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Community Level 6Jordon

Jordon

Just say NO SPV *UPDATE*

AdvantagesScreen size is big

DisadvantagesVery slow & Battery life

"...phone with a camera, and Orange suggested I went for the SPV 100 and it would be free, now that was a good offer to me, so we took it. **WHAT YOU GET** 1) A charger with different adapter's for use without the cradle and to use in other countries like the 2 pin plug. 2) A Desktop cradle for use with PC for updates 3) Sound Cards which is only 8 MB which doesn't do much, you will need to upgrade it. 4) A CD which has Active Sync software. 5) ..." Read review
07.02.2004

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Community Level 1robert54

robert54

The Orange SPV M600

AdvantagesExcellent Introduction to PDA's - if you've not had one before.

DisadvantagesPoor battery Life

"I've just upgraded to the SPV M600 - it's the first non Nokia phone I've had and it was something of a struggle to get my head around all of the features and to get used to the somewhat different way of doing things. I won't try to list all of the features- if you've had plenty of features on your phone before, suffice to say it's got most of them, although I was disconcerted at first to find no radio, stopwatch,countdown timer etc, which I had found ..." Read review
05.10.2006

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Community Level 5Johnsie

Johnsie

Are Microsoft Mobile....

AdvantagesMore than you can shake a stick at....

DisadvantagesBattery Life...

"...buy a nice shiny new Orange SPV. I purchased it the day before they were supposedly released, it cost me £99.99 on an Orange Contract with a monthly bill of £25. I’ve seen prices of £170 quoted dependant on tariff. Just out of interest I also opted for the SPV special add on of unlimited GPRS, which is valuable if you want to surf the web on your phone.... So the phone then... The first thing you notice is the size of the phone it is quite ..." Read review
11.12.2002

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Community Level 2wooballoo

wooballoo

Average. Not recommended.

AdvantagesDesktop Sync. Colour. Screen Size

DisadvantagesBattery Life.

"...browser. I just wish Orange would stop sending me promo text messages!!!! :) ----------------------------------------- Original Review: I upgraded to an SPV from a Nokia 8310 (see previous review). What attracted me to it was that it has many of the features of a PDA on a device the size of a phone. Okay so the SPV is larger than your average phone these days, but it is still a lot smaller than say a Nokia Communicator or the new Sony Ericcson ..." Read review
18.05.2003

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Community Level 2smnhicks

smnhicks

Sound, Pictures, Video

AdvantagesLoads of functionality, great when you are out and about

DisadvantagesVery short battery life, annoying little bugs

"When I first saw the Orange SPV (which stands for Sound, Pictures, Video trivia-buffs), the first commercial GPRS phone to use the Microsoft 'Smartphone' 2002 OS, I was really excited about it. It looked like it had everything; you could carry around the contents of your MS Outlook as it duplicated all of your data directly from your computer, it could send and receive email, Web browse, run Instant Messenger and it connected via GPRS - all on a 177x200, ..." Read review
06.08.2003

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Community Level 3hawkida

hawkida

Substandard Phone Value

Advantageswireless access, sync with computer

Disadvantagessuffers from slow speed and bad design

"...supplied locked not only to Orange as a network provider, but also locked to prevent any non-approved software being installed. There are a few apps out there for sale, but the list isn't exactly vast. There are also some third party add ons but again, not that many of them. In order to install these it was necessary to hack around and unlock the phone yourself. Eventually Orange relented to some degree and let people do this in a more official way, ..." Read review
17.02.2004

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Community Level 3nemesis2004

nemesis2004

The SPV.

AdvantagesEasy to use, A nice selection of software

DisadvantagesHeavy and Bulky, sometimes stops for a second or two, poor battery life

"...and Video) is manufactured by Orange and features the Microsoft Smartphone 2002 Operating System, meaning it's packed with the features you'd expect from a Microsoft operating system. The Phone's features aren't all impressive now, yet aren't too bad for the price range you're looking at for this phone. They Include: GPRS - connection to the internet via the GPRS technology allows you to download web pages and content at a reasonable speed. 177 ..." Read review
11.02.2006

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Community Level 2uska123

uska123

Smart-prone to Breaking

AdvantagesIt was a very good idea

DisadvantagesSoftware unreliable and sometimes doesn't work properly

"...I had to go for Orange as they were the only people who “dared” to support this phone, that’s why it’s called the “orange spv smartphone”. After changing the battery, and setting up all of the other stuff needed to setup this phone, I decided that I would have a little play on it. It seemed good at first, you know, a few games included. I must say that the camera was one of the only best parts about this phone, the videos that it took we excellent, ..." Read review
12.04.2004

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Community Level 1big_bent_al

big_bent_al

Orange SPV: Functionality Versus Reliability?

AdvantagesFeatures.

DisadvantagesMicrosoft!

"...peruse at length on the Orange website...) the SPV incorporates: A camera built in MP3 64,000 colour display internet instant messaging speakerphone pocket internet explorer windows media player triband wap gprs infra-red vibrating alert email client voice memo predictive text downloadable games SD (secure digital) memory cards Well, there you are! But a list of features gets you ..." Read review
01.08.2003

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Community Level 2dekom

dekom

Microsoft's cross of a mobile with a PDA

AdvantagesInventive concept merging PDA with mobile

DisadvantagesHeavy phone and disfunctional camera

"...screen via the earpiece and Orange have told me there is nothing that can be done about it. Apparently, up till now Orange is the only provider with the SPV although I heard that O2 or T-mobile (not sure) had been considering introducing it in the US. ..." Read review
24.08.2003

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Community Level 1Petesdad

Petesdad

A good start but a very poor finish

AdvantagesGood sized screen

DisadvantagesTotally unreliable

"I must start by getting straight to the point. This is the worst phone that I've ever had the displeasure of owning. Bought in Febuary this year, when it was still retailing at £129.99 on contract, I thought I'd walked away from the shop with the bees knees in mobile phone technology. Indeed I had for the first month or so, I had my very own PC in my pocket, the first person that I knew that had a camera attachment and most definately the only ..." Read review
21.11.2003

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Community Level 1mttgffry

mttgffry

A good start

AdvantagesInternet browser, POP3 email, record ringtones from your CD collection

DisadvantagesSlow and has several bugs

"As the first of its kind the SPV was excellant. The ability to browse full internet pages rather than just WAP pages is invaluable. Its also nice to be able to pick up emails on the move. Rather than pay a fortune for ringtones you can transfer WAV files from your PC to the phone using the docking cradle and activsync software included. The same method allows you to download themes and backgrounds from numerous websites free of charge, giving hours ..." Read review
25.10.2003

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Community Level 1lofted-equ...

lofted-equalisation

To SPV or not to SPV

AdvantagesLarge screen, well strctured layout, connects to directly to your PC.

DisadvantagesSmall buttons that are shiny and slippery.

"This is an excellent phone that does just about everything but make tea. The screen is large enough for most needs, but not big enough for reading maps (unless you carry a magnifying glass with you). The navigating around the different options is simple and straightforward, and a good job to as the number of options is huge like the colour of your screen Green, Yellow, Blue or Red or whatever you fancy. Connecting to your PC is simplicity ..." Read review
12.08.2004

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Community Level 1Review_Wiz...

Review_Wizard

SPV......... Good and Bad

AdvantagesMassive Screen, Lotsof Applications

DisadvantagesSmall Keypad,Battery Life,Scratches Easily

"...As standered from Orange the phone comes with the following: 1)Horizonal Carry Case 2)Mains Charger 3)Desktop Sync Cradle 4)Software CD 5)Travel Adaptor 6)8mb SD(Secure Digital) Card This is a great package, more a buisness phone but will do great for someone who likes their gadgets. A bit of a let-down is that the keypad is quite small but this adds to the character of the phone and the huge screen makes up for this. With the right ..." Read review
18.01.2004

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Community Level 1Siberianti...

Siberiantiger

a good first try from Microsoft

AdvantagesA Ton of Great Features, MMS, Superb Screen size

DisadvantagesVery Buggy, Small Keypad

"...US launch. P.S. The new orange update will fix many of these problems (this is one big plus with the phone - that it includes an automatic software update service and a host of accessories) ..." Read review
06.02.2003

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