Monolithix, on Jan 15 2008, 22:52, said:
Out of interest, what would justify an upgrade?
Let's see, judging by the official spec's ( http://www.benq.com/...=specifications
) I'd say:
To prevent any kind of downgrade, the E76 would need to have:
Same screen size (What's with that wasted space on a fat plastic bezel on the E72?)
3.5 or at least 2.5mm audio jack (Using my phone as mp3 player all the time so this is a must.)
Same battery capacity (1150mah on Tornado vs. 900mah on E72, though that might be irrelevant if it uses less energy.)
Non-glossy surface (I just hate glossy gadgets.)
Missing features that'd mean an actual upgrade:
Transflective TFT (Almost all Nokias have them, why can't WinMo's? So annoying being unable to read the screen in sunlight.)
microSDHC support (Off. spec's say "up to 2gb" so guessing from that it lacks sdhc just like the Tornado?)
GPS (Judging by the announced phones, it's gonna be harder to find a smartphone without GPS than one with GPS this year!)
Decent quality cam (Let's say a 3mpx autofocus cam with decent lens e.g.? Thought the Tornado's crappy cam wouldn't matter but I've often cursed myself for that.)
The two devices are nearly identical. Size and weight differ a wee bit (E76 is just -16g, thinner, slightly broader, same length), camera got minimaly upgraded (though I doubt that one's any good), CPU updated (? no idea if that new cpu's better or just less expensive) and price apparently got lowered (no wonder at those specs but you can also get a Tornado for realy little money by now). WM6 ofc is officially an upgrade but then, anyone who realy wants that has had it on their Tornado for about 6 months anyways. Best thing probably is that they replaced the joystick with a pad. Good lord, I won't ever again buy another joystick equipped phone.
It's certainly a good phone - as WinMo entry device and to compete with feature phones, especially if it's realy low priced. But judging by the downgraded features vs. the minor update, I'd say anyone owning a Tornado is wasting money buying the E76.