The First Smart Phone

Ericsson combined the R 380 s mobile phone and PDA in a handy format. To learn as it is practical, the smart phone is really, at the Xonio test.

With the R Ericsson dared the mixture of PDA and cell phone 380 s first mobile manufacturer. The first smart phone is a mobile phone as a PDA and shows some weaknesses in the operation.

Telephone Equipment: Little Phone Features

When the smart phones, the Ericsson 380 s with 157 x 51 x 26 mm and 165 grams R among the more compact devices.

Facts & figures
The lithium-ion battery provides power for passable 4.5 hours talk according to the manufacturer, but only up to 107 hours of stand-by time. Through the fold-out keyboard, 22 mm-large touch-sensitive screen with four levels of gray available to a 82.5 x is to the user. While the poor anti-reflective coating is negative. The pleasant background lighting suffers malfunction annoying: it is provided, “Auto” light turns off automatically 10 seconds after unfolding the keyboard and will be out also – no matter, if you edit the display with the pen or not. Price: 495,68 euros.

Phone features
Selection of the language the R 380 s also has a voice command to answer and end calls. The integrated handsfree is turned in the test as much too low. Modest ringtone offer is at the R 380 s: 14 predefined ringing tones and four of his own compositions.

380 s let r although excessive messages conveniently send and receive. Also simultaneous sending of short messages to multiple people is possible. However, there is an annoying detail again here: the R 380 s does not display the number of characters in the input. Only when sending the user learns that his text is too long and can decide whether he wants to divide the message on several SMS. Also, a structured storage of SMS does not offer the smart phone. Another shortcoming: the R clearly geared to the business customer segment 380 s supports neither profiles nor a specific caller groups or at least call signaling.

PDA And Data Capabilities: Unspectacular But Solid

The R 380s dominates the main organizer functions: contacts with several details, calendar, tasks, memo pad, clock and calculator.

Also this: a voice memo – whose playing is difficult to understand.Unfortunately, the R 380s offers the user no word-processing or spreadsheet programs. Multimedia features such as an MP3 player or programs for viewing of images are missing completely. Also, a software update can not be made. For this, you can connect to your PC or PDA 380 s via infrared or the supplied data cable the R and easily synchronize PIM programs.

Data functions
With serial and infrared interface, WAP browser (WAP 1.1), email and fax, the R 380 s offers solid opportunities for the exchange of data. The integrated modem supported only the data transmission with a speed of 9.6 Kbps another shortcoming: of a MB-large application memory cannot be expanded.

When the R 380s can be configured multiple WAP access, but succeed only with difficulty. Leave is therefore better of Ericsson’s “WAP Configurator” send a configuration SMS, which includes all of the necessary settings parameters. To set up the email accounts, presents no problem. You can query but not multiple accounts at the same time and a structured storage in email inputs and outputs is also missing.Even when the fax falters the R 380s: the fax machine works does not, sending only through the SMS service.

Practice: Anything Other Than Top

The processing of the R leaves a lot to desired 380 s. Its fold-out keyboard is not firmly seated in its anchorage and verruscht fast as you type.

Also the totally inadequate pen holder on the back of the mobile phone and the wobbly seat of the battery ensure trouble. Despite stiffer keyboard, each pressing in the test delivered the desired result.Another plus: at the keyboard, the device can be easily and precisely with a touch-sensitive display, plastic pen. The writing works so very comfortable. The user can use the on-screen keyboard or the built-in handwriting recognition.

Operation
Than analyze, turned to the cumbersome operation of Ericssson R 380 s. When using for the first time is negative, that the device does not directly accesses the SIM card’s phonebook memory. Before the user can call someone from your address book, it must copy the appropriate entries from the SIM card to the device internal phone book. Exception: The speed dial of the R 380 s used the positions one through nine of the SIM card.

Closed keyboard are very limited features such as phone book, Inbox and display the pending to the current day appointments available. A new number can be saved only when the door is opened. Overall, many features of the smart phone only on detours can be used. In addition, also the names of many menus are very irritating – or would find sent messages in the ‘Inbox’ submenu? Just as well that Ericsson can serve at least with a helpful instruction manual.

Conclusion

At first glance the Ericsson R 380 s shows a nice and handy smart phone. But this is misleading. The processing is to be desired and the user verweifelt sheer to the often cumbersome prompts.

Also the functional range is rather low for a smart phone. Even worse, that the R 380 s limited to the supplied software is. A software update is not possible. The successor R 380e, which should be available in the near future, Ericsson wants to compensate for some lack – we are looking forward.

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