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January 14, 2007

New Toy: Eten M700 (glofiish)

Filed under: Gadgets — Leon @ 1:20 am

Eten M700 (glofiish)
Just got a new M700 to replace my old phone (Motorola MPx220) and PDA (iPaq 3900). On first impression, this is a great convergence device but its takes some time getting used to. The Eten Users Forum was a big help in working out the kinks and getting everything setup.

Caveats

  • Static Navigation: The GPS receiver has static navigation turned on by default. This limits position changes to about every 50 meters and makes the device unusable for navigating on foot. Use SirfTech to disable this option (be careful). Refer to the following thread for details.
  • Battery Indicator: The battery seems to continue charging indefinitely (even when the indicator shows 100%). The charging light does turn off an hour later… this is “normal.”
  • ETEN software: For lack of a better word, the ETEN software sucks. Replace it with another vendor’s version if you need that functionality. The device runs faster and with less “hick-ups” once the ETEN software is removed.

Key Applications

  • TomTom Navigator – This is the best navigation software that I found. Just copy the maps to your SD card and you are ready to go. (make sure to get at least a 1GB card)
  • GPS Tuner – Great for off road navigation and making custom maps.
  • Tube II – Transit maps and city reference.
  • Resco Explorer – Powerful file explorer, registry editor, network browser.
  • Resco Photo Viewer
  • SPB Pocket Plus, Diary, and Weather – Convenient today screen plug-in and task manager. Great for one handed navigation of PIM data. Note that the current version has a problem with the Glofiish which causes stray lines to be drawn on the today screen tabs.
  • Pocket Informant – Comprehensive PIM manager.
  • HiCalc – Comprehensive calculator
  • Lexisgoo – Great dictionary.
  • Windows Live Search (still in Beta)
  • SK Tools – I didn’t believe the hype at first but it actually does make the device run faster.

5 Comments »

  1. Does the eten m700 come with GPS maps from ETEN or do you have to buy the phone and then buy maps?

    Thanks,
    Matt

    Comment by Matt — April 7, 2007 @ 4:44 pm
  2. Matt, you will have to buy the maps separately.

    Comment by leon — April 7, 2007 @ 9:54 pm
  3. hi leon, I also have just bought an M700. The windows mobile 6 is driving me crazy, a bit complicated to find the settings I want. have you managed to change the sound the is heard when an sms is received? I haven’t yet managed to do so.

    Comment by reuben — October 8, 2007 @ 2:19 am
  4. Reuben, you should be able to change the notification sound of any event by going to Start–>Settings–>Sounds & Notifications–>Notifications. Select the event (e.g. “Messaging: New text message”) and configure it as desired.

    Comment by leon — October 8, 2007 @ 7:39 am
  5. where to buy maps for m700

    Comment by pranay — January 25, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

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