Engadget had a hands on with the Gigabyte’s G-Smart S1200 that uses the latest Smart Zone user interface for Windows Mobile. The device did not fail to impress the Engadget stuff, with its sleek design, built quality, full HSDPA and its 3.1-inch WVGA screen.
We talked to Gigabyte about its announcements, and it turns out they’ve designed both Smart Zone and the S1200 with aspirational feature phone users in mind — these are people who might not otherwise consider a smartphone because they’re worried about sacrificing style and ease of use in the process. To that end, the skin definitely seems to get the job done. The transition animations got choppy in places, but we felt immediately at ease with the swipe gestures for getting to different screens, and the graphics look particularly superb at these resolutions.
The rest of the specification sheet includes a a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, a microSD slot, wifi etc. The S1200 will be released this quarter in a variety of colours, but do not worry about the new Windows Mobile 6.5, since the upgrade will be offered free of charge.