Gigabyte GSmart S1200 reviewed


CNET Asia has published a review of the Gigabyte GSmart S1200. The smartphone is currently available in Taiwan and should be spreading to other Asian countries in the next few weeks.

The slim 11.4 mm 3.1 inch WVGA screened Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone, which will get a Windows Mobile 6.5 update soon, is a pretty powerful device, with 288MB RAM (149MB available) and 512MB ROM (270MB available) and a 528 Mhz Qualcomm processor. It also has a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus but unfortunately lacks a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

The user interface features 4 “living wallpapers” (see the Digitimes video below) and also a widget component with up to 9 home screens. The customization layer is however not very deep, and CNET was not too happy with the text entry options, calling Gigabytes custom keyboard “excruciating.”

They found performance acceptable but not snappy, especially when changing home screens (this can also be seen in the video).  The device’s 1100 mAh battery is certified for 4 hours talk time and 6 hours standby.

The GSmart S1200 will retail for  S$768 ($540 US).

Read the full CNET review here.