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    The success of BlackBerry’s solutions has become a guiding line for many manufacturers, which have already taken a note of such solutions. Against the background of the growing popularity of these devices, the success has accompanied not the original BlackBerry, but smartphones armed with QWERTY-keypad, since they provided a completely new level of functionality and handling aspects. While the market of handsets equipped with a QWERTY-keypad wasn’t too large, even back then it was already developed enough, so one couldn’t ignore its tendencies. At present, the top 5 manufacturers propose this kind of phones, including smartphones. For example, Nokia offers one of these devices, which represents Eseries, Motorola features similar solutions in the framework of their A-series (not introduced into the European market, available only for the US and Asian markets), former Siemens mobile division has SK65 as a single device of that line-up. This list can be extended even further, but it’s more interesting to peek in their popularity statistics. At a first glance, if this many models have been introduced into various markets, they are in demand. But having a closer look you’ll realize that all this variety conceals only one undeniable fact – perpetual competition of smartphones (to be more precise, communicators, though the terminology doesn’t give a plain definition) and common handset with widened functionality. It’s obvious, that in smartphones a keyboard is vital since they offer capacities of working with mail and other similar services, although arming a standard device with a full-fledged keypad occurs due to two reasons. The former and the core one – possibility of drawing attention of a more conservative audience’s part, which seem to be afraid of relatively new technologies. This share of potential buyers is quite considerable, for them purchasing a smartphone is not essential, especially in light of the fact they will have to get used to a new platform. Yet the most distinctive difference between QWERTY-equipped handsets and “all-round standard” phones is exactly presence of this keypad. It’s a kind of vicious circle, which strongly affects sales of QWERTY-devices, which eventually turn out low. The latter target group could be those, who face the necessity of sending SMS messages pretty often and therefore requite higher speed of typing. Once again, all manufacturers are to deal with several negative aspects, like unwillingness of consumers to pay more for a device featuring a keyboard, or simple lack of functionality. In order to make it clear for you, let me set an example – remember such accessory as external keyboards for Ericsson handsets, this was an innovative solutions, providing fair functionality, though in the ended it failed in becoming a mass product.
    A QWERTY-pad is usually featured in smartphones only as a handy addition to the overall functionality. What really exert influence on choosing a phone is set of incorporated functions, which is emphasized in all ads more that all other details. It may include a BlackBerry client (when the buyer uses this service and feels a need for this capacity), presence of WiFi, a touchscreen, etc. And among all these features, even though it may seem strange enough, a keyboard is just a clincher, helping to persuade a consumer to buy this or that handset. The share of people, who pick solutions exactly for their QWERTY-pad is insignificant and reaches 10 percent at best. However here I need to mention I’m not counting “maximalists”, in other words consumers, who are aiming at getting maximum of features and technical characteristics for a certain price – they consider presence of a keyboard as a handy feature and nothing more, I doubt even whether they know how to use it, but somehow it eventually appears on their wishes list.
    Such a lengthy preamble was targeted to demonstrate that the market of QWERTY-handsets isn’t of large scope, and consumers don’t find this kind of devices extremely useful. Restating the aforesaid in different way, we may say that the success of QWERTY-keyboards on the European market depends on development of BlackBerry and similar services. Just one more note – communicators by Nokia stand aside this group, as they are aimed at a different market share.
    Sony Ericsson’s announcement of model M600, powered by a QWERTY-keypad, which is at the same time a smartphone working on Symbian 9.1 UIQ 3.0, doesn’t appear to be a sensible step – until the very recent times the company had specialized only on developing ultimate-solutions, covering maximum possible audience. As a matter of fact, the company was lacking facilities, thus couldn’t afford producing other handsets and widening line-ups. The release of М600 symbolizes taking one step forward – from invading the market to the next stage, where product line segmentation steps into the limelight and line-ups begin offering high profile solutions. The company doesn’t suppose that Sony Ericsson M600 will dominate over the market and hit higher sales rates than Sony Ericsson P990 – even considering the fact M600 costs less and possess eye-candy shapes. The main explanation why the handset isn’t aimed at securing a significant market share is unwillingness to create competition without the company’s own product line – that’s why the device doesn’t have camera module and WiFi embedded, since if it had both of them, it would be a direct rival to P990, but it’s evident, that this kind of competition is very dangerous. Putting the cart before the horse, I will note that the next justified step is producing a truly mass product based off М600, armed with a standard keyboard, but with a touchscreen
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    A device of this type may become a line-up’s flagship along with Sony Ericsson K800i. In favor of its release one can say that Sony Ericsson strictly follows UIQ concept, which describes various types of devices and combinations of control elements. The handset is available in two color schemes - Granite Black and Crystal White. Measuring 107х57х15 mm, the device can be justly considered as a bearer of the very minimal thickness, and as a result, a product residing in the “slim” line-up. Its weight is 112 grams, which is also acceptable. The main material the casing is made of is plastic, similar to the other products by the company quality wise (e.g. Sony Ericsson K750i). This lets us assume that the majority of users won’t have any problems with the wearing out of the surface; nevertheless, active users like me will face this problem after 6-7 months of usage (scratches etc.).
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    The side panels have silvery framings, this relates to both color schemes. The handset’s design appears pretty severe, with only blue details applied to the loudspeaker, back side and stylus varying the outlook.
    The handset fits both left and right hands, though the way all managing capabilities are organized, makes it clear that on the whole the phone is aimed at right-handers. In this case the device resides in left palm, and thumb is on JogDial button. This control function is equal to the same one, featured in Sony Ericsson P990i, there is a possibility of scrolling and pressing this key, however additional degrees of freedom, like it was in Sony Ericsson P910i, Sony Ericsson P900i are absent here. But basically this device doesn’t need this, as the software maximally corresponds with the incorporated controls, what makes it even handier. A bit lower than JogDial’s button one can find the Return key, which leads to a higher menu level or to the stand-by mode.
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    The device doesn’t possess common hang/pick up keys, nevertheless all there functions can be performed via JogDial or context menus on the screen. You can easily move your finger to the screen and press popping up icons. The developers didn’t mean you to work with the phone without touching the screen in most of the cases (the only exception is Today screen and the media player). I should note, that it’s an easy way of organizing a menu – the most frequently used items can be accessed in one touch, at the same time in order to perform all other functions you’ll have to use the touchscreen, and this seems to be quite logical. The “OK” key may be used for making a call as well.
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    The device’s keypad is one of its high spots; therefore it’s natural, that we’d like to draw special attention to it. The keys themselves are small in size and have considerable span separating them from each other, that’s why you should be an extraordinary person to have frequent error presses. Despite the first impression, each key is double – it springs out from the fact there are actually two symbols on each button: one on the left and the other one on the right. When pressing any key you should have to have a clear idea of which side you’re pushing. This way of keypad realization is rather innovative, as so far it has been used only in one more handset. Pros are as follows: bigger keys, tied up with multiple symbols, rather the ones, featuring only one symbol per button. On the other hand, the drawbacks of this keypad are lengthy adaptation period and many error presses at the start. I can’t say this is the first QWERTY-device in my practice with an unknown layout, though fast typing was a real pain at first. For myself I have discovered the following explanation: when entering text, merging two keys into one and, consequently symbols allocated on them, distracts a bit – my mind just keep harassing me, that I should use this or that letter there, while it is placed on a key just next to the one my finger points at. Having not found the needed letter, for some reason my sight begins browsing all the lines without realizing that the symbol it needs it just in a few millimeters away. A curious psychological effect, that has been checked on several of my friends and every time the experiment ended up with the same outcome. In order to make completely sure of this phenomenon, I asked a colleague of mine from the US, who had been dealing with various solutions, armed with a keyboard, to try out this handset. Even though it took him much less time to get used to that system, he admitted that it requires certain skills and concentration of attention at first. So now we can rightfully draw a final conclusion: the QWERTY-keypad in this device significantly differs from all the solutions, presented on the market nowadays and requires some time to get used to – anyway, all you’ll have to do is just to resign to the state of affairs and practice a bit.
    The numeric engravings are located right in the centers of the corresponding buttons are marked with blue color. In the majority of modes, when one can type only numbers, the numeric layout is activated automatically, but while entering information in text fields, you are forced to switch between the layouts manually (by pressing Alt). The upper line of additional symbols is called up in the similar manner. Typing speed is pretty high – even faster than on a normal keypad. Nevertheless you should realize that it may find yourself confused when trying to input treatises and essays using this kind of keyboard. In the presence of a touchscreen, the need for a QWERTY-keyboard is farfetched – the field, it can be applied to, is a number of special services provided by mobile operators. Apart from typing, using the keypad, you’re liberty to resort to the keyboard display and hand-written input mode. Model М600 is to be shipped in three different language editions, differing in layout engraving (English, Cyrillic, Azeri). The Russian market will officially offer models adopting both Russian and Latin layouts – there is no way the developers could combine these two in one edition due to lack of available space. At that you can programmatically assign symbols of English alphabet to all buttons, even when they have letters of Cyrillic alphabet engraved, although one can hardly find any use for this capability.
    The keypad’s backlight is white, even though it’s not too vivid, one can clearly distinguish it under various conditions, including direct sunlight.
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    The model features a TFT QVGA display (240х320 pixel) with the diagonal of 2.6 inches. The screen doesn’t fade in the sun and what is more, provides a vivid picture with good color rendering (up to 262 K colors); therefore the phone leaves a favorable impression. Keeping in mind the fact, a number of functions require touching the screen, one could have expected an additional protective substrate, and an upgrade of Sony Ericsson P990i technology. Though the developers didn’t incorporate something like this into this handset, that’s why you should consider purchasing some screen protectors, since when touching the screen your fingers leave prints. Key and screen locks are also very essential in this device, as you can randomly press some buttons, while carrying the handset in your pocket (this function is realized on the software level with no separate key performing it is located on the body). I will emphasize that the device should not be transported in one place with keys and any other hard objects, since small thickness and exposure of the screen may result in damaging it; moreover the touchsceen isn’t intended for being carried along with any other items.
    The right side holds WEB-browser start-up button, but it can re-assigned to calling up other functions. In contrast to Sony Ericsson W950i, there is no double key for adjusting volume, since its utility is doubtful considering the presence of JogDial, which can be used for changing volume in any mode. In place of this button, the developers have inserted MS M2 memory cards slot, covered by a plastic stub, fastened to the casing. At bottom there is a Fast Port interface connector, therefore the model supports all available accessories. The microphone is also located here. Finally, one will find the holes for applying a strap at this end of the shell.
    The upper part features the power key (which is also used for changing profiles when at the stand-by screen) and IrDA port.
    Unlike W950i, the back lid may have a small gap – even though it’s very minimal, but on hard pressed the cover utters strange sounds. The battery applied to this model is Li-Pol with a capacity of 900 mAh (BST-33). According to the manufacturer’s statement, it provides up to 340 hours of working in standby mode and about 7.5 hours of talk time. Under conditions of Moscow networks, the charge lasted for 2 days on average with an hour of telephone conversations, about 6 hours of music playback, 2 hours of listening to the radio and seldom files transfers via Bluetooth, mail checks (approximately 20 minutes) and web-pages browsing. Full recharge time of the device is around 2 hours.
    In the most intensive mode of usage, the charge on the batter will last for 1 day – during this time span you can not only listen to music without taking a break, but also check mail and browse Internet pages on regular basis. Taking into consideration that the majority of users don’t exploit capabilities of the device to this extent, we can talk about average life time of around two days, but it depends on every given case. Those, who don’t aim at listening to music and using other functions too often, the device will offer 2-3 days of life time. From my point of view, three days in this mode can be readily reached, but in this case, purchase of this device loses any meaning.
    Considering the fact this devices resides in business class, we should mention that most of manufacturers don’t make public data on battery’s life time when only browsing Internet-pages. All cases this question is tactfully concealed, though it still remains one of the fundamental ones. The top time for Symbian-powered devices is about 2 hours, thus M600 shouldn’t differ from this number neither for the better, nor for the worse.
    The fastening of SIM-card in this model is quite unusual, as it's inserted in the slot, located in the upper part of the battery module. In order to take the card out, you will need to pull a metallic catch, which draws out a half of the card – then you just hock it and finish the rest of the work. The entire process is not as easy as in common devices, though it can be gotten used to. At that I can’t say this phone is handy for people, who often swap SIM-cards.
    The model has 80 Mb of internal memory with possibility for expanding its size by plugging in a M2 card. This storage is just enough for running the majority of applications, and those, what are going to listen to music, will have to fork out some money to buy a more capable memory card. RAM size is 64 Mb.
    File transferring to the handset is carried out via USB-connection with version 2.0 being supported. While synchronized with a PC, the smartphone is recognized as a USB Mass Storage, therefore the user is at liberty to operate with any folders but the system ones. One of the options for connection with PC via USB is Modem mode, when the smartphone fulfills functions of a wireless modem.
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    Many functions of UIQ 3.0 used in this handset match those, incorporated into Sony Ericsson W950i, this regards both certain applications, general concept, but not the media player. As a matter of fact, let us get straight down to describing all the phone’s software capabilities. Today window, owing to the flip’s absence, features excellent functionality. In the upper part you will discover “Today” title, on the left – a small “plus”, which relates to the possibility of opening the list. Having pressed JogDial key, you will be shown the opened menu, which contains all recent unread e-mail messages, SMS, calendar entries, tasks and missed calls, Each of these items, in its turn, may be examined – in this case in the appearing lists you will see titles of messages and notes. Thus this allows not only reading short notes quickly, but also opening them, and moreover there is no need in the touchsceen or the keyboard – everything is performed single handedly, using JogDial.
    At the bottom one can find a bar, featuring applications’ icons – you can also add some shortcuts of your own, as the only item that always stays the same is the right icon, calling up the main menu. From now on, the main menu holds screen keys Open, More, which extend capabilities of hardware control elements.
    Status bar. The UIQ 3.0’s peculiarity is the status bar, which is shown in all standard applications and menu. It represents a part of the display and shows icons corresponding with the events or work modes, being currently on. This is where an envelope signifying a new message is shown (besides a pop-up alert, if it is possible in the current application), and Bluetooth activity (due to the constant presence of the bar, the developers refused a separate light indicator responsible for Bluetooth by way of a light diode like in the P900/P910). There number of variants described in the UIQ 3.0 and corresponding icons is not great; however, they cover all the main events. Here is the list of icons shown available through UIQ:
    • Call and Internet connection status,
    • Signal level, GPRS connection
    • Battery level
    • Bluetooth status
    • IrDA status
    • Missed calls (only a corresponding icon, not the number)
    • Icons showing that incoming calls are restricted
    • Reminder of SMS memory overfilling
    • New message
    • Mute mode indicator
    • Virtual keypad indicator (for modes with text input available)
    The left corner of the status bar shows an up arrow, it allows a pop-up menu. As a rule, it shows the launch of standard applications. They are hidden behind the New entry, and then you can select a call, message, contact, meeting, task, note, sound record. This is a comfortable way to launch a necessary application by two stylus touches. Also here you can see time, adjust sound for all events (both volume and select a melody). Finally, this very menu contains all the connections, which are launched in one touch, and this is undoubtedly a plus (now you do not need to call the control panel and launch Bluetooth and IrDA from there).
    Task manager. Two arrows directed towards each other are shown in a status bar to the right; this is a task manager icon. Using old UIQ versions, previous models really lacked such a capability, now you can call a list of last run applications and run them again from here. The device uses preemptive multitasking.
    Menu of the current application. Each application has a context menu of its own, which is brought up by tapping at the upper part of the screen with the stylus.
    Text input. The device offers three ways of typing text: the first one is recognition of hand-written characters; it hasn’t been changed at all, as compared to P-series. The second is the onscreen keyboard – you’re at liberty to switch different layouts, e.g. from Russian to English and vice versa. In the third place data can be entered via the standard keyboard, here you can use the predicative input system, Т9.
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    Text in all pre-installed applications can be zoomed – on default Medium size is set. Making the size smaller doesn’t result in unreadable fonts – on the contrary, they are still easily read, but the screen will contain a few text lines more. The same regards the increased size, however here one could expect a more considerable increase; anyway the fonts become even more recognizable, though they don’t differ too much from the ones of the standard size.
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    Music capabilities. The media player featured here is as close to the one, integrated into Sony Ericsson P990i, as it is only possible, however it cannot withstand competition with W950i capabilities. And it’s obvious, since the device isn’t positioned as a music solution. Nevertheless the handset has adopted all codecs, while limited capacities are related only to the music library operation. Supported audio formats - MP3, AAC, AAC+, E-AAC+, WAV and m4a. There are no limitations on bit rates; you can also upload files with VBR. The player’s capabilities can be compared to common Walkman devices – on the whole it’s an advantage rather than a drawback.
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    HPM-70 headphones are shipped with the handset, they are using Fast Port interface connector, meanwhile on the cord you will find 3.5mm jack for typical headphones. The quality of the headphones is one of the best on the market.
    One of the phone’s advantages is support of A2DP profile for Bluetooth, this allows listening to music through wireless Bluetooth headphones. The phone can work for about 6.5-8 hours (constant playback, no other tasks or applications running) in this mode.
    The phone is missing such accessory as Remote Control, Bluetooth headset is used instead, you can play, pause and switch songs with its help. Everything is pretty standard and working nicely. You can use other headsets produced by other manufacturers too.
    Sound quality is comparable with Walkman-branded handsets, but still differs from W950i in terms of sound richness. Not a thought comes into my mind, explaining why it’s worse – it’s because of either an established stereotype or W950 being a really high profile music phone.
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    Contacts. All entries in the phonebook are organized in a common way: initially a full list is displayed, and once you’ve selected a certain contact, you are offered a default number, set for this entry. The list doesn’t show entries, located on SIM/USIM-cards, nevertheless you’re still able to handle them via the phonebook’s menu – copy them to both the handset’s memory and memory card. Though since the external memory card can serve as storage for contacts archives, there is no need in saving contacts to SIM/USIM-cards, especially taking into account entries’ structure is damaged in that case.
    The search in the general list may be conducted by the first or several letters (the line above is a full-scale search field). Sorting of entries in two different languages is carried out in a standard manner: contacts in English are followed by entries made in other language. It’s better to create all contacts in one certain language, otherwise you’ll have a rough time finding them.
    Each particular contact can contain any amount of various numbers – the first entered number is set as a default one. Additional numbers above those, which are available in the standard view, can be added via the menu. The general list features displaying particular numbers by horizontal scrolling, right here you’ll acquire extra information, like e-mail address etc.
    Despite the common manner of applying UIQ 3.0, the developers of Sony Ericsson created four tabs in the contact editing mode, contrary to three default ones. The first one holds functions relating to editing information on phone numbers, choosing a category, groups. The distinctive feature here is that one and the same entry can be assigned to several categories at once (may prove useful when dealing with mass messaging). The second tab contains date of birth, status in company, position, address (several fields), and work address. The third tab is just a text note, attached to a contact, while the fourth provides data on voice commands (applied to phone numbers) and personal ring tone (in case you’ve set a group ring tone, on a call it will be replaced by an individual tune, since the latter one has a higher priority). As you can seen, the only option differing from the standard set is the tab with a text note.
    When viewing an entry you can create a new message for a selected number in one touch (in the pop-up window you should choose SMS or MMS message), and in case you pick a e-mail address, the built-in mail client automatically starts up. Owing to dispersion of the fast typing mode over three screen keys, the device feels much better in operation.
    An IM-client is integrated into Contacts, from here you can examine your interlocutor’s status and execute an appropriate application (it’s not a standard realization of UIQ). Third-party developers will discover a large field of action here, since the interface is very flexible and what is more, full access to Contacts is obtained via the corresponding API. As compared to UIQ 2.1, potential possibilities of creative work here are extremely wide, and I suppose soon enough after the release we’ll see the first plug-ins.
    A built-in contact manager is also available in the handset – it allows the user to send the selected entries (categories) to other devices using IrDA or Bluetooth, also the phone supports vCard 2.1 standard. Accordingly you can receive entries from other devices exactly in the same way. Regrettably, the developers haven’t fixed issues with sending contact to several handsets, Sony Ericsson K750 in particular – when trying to send all contacts in a crowd, numbers are frequently mixed up. Though there were no similar errors spotted in cases of synchronization with PC or PDA. What is more, transmitting a single contact doesn’t cause these problems, and all fields are matched correctly. Thus in order to send data to common handsets, one still ought to use MS Outlook as an intermediate link.
    The full-scale realization of SyncML (новое имя OMA DataSync) allows synchronizing data with every device, supporting this standard (no matter whether it's PC, PDA or a handset).
    The photos, applied to contacts in the phonebook can be displayed in various modes (tile, stretch), there is also a possibility of taking a picture by using the built-in camera while creating an entry. All shots are saved in the internal memory.
    The quality of phonebook’s realization is good and will satisfy even the most demanding user. Integration with the built-in applications closes in the maximum, which makes the smartphone even of more use. Even when working single handedly in closed mode, you won't experience any difficulties with scrolling the list, choosing a number and dialing it.
    Holding the numerical keys activates search in the phonebook, which can be conducted by several letters. As an addition, one can set up to 9 numbers for speed dialing, which will be followed by the corresponding names and photos (if they are set) on the display. The dialing is carried out in the following manner: first of all you choose a number (at this moment contact’s name, assigned to this button appears) and then press the call key. When at the stand-by screen (full-screen mode), switching between dialing a number (numerical keys) and fast dialing numbers is done in one touch by pressing the corresponding icon.
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    Messages. All incoming messages, saving for e-mail, are stored in one folder – Inbox. This also regards the files, received via IrDA and Bluetooth (the device support all formats, even those it can’t recognize). The data, located in Inbox can be later on saved in any other folders – the handset provides a full-scale access to the file system (except for the system folders). The users are also at liberty to create their own folders and sort messages in them. When entering Messaging menu, on default you’re show the general folder, by using horizontal scrolling one can switch between files, and pressing OK key selects a particular folder and allows viewing messages list.
    The root of Messaging menu features listing all mail accounts separately under Inbox folder – e.g. if you have three of these, they will be displayed in order of appearance.
    Inbox folder also offers type of each message (SMS, MMS, Beam) – you see a corresponding image next to each item.
    One can call up creation of a new message practically from any menu, which features a phone number – you just choose the desired type (SMS/MMS) and start typing it. Though under the name of SMS one will surprisingly discover EMS messages as well. As a matter of fact, the user is isolated from deciding which message type in particular he creates – if you type only text, the device will consider the message as an SMS, and EMS is implemented in cases when you use not only smiles, but ring tones, images and format text (this doesn’t relate to Zoom function). This standard is fully supported in the handset as it should be.
    The merged messages are listed as one, while when typing they are displayed in a standard manner e.g. 1/2). I would like to stress that the renovated T9 system, which analyzes the entered words and offers their probable ending, severely eases work (the system is organized analogously to the one in Motorola’s handsets). Another advantage is that the device saves entire messages (they are stored in the dynamic memory, though I didn’t manage to measure its size, these are NOT Draft messages). When you start inputing a word, which was featured in the previous messages, you will be offered either to choose it, or continue typing. Once you’ve entered the only word that differs from the saved message the rest of the optional text disappears. In fact it’s the best way to store temporary messages, which you don’t want to store in Draft folder. Among other peculiarities one could note on air register switch – first letter is always capital, though you can turn this option off. Also text smiles can be displayed as corresponding icons in the standard messages.
    A particular message can be sent to a number of contacts at once, all you need to do in this case is to check the needed entries or certain numbers of a contact. Mass messaging can be carried out for groups as well. When answering a received message you can choose between SMS/MMS (though the list doesn’t include reply with a mail item).
    Creating a MMS-message One of the pros is that several tabs are available here, via which you can choose a time-out between the pages and create templates of your own. Besides the standard files (graphics, video, images, music etc.) a message can contain a free-hand sketch made by using the touchscreen (Scribble). All other options are default here – choosing contacts at recipient window is similar to SMS-messages, though MMS also features reading report in addition to the standard status report.
    For all types of messages, including e-mail, one can conduct a search by fragments of text – the final window displays search results with the possibility of fast switch to a certain message. We could find any limitations on a message’s size – these will be set by operators or manufacturer, depending on every given region.
    The handset provides full-scale support for receiving MMS settings, mail client, GRPS and OTA. All acquired setups are saved in corresponding sections.
    E-mail client. The phone can work with several e-mail boxes, at that UIQ operates with almost all introduced by this moment standards. The following are the standards, supported by the operating system:
    • POP3
    • IMAP (IMAP Idle, IMAP Remote folders)
    • SMTP
    • MIME
    • MHTML
    • Push mail
    All setting of the mail client are easy to adjust – you state whether it should upload entire messages or only headings (as an option, it can download a certain part of messages, not exceeding a set size in Kb). There is also a possibility of setting how many messages can be stored in Inbox at a time – once this number is reached, uploading will be automatically paused. There also an option for checking mail boxes in certain time spans.
    On default UIQ uses Latin 1 character set. Though the developers can add other character sets, thus Sony Ericsson will also feature local character sets for certain markets (1251 is also on that list).
    All attachments are fully supported by the mail client – they can be uploaded and then saved. If an attachment uses a format, supported by the smartphone, it may be opened later one (and what is more the attachment receives a corresponding icon). There are no restrictions on size of files, however experience has shown that receiving of messaged of 2 Mb and more in size constantly interrupts (though it may refer to the local provider).
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    Oraganiser. The calendar provides not only the common monthly and daily view, but also weekly mode. In this appearance a week is presented as two columns with corresponding days filled in them, where each square features scheduled events. This mode is rather handy and allows user to quickly estimate week load. When amount of events for a particular day exceeds five, not all of them are listed.
    In the monthly view all dates which events are scheduled for, are marked wit corresponding icons on the right from the number. There are four types of events overall – appointments, reminders, anniversaries, all-day events. All events may be repeatable, for each of them you can set a certain alarm tone.
    The organizer supports vCalendar, version 1.0, at that the developers incorporated support for working in groups via iCalendar. In practice this means possibility of sending a request for a meeting, using the mail client. Your vis-a-vis may reply with a refusal, in case date and time don’t suit him, or accept the appointment. In the latter case the message, saved in Inbox folder is automatically redirected to the Oraganiser and shown in the calendar as a separate event. You’re also at liberty to check the request status while the addressee is considering the message.
    Though the function seems to be exotic right now, soon enough say in half a year, it may become essential for small third-party developers and the leading manufacturers.
    Among the standard functions, sending calendar’s event to other devices via IrDA or Bluetooth is available here. Naturally, the handset supports receiving of such messages, which, after being looked through, are saved in the calendar. The full-scale realization of SyncML (a new title of OMA DataSync) allows synchronizing data with any compatible external device (PC, PDA or a handset).
    To-Do list. All entries in the Organizer and To-Do list are inter-transferable within the bounds of these two sections. Analogously to the Organizer, the user can create a backup copy of the To-Do list on the external memory card. You can create any number of categories, which all entries will be sorted under. The priority may vary from 1 to 3 (low, normal, high), also one can set start and due dates, ring tone (choosing the tone is up to the user, since he can apply any signal)
    One can sort the general list by categories, completion status (completed tasks list may be hidden), due date and priority. The To-Do list supports SyncML amd synchronizes with MS Outlook without any issues. The user can also send particular entries to any device using IrDA or Bluetooth, as well as standard message’s body.
    Alarm Clocks. This function works exactly in the same way as in the previous models – there is a possibility of setting up several alarm clocks for various time, at that you can adjust repetition on particular days and apply any desired ring tone. As a single one can set radio, in this case you’ll need to plug the headset in, since it works as an antenna.
    FM-radio. Starts up only under the condition the headset is plugged in (it’s included in the standard kit), the radio itself is stereophonic. The quality of this function is on one level with Sony Ericsson K750/W800, since there are no peculiarities here. The user can save up to 20 stations in the handset’s memory, turn search tuning on, also the device provides support for RDS.
    Flight Mode. Just like other smartphones, you can disable network block, in this mode Bluetooth will not work.
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    Connection via a cable. The device has Fast Port integrated, which is similar to all the latest models by the company. The handset features emulation of RS232 connection too (it may be required for some specific task). Owing to upgrade of the interface, the device now offers full-scale support for USB 1.0 (full data transmission equals 12 Mbit/s). In comparison with the nowadays standards it’s mot much, though when it comes to comparing it with the previous devices, it turns out to be a big forward step. Copying of information to a memory card is the fastest way to move data of 512 Mb and more in size. On the other hand, when the smartphone is on the cradle, time, required for copying data is not of great importance (you can still accept calls and work with any applications). Though a standard cable from Sony Ericsson K750/W800 affords more convenience, as it allows accepting calls in a common manner – by hold the phone at your ear, though, the truth is, its doesn’t have such spectacular apperance.
    IrDA. The device features full-scale realization of data transmission via IrDA to other devices and receiving it from them. It can play the role of a connecting-link when the smartphone is operating as a GPRS-modem. Data transmission speeds from 9.6 kbps to 115.2 kbps are fully supported in the handset, as well as the following protocols: IrOBEX 1.2, IRCOMM 1.0, IrTRANP 1.0.
    Bluetooth. The handset has protocol 1.2 installed, but besides a set of default profiles (File Transfer Protocol, Object Push, Headset, Handsfree, Dial Up), such standards as PC Sync over Serial Port (emulation of a low-speed interface for data synchronization), A2DP (transmission of stereo sound to other devices, a Bluetooth stereo-headset in particular), Service Discovery Profile (locates various services on other devices and checks them for compatibility) are also supported. On the whole there are about 10 profiles that the device can work with. There is no point in reviewing them all, as they origin from the standard ones – Serial Port Profile, General Object Exchange Profile, Generic Access Profile.
    Connections manager. One of UIQ 3.0 peculiarities is that the device can run several connections, requiring different network services at once (e.g. uploading of mail via an Internet account and a connection for sending and receiving MMS-messages). This capability got named “multi-homing”. The following standards can play the role of connection transports: GSM data call (CSD), GSM High Speed data call (HSCSD), Packet data (GPRS), Bluetooth, WLAN (a feature of P990, M600 doesn’t have WiFi support).
    From the menu (the line with an arrow in the status bar at the bottom) you can check connection time, amount incoming and outgoing data, current connection status, number of applications, using a particular connection at the given moment. One can also cut off or link up any connection from this menu.
    The capability for several applications to work with one and the same connection at once cannot be overestimated, since it creates a real multitasking environment, where one can simultaneously watch streaming video, check mail boxes and send messages. It’s important to realize though, that the only limiting factor is bandwidth – in case the user tries to execute several applications requiring high data transmission speed, this will result in system failure or very slow operation of the device. Certainly there are some pre-set priorities for various applications, integrated into the device, though we couldn’t figure out them at the moment.
    Office applications. This section holds all office applications; on default there are four of them (except for the organizer, which is a standard program). The first item on the menu features Notes, which can be either textual (type with any desirable method, support for txt extension is also supported) or scribbled.
    The second application is going by the name of PDF+, and as its title implies, it servers as a PDF files reader. One can view these documents both in standard and landscape modes. Actually, this applications has been available for various versions of OS, including platform 60, for several year already. Nokia installed this program on a number of its devices (only a trial version), on the contrary, Sony Ericsson P990i kit features a major version of the application. On the whole PDF+ works pretty fast, and successfully deals with files both in English and documents, written in various character sets (though as applied to pdf, the word of “character set” sounds foolish). Separately, this applications costs around 25 USD.
    QuickOffice – one more third-party application, which was selected by UIQ as a standard for the third edition and comes along with the kit (there is a version for the previous editions if UIQ available, its price is 50 USD). The program itself is an editor, which recognizes and capable of opening and editing files of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
    We won’t dwell on working with QuickOffice, though will make a short note, that the resources of any mobile device are strictly limited. Complicated types of formatting, used by desktop computers, are frequently not saved in files, edited on smartphones (this regards not only QuickOffice, but all other devices, powered by Windows Mobile as well).
    Tasks. One can save a task, set its priority level, due time and alarm tone. On the whole, it’s a default function with no integrated features.
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    Some other functions, themes, web-browser

    Calculator – a common application, that slightly differs from it’s variation in the standard UIQ 3.0.
    Voice – A sound recorder, which allows making voice notes (only when in stand-by mode), you are also at liberty to choose the format, which all recordings will be made in. This application offers a very handy and simple interface.
    Picture gallery – the application displays small icons of pictures with possibility of fast switching to full-screen mode. No visible changes occurred in this program, though now one can send a MMS-message containing the currently viewed image.
    Picture editor – a simple editor, which allows carrying out basic operations with images.
    MusicDJ – a default application for Sony Ericsson is finally incorporated into smartphones – the program lets you mix a number of tracks.
    Unit converter – converts various units.
    Stopwatch – supports intermediate results tracking and listing.
    Countdown – time is set in hours and minutes, on reaching the stated time, the devices triggers a sound alarm.
    Themes are one of the major parts of the new UIQ – in fact they change not only appearance of windows and colors, but also shapechanges particular menus and icons, thus this allows making up completely fresh appearances of the interface. You can adjust not only appearance, but also sounds of screen taps and various events.
    The handset is equipped with Opera 8 as a default web-browser. At present this is the best browser available for this kind of devices, since there are no real alternatives. It can work both in standard and landscape modes, supports cookies, and scales pages in accordance with the display size. I personally won’t describe all features of this application here, as we will devote a special article to this program.
    Storage Wizard is a default application for UIQ 3.0, offering memory distribution in the device.
    File manager allows viewing structure of folders. It supports selection of several files or folders at a time, as well as deletion and copying them; also you can send a number of files to other devices via Bluetooth and IrDA. The manager’s capabilities are rather standard and don’t stand out.
    RSS Feeds. It’s a RSS reader, which successfully fulfils its main function. You may add any channels on your own, and also update all feeds in one touch. Everything is plain and clear here – those, who haven’t used this technology before, will become fond of it with the help of this handset.
    Conclusion

    The volume of 40-tone polyphonic ring tones is loud enough for most situations, it does not have any obvious problems, you can hear the phone in various conditions. The vibrating alert power is average, but due to the case’s thickness, it is felt rather nice.
    One of the moments that caused big debates concerning this phone, was the lack of not only frontal camera, but the main one as well. I’d like to assure you that the lack of camera does not affect possibility of receiving video calls, you can choose a picture or a video clip, that will be shown to the person you’re video-speaking to instead of your own face.
    The M600’s advantage is presence of UIQ 3.0, the interface is well-designed, it offers wide possibilities of interaction. Small size of the device allows carrying it like a simple handset, which is definitely a great plus. Lack of camera is not so important, some potential buyers don’t even need it. You will have to get used to the keyboard for some time, after this its usage will become comfortable.
    The model will be released on the market in July, its price will be around 550-650 euro depending on the country. The device will be positioned lower than Sony Ericsson P990i, minimal price gap will be around 100 euros in M600’s favor. This device is interesting for those who feel no need in WiFi, but is desperate to use QWERTY-keyboard, has appeal to small size of the device. This product is niche, it is not positioned as mass solution. Its competitor is Nokia’s E61, which has WiFi support, but lacks touch-screen, the phone is slim as well, but its weight is bigger (because of the metal used in construction). Release of this two phones on the market will happen at approximately same time, their price is predicted to be the same as well. The fight will be based on people who need WiFi or don’t, who are appealed to touch-screen, and those who feel no need in that. A pretty interesting pair of competitors, with very similar specifications on the whole, and pretty distant from the usual line-up of their manufacturers. Both products overcome the competitors on the today’s market, but this is reasonable, since they belong to next generation of such devices.
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