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E-TEN G500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 reviews of E-TEN G500. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the battery and screen are on the whole positive. The usability and durability also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the size. The connectivity and camera get critical reviews.

GPS navigation, durability, usability, screen, battery

price, portability, camera, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the E-TEN G500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 98 reviews)

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Expert review by: CNET (






May, 2006

Expert review by: Thomas Ricker (

E-TEN G500 reviewed


PhoneArena just posted an intensive review of the ETEN G500 / Torq N100 for your dirty little gadget spelunking ways. This Windows Mobile 5.0 PPC Phone Edition handheld, you'll remember, sports a 400MHz Samsung processor, 2.9-inch QVGA display, ...

May, 2006

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (

ETEN G500 review


The target market for the G500 are users who want in-car navigation, Pocket PC and phone in one device. The device combines all the necessary features needed - superb GPS functionality, thanks to the SIRF III chipsets; Windows Mobile 5 operating system...

Efficient data processing (Mobile Office) ; Excellent Built-in SIRF III based GPS ; Management helper (Calendar, Tasks, Alarms, Voice Commands) ; Sales package includes car mount and charger for quick setup of the G500 as in-car navigation ; Fast...

Requires knowledge about PCs & software (if you want to use all of its potential) ; Lacks high speed data such as EDGE ; Memory expansion slot is miniSD; if you want WI-FI add-on card it will cost more compared to SD cards

I want to remind you that this is a sophisticated device and it is one of great complexity, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it means that it requires a higher commitment level from its user. If you are not familiar with using a PC or with the...

May, 2006

Expert review by: Softpedia (

E-ten G500+ Review


The Taiwanese company E-Ten, a not so important Asian mobile manufacturer, has announced the G500+ in the second quarter of this year. The device wanted to be an updated version of the earlier G500 Pocket PC, featuring more internal memory (256 MB),...

The device is good looking and it makes a great choice for those who need a PDA, phone and GPS, all in one single device. The GPS receiver is excellent, and the add of more internal memory allows users to think twice before buying a miniSD card for...

Probably, the most obvious would be the lack of WiFi for such a new device. But that wouldn't be such a tragedy, unless the device lacks also EDGE or UMTS. Only with GPRS connectivity, the device will just reach data speeds of 30kb the max. Other than...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Phillip Dyson (

No Matter Where You Go, There You Are ... With The E-TEN G500


One of the emerging trends with Windows Mobile 5.0 devices is the inclusion of built-in GPS. Enter the G500, E-TEN's latest Pocket PC Phone offering. Being my second convergence device (the previous being the M500), I was curious to see if E-TEN was...

Built-in SIRF III GPS Receiver ; Dedicated Soft Key Buttons ; GSM Quad Band 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz ; 400mhz Samsung Processor

No EDGE ; No DUN Bluetooth Profile ; Navigation Software Not Included

May, 2006

Expert review by: Christopher Spera (

ETEN G500 Pocket PC Phone with GPS


Back in 1982, I was a sophomore in high school. MTV, punk rock, parachute pants...THAT was coolness defined, until Disney

Quad Band GSM world phone ; Integrated GPS with great performance ; 128MB of Flash ROM for internal storage ; Crisp screen ; Solid construction and build quality

Trouble with 850MHz band (in my area. This may NOT be a problem in YOUR area) ; GPS Software may be an additional purchase ; FM radio software has yet to be released ; Low Bluetooth headset volume ; No external keyboard ; No flash on the camera ; The...

Over all, this is a great device. Yes, it does have its quirks and issues, but most devices do. While I would like to see ETEN work on the 850MHz band issue, and get it resolved (I was quite disappointed with its initial cell phone performance.), I'd...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: Lisa Gade (

E-TEN G500 - Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone plus GPSReview by Mobile Tech Review


It was a dark and stormy night. . . you're driving in an unknown place. Looking for that hotel where you'll check in for a good night's sleep before an important morning meeting. Who you gonna call and how? With E-TEN's G500 Windows Mobile Pocket PC...

Excellent SiRF Star III GPS. Quad band GSM world phone that's unlocked for use with any carrier. Fast performer, great display and good build quality. Nice bundle of accessories in the box, and excellent E-TEN value-added software. Good battery life

No EDGE for data, only the slower GPRS. No WiFi

Clone the solid E-TEN M600, graft on a GPS and remove WiFi and you've got the G500. For those who need a triple convergence device (PDA, phone and GPS) the E-TEN is an excellent choice. In terms of screen real estate, speed and OS version, the G500...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: Sandra Vogel (

E-TEN G500 and Mio A701


GPS can now be built discreetly into a PDA. Sandra Vogel pits two rivals against each other.

Choosing between these two handhelds is a difficult call. There are variations, but they tend to be small ones ? battery life differs by just a few minutes, on board memory is also pretty close, and they cost about the same too. The G500 is a shade...

May, 2006

Expert review by: Anton Kotov (

Review of navigation communicator E-Ten G500


Taiwan company E-Ten is a relatively small player on communicator market with limited model line-up. However, the company is slowly picking up experience, the products are getting better in quality (in case with P300 it was hard to speak about it...

Reception quality is at good level, it does not have any problems. Ring tone volume is limited by the speaker, it's volume is below average. Vibrating alert is a small constant tremble.

May, 2006

Consumer review by: JJCT2001 (

E-Ten G500


i am a college student in Connecticut and all i have to say is that "my world is really in the palm of my hand" - literally. I recently bought this phone off ebay (the auction i won this phone for was a steal!) in hopes it can keep me connected. for...

it is really a jack-of-all trades phone with nifty features

no Wi-Fi, EDGE or 3G, kinda bulky in size and weight

Jan, 2008

Product Specifications

The G500 is the first Pocket PC Phone from E-TEN to have fully integrated GPS capabilities. The G500's embedded RoyalTek GPS module, featuring the SiRF Star III high sensitivity chipset and an innovative internal antenna design, means that PDA or phone owners who also regularly need to access GPS services, no longer have to carry additional accessories or even a separate GPS device when they travel. No other product makes it as easy or as convenient as the G500 to have the latest satellite navigation technology always on hand.


Standby Time (PB):200hours
Talk Time (PB):240minutes
Technology:Lithium ion

CE Input Device

Type:Touch sensitive screen


Band:GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)
Combined with:With digital camera / digital player / GPS receiver
Integrated Components:Digital camera / Digital player / GPS receiver
Phone Form Factor:Monoblock
Service Provider:Not specified
Voice Recorder: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Communicator Features

Operating System:Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition

Dimensions & Weight



Color Depth:16-bit (65000 colors)
Diagonal Size:2.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.1cm
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:miniSD


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:E-TEN

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:1.3Megapixel

Telephone Features

Voice Dialing: Yes
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