Asustek Computer Inc., owner of Asus brand has made its name renowned mostly as one of the best motherboards manufacturer. Besides acting in the computer field, Asus has also become an important developer of high-quality and innovative technologies in many other fields such as communications and consumer electronics. If one of the first mobile phones under the Asus brand was made available on the market in 2005, the first Pocket PC produced by the Taiwanese company was out on the market the next year – in 2006 (Asus P505). Asus is trying to built-up on its name as one of the best manufacturers of computer-related accessories and enter the Pocket PC market with powerful devices.
One of the best Pocket PC launched by Asus is the P535 model, which has been made available on the market starting November 2006. The price of the device is very reasonable compared to what it has to offer – around USD $750.
Design: Asus P535 will definitely NOT attract you through its design, as most modern mobile phones will surely do. At first sight, I can only say that the conservatism took the shape of a brick, because that’s how P535 looks like. Still it’s a slim brick that closely resembles Gigabyte’s gSmart i128. If you are thinking of buying Asus P535 you will have to see past its design because the device is really worth buying. It seems that the newcomers on the Pocket PC market, Asus and Gigabyte, are “borrowing” their designs one from the other. Still the device is not in any way ugly and people that are really interested in spec techs rather than in design will love it.
Its measures (109 x 59 x 19 mm) and weight (145 grams including battery) make it bulky and less attractive. Only a few external buttons are embedded in the glossy plastic used for the casing of the device. The left side of the device features the camera button, the volume key and a very small reset button. On the opposite side, we have the Hold key and the Voice recorder key. On the bottom of the Pocket PC you can notice the miniUSB port and the 2.5 mm jack port while on top of the device, the miniSD slot card and the usual power button have been placed.
Almost 2/3 of the front part of the phone are occupied by the TFT display. Simplicity is the word of the day when looking at the few keys under the display. Besides the two Accept/End call keys and the big 5-way controller, the device also features 2 contextual keys, the usual OK key and an innovative button that gives access to a small menu with various shortcuts. The back of the device includes the 2 Megapixel camera and an external speaker. Unfortunately, Asus P535 lacks a QWERTY keyboard, so if you feel like using the device for texting you need to use the stylus which was placed on the top right of the Pocket PC.
The device is being delivered with a complete sales package which contains among other things, a stereo headset, car kit, GPS mount as well as some software CDs.
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