The Super Phones Compared

PDA operation or mobile-feeling, touch screen or typewriter, W-LAN or megapixel cam: We will show you the ten best smart phones.

The equipment lists are getting longer, the design is more diverse: the Smart phones can fully play their strengths, we have developed a special test scheme for the coveted mobile phone-PDA packages.

No question: A successful Smart phone must cut a fine figure in the classic mobile phone features. Sound quality, Akkuwerte, or the menu must be. But in addition, we expect more features from a Smart phone:

an open operating system, comfortable with new applications, extend it can,.
a perfect connection to the PC.
to  working opportunity, Office documents,.
a slot for memory cards,.
alternative methods for entering text, such as a full keyboard,
and as much entertainment as possible-no matter if video capability, MP3 player or digital camera.

On the following pages we introduce the ten devices, which have cut off the best in our test.

Test Winner: T-Mobile MDA III

In the MDA III, T-Mobile offers a powerful PDA phone that supports wireless Internet access via wireless LAN. Still no competitor offers this at the moment.

Wi-Fi, you have a faster and in many cases also more favourable alternative to transfer data over the mobile network. The MDA III has the most smartphones the typewriter style extractable keyboard ahead on top of that.

It represents a practical alternative for data entry on the large touch screen. The brilliant (240 x 320 pixels) display is the actual comfort of the device: on an area of 53 x 70 E-Mails, calendar maps, or Web pages are too long clearly displayed.

The Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 SE is used as the operating system. The software is excellent with Windows XP and Microsoft Outlook. The data synchronization via the supplied USB station was completed in record time. Also E-Mails, notes, or tasks lists can be matched with the calculator.

The phone features shows the MDA III, however, significant weaknesses. Although the mobile virtual keyboard on the display can be operated necessary also with the thumb. Environmental profiles are missing but just like a real speed dial. The Smart phones of the classic cell phone manufacturers at such as Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericsson offer considerably more comfort. In addition, these devices are much more compact. The wide MDA III requires two hands free to operate.

Practical: Who can use professionally, not a camera phone, find a version without the integrated VGA cam at T-Mobile. Vodafone brings the device by the way, VPA III, at 02 XDA III Smartphone is called. There’s the device even without carrier branding as Qtek 9090.

Price Tip: Nokia 6260

The latest in the series 60 smartphones turns out to be a real bargain. With a price of 430 euros, about 340 euro costs less than the winner the 6260.

Nokia has beefed up the Symbian-based Smartphone with business functions lacking the in-house competitors. A viewer for Office documents, as well as a VPN client for communication in company networks are installed. Otherwise, the best Series 60 diet with good telephone and message functions offers the 6260. About 7 MB of integrated memory fails not just huge, but the manufacturer supplies a 32 MB with large RS-MMC (reduced size multi media card).

The folding design makes room for a spacious keyboard. The control buttons below the display are only through intervention to reach when folded up. Data entry remains the real weakness of the 6260. But who must capture appointments or contacts on the road only rarely and currently holds the data via synchronization, can simply turn the display to the outside and controlled via the control keys in the closed state.

For entertainment, there is a built-in radio, a video player, and the VGA camera (640 x 480 pixels), Nokia has laterally placed in the device. Take a photo and film can be so only with tilted display. The integrated push-to-talk feature is not yet supported at the moment. T-Mobile wants to start but later in the year with the Walkie-Talkie service.

Alternative: Sendo X
A similar equipment offers the Sendo X in the candy-bar design. With a price of 500 euros, it is considerably more expensive than our price tip, compared one of the best Smarthphones with other competitors in the top 10 yet.

At A Glance: Place 1 To 5

Sony Ericsson dominated the first five places. The Smartphones P910i, P900, P800 with touchscreen and keypad represent successful blend of cell phone and PDA.

1st place: T-Mobile MDA III
One of the best is T-Mobile MDA III not alone thanks to wireless LAN and typewriter keyboard in place. No Smartphone matches faster and more reliable data with the computer – assuming the PC works with Microsoft’s Windows XP and Outlook. This shows a few weaknesses the overblown device when the phone’s features and can be operated with both hands.

2nd place: Sony Ericsson P910i
It is here, the P910i Sony Ericsson has its strengths. The Smartphone is the most consistent hybrid mobile phone and PDA: the large touchscreen and the typewriter keyboard we know from real PDAs. The device can be operated also with one hand via jog dial and phone keypad. Environment profiles are missing, otherwise the phone and news features are a classic mobile phone in nothing.

The mass range between PDA and cell phone format: although considerably smaller than the MDA III, but still, the P910i is among the larger devices. The processing is fine, only the typewriter keyboard is much too small for a really comfortable to use.

3rd place: Sony Ericsson P900
The P910i currently replaces the predecessor P900. The differences: the QWERTY keyboard is missing the P900. In addition, Sony Ericsson has quadrupled internal memory with the P910i from 16 to 64 MB and offers a slightly better display. The P900 swallows on top of that only memory sticks up to 128 MB, a 32 MB card included. Processing is something worse than when the successor. Because it is identical to the Preisemfehlung (750 euros) for both devices, little for the P900 speaks at the moment. Long, there will no longer be the model, Sony Ericsson provides complete production to the successor.

4th place: Nokia 6260
Our price tip Series 60 based convinces with well integrated telephone and news features. On top of that, Nokia has bought a viewer for Office documents, as well as a VPN client. The device offers only a conventional mobile phone keypad for data entry. The handling suffers from a great distance of digits – and control buttons.

5th place: Sony Ericsson P800
At number five is Sony Ericsson’s first Smartphone. The P800 offers virtually the same facilities as the successor of P900. However the P800 displays significant weaknesses in the processing: the keypad is not always reliably responds, the short plastic PIN is externally hooked to the device and is there not sure. This is the recommended price 650 EUR below for the P900 (750 euros).

At A Glance: Place 6-10

The series 60 smartphones is dominated by six to ten on the courts. In addition to Nokia, Siemens (SX1) and Sendo (X) offer a device with the Symbian based user interface.

6th place: Siemens SX1
Succeeded in Siemens with the SX1, significantly improve the operation of the series 60 platform compared to the Nokia devices. Direct dial buttons for the most important functions and a tidy-looking menu easier to use. MP3 player with an integrated radio, the SX1 offers on top and lots of entertainment. Also a VGA camera should not be missed. The numeric keypad left and right next to the display stays but takes getting used to.

7th place: Sendo X
Sendo has designed the keyboard layout so clearly and simply. Because even the British have licensed the Nokia solution for your Smartphone and is concerned about the operation. The stand-by indicator shows not only upcoming appointments and tasks, it can occupy themselves with the most important functions. In addition, Sendo has pre-installed a viewer for Office documents. Gratifying: The X swallows also SD cards in addition to multimedia. As with the Siemens SX1 is a stereo MP3 player on board. With the appearance of plastic and a little dark screen consoles across the price of €499.

8th place: O2 XDA II
The XDA II is the ancestor of our test winner MDA III. Support for wireless LAN, as well as the integrated typewriter keyboard missing the O2 version compared to the winner. That the client for multimedia messages (MMS) is still not really integrated in the messages menu, lets get over themselves.Something heavier in weight: the talk time in the test with 2:47 hours significantly shorter turned out than at the MDA III (4:31 hours). After all,: O2 was giving the XDA II environment profiles.

9th place: T-Mobile MDA II
These profiles are missing the MDA II. Otherwise, the same applies as for the XDA II for the T-Mobile Smartphone. In addition to the PDF Viewer offers the Smartphone Pocket Word and Pocket Excel, with whose help they can-at least rudimentary edit Office documents thanks to Flugzeumodus even where cell phones are actually prohibited. With a price of 730 euro is the MDA II 50 euros cheaper than the winner.

10th place: Nokia 7610
The series 60 smartphone by Nokia take photos as the only device in the top 10 mega pixels resolution (1.152 x 864 pixels). On top of that, it offers loads of features around the camera. You can cut, for example, small movies directly on your mobile phone and inferior with music. The 7610 is thus more advisable for users who expect entertainment from their Smartphone. The keyboard has designed Nokia somewhat cluttered.

Conclusion: Great Diversity

In the top 10 can romp about devices of quite different constructions: from the PDA with integrated GSM telephone up to the classic mobile phone that is content with the numeric keypad for data entry.

Our Test winner, the T-Mobile MDA III, comes in the format of Windows PDAs and convinces with W-LAN support, good connection to the PC, as well as flexible data input via typewriter keyboard or touch screen.

Our Price tip, the Nokia 6260, contents itself with the classic mobile phone keypad and thus is suitable for all those who rely on the road not sure to write longer emails or write texts.

Among the first five places find the successful mobile-PDA packages from Sony Ericsson. The current P910i has a typewriter keyboard in dollhouses format, otherwise boasts a high-quality workmanship and good phone features.

Here also the strength of the series 60 devices, located on which the Seats six to tenclassified. But whether Siemens SX1, Sendo X, or Nokia 7610: as with our price tip is only a mobile phone keypad for data entry available.

Gratifying: T-Mobile, Siemens, Nokia and Sony Ericsson have announced your device email-push support, as it already offers, for example, RIM with its BlackBerry. UMTS is, however, with Smartphones still irrelevant.

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