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Review GSM phone Enol E320R
The Enol E320R is similar to LG G7100 in some parameters. It is also designed as a clamshell, equipped with a rotational screen, an integrated camera placed on the left side of the rotational mechanism like in LG product.
The dimensions are typical for its class and form 85x43x20 with the weight of 85 grams. The body is made of a soft plastic and that makes a feeling of a rubber. The handset is represented in two colours they are black with grey or red. The black insertions are lacquered and easily marked. The design of E320R may be called youth-sport.
A headset connector closed with a rubber shutter fixed to the body and two round volume control keys are on the left-side surface. An objective of an integrated VGA-camera is also there.
An interface connector closed with a rubber shutter also fixed to the body is traditionally on the bottom end. A button activating the camera is on the top end and it is also responsible for shooting.
Only a note Enol is inscribed on the top cover, being also a service indicator it is lighted with several colours at an incoming call. That looks nice.
The device is easy to open with one hand, a mechanism is reliable and there is no backlash.
Before telling about the screen let's speak about a rotational mechanism of the top cover. It may be rotated both clockwise (but only for 90 degrees) and anticlockwise and then it may be turned for 180 degrees. The rotational mechanism works softly and no problems are probable to appear when using the device.
Due to the E320R has no external screen you can rotate the cover to the internal one become an external screen (the image orientation is also changed). Then you may see a caller's data at an incoming call without opening it. But to answer you'll have to open the device and then rotate the cover back since a loudspeaker is placed only on the screen side.
The screen is 65K TFT with the resolution of 128x160 pixels (28x35 mm) showing 8 text lines and two service ones. The picture quality is better than the one integrated into Enol E400S but anyway the display is not as good. It fades in the sun but information may be read.
The keypad is of plastic and all the button are well distanced. The 4D button is small but comfortable to work with. A button responsible for calling a WAP browser is integrated into it, but unfortunately, it doesn't service to confirm actions. The number backlighting is blue and brighter in a central row. The characters are well seen and both Latin and Cyrillic symbols are present.
A loudspeaker responsible for playing call melodies and a cover hiding a 720 mAh Li-Ion battery are on the back panel. In Moscow the device worked for about 2 days in case of 30 minutes of talks a day and 15 minutes of using other functions. Full recharging takes about 1.5 hours.
Entering the menu is possible by pressing the left softkey. The main menu is a row of animated icons. Three icons are shown on the screen at the same time and the selected one is the biggest and placed centrally, moving to the left and to the right is possible. When moving along the main menu the phone slows down a bit and let's shift the blame onto the animation. Submenus are vertical lists. You can use number series for moving along the menu. Localization is not well-taken with letters of different size and words divisions.
Phone book. Up to 500 entries may be saved in the internal memory. Each entry may contain a name (14 characters) and up to 3 numbers. A user may be referred to one of the five groups that also may be adjusted by you. Thus you can set the name for a group, assign a melody and an SMS signal. Search by name (numbers from the internal memory and SIM-card one are shown together) or by a group are possible. Up to 10 numbers are at your disposal for fast dialing.
Despite all the ascetic possibilities of the phone book it still has a thing that is very rare for other phones. That is a black list. Up to 10 numbers you don't want to receive calls from may be included into the list. If the number is in the list then when trying to call you the caller will be cut off (before the hootings start).
Messages. The device supports EMS and has a set of small pictures (40 pictures), animation (15 items) and a possibility to attach a melody to the message as a result. You may also save and use personal pictures, melodies and animation. About 100 messages besides SIM-card memory may be stored in the internal one. Up to 20 numbers may be included into a mailing list where you can add users one by one or even in a group.
Russian and English T9 are present in the phone and up to 10 templates may be created.
MMS. Multimedia messages are kept into a separate item. Up to several pages may be created and the limit size of the message is 70 KB. Up to 1 MB of memory is provided for MMS.
Call lists. Everything is traditional here. There is a list of outgoing, incoming and missed calls with date and time; each list may contain 10 entries. Call timers don't show total time but there are separated incoming and outgoing call time.
Organizer. A current month is shown in the calendar and a memo with 15 characters in length may be stored for a day. Several memos may be kept for a day and a signal may be set for each. The dates with memos saved are indicated in another colour. You may set reminders and a scheduler; the only difference is that personal melody can't be set for everyday events.
Biorhythms. The device offers to enter your birth date and see your condition for today or a month. And of course, that's not more than a game.
Games. There are two games preinstalled in the phone. They are Minesweeper (a famous computer game) and Puzzle.
Settings. Everything connected with sound, display and other functions of the device is here.
You may select one of 10 preset pictures for the display, personal text (up to 16 characters) that will be shown on the screen.
Network services. All the settings connected with the network are here.
WAP. A wap-browser version 2.0 is installed in the phone. The device also supports batch communication (GPRS class 8).
Camera. A VGA-camera is installed in the phone. 800 KB of memory are kept for photos. The taken photos are impossible to transfer to a PC since there is no IrDA and a cable isn't included into the kit. Nevertheless the photos look well on the phone screen.
The integrated camera allows photos with the resolution of 160x120, 320x240, and 640x480 pixels. You may apply various effects and frames, set a timer (only 7 seconds). Multishooting for 6 photos with a possibility to choose a speed (normal, average, fast).
The photos may be viewed all at the same time or one by one in the photo album. Each photo may be increased or shown a saved info.
The quality and the volume of the sound are average and was not enough in a noisy room. The microphone is not very sensitive and to hear the interlocutor we had to ask him to speak louder. The 40-tones polyphony sounds middling with metallic notes and the preinstalled melodies sound loud the call is hard to miss. And you shouldn't hope for the vibra since it's very low in power.
The device is mainly intended for youth and a businessman is hard to imagine with using it. The rotational display is necessary only due to a specific camera position. You'll have to get used to a shooting process since sometimes you'll forget the objective is on the top and will peer at the screen thinking why the picture does not correspond with the one you focus at.
Almost all the Enol devices are similar functionally and the E320R is not an exception. It is a complete copy of Enol E300 in functions and only different in the body construction. The absence of JAVA support, poor phone book possibilities preventing from assigning personal photo to a contact are the main disadvantage of these models.
Now an average price for the Enol E320R forms about 230 USD. And it is not well-taken since there are functionally more interesting phones on the market and to tell the truth the same concerns the design.
Vladimir Fokin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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