Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX 710 review

In fact, the new Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX 710 model is a simplified version of the LOOX 720 model, which we talked about not so long ago. It does not have a camera, lower screen resolution (QVGA instead of VGA, four times fewer dots on the screen - this is the main difference), a smaller diagonal of the matrix, less memory and megahertz, but more battery life, less price. This is a very good mid-range model on the PDA market. Otherwise, it completely repeats the older model. What has remained unchanged, we will simply copy from the LOOX 720 review, focusing only on the differences. Note that the Pocket LOOX 718 model will soon appear on the market, which is an exact copy of the 720 model, only without a built-in camera.

The dimensions of the LOOX 710 are comparable to the Asus A730, if you don't put them side by side, it's hard to notice the difference. It is slightly longer than, for example, the HP iPaq 2210, but noticeably smaller than the Toshiba e800. The device is comfortable in the hand, does not slip, largely due to the grooves on the side ends a la Sony Ericsson t610/630. Taking into account the fact that LOOX 720 has two expansion slots, the dimensions of LOOX 710 are close to optimal, except that the body length could be smaller. Compare with other PDAs:

  • HP iPaq hx2700: 119x76x16mm 164g
  • FS Pocket LOOX 710: 122x72x16.1 mm 180 g
  • Asus A730: 117.5x72.8x16.9mm 170g
  • HP iPaq 4150: 113.6x70.6x13.5mm 133g

The weight of the device at 180 g is far from the smallest for pocket computers, but it is quite typical for devices with two resolution slots. In addition, a significant part of the weight of the case is a battery of impressive capacity. We note one oddity - the younger model is 10 grams heavier and slightly thicker than the LOOX 720, although there are no apparent reasons for increasing the dimensions.

The design and color scheme are typical for the new PDAs from Fujitsu Siemens. Pleasant to the touch, light gray plastic and silver edging of the case, smooth, but rather strict lines. In general, the design leaves a very pleasant impression, the PDA has its own face - stylish, but not catchy. It is difficult to speak objectively about the design, someone will probably not like it. The build quality is high, all parts fit very tightly, high build quality is generally typical for all products manufactured at HTC factories. We advise you to handle the case carefully, because it is a painted plastic, the paint can fly around during intensive use without a cover.

The five-way joystick, as usual, is located under the screen. We tested it with the latest version of the MorphGear emulator, it performed well, worked out clicks normally in 8 directions, without delays. But here the keys did not show themselves in the best way, they have a slight lag (it works with a delay after pressing), the same as in the older model. The delay is a fraction of a second, but it is felt in games, especially when the hero shoots or jumps at the wrong time. Gamers should pay attention to this point, minus a small but unpleasant one. The rest of the buttons are comfortable: they have an average size, response when pressed. Any of the keys can be programmed for two actions (short press or hold): call any installed program, call the input panel, context menu, press "ok / close", rotate the screen, return to the start screen, menu "Start". The keys can be locked with the built-in FSC Keylock software to avoid accidental pressing in clothing pockets. To the right of the joystick is a speaker, it is relatively loud, does not rattle even at the maximum volume level.

Above the screen is an additional speaker for VoIP telephony (using Wi-Fi) and two indicators. The one to the right is responsible for indicating the operation of Wi-Fi (green light) and Bluetooth (blue light), the indicator flashes green and blue alternately if both adapters are turned on at once. Another indicator is responsible for missed reminders and signals when the device is infected or fully charged. The power button is located right there, on the front of the PDA.

A voice recorder button is lonely on the right side. On the left side is the FSC Speed ​​Menu button, holding it starts the camera. There is also a scroll wheel, which has become less and less common in PDAs lately. It is convenient, exactly the way it should be, it is convenient for them to flip through the pages of an e-book, documents - this is its main purpose. In this regard, the model continues the traditions of FS Pocket LOOX 600. The lanyard fastening is located here. The device is heavy to wear around the neck, but it is quite possible to hang it on the hand.

At the top end there are two expansion slots, a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. MP3 playback quality is excellent. For testing, we used Koss The Plug headphones, music encoded with 320 kbps quality, Pocket Music 3.0 software player. The sound is of high quality, without distortion of the "tops" or "bottoms", there are no problems with the maximum volume level. The infrared port, which is located here, can be used to control home appliances.

The stylus slot is located in the upper corner as standard. The stylus is medium in size and easy to use. It is not sliding, but unwinds (in order to reset the device).

On the back of the device is the battery compartment. We will talk about the battery in more detail below. Note that there is a rubber strip on the battery cover, thanks to which the device does not slip on the surface, another small plus in the ergonomics of the device.

At the bottom end there is a reset button (to press it, you need to unwind the stylus, as we already wrote), a microphone and a connector for connecting a cable or a docking station. The microphone is worth noting especially. It has high sensitivity, at a distance of 2-3 meters you can distinguish words spoken in a calm voice, even if there are several sound sources. The sound is recorded cleanly, with virtually no noise.

The docking station is small in size. The handheld in it sits unreliably, staggers. There is a socket and a light indicator for charging a spare battery. You can charge your PDA both in the cradle and via cable. You do not need to always carry a docking station for charging.

The kit comes with a simple leatherette case, without any fasteners (the same as bundled with the HP iPaq 2210 and HP iPaq 4150). The fact that it is included in the kit is already pleasant. Its cheap appearance and simplicity, in my opinion, do not correspond to an expensive PDA. It is suitable for the first time to protect the PDA from damage, but over time it is better to purchase a normal cover or case.

Screen

The screen has a resolution of 320x240 pixels, displays 65 thousand colors, the diagonal is 3.5", which is slightly smaller than that of the LOOX 710. Let's note once again that the screen is the main feature that distinguishes the LOOX 710 from the LOOX 720.

There are 11 backlight levels, the minimum level is quite comfortable for the eyes when working with a PDA in the dark, but it is higher than, say, the iPaq 2210 (it can be considered a standard in terms of the minimum backlight level). In general, the screen is standard, it has no special features. It is difficult to distinguish it from a negative or positive side, it corresponds to its class.

Interfaces

The FS Pocket LOOX 710 model has two built-in wireless adapters, this is not an innovation or a rarity, it is already an urgent need. For example, in the entire new line of HP iPaqs, all models except one have built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi adapters. Gradually, it becomes as much a given for the Pocket PC as, say, the presence of an infrared port. If you remember, then some two years ago, the built-in Bluetooth module was a rarity, and one could only dream of two built-in wireless adapters.

Earlier, in Pocket LOOX 610, adapters did not work simultaneously, there were own Bluetooth drivers, an unaesthetic external antenna. Compared to the 610 model, the 710 is a step forward. First, two wireless adapters can work simultaneously. Secondly, standard Bluetooth drivers are used. Thirdly, there is no external antenna.

Bluetooth 1.2. As we have already said, this model uses the standard WIDCOMM Bluetooth for Windows CE BT-PPC drivers (version 1.5.0 Build 1800), the same as in Asus A730 and the vast majority of other Pocket PCs with Bluetooth. Automatically having WIDCOMM drivers means maximum Bluetooth functionality. As expected, everything worked flawlessly and flawlessly: Internet access via Sony Ericsson t630 and Motorola MPx220, synchronization with a laptop, file transfer, connection of several PDAs to a network, and so on (File Transfer, Information Exchange, Serial Port, Dial-up networking server, audio gateway). Multiple simultaneous Bluetooth connections are supported.

Here is the full list of supported profiles: BNEP, DUN-DT, FT-Client, GAP, File Transfer, Object Push, OPP Client, Point to Multipoint (PAN), FT-Server, LAN-DT, Point to Point (LAP) ), OPP Server, PAN-User, SDAP, SDP, SerialDevA, SerialDevB.

By the way, we remembered the name WIDCOMM only from old memory. Broadcom recently acquired WIDCOMM. So, now in the properties of the drivers we see the name Broadcom instead of WIDCOMM. Hopefully, this takeover will not affect the quality of Bluetooth software, which has already become the industry standard for Pocket PCs and desktop computers running MS Windows.

Wi-Fi. The adapter worked with a home point within a 3-room apartment without any complaints, the sensitivity of the receiving antenna is high. What I didn’t like about the implementation of Wi-Fi is its software implementation: the scarcity of the settings of the built-in Wi-Fi manager, the lack of support for WPA security (Wi-Fi Protected Access, the standard is currently considered safe, you can read more about Wi-Fi security here ), only the vulnerable 128-bit WEP standard is supported.

Wi-Fi settings are controlled by the E2C utility. A profile can only be created for one wireless network, the scanner does not see networks with a hidden SSID, there are specific problems with entering the WEP key, as already mentioned, its settings are poor. The problem is solved by a third-party Wi-Fi manager. There is also a professional version of the E2C program, you need to buy it separately.

In general, Wi-Fi problems are not significant, you can install a third-party Wi-Fi manager. You can put up with the roughness of the software, Pocket LOOX 710 is quite suitable for use with a home access point. WPA support will most likely appear in one of the subsequent firmware, possibly by the start of commercial sales of the product.

As already noted, FS Pocket LOOX 710 can be used as an IP phone in Wi-Fi networks. You can talk both without a headset (there is an additional speaker for this) and with a Bluetooth headset.

CONNECTMOBILITY-E2C. It is necessary to separately note the E2C utility. This program is responsible for connecting to the Internet via any interface (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, IrDA, CF-GPRS). It is worth praising the GPRS connection settings, they significantly simplify the life of a beginner who is unfamiliar with the intricacies of prescribing an additional modem initialization string. By the way, it will be useful to read this article on setting up a GPRS connection.

USB. The device comes with a combined USB cable (USB Host and USB client). You can connect various USB devices, both through the docking station and without using it. For example - a camera, USB-flash or USB-keyboard. Other devices require Pocket PC drivers. In the official Russian distribution, the PDA will be sold with a localization from Paragon, which will include a driver for a Russian USB keyboard. The device charges via a USB cable, though noticeably slower than from a wall outlet.

In terms of interfaces, the capabilities of the device are maximum. Two expansion slots - SD/MMC with SDIO support, Compact Flash Type II. Two wireless adapters - Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which can work simultaneously. The infrared port allows you to control home appliances (consumer infrared - CIR standard is supported). There is a USB host.

Battery

The PDA has a removable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1640 mAh. We note right away that according to our tests, LOOX 710 worked much longer in all modes than LOOX 720. In MP3 playback mode (from a memory card, minimum processor frequency, screen off) - 18 hours 11 minutes until the battery is completely discharged. In reading mode (auto scrolling pages, minimum backlight, minimum processor frequency) Pocket LOOX worked for 17 hours and 36 minutes. At maximum load, the handheld lasted 3 hours 37 minutes. The results are very good, on par with the battery life records shown by HP iPaq rx3710, Asus A620Bt, Sony TH55!

Performance

A little less than 63 MB of RAM out of 64 and another 30 MB of non-volatile flash memory are available to the user. Quite a classic volume for PDAs of the middle price range.

The core of the handheld is an Intel XScale PXA272 processor running at 416 MHz. Most manufacturers have already switched to using this processor both in top models and in models of the middle price range, processors from Samsung and TI will be much less common. During testing, we painlessly overclocked the Pocket LOOX 710 to 624 MHz, it was unstable at this frequency, but most applications worked fine at 520 MHz.

For the performance test, we used the SPB Benchmark package. For comparison, we took the test results of mid-range models from https://cars45.com/listing/porsche/panamera/2017 similar technical specifications.

In the CPU test, the LOOX 710 is slightly ahead. All models here and below show very similar results.

This index describes the speed of working with RAM (read/write/move). Again we see that the results are almost identical.

The index describes the speed of working with built-in applications. Similar results.

The resulting index describes the overall performance of the system. In general, the index reflects the actual position of the PDA in terms of speed, but we must remember that the models are similar in terms of performance, it is impossible to single out anyone among them.

Let's present the test results in real applications, they are closer to reality. We conducted video tests with BetaPlayer 0.094, the results are shown in the table. The speed is shown as a percentage, the more, the faster the PDA. Approximately 120% and above - the video plays smoothly without dropping frames, at 100% the video may fail on active scenes. During testing, the LOOX 710 was overclocked to 528 MHz. The short result - on the LOOX 710 model, you can watch mpeg4 video without any conversion without problems and brakes.

Graphics performance test with PocketQuake game with sound off (sound was turned off by console command nosound 1, other settings are saved). Results at the level with the leader. When overclocked to 520 MHz, LOOX 710 generally breaks into first place. When overclocked to 624 MHz and above, the PDA was very unstable, we do not present test results at this frequency.

I forgot to mention, in the PDA settings you can select the processor frequency or set the automatic mode:

Software

The handheld is running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. You can read about its capabilities in the corresponding article on our website. Here we describe only non-standard built-in programs.

E2C. We talked about this connection manager in the Interfaces chapter.

FSC Backup. Data backup. You can copy the entire image of RAM, you can selectively only the data that you need. The main disadvantages of the program are the lack of scheduled work, the lack of automatic copying of data when the battery is low.

FSC Speed ​​Menu. An analogue of the Start button, only more advanced and flexible. What's nice is that you can quite easily customize it for yourself by adding the necessary programs and folders.

Impression and conclusions

The FS Pocket LOOX 710 model sets the upper limit of the middle price range (maximum equipment with interfaces, long battery life, thoughtful ergonomics, good design). The minimum price of the model is now $470-480. The Dell X50 520 MHz and last season's hit HP iPaq 2210 cost about $330. Another direct competitor, the HP iPaq hx2400, costs around $450. All this allows us to say that the price of LOOX 710 is too high. You should pay attention to the model when the price drops to $400-410.

Description:

  • Class: Middle-End
  • Position in line: under Pocket LOOX 720
  • Competitors: Dell X50 520 MHz, HP iPaq hx2400
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition
  • Processor: Intel XScale PXA272 416 MHz
  • RAM: 64 MB (62.74 MB available to the user)
  • LOOXstore (available flash memory): 30.6 4 MB
  • Expandability: SD/MMC slot (SDIO support), Compact Flash Type II, IrDA, Bluetooth 1.2 Power class 2, IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi, chip manufacturer - Texas Instruments), USB (1.1 slave, 1.1 host)
  • Additional speaker for VoIP over Wi-Fi
  • Screen: 3.5” with a resolution of 320x240 pixels, 65k colors
  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 1640 mAh. Claimed battery life: 12 hours on, 15 days off. Backup battery life is 30 minutes.
  • Dimensions: 122x72x16.1 mm
  • Weight: 180 g

Thanks to RRC Focus Distribution for providing the equipment for testing.

Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX 710 review

In fact, the new Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX 710 model is a simplified version of the LOOX 720 model, which we talked about not so long ago. It does not have a camera, lower screen resolution (QVGA instead of VGA, four times fewer dots on the screen - this is the main difference), a smaller diagonal of the matrix, less memory and megahertz, but more battery life, less price. This is a very good mid-range model on the PDA market. Otherwise, it completely repeats the older model. What has remained unchanged, we will simply copy from the LOOX 720 review, focusing only on the differences. Note that the Pocket LOOX 718 model will soon appear on the market, which is an exact copy of the 720 model, only without a built-in camera.

The dimensions of the LOOX 710 are comparable to the Asus A730, if you don't put them side by side, it's hard to notice the difference. It is slightly longer than, for example, the HP iPaq 2210, but noticeably smaller than the Toshiba e800. The device is comfortable in the hand, does not slip, largely due to the grooves on the side ends a la Sony Ericsson t610/630. Taking into account the fact that LOOX 720 has two expansion slots, the dimensions of LOOX 710 are close to optimal, except that the body length could be smaller. Compare with other PDAs:

  • HP iPaq hx2700: 119x76x16mm 164g
  • FS Pocket LOOX 710: 122x72x16.1 mm 180 g
  • Asus A730: 117.5x72.8x16.9mm 170g
  • HP iPaq 4150: 113.6x70.6x13.5mm 133g

The weight of the device at 180 g is far from the smallest for pocket computers, but it is quite typical for devices with two resolution slots. In addition, a significant part of the weight of the case is a battery of impressive capacity. We note one oddity - the younger model is 10 grams heavier and slightly thicker than the LOOX 720, although there are no apparent reasons for increasing the dimensions.

The design and color scheme are typical for the new PDAs from Fujitsu Siemens. Pleasant to the touch, light gray plastic and silver edging of the case, smooth, but rather strict lines. In general, the design leaves a very pleasant impression, the PDA has its own face - stylish, but not catchy. It is difficult to speak objectively about the design, someone will probably not like it. The build quality is high, all parts fit very tightly, high build quality is generally typical for all products manufactured at HTC factories. We advise you to handle the case carefully, because it is a painted plastic, the paint can fly around during intensive use without a cover.

The five-way joystick, as usual, is located under the screen. We tested it with the latest version of the MorphGear emulator, it performed well, worked out clicks normally in 8 directions, without delays. But here the keys did not show themselves in the best way, they have a slight lag (it works with a delay after pressing), the same as in the older model. The delay is a fraction of a second, but it is felt in games, especially when the hero shoots or jumps at the wrong time. Gamers should pay attention to this point, minus a small but unpleasant one. The rest of the buttons are comfortable: they have an average size, response when pressed. Any of the keys can be programmed for two actions (short press or hold): call any installed program, call the input panel, context menu, press "ok / close", rotate the screen, return to the start screen, menu "Start". The keys can be locked with the built-in FSC Keylock software to avoid accidental pressing in clothing pockets. To the right of the joystick is a speaker, it is relatively loud, does not rattle even at the maximum volume level.

Above the screen is an additional speaker for VoIP telephony (using Wi-Fi) and two indicators. The one to the right is responsible for indicating the operation of Wi-Fi (green light) and Bluetooth (blue light), the indicator flashes green and blue alternately if both adapters are turned on at once. Another indicator is responsible for missed reminders and signals when the device is infected or fully charged. The power button is located right there, on the front of the PDA.

A voice recorder button is lonely on the right side. On the left side is the FSC Speed ​​Menu button, holding it starts the camera. There is also a scroll wheel, which has become less and less common in PDAs lately. It is convenient, exactly the way it should be, it is convenient for them to flip through the pages of an e-book, documents - this is its main purpose. In this regard, the model continues the traditions of FS Pocket LOOX 600. The lanyard fastening is located here. The device is heavy to wear around the neck, but it is quite possible to hang it on the hand.

At the top end there are two expansion slots, a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. MP3 playback quality is excellent. For testing, we used Koss The Plug headphones, music encoded with 320 kbps quality, Pocket Music 3.0 software player. The sound is of high quality, without distortion of the "tops" or "bottoms", there are no problems with the maximum volume level. The infrared port, which is located here, can be used to control home appliances.

The stylus slot is located in the upper corner as standard. The stylus is medium in size and easy to use. It is not sliding, but unwinds (in order to reset the device).

On the back of the device is the battery compartment. We will talk about the battery in more detail below. Note that there is a rubber strip on the battery cover, thanks to which the device does not slip on the surface, another small plus in the ergonomics of the device.

At the bottom end there is a reset button (to press it, you need to unwind the stylus, as we already wrote), a microphone and a connector for connecting a cable or a docking station. The microphone is worth noting especially. It has high sensitivity, at a distance of 2-3 meters you can distinguish words spoken in a calm voice, even if there are several sound sources. The sound is recorded cleanly, with virtually no noise.

The docking station is small in size. The handheld in it sits unreliably, staggers. There is a socket and a light indicator for charging a spare battery. You can charge your PDA both in the cradle and via cable. You do not need to always carry a docking station for charging.

The kit comes with a simple leatherette case, without any fasteners (the same as bundled with the HP iPaq 2210 and HP iPaq 4150). The fact that it is included in the kit is already pleasant. Its cheap appearance and simplicity, in my opinion, do not correspond to an expensive PDA. It is suitable for the first time to protect the PDA from damage, but over time it is better to purchase a normal cover or case.

Screen

The screen has a resolution of 320x240 pixels, displays 65 thousand colors, the diagonal is 3.5", which is slightly smaller than that of the LOOX 710. Let's note once again that the screen is the main feature that distinguishes the LOOX 710 from the LOOX 720.

There are 11 backlight levels, the minimum level is quite comfortable for the eyes when working with a PDA in the dark, but it is higher than, say, the iPaq 2210 (it can be considered a standard in terms of the minimum backlight level). In general, the screen is standard, it has no special features. It is difficult to distinguish it from a negative or positive side, it corresponds to its class.

Interfaces

The FS Pocket LOOX 710 model has two built-in wireless adapters, this is not an innovation or a rarity, it is already an urgent need. For example, in the entire new line of HP iPaqs, all models except one have built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi adapters. Gradually, this becomes as much a given for Pocket PC as, say, the presence of an infrared port. If you remember, then some two years ago, the built-in Bluetooth module was a rarity, and you could only dream of two built-in wireless adapters.

Earlier, in Pocket LOOX 610, adapters did not work simultaneously, there were own Bluetooth drivers, an unaesthetic external antenna. Compared to the 610 model, the 710 is a step forward. First, two wireless adapters can work simultaneously. Secondly, standard Bluetooth drivers are used. Thirdly, there is no external antenna.

Bluetooth 1.2. As we have already said, this model uses the standard WIDCOMM Bluetooth for Windows CE BT-PPC drivers (version 1.5.0 Build 1800), the same as in Asus A730 and the vast majority of other Pocket PCs with Bluetooth. Automatically having WIDCOMM drivers means maximum Bluetooth functionality. As expected, everything worked flawlessly and flawlessly: Internet access via Sony Ericsson t630 and Motorola MPx220, synchronization with a laptop, file transfer, connection of several PDAs to a network, and so on (File Transfer, Information Exchange, Serial Port, Dial-up networking server, audio gateway). Multiple simultaneous Bluetooth connections are supported.

Here is the full list of supported profiles: BNEP, DUN-DT, FT-Client, GAP, File Transfer, Object Push, OPP Client, Point to Multipoint (PAN), FT-Server, LAN-DT, Point to Point (LAP) ), OPP Server, PAN-User, SDAP, SDP, SerialDevA, SerialDevB.

By the way, we remembered the name WIDCOMM only from old memory. Broadcom recently acquired WIDCOMM. So, now in the properties of the drivers we see the name Broadcom instead of WIDCOMM. Hopefully, this takeover will not affect the quality of Bluetooth software, which has already become the industry standard for Pocket PCs and desktop computers running MS Windows.

Wi-Fi. The adapter worked with a home point within a 3-room apartment without any complaints, the sensitivity of the receiving antenna is high. What I didn’t like about the implementation of Wi-Fi is its software implementation: the scarcity of the settings of the built-in Wi-Fi manager, the lack of support for WPA security (Wi-Fi Protected Access, the standard is currently considered safe, you can read more about Wi-Fi security here ), only the vulnerable 128-bit WEP standard is supported.

Wi-Fi settings are controlled by the E2C utility. A profile can only be created for one wireless network, the scanner does not see networks with a hidden SSID, there are specific problems with entering the WEP key, as already mentioned, its settings are poor. The problem is solved by a third-party Wi-Fi manager. There is also a professional version of the E2C program, you need to buy it separately.

In general, Wi-Fi problems are not significant, you can install a third-party Wi-Fi manager. You can put up with the roughness of the software, Pocket LOOX 710 is quite suitable for use with a home access point. WPA support will most likely appear in one of the subsequent firmware, possibly by the start of commercial sales of the product.

As already noted, FS Pocket LOOX 710 can be used as an IP phone in Wi-Fi networks. You can talk both without a headset (there is an additional speaker for this) and with a Bluetooth headset.

CONNECTMOBILITY-E2C. It is necessary to separately note the E2C utility. This program is responsible for connecting to the Internet via any interface (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, IrDA, CF-GPRS). It is worth praising the GPRS connection settings, they significantly simplify the life of a beginner who is unfamiliar with the intricacies of prescribing an additional modem initialization string. By the way, it will be useful to read this article on setting up a GPRS connection.

USB. The device comes with a combined USB cable (USB Host and USB client). You can connect various USB devices, both through the docking station and without using it. For example - a camera, USB-flash or USB-keyboard. Other devices require Pocket PC drivers. In the official Russian distribution, the PDA will be sold with a localization from Paragon, which will include a driver for a Russian USB keyboard. The device charges via a USB cable, though noticeably slower than from a wall outlet.

In terms of interfaces, the capabilities of the device are maximum. Two expansion slots - SD/MMC with SDIO support, Compact Flash Type II. Two wireless adapters - Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which can work simultaneously. The infrared port allows you to control home appliances (consumer infrared - CIR standard is supported). There is a USB host.

Battery

The PDA has a removable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1640 mAh. We note right away that according to our tests, LOOX 710 worked much longer in all modes than LOOX 720. In MP3 playback mode (from a memory card, minimum processor frequency, screen off) - 18 hours 11 minutes until the battery is completely discharged. In reading mode (auto scrolling pages, minimum backlight, minimum processor frequency) Pocket LOOX worked for 17 hours and 36 minutes. At maximum load, the handheld lasted 3 hours 37 minutes. The results are very good, on par with the battery life records shown by HP iPaq rx3710, Asus A620Bt, Sony TH55!

Performance

A little less than 63 MB of RAM out of 64 and another 30 MB of non-volatile flash memory are available to the user. Quite a classic volume for PDAs of the middle price range.

The core of the handheld is an Intel XScale PXA272 processor running at 416 MHz. Most manufacturers have already switched to using this processor both in top models and in models of the middle price range, processors from Samsung and TI will be much less common. During testing, we painlessly overclocked the Pocket LOOX 710 to 624 MHz, it was unstable at this frequency, but most applications worked fine at 520 MHz.

For the performance test, we used the SPB Benchmark package. For comparison, we took the test results of mid-range models from https://cars45.com/listing/porsche/panamera/2017 similar technical specifications.

On the CPU test, the LOOX 710 is slightly ahead. All models here and below show very similar results.

This index describes the speed of working with RAM (read / write / move). Again we see that the results are almost identical.

The index describes the speed of working with built-in applications. Similar results.

The resulting index describes the overall performance of the system. In general, the index reflects the actual position of the PDA in terms of speed, but we must remember that the models are similar in terms of performance, it is impossible to single out anyone among them.

Let's present the test results in real applications, they are closer to reality. We conducted video tests with BetaPlayer 0.094, the results are shown in the table. The speed is shown as a percentage, the more, the faster the PDA. Approximately 120% and above - the video plays smoothly without dropping frames, at 100% the video may fail on active scenes. During testing, the LOOX 710 was overclocked to 528 MHz. The short result - on the LOOX 710 model, you can watch mpeg4 video without any conversion without problems and brakes.

Graphics performance test with PocketQuake game with sound off (sound was turned off by console command nosound 1, other settings are saved). Results at the level with the leader. When overclocked to 520 MHz, LOOX 710 generally breaks into first place. When overclocked to 624 MHz and above, the PDA was very unstable, we do not present test results at this frequency.

I forgot to mention, in the PDA settings you can select the processor frequency or set the automatic mode:

Software

The handheld is running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. You can read about its capabilities in the corresponding article on our website. Here we describe only non-standard built-in programs.

E2C. We talked about this connection manager in the Interfaces chapter.

FSC Backup. Data backup. You can copy the entire image of RAM, you can selectively only the data that you need. The main disadvantages of the program are the lack of scheduled work, the lack of automatic copying of data when the battery is low.

FSC Speed ​​Menu. An analogue of the Start button, only more advanced and flexible. What's nice is that you can quite easily customize it for yourself by adding the necessary programs and folders.

Impression and conclusions

The FS Pocket LOOX 710 model sets the upper limit of the middle price range (maximum equipment with interfaces, long battery life, thoughtful ergonomics, good design). The minimum price of the model is now $470-480. The Dell X50 520 MHz and last season's hit HP iPaq 2210 cost about $330. Another direct competitor, the HP iPaq hx2400, costs around $450. All this allows us to say that the price of LOOX 710 is too high. You should pay attention to the model when the price drops to $400-410.

Description:

  • Class: Middle-End
  • Position in line: under Pocket LOOX 720
  • Competitors: Dell X50 520 MHz, HP iPaq hx2400
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition
  • Processor: Intel XScale PXA272 416 MHz
  • RAM: 64 MB (62.74 MB available to the user)
  • LOOXstore (available flash memory): 30.6 4 MB
  • Expandability: SD/MMC slot (SDIO support), Compact Flash Type II, IrDA, Bluetooth 1.2 Power class 2, IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi, chip manufacturer - Texas Instruments), USB (1.1 slave, 1.1 host)
  • Additional speaker for VoIP over Wi-Fi
  • Screen: 3.5” with a resolution of 320x240 pixels, 65k colors
  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 1640 mAh. Claimed battery life: 12 hours on, 15 days off. Backup battery life is 30 minutes.
  • Dimensions: 122x72x16.1 mm
  • Weight: 180 g

Thanks to RRC Focus Distribution for providing the equipment for testing.

Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX 710 review

In fact, the new Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX 710 model is a simplified version of the LOOX 720 model, which we talked about not so long ago. It does not have a camera, lower screen resolution (QVGA instead of VGA, four times fewer dots on the screen - this is the main difference), a smaller diagonal of the matrix, less memory and megahertz, but more battery life, less price. This is a very good mid-range model on the PDA market. Otherwise, it completely repeats the older model. What has remained unchanged, we will simply copy from the LOOX 720 review, focusing only on the differences. Note that the Pocket LOOX 718 model will soon appear on the market, which is an exact copy of the 720 model, only without a built-in camera.

The dimensions of the LOOX 710 are comparable to the Asus A730, if you don't put them side by side, it's hard to notice the difference. It is slightly longer than, for example, the HP iPaq 2210, but noticeably smaller than the Toshiba e800. The device is comfortable in the hand, does not slip, largely due to the grooves on the side ends a la Sony Ericsson t610/630. Taking into account the fact that LOOX 720 has two expansion slots, the dimensions of LOOX 710 are close to optimal, except that the body length could be smaller. Compare with other PDAs:

  • HP iPaq hx2700: 119x76x16mm 164g
  • FS Pocket LOOX 710: 122x72x16.1 mm 180 g
  • Asus A730: 117.5x72.8x16.9mm 170g
  • HP iPaq 4150: 113.6x70.6x13.5mm 133g

The weight of the device at 180 g is far from the smallest for pocket computers, but it is quite typical for devices with two resolution slots. In addition, a significant part of the weight of the case is a battery of impressive capacity. We note one oddity - the younger model is 10 grams heavier and slightly thicker than the LOOX 720, although there are no apparent reasons for increasing the dimensions.

The design and color scheme are typical for the new PDAs from Fujitsu Siemens. Pleasant to the touch, light gray plastic and silver edging of the case, smooth, but rather strict lines. In general, the design leaves a very pleasant impression, the PDA has its own face - stylish, but not catchy. It is difficult to speak objectively about the design, someone will probably not like it. The build quality is high, all parts fit very tightly, high build quality is generally typical for all products manufactured at HTC factories. We advise you to handle the case carefully, because it is a painted plastic, the paint can fly around during intensive use without a cover.

The five-way joystick, as usual, is located under the screen. We tested it with the latest version of the MorphGear emulator, it performed well, worked out clicks normally in 8 directions, without delays. But here the keys did not show themselves in the best way, they have a slight lag (it works with a delay after pressing), the same as in the older model. The delay is a fraction of a second, but it is felt in games, especially when the hero shoots or jumps at the wrong time. Gamers should pay attention to this point, minus a small but unpleasant one. The rest of the buttons are comfortable: they have an average size, response when pressed. Any of the keys can be programmed for two actions (short press or hold): call any installed program, call the input panel, context menu, press "ok / close", rotate the screen, return to the start screen, menu "Start". The keys can be locked with the built-in FSC Keylock software to avoid accidental pressing in clothing pockets. To the right of the joystick is a speaker, it is relatively loud, does not rattle even at the maximum volume level.

Above the screen is an additional speaker for VoIP telephony (using Wi-Fi) and two indicators. The one to the right is responsible for indicating the operation of Wi-Fi (green light) and Bluetooth (blue light), the indicator flashes green and blue alternately if both adapters are turned on at once. Another indicator is responsible for missed reminders and signals when the device is infected or fully charged. The power button is located right there, on the front of the PDA.

A voice recorder button is lonely on the right side. On the left side is the FSC Speed ​​Menu button, holding it starts the camera. There is also a scroll wheel, which has become less and less common in PDAs lately. It is convenient, exactly the way it should be, it is convenient for them to flip through the pages of an e-book, documents - this is its main purpose. In this regard, the model continues the traditions of FS Pocket LOOX 600. The lanyard fastening is located here. The device is heavy to wear around the neck, but it is quite possible to hang it on the hand.

At the top end there are two expansion slots, a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. MP3 playback quality is excellent. For testing, we used Koss The Plug headphones, music encoded with 320 kbps quality, Pocket Music 3.0 software player. The sound is of high quality, without distortion of the "tops" or "bottoms", there are no problems with the maximum volume level. The infrared port, which is located here, can be used to control home appliances.

The stylus slot is located in the upper corner as standard. The stylus is medium in size and easy to use. It is not sliding, but unwinds (in order to reset the device).

On the back of the device is the battery compartment. We will talk about the battery in more detail below. Note that there is a rubber strip on the battery cover, thanks to which the device does not slip on the surface, another small plus in the ergonomics of the device.

At the bottom end there is a reset button (to press it, you need to unwind the stylus, as we already wrote), a microphone and a connector for connecting a cable or a docking station. The microphone is worth noting especially. It has high sensitivity, at a distance of 2-3 meters you can distinguish words spoken in a calm voice, even if there are several sound sources. The sound is recorded cleanly, with virtually no noise.

The docking station is small in size. The handheld in it sits unreliably, staggers. There is a socket and a light indicator for charging a spare battery. You can charge your PDA both in the cradle and via cable. You do not need to always carry a docking station for charging.

The kit comes with a simple leatherette case, without any fasteners (the same as bundled with the HP iPaq 2210 and HP iPaq 4150). The fact that it is included in the kit is already pleasant. Its cheap appearance and simplicity, in my opinion, do not correspond to an expensive PDA. It is suitable for the first time to protect the PDA from damage, but over time it is better to purchase a normal cover or case.

Screen

The screen has a resolution of 320x240 pixels, displays 65 thousand colors, the diagonal is 3.5", which is slightly smaller than that of the LOOX 710. Let's note once again that the screen is the main feature that distinguishes the LOOX 710 from the LOOX 720.

There are 11 backlight levels, the minimum level is quite comfortable for the eyes when working with a PDA in the dark, but it is higher than, say, the iPaq 2210 (it can be considered a standard in terms of the minimum backlight level). In general, the screen is standard, it has no special features. It is difficult to distinguish it from a negative or positive side, it corresponds to its class.

Interfaces

The FS Pocket LOOX 710 model has two built-in wireless adapters, this is not an innovation or a rarity, it is already an urgent need. For example, in the entire new line of HP iPaqs, all models except one have built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi adapters. Gradually, this becomes as much a given for Pocket PC as, say, the presence of an infrared port. If you remember, then some two years ago, the built-in Bluetooth module was a rarity, and you could only dream of two built-in wireless adapters.

Earlier, in Pocket LOOX 610, adapters did not work simultaneously, there were own Bluetooth drivers, an unaesthetic external antenna. Compared to the 610 model, the 710 is a step forward. First, two wireless adapters can work simultaneously. Secondly, standard Bluetooth drivers are used. Thirdly, there is no external antenna.

Bluetooth 1.2. As we have already said, this model uses the standard WIDCOMM Bluetooth for Windows CE BT-PPC drivers (version 1.5.0 Build 1800), the same as in Asus A730 and the vast majority of other Pocket PCs with Bluetooth. Automatically having WIDCOMM drivers means maximum Bluetooth functionality. As expected, everything worked flawlessly and flawlessly: Internet access via Sony Ericsson t630 and Motorola MPx220, synchronization with a laptop, file transfer, connection of several PDAs to a network, and so on (File Transfer, Information Exchange, Serial Port, Dial-up networking server, audio gateway). Multiple simultaneous Bluetooth connections are supported.

Here is the full list of supported profiles: BNEP, DUN-DT, FT-Client, GAP, File Transfer, Object Push, OPP Client, Point to Multipoint (PAN), FT-Server, LAN-DT, Point to Point (LAP) ), OPP Server, PAN-User, SDAP, SDP, SerialDevA, SerialDevB.

By the way, we remembered the name WIDCOMM only from old memory. Broadcom recently acquired WIDCOMM. So, now in the properties of the drivers we see the name Broadcom instead of WIDCOMM. Hopefully, this takeover will not affect the quality of Bluetooth software, which has already become the industry standard for Pocket PCs and desktop computers running MS Windows.

Wi-Fi. The adapter worked with a home point within a 3-room apartment without any complaints, the sensitivity of the receiving antenna is high. What I didn’t like about the implementation of Wi-Fi is its software implementation: the scarcity of the settings of the built-in Wi-Fi manager, the lack of support for WPA security (Wi-Fi Protected Access, the standard is currently considered safe, you can read more about Wi-Fi security here ), only the vulnerable 128-bit WEP standard is supported.

Wi-Fi settings are controlled by the E2C utility. A profile can only be created for one wireless network, the scanner does not see networks with a hidden SSID, there are specific problems with entering the WEP key, as already mentioned, its settings are poor. The problem is solved by a third-party Wi-Fi manager. There is also a professional version of the E2C program, you need to buy it separately.

In general, Wi-Fi problems are not significant, you can install a third-party Wi-Fi manager. You can put up with the roughness of the software, Pocket LOOX 710 is quite suitable for use with a home access point. WPA support will most likely appear in one of the subsequent firmware, possibly by the start of commercial sales of the product.

As already noted, FS Pocket LOOX 710 can be used as an IP phone in Wi-Fi networks. You can talk both without a headset (there is an additional speaker for this) and with a Bluetooth headset.

CONNECTMOBILITY-E2C. It is necessary to separately note the E2C utility. This program is responsible for connecting to the Internet via any interface (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, IrDA, CF-GPRS). It is worth praising the GPRS connection settings, they significantly simplify the life of a beginner who is unfamiliar with the intricacies of prescribing an additional modem initialization string. By the way, it will be useful to read this article on setting up a GPRS connection.

USB. The device comes with a combined USB cable (USB Host and USB client). You can connect various USB devices, both through the docking station and without using it. For example - a camera, USB-flash or USB-keyboard. Other devices require Pocket PC drivers. In the official Russian distribution, the PDA will be sold with a localization from Paragon, which will include a driver for a Russian USB keyboard. The device charges via a USB cable, though noticeably slower than from a wall outlet.

In terms of interfaces, the capabilities of the device are maximum. Two expansion slots - SD/MMC with SDIO support, Compact Flash Type II. Two wireless adapters - Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which can work simultaneously. The infrared port allows you to control home appliances (consumer infrared - CIR standard is supported). There is a USB host.

Battery

The PDA has a removable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1640 mAh. We note right away that according to our tests, LOOX 710 worked much longer in all modes than LOOX 720. In MP3 playback mode (from a memory card, minimum processor frequency, screen off) - 18 hours 11 minutes until the battery is completely discharged. In reading mode (auto scrolling pages, minimum backlight, minimum processor frequency) Pocket LOOX worked for 17 hours and 36 minutes. At maximum load, the handheld lasted 3 hours 37 minutes. The results are very good, on par with the battery life records shown by HP iPaq rx3710, Asus A620Bt, Sony TH55!

Performance

A little less than 63 MB of RAM out of 64 and another 30 MB of non-volatile flash memory are available to the user. Quite a classic volume for PDAs of the middle price range.

The core of the handheld is an Intel XScale PXA272 processor running at 416 MHz. Most manufacturers have already switched to using this processor both in top models and in models of the middle price range, processors from Samsung and TI will be much less common. During testing, we painlessly overclocked the Pocket LOOX 710 to 624 MHz, it was unstable at this frequency, but most applications worked fine at 520 MHz.

For the performance test, we used the SPB Benchmark package. For comparison, we took the test results of mid-range models from https://cars45.com/listing/porsche/panamera/2017 similar technical specifications.

On the CPU test, the LOOX 710 is slightly ahead. All models here and below show very similar results.

This index describes the speed of working with RAM (read / write / move). Again we see that the results are almost identical.

The index describes the speed of working with built-in applications. Similar results.

The resulting index describes the overall performance of the system. In general, the index reflects the actual position of the PDA in terms of speed, but we must remember that the models are similar in terms of performance, it is impossible to single out anyone among them.

Let's present the test results in real applications, they are closer to reality. We conducted video tests with BetaPlayer 0.094, the results are shown in the table. The speed is shown as a percentage, the more, the faster the PDA. Approximately 120% and above - the video plays smoothly without dropping frames, at 100% the video may fail on active scenes. During testing, the LOOX 710 was overclocked to 528 MHz. The short result - on the LOOX 710 model, you can watch mpeg4 video without any conversion without problems and brakes.

Graphics performance test with PocketQuake game with sound off (sound was turned off by console command nosound 1, other settings are saved). Results at the level with the leader. When overclocked to 520 MHz, LOOX 710 generally breaks into first place. When overclocked to 624 MHz and above, the PDA was very unstable, we do not present test results at this frequency.

I forgot to mention, in the PDA settings you can select the processor frequency or set the automatic mode:

Software

The handheld is running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. You can read about its capabilities in the corresponding article on our website. Here we describe only non-standard built-in programs.

E2C. We talked about this connection manager in the Interfaces chapter.

FSC Backup. Data backup. You can copy the entire image of RAM, you can selectively only the data that you need. The main disadvantages of the program are the lack of scheduled work, the lack of automatic copying of data when the battery is low.

FSC Speed ​​Menu. An analogue of the Start button, only more advanced and flexible. What's nice is that you can quite easily customize it for yourself by adding the necessary programs and folders.

Impression and conclusions

The FS Pocket LOOX 710 model sets the upper limit of the middle price range (maximum equipment with interfaces, long battery life, thoughtful ergonomics, good design). The minimum price of the model is now $470-480. The Dell X50 520 MHz and last season's hit HP iPaq 2210 cost about $330. Another direct competitor, the HP iPaq hx2400, costs around $450. All this allows us to say that the price of LOOX 710 is too high. You should pay attention to the model when the price drops to $400-410.

Description:

  • Class: Middle-End
  • Position in line: under Pocket LOOX 720
  • Competitors: Dell X50 520 MHz, HP iPaq hx2400
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition
  • Processor: Intel XScale PXA272 416 MHz
  • RAM: 64 MB (62.74 MB available to the user)
  • LOOXstore (available flash memory): 30.6 4 MB
  • Expandability: SD/MMC slot (SDIO support), Compact Flash Type II, IrDA, Bluetooth 1.2 Power class 2, IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi, chip manufacturer - Texas Instruments), USB (1.1 slave, 1.1 host)
  • Additional speaker for VoIP over Wi-Fi
  • Screen: 3.5” with a resolution of 320x240 pixels, 65k colors
  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 1640 mAh. Claimed battery life: 12 hours on, 15 days off. Backup battery life is 30 minutes.
  • Dimensions: 122x72x16.1 mm
  • Weight: 180 g

Thanks to RRC Focus Distribution for providing the equipment for testing.

Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX 710 review

In fact, the new Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX 710 model is a simplified version of the LOOX 720 model, which we talked about not so long ago. It does not have a camera, lower screen resolution (QVGA instead of VGA, four times fewer dots on the screen - this is the main difference), a smaller diagonal of the matrix, less memory and megahertz, but more battery life, less price. This is a very good mid-range model on the PDA market. Otherwise, it completely repeats the older model. What has remained unchanged, we will simply copy from the LOOX 720 review, focusing only on the differences. Note that the Pocket LOOX 718 model will soon appear on the market, which is an exact copy of the 720 model, only without a built-in camera.

The dimensions of the LOOX 710 are comparable to the Asus A730, if you don't put them side by side, it's hard to notice the difference. It is slightly longer than, for example, the HP iPaq 2210, but noticeably smaller than the Toshiba e800. The device is comfortable in the hand, does not slip, largely due to the grooves on the side ends a la Sony Ericsson t610/630. Taking into account the fact that LOOX 720 has two expansion slots, the dimensions of LOOX 710 are close to optimal, except that the body length could be smaller. Compare with other PDAs:

  • HP iPaq hx2700: 119x76x16mm 164g
  • FS Pocket LOOX 710: 122x72x16.1 mm 180 g
  • Asus A730: 117.5x72.8x16.9mm 170g
  • HP iPaq 4150: 113.6x70.6x13.5mm 133g

The weight of the device at 180 g is far from the smallest for pocket computers, but it is quite typical for devices with two resolution slots. In addition, a significant part of the weight of the case is a battery of impressive capacity. We note one oddity - the younger model is 10 grams heavier and slightly thicker than the LOOX 720, although there are no apparent reasons for increasing the dimensions.

The design and color scheme are typical for the new PDAs from Fujitsu Siemens. Pleasant to the touch, light gray plastic and silver edging of the case, smooth, but rather strict lines. In general, the design leaves a very pleasant impression, the PDA has its own face - stylish, but not catchy. It is difficult to speak objectively about the design, someone will probably not like it. The build quality is high, all parts fit very tightly, high build quality is generally typical for all products manufactured at HTC factories. We advise you to handle the case carefully, because it is a painted plastic, the paint can fly around during intensive use without a cover.

The five-way joystick, as usual, is located under the screen. We tested it with the latest version of the MorphGear emulator, it performed well, worked out clicks normally in 8 directions, without delays. But here the keys did not show themselves in the best way, they have a slight lag (it works with a delay after pressing), the same as in the older model. The delay is a fraction of a second, but it is felt in games, especially when the hero shoots or jumps at the wrong time. Gamers should pay attention to this point, minus a small but unpleasant one. The rest of the buttons are comfortable: they have an average size, response when pressed. Any of the keys can be programmed for two actions (short press or hold): call any installed program, call the input panel, context menu, press "ok / close", rotate the screen, return to the start screen, "Start" menu. The keys can be locked with the built-in FSC Keylock software to avoid accidental pressing in clothing pockets. To the right of the joystick is a speaker, it is relatively loud, does not rattle even at the maximum volume level.

Above the screen is an additional speaker for VoIP telephony (using Wi-Fi) and two indicators. The one to the right is responsible for indicating the operation of Wi-Fi (green light) and Bluetooth (blue light), the indicator flashes green and blue alternately if both adapters are turned on at once. Another indicator is responsible for missed reminders and signals when the device is infected or fully charged. The power button is located right there, on the front of the PDA.

A voice recorder button is lonely on the right side. On the left side is the FSC Speed ​​Menu button, holding it starts the camera. There is also a scroll wheel, which has become less and less common in PDAs lately. It is convenient, exactly the way it should be, it is convenient for them to flip through the pages of an e-book, documents - this is its main purpose. In this regard, the model continues the traditions of FS Pocket LOOX 600. The lanyard fastening is located here. The device is heavy to wear around the neck, but it is quite possible to hang it on the hand.

At the top end there are two expansion slots, a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. MP3 playback quality is excellent. For testing, we used Koss The Plug headphones, music encoded with 320 kbps quality, Pocket Music 3.0 software player. The sound is of high quality, without distortion of the "tops" or "bottoms", there are no problems with the maximum volume level. The infrared port, which is located here, can be used to control home appliances.

The stylus slot is located in the upper corner as standard. The stylus is medium in size and easy to use. It is not sliding, but unwinds (in order to reset the device).

On the back of the device is the battery compartment. We will talk about the battery in more detail below. Note that there is a rubber strip on the battery cover, thanks to which the device does not slip on the surface, another small plus in the ergonomics of the device.

At the bottom end there is a reset button (to press it, you need to unwind the stylus, as we already wrote), a microphone and a connector for connecting a cable or a docking station. The microphone is worth noting especially. It has high sensitivity, at a distance of 2-3 meters you can distinguish words spoken in a calm voice, even if there are several sound sources. The sound is recorded cleanly, with virtually no noise.

The docking station is small in size. The handheld in it sits unreliably, staggers. There is a socket and a light indicator for charging a spare battery. You can charge your PDA both in the cradle and via cable. You do not need to always carry a docking station for charging.

The kit comes with a simple leatherette case, without any fasteners (the same as bundled with the HP iPaq 2210 and HP iPaq 4150). The fact that it is included in the kit is already pleasant. Its cheap appearance and simplicity, in my opinion, do not correspond to an expensive PDA. It is suitable for the first time to protect the PDA from damage, but over time it is better to purchase a normal cover or case.

Screen

The screen has a resolution of 320x240 pixels, displays 65 thousand colors, the diagonal is 3.5", which is slightly smaller than that of the LOOX 710. Let's note once again that the screen is the main feature that distinguishes the LOOX 710 from the LOOX 720.

There are 11 backlight levels, the minimum level is quite comfortable for the eyes when working with a PDA in the dark, but it is higher than, say, the iPaq 2210 (it can be considered a standard in terms of the minimum backlight level). In general, the screen is standard, it has no special features. It is difficult to distinguish it from a negative or positive side, it corresponds to its class.

Interfaces

The FS Pocket LOOX 710 model has two built-in wireless adapters, this is not an innovation or a rarity, it is already an urgent need. For example, in the entire new line of HP iPaqs, all models except one have built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi adapters. Gradually, this becomes as much a given for Pocket PC as, say, the presence of an infrared port. If you remember, then some two years ago, the built-in Bluetooth module was a rarity, and you could only dream of two built-in wireless adapters.

Earlier, in Pocket LOOX 610, adapters did not work simultaneously, there were own Bluetooth drivers, an unaesthetic external antenna. Compared to the 610 model, the 710 is a step forward. First, two wireless adapters can work simultaneously. Secondly, standard Bluetooth drivers are used. Thirdly, there is no external antenna.

Bluetooth 1.2. As we have already said, this model uses the standard WIDCOMM Bluetooth for Windows CE BT-PPC drivers (version 1.5.0 Build 1800), the same as in Asus A730 and the vast majority of other Pocket PCs with Bluetooth. Automatically having WIDCOMM drivers means maximum Bluetooth functionality. As expected, everything worked flawlessly and flawlessly: Internet access via Sony Ericsson t630 and Motorola MPx220, synchronization with a laptop, file transfer, connection of several PDAs to a network, and so on (File Transfer, Information Exchange, Serial Port, Dial-up networking server, audio gateway). Multiple simultaneous Bluetooth connections are supported.

Here is the full list of supported profiles: BNEP, DUN-DT, FT-Client, GAP, File Transfer, Object Push, OPP Client, Point to Multipoint (PAN), FT-Server, LAN-DT, Point to Point (LAP) ), OPP Server, PAN-User, SDAP, SDP, SerialDevA, SerialDevB.

By the way, we remembered the name WIDCOMM only from old memory. Broadcom recently acquired WIDCOMM. So, now in the properties of the drivers we see the name Broadcom instead of WIDCOMM. Hopefully, this takeover will not affect the quality of Bluetooth software, which has already become the industry standard for Pocket PCs and desktop computers running MS Windows.

Wi-Fi. The adapter worked with a home point within a 3-room apartment without any complaints, the sensitivity of the receiving antenna is high. What I didn’t like about the implementation of Wi-Fi is its software implementation: the scarcity of the settings of the built-in Wi-Fi manager, the lack of support for WPA security (Wi-Fi Protected Access, the standard is currently considered safe, you can read more about Wi-Fi security here ), only the vulnerable 128-bit WEP standard is supported.

Wi-Fi settings are controlled by the E2C utility. A profile can only be created for one wireless network, the scanner does not see networks with a hidden SSID, there are specific problems with entering the WEP key, as already mentioned, its settings are poor. The problem is solved by a third-party Wi-Fi manager. There is also a professional version of the E2C program, you need to buy it separately.

In general, Wi-Fi problems are not significant, you can install a third-party Wi-Fi manager. You can put up with the roughness of the software, Pocket LOOX 710 is quite suitable for use with a home access point. WPA support will most likely appear in one of the subsequent firmware, possibly by the start of commercial sales of the product.

As already noted, FS Pocket LOOX 710 can be used as an IP phone in Wi-Fi networks. You can talk both without a headset (there is an additional speaker for this) and with a Bluetooth headset.

CONNECTMOBILITY-E2C. It is necessary to separately note the E2C utility. This program is responsible for connecting to the Internet via any interface (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, IrDA, CF-GPRS). It is worth praising the GPRS connection settings, they significantly simplify the life of a beginner who is unfamiliar with the intricacies of prescribing an additional modem initialization string. By the way, it will be useful to read this article on setting up a GPRS connection.

USB. The device comes with a combined USB cable (USB Host and USB client). You can connect various USB devices, both through the docking station and without using it. For example - a camera, USB-flash or USB-keyboard. Other devices require Pocket PC drivers. In the official Russian distribution, the PDA will be sold with a localization from Paragon, which will include a driver for a Russian USB keyboard. The device charges via a USB cable, although it is noticeably slower than from a wall outlet.

In terms of interfaces, the capabilities of the device are maximum. Two expansion slots - SD/MMC with SDIO support, Compact Flash Type II. Two wireless adapters - Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which can work simultaneously. The infrared port allows you to control home appliances (consumer infrared - CIR standard is supported). There is a USB host.

Battery

The PDA has a removable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1640 mAh. We note right away that according to our tests, LOOX 710 worked much longer in all modes than LOOX 720. In MP3 playback mode (from a memory card, minimum processor frequency, screen off) - 18 hours 11 minutes until the battery is completely discharged. In reading mode (auto scrolling pages, minimum backlight, minimum processor frequency) Pocket LOOX worked for 17 hours and 36 minutes. At maximum load, the handheld lasted 3 hours 37 minutes. The results are very good, at the level of battery life records shown by HP iPaq rx3710, Asus A620Bt, Sony TH55!

Performance

A little less than 63 MB of RAM out of 64 and another 30 MB of non-volatile flash memory are available to the user. Quite a classic volume for PDAs of the middle price range.

The core of the handheld is an Intel XScale PXA272 processor running at 416 MHz. Most manufacturers have already switched to using this processor both in top models and in models of the middle price range, processors from Samsung and TI will be much less common. During testing, we painlessly overclocked the Pocket LOOX 710 to 624 MHz, it was unstable at this frequency, but most applications worked fine at 520 MHz.

For the performance test, we used the SPB Benchmark package. For comparison, we took the test results of mid-range models with similar technical characteristics https://cars45.com/listing/porsche/panamera/2017.

For the performance test, we used the SPB Benchmark package. For comparison, we took the test results of mid-range models with
https://cars45.com/listing/porsche/panamera/2017 https://cars45.com/listing/porsche/panamera/2017 similar technical specifications.

On the CPU test, the LOOX 710 is slightly ahead. All models here and below show very similar results.

This index describes the speed of working with RAM (read / write / move). Again we see that the results are almost identical.

The index describes the speed of working with built-in applications. Similar results.

The resulting index describes the overall performance of the system. In general, the index reflects the actual position of the PDA in terms of speed, but we must remember that the models are similar in terms of performance, it is impossible to single out anyone among them.

Let's present the test results in real applications, they are closer to reality. We conducted video tests with BetaPlayer 0.094, the results are shown in the table. The speed is shown as a percentage, the more, the faster the PDA. Approximately 120% and above - the video plays smoothly without dropping frames, at 100% the video may fail on active scenes. During testing, the LOOX 710 was overclocked to 528 MHz. The short result - on the LOOX 710 model, you can watch mpeg4 video without any conversion without problems and brakes.

Graphics performance test with PocketQuake game with sound off (sound was turned off by console command nosound 1, other settings are saved). Results at the level with the leader. When overclocked to 520 MHz, LOOX 710 generally breaks into first place. When overclocked to 624 MHz and above, the PDA was very unstable, we do not present test results at this frequency.

I forgot to mention, in the PDA settings you can select the processor frequency or set the automatic mode:

Software

The handheld is running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. You can read about its capabilities in the corresponding article on our website. Here we describe only non-standard built-in programs.

E2C. We talked about this connection manager in the Interfaces chapter.

FSC Backup. Data backup. You can copy the entire image of RAM, you can selectively only the data that you need. The main disadvantages of the program are the lack of scheduled work, the lack of automatic copying of data when the battery is low.

FSC Speed ​​Menu. An analogue of the Start button, only more advanced and flexible. What's nice is that you can quite easily customize it for yourself by adding the necessary programs and folders.

Impression and conclusions

The FS Pocket LOOX 710 model sets the upper limit of the middle price range (maximum equipment with interfaces, long battery life, thoughtful ergonomics, good design). The minimum price of the model is now $470-480. The Dell X50 520 MHz and last season's hit HP iPaq 2210 cost about $330. Another direct competitor, the HP iPaq hx2400, costs around $450. All this allows us to say that the price of LOOX 710 is too high. You should pay attention to the model when the price drops to $400-410.

Description:

  • Class: Middle-End
  • Position in line: under Pocket LOOX 720
  • Competitors: Dell X50 520 MHz, HP iPaq hx2400
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition
  • Processor: Intel XScale PXA272 416 MHz
  • RAM: 64 MB (62.74 MB available to the user)
  • LOOXstore (available flash memory): 30.6 4 MB
  • Expandability: SD/MMC slot (SDIO support), Compact Flash Type II, IrDA, Bluetooth 1.2 Power class 2, IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi, chip manufacturer - Texas Instruments), USB (1.1 slave, 1.1 host)
  • Additional speaker for VoIP over Wi-Fi
  • Screen: 3.5” with a resolution of 320x240 pixels, 65k colors
  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 1640 mAh. Claimed battery life: 12 hours on, 15 days off. Backup battery life is 30 minutes.
  • Dimensions: 122x72x16.1 mm
  • Weight: 180 g

Thanks to RRC Focus Distribution for providing the equipment for testing.