The Asus P526 is a smartphone with useful features, but we have some concerns about connectivity and low hardware configuration.

The metallic grey toned body will fit right in to your corporate boardroom. The Asus P526's 2.6in touchscreen supports 65k colour. Below the screen is a thin metal strip that performs different functions, they are not user-friendly initially but don’t take much getting used to.

Below the screen is a regular alphanumeric keypad. The absence of a directional key is made up by the Asus P526's three-way Jog Dial along the side.

The memory card slot, reset pinhole, camera capture button and keypad lock switch are all conveniently stacked up on the Asus P526's side.

The Asus P526 also has a miniUSB port that supports only USB 1.1 and a 2.5mm jack port for stereo headset. A basic 2Mp camera is housed at the back and the stylus is also at the bottom corner.

We like the bundled Office Mobile that can create, edit and view Office documents, although creating presentation files is not possible.

The installed 64MB of RAM and its 200MHz processor speed falls short of the mark, however. That said, the Asus P526's generous 128MB internal memory should satisfy most users.

One big selling point of the Asus P526 is its built-in SiRF Star III GPS chip, which turns the phone into a GPS device. However, you have to install your own software maps to use it - no software is pre-installed.

Like other Asus phones, the Asus P526 comes with a Remote Presenter to make presentations via Bluetooth.

The Asus P526 is quite limited in terms of connectivity. There is no Wi-Fi or 3G as the phone supports only EDGE and GPRS. It’s sad that the phone does not support Wi-Fi considering the price.

The Asus P526 includes a fair amount of accessories — a car-holder, a car charger, stereo-headset, data cable, Software CD and a nice leather pouch. However, there is no memory card included.

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The Asus P526 is a smartphone with useful features, but we have some concerns about connectivity and low hardware configuration.

Performance

The Asus P526 took 46 seconds to boot up which is slower than average. The display is bright and sharp, but it’s hard to see what’s on the screen under sunlight.

As we mentioned before, we feel the Asus P526 has insufficient RAM and a rather low speed processor. This becomes noticeable when multi-tasking and using its multimedia features.

The Asus P526's keypad is comfortable to use but lags slightly. The virtual keypad requires close attention because of its tiny size, making one-hand operation almost impossible.

Despite some lagging issues, Office Mobile handled our Office documents well. For email, it supported IMAP4 and POP3 server apart from the Microsoft Exchange Server.

On the multimedia front, the Asus P526 is adequate. With Windows Media Player, the audio output is good but the volume could have been higher. Video playback is smooth and what its 2Mp camera captured was just good enough for contact pictures or MMS clips.

On normal usage the phone with a 1300mAh rated battery lasted us for an impressive three-and-a-half days.

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Asus P526: Specs

  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional mobile phone
  • 110x58x15.4mm
  • 115g with battery
  • 200Mhz TI OMAP 850 processor
  • 64MB RAM
  • 128MB ROM
  • 2.6in Colour TFT LCD
  • QVGA 240 x 320 pixel
  • Quadband EDGE/GPRS/GSM, 850/900/1800/1900Mhz
  • Bluetooth v1.2
  • 2Mp, 1600x1200 pixel, camera
  • UK mains plug
  • lithium Ion battery
  • up to 150hrs
  • battery talk time: up to 4hrs
  • available unlocked and SIM free
  • USB interface: MiniUSB 1.1
  • standard SIM interface
  • SiRFstar III GPS chipset for satellite location
  • MicroSD card slot
  • touchscreen plus jog wheel
  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional mobile phone
  • 110x58x15.4mm
  • 115g with battery
  • 200Mhz TI OMAP 850 processor
  • 64MB RAM
  • 128MB ROM
  • 2.6in Colour TFT LCD
  • QVGA 240 x 320 pixel
  • Quadband EDGE/GPRS/GSM, 850/900/1800/1900Mhz
  • Bluetooth v1.2
  • 2Mp, 1600x1200 pixel, camera
  • UK mains plug
  • lithium Ion battery
  • up to 150hrs
  • battery talk time: up to 4hrs
  • available unlocked and SIM free
  • USB interface: MiniUSB 1.1
  • standard SIM interface
  • SiRFstar III GPS chipset for satellite location
  • MicroSD card slot
  • touchscreen plus jog wheel

OUR VERDICT

The inclusion of Wi-Fi and a qwerty keypad will definitely make the Asus P526 a good colleague for business people on the move.

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