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E-TEN G500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the screen and battery are overall positive. The build quality and responsiveness are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the size, while the features and camera get less positive reviews.

GPS navigation, responsiveness, build quality, battery, screen

value for money, portability, camera, features

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 77/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 93 reviews)

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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, ...

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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...

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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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

Consumer review by:

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

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E-Ten G500

 

This is an opinion for the M700 NOT G500 from ETEN. I had to do this because CNET is so slow in reviewing cutting edge devices (cellphones at least). C'mon CNET wakey wakey. Will you review the M700 after it gets obsolete? Or are all you reviewers so...

Smaller size, WiFi, GPS, sliding QWERTY keyboard, 2MP camera in addition to G500 features

Bad camera, no bundled GPS navigation software

Consumer review by:

E-Ten G500

 

I love this phone. With exception of very minor problems such as the noise people you talk to hear sometimes (that practically goes away if you set microphone volume lower) and occasional crashes (which i think happens to all Pocket PCs) this phone is...

Built in GPS, relatively small, great battery life (unless using GPS), a ton of features, WM5, Touch screen, Fast processor, Plenty of built in memory, Built in FM receiver, Stereo BT, Looks awesome

No GPS software in box (which is pricey), some people I talk to complain about noise (well known problem still not fixed after 2 firmware updates), Really weird charger that requires USB cable to plug

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.

Battery

Capacity:1440mAh
Standby Time (PB):200hours
Talk Time (PB):240minutes
Technology:Lithium ion

CE Input Device

Type:Touch sensitive screen

Cellular

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
Technology:GSM
Type:Smartphone
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

Depth:0.9in
Height:4.7in
Weight:6.7oz
Width:2.4in

Display

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

Header

Manufacturer:E-TEN
Model:G500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:E-TEN

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:1.3Megapixel

Telephone Features

Voice Dialing: Yes
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