Below is the review of the Mwg Zinc II that I wrote in 2008.
Review of Mwg Zinc II by Gavin Fabiani-Laymond.
Date of Review – 18th July 2008
Available from – http://www.expansys.com/
Price – £399.95 with currently a £50 cash back offer
Pros – Zinc II menu useful
Loud Speaker (never miss a tone)
Cons – No flash on camera
Expansys recently sent me the Zinc II to review. I have had this a week now, and have actually enjoyed this handset. It is a fairly straight forward affair. The specifications are :-
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional, World Wide English
• Processor: Samsung 520MHz
– 256MB Flash ROM
– 64MB RAM
– MicroSD expandable memory
• Display: 2.8” TFT QVGA, Flat Panel (Touch Screen)
• Keyboard: QWERTY keypad with semi-automatic sliding mechanism
• Network Frequency:
– Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
– Tri-band UMTS 2100/1900/850 MHz
– HSDPA 3.6Mbps
– Wireless LAN 802.11b/g
– Bluetooth® version 2.0
• GPS: Integrated highly sensitive SiFRstarIII GPS chip, reliable in urban and densely covered outdoor environments.
– 2 Megapixels CMOS camera
– Supports still image and video capture
• Operating Time:
– Standby up to 260 hours (GSM)
– Talktime up to 6 hours
• Dimensions: 109.5 x 59 x 18 mm; 185g
The key point to note is the 64mb of ram. Whilst this did not cause me any problems, most WM6 devices now have 128mb of ram. I am sure if the device was loaded and running several intensive applications, there is a possibility to overload it. The keyboard is very sensitive, and at first I held the key to long and duplicated letters. However, with a bit of practise I started to get used to the keyboard and actually started to like not having to press the keys so hard as I do on my Samsung i780.
Mwg have followed HTC’s today plugin concept and provided a today plugin called Zinc II menu. Unlike the HTC option, it allows multiple contact shortcuts and application shortcuts. See screenshots below.
In use the call quality was as good as most WM6 devices I have used, but the loudspeaker volume was loud, so no chance missing any alarms!
As the device uses mini-usb, it is compatible with a wide range of accessories. The stylus is a retractable one, and a bit lightweight for my liking.
Mwg have also tweaked some of the settings – see screenshots –
All the features of the device as described and the only one concern I have is with the 64mb of program memory, and the lack of buttons on the front of the device. A start menu and ok button would have been helpful, but Mwg have gone for the cleaner look.
After using the phone for the last week, it has been a pleasant experience. Thanks to http://www.expansys.com again for sending the unit for review.