Toshiba Portege G500 Review

Toshiba Portege G500 Review
-- Mobile review of Toshiba

When you see that name it makes you think of laptops, TVs, DVD players and so on. It doesn’t usually make you think of mobile phones. So I was definitely interested to see how it would fair against the mighty HTC. Before meeting with the Portégé G500 I had never actually used a Toshiba mobile phone before in my life. It’s definitely not the first mobile phone they’ve brought out, but it is the first powered by any version of Windows Mobile.

The specifications
Dimensions (mm): 96 x 49 x 22.9
Weight (g): 135
Band: 2100 for HSPDA category 6 - 900/1800/1900 for GSM/EDGE
GRPS: Class 10
Main Display: 65K colours - TFT
Camera: 2 mega-pixel - Digital zoom - 2.3" - QVA sub camera for Video Telephony
Video: H.263/MPEG4. WMV
Sound: MP3, AAC, AAC+. eAAC+, WMA
Speakers: 1 earpiece - 1 speaker for ringer - Speaker Phone and Music
Brower: WAP2.0 - XHTML - HTML4.01 - ECMAScript/Opera 8.6
Memory: 64MB Internal - Support up to 2GB mini SD slot
Messaging: SMS - MMS - E-mail (Visto/Exchange) - MSN Messenger
Connectivity: Bluetooth 1.2 (HS,OPP, FTP, DUN) - USB1.1 Client (mini-USB connector)
Java: MIP2.0. JTWI, JSR 75/135
PIM/ DRM: Mobile Outlook - ActiveSync - OMA DRM 1.0/2.0
Fingerprint Authentication
VoIP: SIP over Wi-FI
PC Connectivity: Toshiba enhancement
Platform: Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone
Battery: Standby time up to - 240 hours (GSM/3G)- Talk time - up to 240 mins (GSM 180 mins (3G)

The pocket contains:
- Toshiba PORTÉGÉ G500 Smartphone
- AC adapter
- Battery
- Headset
- CD software and manual

About the mobile
Unfortunately, when you actually get down to using the phone, things go slightly downhill. When performing small tasks like navigating around the phone it seemed to take a while to do anything even when there wasn’t anything else running in the background, and when I started to use things like Internet Explorer it was noticeably slower than other phones I have used.

Sending text messages was also something that I had one or two issues with; to start with I had the T9 dictionary switched on, but when it couldn’t keep up with my lightening fast texting I gave up and changed to the standard text entry. Now, I’ve not used this way of texting for a long time and so was a bit rusty to start with, but it still couldn’t keep up and sending a text definitely became a bit of a chore.