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Toshiba e750 Pocket PC - Personal Computing on the Run

By: Cameron Wilmot | Tablets in Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 20, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Toshiba

Features and Usability Continued


- Device Layout


The layout of the e750 is fairly similar to a lot of other PDA's and is overall very easy to work and understand.



You have four buttons below the screen on the front which takes you to various aspects for the OS, each being customizable to whatever you like through OS settings. From the left by default - the first button takes you to the "Calendar" section which allows you to add appointments, the second button takes you to the "Tasks" section which allows you to add tasks which need doing, the third button takes you to the "Home" section which is like the Programs menu on the Start Menu of desktop Windows and the last button takes you to the "Contacts" section where you can add and search for contacts. Below these four buttons is a larger button which is used as a touch pad to navigate left, right, up and down and as an enter key to open programs, etc by pressing the middle of the button. Below and to the right of the aforementioned buttons is the speaker which plays all sounds and music in mono.



To the side left of the device are two buttons, one is used to instantly record sound (from 8,000 Hz to 44,100 Hz) and the other is used to navigate up and down and to also execute programs, etc by pushing in. On the bottom side of the device you have two switches - one to enable the battery (should always be on) and the other to enable and disable Wi-Fi transmissions.



On the top side of the device you have the sound jack for headphones then in the middle slots for Secure Digital and Compact Flash cards and then to the right a place to hold the included stylus pen. On the top side front of the device to the left is the power button and to the right are two LED's - the one to the left shows if the battery is charging (and the charge status) and if running off AC power or not by switching to green. The LED on the right shows if the Wi-Fi adapter is connected to a wireless network or not.


On the back side of the device we see nothing special besides model and serial number information and the battery cover.


Overall the entire layout scheme of the device is brilliant and makes working with the device very painless.


- Inputting Data


The big thing a lot of you would be wondering about is the usability of the e750 - especially when inputting data in Pocket Word, notes and so forth. When doing almost anything in Windows Mobile 2003, you can pull up the keyboard to input data.


Let's take Pocket Word for instance - we can either use the keyboard to input data by pushing the character we want like pushing keys on a regular desktop keyboard. We can use "Block Recognizer" or "Letter Recognizer" or "Transcriber" which allows us to draw the character we want. The first two take a lot of getting used to, by far the easiest to use besides the keyboard is the transcriber but it is also the slowest.



I don't think I am up to writing a 3,000 word review on the e750, but the point is - if I had to, I could - it would just take quite some time.


- Storage Space


The e750 includes a total of 96MB of memory (64MB RAM and 32MB ROM) and can be easily increased by adding either Secure Digital or Compact Flash cards. Each card plugs into the top of the device and essentially acts just how a removable HDD works on a desktop PC.


The included 96MB will be enough for most people unless you intend on uploading a stack of high quality images or listening to MP3s for a long trip (with 96MB that is only around 32 songs or about an hour and a half of music depending on MP3 bit rate sizes).


- Optional Expansion Plug


If you wish to increase the functionality of the device, you can buy an optional expansion plug which adds a USB and standard VGA port. This enables you to hook up, for example, a USB mouse and display the picture of the Pocket PC on a large desktop CRT or LCD monitor through the VGA port.


I didn't bother buying this plug, and probably won't in the future either as the device is able to do everything I need it to do and more self-sufficiently.


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