Toshiba had some interesting but odd devices at last year's 3GSM show. This year's devices look a bit more refined, but unfortunately only one is quad-band GSM for use the US: the Portege G810.
The G810 looks like a fairly typical PDA phone at a fairly typical size, and for the most part, it is. It does pack some nice specs, though, such as the next (still-unannounced) minor version update of Windows Mobile, HSPA 850/1900/2100 (HSDPA and HSUPA) data, full GPS, Wi-Fi, and a 3 megapixel auto-focus camera. The fact is that features like this are becoming standard for a PDA-phone, but still, this device surely isn't missing much.
AD article continues below...
One oddity is the touch nav keys. It's rather unfortunate that Toshiba went for form over function here. They're just as annoying to use as you'd imagine, especially since there's no haptic feedback. Physical keys would have been much, much easier to use.
On the software side, Toshiba has done a bit of differentiation by bundling menu-replacement software by Spb.
This menu system presents large buttons for navigating to common applications, making at least that part of it finger-friendly. If you happen to load finger-friendly software apps on it as well (something we expect to see more of this year) then you might have a device you can use without a stylus most of the time (and without using the troublesome touch d-pad.)
Overall, the G810 seems well-built and solid. It's not remarkably small or thin, but it's not unusually large, either. If you can deal with the touch nav keys, the speedy HSPA data - compatible with US 3G networks - certainly makes it worth a look. Being able to snap a decent 3 megapixel photo, geo-tag it, and upload it quickly with HSUPA is a tempting prospect.
Our coverage of THE big US cell phone show. Hands-on with new phones from Samsung, Kyocera, Nokia, LG, Sanyo, Motorola, Playboy, Sharper Image, Clarity, HTC, ZTE, Velocity, Sony Ericsson, and a tour of Windows Mobile 6.1.
In the world a mobile phones, Mobile World Congress is the main event. Taking place each year in Barcelona, it's where the world sees what's in store for phones and networks that year.
Feb 27, 2019
Each year, we trek to Barcelona to check out the mobile industry's latest and greatest at the industry's largest trade show: MWC. It's not all great, so after seeing it all in person, we pick out the real winners for our Best of MWC awards.
Apr 16, 2018
Sony today announced the Xperia XZ2 Premium, a high-end Android phone that boasts some of the most advanced imaging features available in a mobile device. The XZ2 Premium has a 5.8-inch 4K HDR display (16:9 aspect ratio) that Sony says is 30% brighter than its previous mobile 4K screen.
Feb 24, 2018
TCL today announced the Alcatel 5 Series, an Android handset that TCL describes as an "affordable flagship." The phone has a brushed metallic unibody design with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and face ID for rapid unlocking.