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Their ICE smartphone is their first mainstream Windows Mobile device and is a pretty innovative device, featuring many attempts to do things a bit differently.
I have just received a review device from eXpansys, and will be putting the device through its paces over the next few weeks. To kick of the review here is some photos of the deviceâ€™s hardware features after the break.
The front, with the screen off, is a striking black slab, and appears rather sleek.Â It makes for a pretty good mirror, and the facade is hardly disturbed by the front-facing camera, earphone, dial and end call keys. It is also fetchingly framed by the chrome ring around the edge of the screen.
The back is also pretty minimalist, featuring the 3.2 megapixel camera without flash and stereo speakers. Due to the camera being a bit proud of the back the speaker grills are not covered when the device is placed flat on a table. Unfortunately this also makes it very likely the camera surround will show wear pretty quickly.
The left of the device only features a door for the mini-USB port. The attachment is with a small elastic band, and does not inspire confidence in its durability.
The right side has the easy to press volume and camera keys, and another door for the microSD card, featuring the same flimsy attachment. Of course Mobinnova should be congratulated for having an easy to replace microSD card slot which does notÂ require taking the back off or removing the battery.
The bottom is devoid of any buttons, but the top features a power button and very well implemented ringer switch, and also the telescopic stylus slot. The stylus is extremely small and narrow, and very short, even when extended.
The thickness is very similar, and the ICE feels and fits very well in the hand.
The deviceâ€™s full hardware specs are :
53.5 x 114 x 13 millimetres
120 grams (battery included)
32bit Qualcomm MSM7201A
color transflective TFT , 65536 scales
240 x 400
128 x 96
GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS1900, UMTS2100
CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA
40 -chord melody
Touchscreen & TouchPad
microSD, microSDHC, TransFlash, SDIO
USB 2.0 client, 12Mbit/s
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
FM radio (87.5-108MHz) with RDS/RBDS
Assisted GPS, QuickGPS, Geotagging
The Mobinnova ICE is available on pre-order from eXpansys forÂ Â£399.99 (Affiliate link)