|You can be easily forgiven for thinking that the man next to you is talking to his iPod if he happens to use the Dbtel M50. This baby takes all its styling cues, from the Apple iPod. A benefit of this is that it becomes very easy to handle the cell phone ; controls are almost intuitive if the user is well versed with the iPod. Dimensionially too, the handset is small (99 x 45 x 17.7 mm) and light (just 80 grams in weight). The phone comes with a 2 megapixel camera at the back.|
The unique design means that the phone does not have any keypad, nor does it have any sliding or revealing form factors which would allow you to pull it out from beneath. Dialling numbers can be a bit of a problem initially, but using the scrolling feature of the circular pad and then using the central key to confirm selection means that you do not have to work too hard for the same. Of course nothing beats the traditional keypad, but this is a small prize that you have to pay for style. The device will be available in an option of 2 colors - black and white. The 4 keys around the circular pad support auxillary functions (menu, clear etc).
Any claim to be a iPod phone would be quickly thrown out of the window unless the handset can do what makes the iPod so indispensable - play music. Thankfully, the Dbtel M50 easily deals with such requirements. In fact music being such an important function, the phone has also been equipped with a shortcut key (music) at the side of the phone. The 16 megabytes of built-in memory (dynamically shared) is of course too less for a serious music player and hence the RS-MMC card slot is extremely useful in this case. There are various music settings available to play around with and get the best effect (bass, classical, The large color display (176 x 220 pixels) and a capacity of showing 262,000 colors makes using the cell phone as a camera a pleasure.
The Dbtel M50 is probably something that Apple should have come out in a tie-up with Nokia or SonyEricsson. Perhaps the sales figures of the M50 should be enough to rouse Apple from its stupor?
Source: Phonedaily.com (Chinese)