MWg – Atom V review

fully featured PDA with some attractive extras
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£299.99 (SIM-free)

MWg’s Atom V packs in a lot of features. It is a Windows Mobile 6 Professional device complete with 2.8-inch touch screen and GPS antenna. It is quad-band GSM and it’ll manage HSDPA connections at speeds up to 7.2Mbps if your network can handle it. It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built in too.

There is an FM radio with RDS to complement the music playback and you can boost the 256MB of built-in memory using microSD cards. A 2-megpixel camera lens sits on the back of the casing and shots are helped out by its macro mode, autofocus and an LED flash.

Now, this is not actually such an usual set of features. We’ve seen several other Windows Mobile devices combine them of late, so the Atom V is competing for your attention with other devices which on paper are very similar.

However, its price is attractive, as are some other aspects which help it stand out. The processor runs at an impressive 520MHz and we found it able to cope well with several applications opened at the same time. The famous Windows Mobile ‘wait’ icon did not pop up as often as it does with some devices. If you are what some pundits like to call a ‘power user’ (basically meaning someone who likes to use lots of applications), this could be a handy feature.

One thing the Atom V offers which you won’t find in many Windows Mobile devices is the ability to geo-tag photos taken with the camera. Another is the ability to use the camera’s LED flash as a torch by turning it on and off at will. Bizarrely this feature is hidden away within the applications folder structure so it is quite difficult to find at short notice – i.e. when you might need a torch. At least you can assign a button to it and make it more accessible.

You also get a tracking utility that works with the GPS to tell you distance covered and your current speed. With walking, cycling and driving modes you could use it as an aid to physical training.

But this is a large and heavy device. It weighs 140g and measures 116mm tall, 59mm wide and 15mm thick. With these dimensions you might expect the MWg Atom V to sport a sliding QWERTY keyboard, but it doesn’t. The touch screen has to suffice for text entry, while the front fascia is where you’ll find most of the other input options.

If the 3G appeals because of the potential for two-way video calling then this is not the device for you, as there is no front-facing camera.

Company: MWg

Contact: 0161 868 0868


Verdict
The MWG Atom V certainly packs in the features, and rarities like geo-tagging and the torch could be a draw. However the device is large and relatively heavy.