The Qtek 9100 is a business-focused product, with proper Edge support for corporate email access (firewall permitting, naturally). The Qtek makes it easy to get set up, with onscreen prompts for the uninitiated.

There's a qwerty keyboard secreted beneath the full-colour screen. Its arrangement is neat and overall the 9100 has a corporate feel to it, but don't mistake this prim and proper device for a unit that will enable you to work efficiently.

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It may be neat, but using the numeric keys involves holding down the blue button at the bottom left to activate the numbers each time – and the 9 button is shared with the O, which is next to the 0/P button. Most confusing. You can use the onscreen softphone arrangement instead, but this isn't terribly helpful.

Where the Qtek surpasses the Sidekick is in its inclusion of Pocket PC software, which features Pocket Excel, Pocket Word, Contacts, Tasks, Notes and the like. (Pocket Office insists you have a .NET Passport or MSN login in order to get cracking.)

There are several options for how items are displayed – portrait or landscape, enlarged screen fonts and as a PDF via the ClearVue applet. You also get a cursive handwriting option for inputting individual characters using the stubby supplied stylus. Oddly, there's nowhere to stash said stylus, however.

There's a slot for an SD Card so you can store a decent amount of data, including photos captured using the 1.3Mp (megapixel) camera. Memory permitting, you can play back music and video via Windows Media Player. ActiveSync enables you to copy across phone and email contacts from your PC, while you can use Bluetooth to access the web, in addition to the standard dialup or GPRS modes.

Qtek 9100: Specs

  • Quad-band GSM/Edge mobile phone
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1.3Mp camera
  • qwerty keyboard
  • Microsoft Mobile 5.0
  • 64MB RAM
  • SD card slot
  • touch-sensitive screen
  • separate stylus
  • carry case
  • photo caller ID
  • voice dialling and voice recorder
  • stereo speakers
  • 58x109x23.7mm
  • 108g
  • Quad-band GSM/Edge mobile phone
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1.3Mp camera
  • qwerty keyboard
  • Microsoft Mobile 5.0
  • 64MB RAM
  • SD card slot
  • touch-sensitive screen
  • separate stylus
  • carry case
  • photo caller ID
  • voice dialling and voice recorder
  • stereo speakers
  • 58x109x23.7mm
  • 108g

OUR VERDICT

T-Mobile, K-Jam and others offer identikit versions of this product, so if you really like it, you'll have to shop around to get the best buy. Regardless, it's a nice bit of kit.

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