly - great!!
In late 2005, I started to read reviews of the O2 XDA EXEC. In my mind, this appeared to look like a great device, offering bluetooth, Wi-Fi and even better 3G. After there was many reviews rating this device, I took the plunge.
Its a great pocket mobile laptop device (in my eyes) and even better, I could use it as a Laptop without taking my own Dell Laptop to client sites. Even better, it came with TOMTOM!!! Never had SatNav, but boy do I enjoy it now
(Bought this on eBay BTW).
My only criticism has been the lack of apps working correctly, however I now have alot more programs, and have turned this into a Mini Laptop, able to access Network resources, shares and printing factilites!! Use Notepad to open system files, connect to Exchange, connect to my own TS Server, it truly is the device I have been eager to get!
Any regrets? Not at all! And the best part is, its a phone!! Although I still use my D500 at the moment mainly because its small, light and handy!
Anyhow, back to the review - Personally, if anyone decided to buy this so called upgraded Orange phone, I would seriously think twice! Not only does it appear to LACK several good qualities (and features!), but in my mind, this is simply a stop gap that should NOT have been reliased! And how many are just going to upgrade to this model when we all know a potential new version is on the horizon!
Seal of approval?? I think people need to judge by themselves!
Paul, appreciate that you may be on the "Orange" side, but I personally feel this is not the phone to buy.
If you want connectivity on the go, either 3G, GPRS or Wi-Fi, then something along the lines of the XDA EXEC is definetely the way to go!
Yes, its big, large, but its got huge potential and a fantastic screen; And it replaces my Laptop with a 1GB Card installed, I am able to perform my job with it and still use a Desktop PC if the needs require it!
Just signed up to BTOpenzone on a great fantastic introduction deal too 8)
My opinion is to avoid! Sorry to disagree, but you are not going to please everyone!