We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Smartphones Reviews
15,669 Reviews

Qtek 9100 review

£395 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Expansys

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Its arrangement is neat and overall the Qtek 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.

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.

Visit Mobile Advisor for the latest mobile-phone handset reviews and the best tariffs

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 Expert Verdict »

Quad-band GSM/Edge mobile phone
1.3Mp camera
qwerty keyboard
Microsoft Mobile 5.0
SD card slot
touch-sensitive screen
separate stylus
carry case
photo caller ID
voice dialling and voice recorder
stereo speakers
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

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.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

    Samsung Galaxy Note 2

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the outsized version of the Galaxy S III – a near-tablet sized smartphone with added stylus for handwriting and scribbling – REVISED 12 OCT 2012 WITH NETWORK PERFORMANCE RESULTS

  • T-Mobile Sidekick II review

    T-Mobile Sidekick II

    This chunky but funky little device – which isn't really designed with the corporate business user in mind – offers full web and webmail access, phone and basic PDA functionality and can be used for IM chat.

  • Siemens SK65

    The Qwerty keyboard layout was designed to slow down typists on mechanical typewriters. Despite many attempts to usurp it, after 50 years of computing all we've managed to do is to augment Qwerty with the mouse - and now we're stuck with it.

  • BlackBerry 8820 quad-band smartphone

    BlackBerry 8820 quad-band smartphone

    The innovative rollerball of the BlackBerry Pearl has been retained in the BlackBerry 8820. This larger screen allows you to comfortably view plenty of information.

  • T-Mobile MDA Touch Plus review

    T-Mobile MDA Touch Plus

    The T-Mobile MDA Touch Plus is a 3.5G HSDPA handset running the Windows Mobile OS.

IDG UK Sites

Acer Aspire R11 review: Hands-on with the 360 laptop and tablet convertible

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch release day: Twitter reacts

IDG UK Sites

See how Framestore created a shape-shifting, oil and metal based creature for Shell

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch buying guide, price list & where to buy today: Which Apple Watch model, size, material,?......