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As an alternative to the Zinc II, MWG has released the Atom V, which is essentially very similar. The one big difference is the removal of the QWERTY style keyboard. The MWG Atom V is a solidly built smartphone/PDA with a 2.8″ touch screen tft lcd. The overall dimensions of the phone are 11.6 x 5.9 x 15.0 cm which make it slightly larger than standard smartphones, but we found it remarkably lighter than the Zinc II, weighing in at only 133 g (not much heavier than the Nokia N95 8GB).
Internally the processor is the Intel XScale PXA 270 Processor at 520 MHz, which like the Zinc II is slightly hindered with the small 64MB RAM installed. However, even with only 64MB of RAM the phone performed well in our tests, and opening multiple windows didn’t result in any crashes or freezing. The smartphone runs the installed operating system, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Professional, with ease and navigation is simple and easy to understand, as is expected with this operating system.
The MWG Atom V can connect via inbuilt Bluetooth v2.0 and also 802.11b/g WLAN which is standard with most smartphones. We found connections were easy to manage and more importantly stable.
As with the Zinc II, the phone is quad-band and as such will work worldwide, on both standard cellular networks and 3G networks. The MWG Atom V is also capable of network data transfer rates of up to 7.2Mbps using one of the latest HSDPA protocols (dependent on network). We found that the phone worked well on the three network in tests and data transfer was fast as expected.
In addition, the Atom V has inbuilt GPS with the SiRF Star III GPS. We found positioning was accurate, but satellite acquisition was relatively slow in comparison to standalone GPS systems. For entertainment on the move the phone has an inbuilt FM Radio with RDS, as well as being able to playback standard media formats with Windows mediaplayer.
The most noticeable difference between the Zinc II and the Atom V comes down to battery life. The Atom V has a published standby time of 150 hours and a talk time of up to 3.5 hours which is almost half that of the Zinc II.
The Atom V seems a nice solid, light weight smartphone that provides good connectivity and functionality. Although the phone has no easily accessibly keypad/keyboard (it relies on the touch screen), it would make a good platform for receiving emails, and if necessary, portable Bluetooth keyboards are always available!
The MWG Atom V is available from Expansys UK for £299.99 (with a £50 cashback at the time of writing).