Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:30 AM
This is a review video of the MWg Zinc II, a GSM-based Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 smartphone. It has a 500 mhz Samsung CPU, 64 MB of RAM, a 2.8 inch 320 x 240 resolution touch screen, GPS, and a QWERTY slide-out keyboard. It's a quad-band GSM (850/ 900/1800/1900 Mhz) and tri-band HSDPA 3G phone (850/ 1900/ 2100 Mhz). The Zinc II is available for purchase from our affiliate partner, Expansys, for $599 USD (the price was originally $749 USD).
One of the negative points that I mentioned in the video was the price point - at $749, I questioned the value proposition of the device in comparison to other choices on the market (namely from HTC). The new $599 price point is much more reasonable for the hardware that you get, and the value for the dollar is much higher at that price point. Would I still like to see a VGA screen and 128 MB of RAM? Sure - but as the price gets lower, my expectations of the hardware also lessen. I should also note that I'm a bit concerned about the microSD card slot not having a cover of any sort - that seems like it might be trouble if you don't have a microSD card in there protecting the microSD slot from getting gunked up.
All in all, this is a pretty strong contender for the price if you're OK with the QVGA screen and don't mind customizing it with your own software to get an improved experience.