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Orange spv m3100 Pocket PC Phone Review

Qwerty Keyboard, 3G, Wireless Lan, Bluetooth, Video Calling... Have Orange Trumped o2's XDA Range?

Orange spv m3100 Pocket PC PhoneThe Orange spv m3100 Windows based Pocket PC Phone looks very inviting indeed if you're in the market for a new cell / mobile phone or a Pocket PC. Sadly it's still only available on contract through Orange, but it can be had for about £50 if you're willing to spend £35 a month for the next 2 years... that might seem a lot, but it's good enough to replace what most people need from their laptop, and be a great phone to boot.

First the specifications. The Orange m3100 is a 3g phone, with an extra camera on the front for video calling. On the back is a 2 megapixel camera for stills (with flash) or video, Bluetooth, Micro SD expansion slot, infrared, 128mb of internal memory, quad band, picture messaging, wireless Lan for internet or e-mail at home / office / local wi-fi hotspot, 400mhz processor, and Windows Mobile 2005. Oh, and a slide-out keyboard that flips the screen into landscape mode when in use. Perfect.

While having a play with my friends m3100 I kept thinking, this is superb, I want one now. From the quality of the video and still shots, to the speed the unit flips between landscape and portrait mode, and the quality of the pop-out keyboard.

Orange have put a lot of time and effort into making this one of the best Pocket PC Phones out there. There will be little chance that you'll ever be out of range of its quad band capabilities, and if you're at home, or in the office, you won't need to pay to use the internet because you'll use the WiFi to connect.

Fancy a GPS Sat Nav? Get Tomtom Navigator and a Bluetooth GPS receiver and you'll be ready to roll.

I really can't think of any criticisms of this device. Sure, you'll flatten the battery in a few hours if you leave all the functions on, and it would have been nice to have a normal stereo jack for my favourite headphones instead of the shared usb connector, but I can live with that.

In conclusion, if you're in the market for a Pocket PC Phone with a Qwerty keyboard buy one of these, without a doubt. Highly recommended.

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