Qtek S200 Review: Messages And Emails, Processor, Memory

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SMS and emails

Qtek S200 combines email client and SMS/MMS editors into one single application called Inbox. Here you will find three folders; with SMS, MMS, and Outsee emails. The latter covers messages synchronized with Outlook. If you create a recent email inside this folder, it gets saved onto the PDA and sent away as soon as you start a recent synchronizing procedure.

Personal email accounts can be created in an application called Inbox. It supports the IMAP/POP3 email protocols. Each email message created in this folder is sent instantly. Optional automatic control on fixed intervals is available as well. Attachments can be both received and sent out.


A view at the application Inbox; email folder remains unchanged during synchronization

As to SMS, modifications are scarce. The only change worth mentioning is the unlimited storage power for both incoming and outgoing messages.

There is one feature I did like in Nokia Communicator: if a message could not be sent becautilize of poor signal reception, the phone would automatically sdiscontinue it once the signal level returns to normal. I strongly miss this function in Qtek S200.

Good recent processor

Qtek S200 is driven by the fine recent Texas Instruments OMAP850 processor at a frequency of 195 MHz. In reality, few pocket computer processors have raised so wild discussions as this one. Some despise it, others love it. What is doubtless, however, is its high integration level. As you can see in the picture below, nearly all functions of this pocket computer are backed up by a single chip. It is no wonder then that HTC has decided to apply exactly this type of processor: one chip simply means lower production costs. Yet, this doesn't seem to have had any notable impact on the final price of the communicator.

Scheme of the Structure of the Texas Instruments OMAP850 Processor

Regardless to what people say, my personal thought is that these 200 Mega Hertz (MHz) are insufficient to drive an Operating System (OS) like Windows Mobile 5. The processor shows significant lags in carrying out relatively common tasks, for example work with calendar or opening the mail folder. Even when the calendar has already been read into the memory of the device, switching between individual views takes ages. A test of Fujitsu-Siemens Loox N560 with Intel XScale PXA270 processor of 624 Mega Hertz (MHz) immediately after the testing of Qtek S200 feels like replacing an East-German Trabant with a Formula 1 racing car. Of course, 624 Mega Hertz (MHz) is an extreme power with extreme energy consumption, but still, an Intel processor working at a frequency of 412 Mega Hertz (MHz) would have been more than ideal.

While Qtek S100 plays videos in DivX format seamlessly (resolution for Personal Computer (PC) and a bitrate of slightly more than 1 Mbps), Qtek obligates you to reconvert all video records into a resolution of 320 pixels in order to achieve a bitrate of 250 kbps. Lags were present in a few other energy-consuming applications as well. Qtek S200 requires a significant dose of patience especially in case of auto navigation.

Modest memory and card usage

Both Operating System (OS) and applications are located on 128Mega Bytes (MB) Flash ROM. The Operating System (OS) uses a major part of this memory space; user is then left with a bit over 47 MB, which is relatively enough for applications and documents, but not for storing the pictures from the built-in 2MP camera. In order to utilize more complicated applications (like navigation, multimedia (music, video) you will have to acquire yourself an additional memory card. Qtek S200 is equipped with a SD memory card slot. In other words, this is fine news for owners of older big-capacity cards. If, on the contrary, you are still only a potential memory card buyer, I recommdiscontinue you to acquire yourself a smaller one (miniSD) together with a plastic adapter for SD slot, becautilize recent communicators tdiscontinue to give up on gigantic SD slots.



Statement on integrated memory capacity

Random-Access Memory (RAM) is assumed to have a power of 64 MB. Only 44 Mega Bytes (MB) of all 64 are available though. After the soft-reset the Operating System (OS) and the two resident applications (SPB Pocket plus a Pocket Controller), which I had additionally installed, "ate up" 21 Mega Bytes (MB) and I got left 23MB. During the tests of Qtek S200 I did not manage to utilize them all, yet memory that remained free was not much. Here we can talk about one of the major changes brought about by the recent Operating System (OS) against the older ones, as user doesn't have to worry anymore about which application can or cannot be saved into the phone memory.



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