UK's Hutchison 3 network has been recently plagued with
a lack of available phones with several units going
out of production. The A835 has been a godsend in this
repsect at it is a hugely powerful phone which is probably
the best in 3's range at present.
OK, it's not a small phone by any means,
measuring 137 x 56 x 27 mm and weighing 160 grams (picture
show approximate actual size on a 72dpi monitor). Talktime
is about 2 hours, with 5 days standby time. These
figures are very poor compared to a GSM phone, but this
is a power-hungry 3G phone and the rules are very different.
It has the usual impressive 3G features
of streaming audio and video, comes with a camera with
4 x digital zoom, Advanced GPS navigation, 64Mb memory
as standard, an MP3 player, Java applications and Bluetooth,
plus an array of PIM/PDA functions.
Of course, the 3G functions are dependent
on the network and Hutchison have come in for some criticism
on the available bandwidth, but overall the A835 looks
like a good phone for any 3G application. All we have
to do is hope that one day 3G phones will be a little
less brick-like in their appearance!
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