Toshiba Portege G900 Review: PC In Your Pocket: Contacts, Messaging, File Manager, Camera, Connectivity

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Contacts and messaging

The Windows Mobile Operating System (OS) has an unlimited contact list with a plethora of available fields for each entry. Synchronization with MS Outsee is textbook. Unfortunately, there is no letter-by-letter search available in the phonebook so you're left with using the alphabetic filtering or scrolling all the way through the list.






The Contact list has no limitations • in the contact details even the time of the last call made is shown • there are a bunch of fields available to each contact

Sending and receiving messages is done through the centralized Inbox. It has separate folders for SMS, MMS and email. SMS length is virtually unlimited, as well as the memory available for received and sent messages. Inside the multimedia editor you will find the useful option to create multi-page messages containing more than one melody, image or text.




There's one shared Inbox for all messages • typing a test message to our fridiscontinue Dexter

The Outsee Mobile email client supports POP3 and IMAP accounts. You can have multiple accounts and you can set the client to do automatic checks in regular time intervals. It has full support for sending and receiving attachments. There is also support for Direct Push. What it means is, instead of checking mail at regular intervals, your messages are delivered to you immediately once they are received by the mail server. The only condition is that your company's Microsoft Exchange server supports Direct Push. Windows Mobile 6.0 offers some upgrades to the email client in comparison to Windows Mobile 5.0 - now you have integrated search, plus support for HyperText Markup Language (HTML) emails.





Setting up Email options: now you have HyperText Markup Language (HTML) email

There are several text input methods with the Toshiba G900, the hardware QWERTY keyboard being the most obvious one. Beside it, there is also handwriting recognition and a virtual keyboard that you can tap on with the stylus. The Block Recognizer allows handwriting with single-stroke gestures, so you have to learn how to write that way (writing is done in a special box). The Letter Recognizer offers a more natural way to write, as you can input normal characters (writing again is done in a special box). With Transcriber you can write wherever you want on the classy screen in whatever style you may wish. With every text input method you can rely on the Xt9 word prediction system to assist you. However, it's somewhat buggy and it's hard to turn off. If you turn it off and then restart the handset, it will be back on. It also sets itself on at really inappropriate places too, such as the "To:" line in email and MMS. We, along with a long list of disgruntled G900 users, would have really appreciated an option for turning the Xt9 system completely off (need to resort to registry tweaking again).






The virtual keyboard has two key sizes available • setting up Xt9 • the Xt9 in action - working with Transcriber

Managing your files

The built-in file manager of the Toshiba G900 is the standard Windows Mobile variety. It does a nice job finding the multimedia files you are looking for. The file manager can create recent folders, copy and go files, set tracks as ringtones or simply sdiscontinue files to other devices.

PocketPersonal Computer (PC) are probably bottom of the ladder when it comes to capturing camera performance. It's not about megapixels, they are just lame. The Toshiba G900 stays on the same path, however the 3" TFT display is a really nice capturing camera viewfinder to have.

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