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The Eten Glofiish M800 was announced by Eten last year and many touted it to be the Kaiser (from HTC) killer. You could see why from the similarity in specs and design. The Kaiser was then released but the M800 was nowhere in sight. It appeared that the device was facing some problems and Eten pushed back the launch date of the M800 from December 2007 to February 22nd 2008. With that date passed, the Eten Glofiish M800 was finally released. Is this really the Kaiser killer that many thought? Or was it just one big hype by Eten?

Unboxing Video

Before I get to the review in depth, here’s a video of the unboxing process.

What’s In The Box

  • Eten Glofiish M800
  • 1530 mAh Battery
  • 2 x Stylus
  • Screen Protector
  • USB to mini-USB Cable
  • Charger With 3-Prong Head
  • Leather Case
  • Headset With 2.5mm Jack
  • Office Outlook 2007 Trial
  • Quick Start Quide
  • Spb Mobile Shell Pamphlet

Specifications

  • 32bit Samsung SC32442 500MHz
  • 256MB ROM
  • 64MB RAM
  • 2.8″ Display
  • VGA Resolution (640×480)
  • MicroSD Expansion Slot (SDIO Capable)
  • Quadband GSM (GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800 & GSM1900)
  • Triband UMTS (UMTS850, UMTS1900 & UMTS2100)
  • Supports CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS & HSDPA
  • 41 Keys Slide-out QWERTY Keyboard
  • 5 Way Joystick
  • Touch Sensitive Front ‘Buttons’
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
  • WiFi 802.11b & 802.11g
  • FM radio reciever
  • SiRF Star III GPS Chip (20 Channel & Supports TMC)
  • Rear 2.0 MegaPixel Camera With AutoFocus & Flashlight
  • Front 0.3 Megapixel Camera (For Video Calls)
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • 57.8 x 113.8 x 18.4 millimetres
  • 178 grams (with battery)

As said earlier, this is going to be an in-depth review and I will need your help to get it done. How? By suggesting tests that I should carry out on the device. I already have some great suggestions here but feel free to add your own in the comments below. No promises that I will carry out all your suggestions but I will try to do as many as I can.

Next week, I will provide you with my own analysis of the device. So if you have not already done so, I would urge you to subscribe to this site via RSS feed, subscribe to the same feed via email or just bookmark this article so that you can keep yourself updated.

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9 Comments

Comment by PJMDS
2008-03-01 00:51:38

Hi Tariq, this time your video looks very professional,
I really enjoyed watching it :)
Good luck with the next videos
Best regards

Comment by Tariq Bamadhaj
2008-03-01 00:57:45

Thanks Paulo. It took a lot longer than I expected but it sure was fun making it. It has definitely sparked my interest in making more videos in the future.

 
 
Comment by Ginger
2008-03-01 01:11:50

Awesome phone, and a surprisingly nice video. I agree, it’s not often that you see a blogger with such good videos.

Comment by Tariq Bamadhaj
2008-03-01 20:09:21

Thanks for the compliments Ginger :D Expect more to come.

 
 
Comment by spmwinkel Subscribed to comments via email
2008-03-01 02:29:32

I agree, the video was very good, and I look forward to seeing more!
The video was very informative with the specs on the screen and being mentioned while the box was being turned around.

Assuming you want to reach the best video quality you can get, I’d like to suggest to keep the device at the same distance of the camera at all times. If you show the accessoires of the device, and the front and back of the device, you hold it at a certain distance from the camera, which makes the video quality rather sharp. But when showing the MicroSD card slot etc, it’s a bit out of focus because it is closer to the camera. And working at such short distances, something like that happens quite quickly. But next time don’t pay so much attention to this while recording so that you’re only thinking about the distance from the camera, and forget what to tell! Because the info is much more important! I’m assuming there are some really good close-up images to be found on the internet, which will always have better quality than a YouTube video.
And in between the sections, before you start a new section the new section title is already announced very quickly. I’m guessing this is something that happens while pasting part of the video together?

Again, I really liked the video. So because there are no big issues I could mention, I simply have to come up with minor stuff like this. ;)

As part of your coming review, while you include another video? If so, perhaps this setup might be interesting. First set up your Today screens with some third-party Today plugins like iLauncher, PocketBreeze, Spb P+ or whatever, and while you give your introduction, perform a soft reset. This will show the user how long a soft reset takes, and how fast the devices starts up a customized Today screen.

The problem with this is that you migth want to only use the built-in plugins for your review, since third party plugins are often not free and not part of the Eten. But then again, if Spb Mobile Shell is advertised with it, you might be able to set that up (heavily :mrgreen: ).

Comment by Tariq Bamadhaj
2008-03-01 20:14:39

Thanks spmwinkel. I spent a lot of time on the editing as I was pretty new to the whole process. Thanks for the tip about distance, I will be sure to keep that in mind next time.

Your suggestions sounds interesting. I will definitely give it a go. I could just install the trials of the software. That shouldn’t be much of a problem since I am doing quite a few hard resets on the device as I set it up.

 
 
Comment by Helmy
2008-03-01 03:43:49

Looking forward to reading the rest of the review :grin:

 
Comment by David Friedman
2008-03-01 04:04:57

I would like to see tests of how well it connects to the Internet. The first step would be to go to one of the web sites that provides a speed test and see just how fast it downloads and uploads. The next would be to set it up, if possible, as a wireless router, using the WiFi to create a network that laptops could connect to, and the 3G to connect the phone to the internet. I gather software to do that exists, although I haven’t used it. Then redo the speedtest–from a laptop.

I’ve had fun with my much slower Edge connection bluetoothing the phone to my Mac, making the Mac function as a wireless router, and driving across the country (my wife behind the steeringwheel) with a very slow mobile hotspot. I’m curious as to how much better that would work with 3G and WiFi in the phone.

Another test would be how well it works for reading books. How long does it take to load a book into the word processor and is there a practical limit to how many you can have loaded at once. I bought a Nokia E90 and then sent it back after discovering that it took about ten minutes to load a book and could only have one book loaded at a time, making it useless for one of the things I use a smart phone for.

I’m sure other people will have other suggestions

Comment by Tariq Bamadhaj
2008-03-01 20:16:44

Hi David and welcome to the site. I might not be able to do the 3G speedtest as the area I am in does not have 3G coverage at the moment. However, I will keep your ebooks test in mind.

 
 

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