It runs on Windows Mobile 6.1, and includes Bluetooth (with stereo headset and printing profiles, among others), Wi-Fi, and GPS.
We were happy to see that the touch pad makes one-handed operation easy, whether you're opening applications or typing out e-mail. The home screen offers a tabbed interface that lets you quickly change connection options, open favorite applications, dial a contact, or change your phone settings.
Bundled applications include mobile editions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, both Opera and Internet Explorer browsers
the Windows Media Player Mobile, and Adobe Reader.
We liked the results from the included 2.0 megapixel camera, which produced crisp and colorful images. The camera even includes a night mode setting. You can subscribe to VZ Navigator if you want to put that GPS capability to good use, but it will cost you $9.99 per month or $2.99 per day.
The Saga is available only from Verizon and it cost $199 with a two-year commitment. That puts it level with the BlackBerry Storm. While it doesn't have the slick touch interface of that phone, it's a great choice for business travelersLG Incite
The Incite measures 4.2 x 2.17 x 0.55 inches and weighs 4.23 ounces. It feels hefty yet compact in the hand, similar to the Shadow offered from T-Mobile. While the surface is practically a mirror when the phone is off, it's marvelously resistant to fingerprints.
Meant to take a place in the current generation of sleek smartphones, the Incite's front is dominated by a 3-inch, 240 x 400 pixel display, and it offers few physical controls. The front holds only call start and stop buttons. The left side holds a charging port and a volume rocker button, while the right side holds buttons for the camera and locking the screen, as well as amicrosSD slot and a thumb wheel.
The Incite wasn't designed with an internal slot for holding a stylus, although it does come with one in the box. The stylus has its own tiny case and attaches to the phone with a lanyard.
It's hard to tell if this was an afterthought of if a stylus slot just didn't fit the design. We think most people will skip the hanging attachment and will instead use a finger or the thumb wheel to select items onscreen.
When you select something, you'll feel a small vibration, just a pulse, to let you know you've done it. But scrolling through pages with the thumb wheel is tedious and trying to tap items onscreen is frustrating. The Saga's touchpad is a much more successful solution for choosing items in Windows Mobile.
The Incite includes a 3 megapixel camera and Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity. It's available only from AT&T for $199 with two-year commitment and mail-in rebate.HTC Fuze
This smartphone offers a full QWERTY keyboard, which slides out to the left. Use it and the screen automatically goes into landscape mode. The keys may be small, but the keyboard is well organized. We like the ability to access many common functions from the keyboard, such as paging up or down, and turning on Wi-Fi.
The Fuze is fairly thick (4.02 x 2.01 x 0.71-inches) and weighty (5.82 ounces) for a small phone. The display measures 2.8-inches and 480 by 640 pixels.
Its controls are standard, except that there's a push-to-talk button on the left side. Also, there's no headphone jack, which cuts down the Fuze's usefulness as a multimedia
phone. An adapter is included in the box, but it's a hassle to have to carry that, as well.
A 3G worldphone, the Fuze includes HSDPA connectivity, as well as WiFi. A microSD card hides beneath the battery cover, and can accept up to 16GB cards. Fuze software includes Microsoft Office Mobile, Adobe Reader, Sprite Backup, and more.It's sold exclusively by AT&T, and lists for $299, with a two-year commitment and after rebate.
Adapted from SmartPhoneToday.com.
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