The SPVs have always been popular around the Tech Digest office as they are among the most compact smartphones to use Windows Mobile and actually make for surprisingly manageable web browsing. The latest, the SPV C600, is a very similar candy-bar style to its predecessors now with a 320 x 240 colour screen, as well as a 1.3 megapixel camera and 64mb internal memory. Not following the C550, it has opted away form music playback button and returns to a style more similar to the C500 but this time imbued with the latest Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. This means that applications load up a lot quicker and has a generally more handset friendly interface. Also improved over the C500 is the new joystick control system that has proved itself to be a much needed addition.
The Orange SPV C600 has pretty much ticked all the boxes; but there’s no escaping the fact that it’s hard to make such a small unit very easily useable with internet browsing, emailing and so on. Plus the connectivity options seem a little limited and more worryingly there is no mention of removable storage; but it still remains one of the most compact smartphones out there. The SPV C600 has landed in the UK now and is available from free on phone contracts.