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If this phone had a colour screen and bluetooth, it would have everything but, then for only £99 on pay as you go what do you expect. The phone is so small it's hard to think how Siemens crammed in so much functionality along with the integrated antenna. There's nearly 400KB of flexible memory which adapts itself to the user's individual requirements. Up to 500 names and numbers can be stored on the phone as well as more on the SIM card. The voice dialling also works well as does the voice command which allows you to go easily to the required function by saying what function you want rather than trying to remember how to get there via the menus. Having said that, though, the menus are easy to understand. There's also GPRS which is a lost faster than ordinary WAP and allows you to surf the net and send emails and make and receive calls at the same time. With GPRS you only pay for the information you download not the time you spend reading it. There's also a built-in hands-free speakerphone but you can buy separate a hands-free kit if you prefer. Another big plus about this phone is the included data cable and software to allow you to connect it to your PC and synchronise your appointments stored in the phone's Calendar with Microsoft Outlook. The standby time of 300 hours is a MAXIMUM and the battery is unlikely to last that long unless you never make or receive any calls (which rather defeats the object of having the phone). All in all, though, this is an excellent phone which sould serve your needs provided you don't need bluetooth or a colour screen.
I've had this phone for nearly a week now and I'm still finding new stuff to do with it. I guess it's virtually impossible to list all the features that Siemens have include because you're sure to miss alot. First i'll try to list some of the features which are most important for me : - GPRS (fast internet) - EMS (Sms with animations & sound) - IRDA - Voice Dialling & Voice Control - The phone can be used as an extra hard drive in windows - The phone uses an explorer to browse all the data stored on the phone. - Really easy to sync sms'es, voice memo's, logo's etc to the phone. - Nice screensaver function with analog clock. - Superb organiser - Good syncable adressbook - Speakerphone - A notepad that can be protected with a password. - ... These are some of the things I like most. Off course it also has the standard features like a currency converter etc. Another thing i like about it is its ease of use. It took me a day to get used to the new menu operation and then it felt really comfortable to browse the phone. It also seems like siemens has done its best to make it user friendly, for instance : when you're typing an sms, maybe you'll get interrupted and delete the sms you've just typed. When you go back to the sms menu, it'll ask you if you want to continu writing the sms you last stopped with ! That's right : the siemens stores an interrupted sms in memory...It's little things like this that make it a great phone. Off course there are some down sides, for instance i hear alot of people saying they don't like the games included (balloon shooter and stack attack). Personally i think stack attack is a nice puzzle game , but with the new siemens upgrade you get another game ! Yupz, kungfu battlemail (multiplayer game) is now available on your siemens s45 ! Siemens has kindly provided
an update which can be installed and add some extra functions like : - Full EMS (formatted text like underline and large font etc and animations) - Faster GPRS - Better Syncing - New Game (battlemail kungfu) I think this is really great of siemens and all manufacturers should do this. When a manufacturer releases an update like this , you really feel that you've paid for value. It's great that a manufacturer keeps adding support and functions to a phone, and all should follow siemens' example. By the way, if you're willing to show off to friends, just do it with its fantastic design, because it'll take too much time explaining all the functions that are crammed inside. Even I feel now like there's more to explore ;) An also great thing is that they've decided to include a data cable. Most just include software to sync your phone to the pc, but normally you need to buy a separate data cable. Now it comes in the box ! Siemens you've got a winner ! Nokia, try to catch up ;)
The Siemens S45 is a curious phone. It's not particularly pretty. Its speakerphone is, at the best of times, frankly unclear. You can see the mould marks on the case. But what is it that has made so many people go out and pay good money for something so flawed with design faults, cheaply made and ugly? To some people, a phone is nothing more than an emergency call device, stashed in the glove compartment as a cheaper alternative to membership of the AA. Put the S45 in that position, it should be humanely re-homed. It caters for so many different walks of life: from the hardened txter to the busy businessman and everything in between. It's so clever that I swear it would get bored in a glove compartment. It would, simply, be wasted. Its organiser features won't just give you gentle reminders; let this baby out of its cage and it will organise your life for you. It is amazingly powerful. One letdown of the S45 is the choice of games. They are, frankly, uninspiring. There is a limit to how much fun you can have trying to move 5mm square 2D crates into a line on the floor. Even I got bored. However, there are much more diverting games available on the Mobile Internet, such as roulette and Trivial Pursuit is you know where to look. The battery cover looks like it would break if you breathed on it, a genetic fault inherited from the C35 and every Siemens telephone since. The GPRS facility is one of the major selling points in the phone. It is fast, reliable, and easy to access. Once you've moved on from WAP, you'll never go back, and rightly so. You will never need to go through the time-consuming dialling process again, as GPRS offers a permanent connection for no cost. All you are charged for is the information you receive. It can prove costly as, although 2p per kilobyte received sounds little, the average WAP page is 30kb. 60p for a web page is the only pitfall to the otherwise inspired idea. The S45 is so easy t
o use that a child could work it. Its menu system is easy to navigate and, best of all, obvious. It is very easy to learn how to use it, and you soon get the hang of it. Not many networks have okayed this excellent phone for use on their frequencies; a surprising omission from a repertoire of the supposed, 'best phones'. This phone boasts an array of features that certain other handsets would give their aerial for. They might not all have a use; the useless 3-minute dictaphone may be among these, but Siemens obviously didn't skimp on the features in designing. A lot of attention has gone into this phone. The standby time is something of, well, a lie. The specified time is only applicable if the phone is doing nothing. Absolutely nothing. Every minute of backlight operation reduces the standby time by half an hour, a huge reduction and a nasty selling trick on behalf of Siemens. The battery life is pathetic, and Siemens should have perfected this before it left the factory. The phone also comes with a PC link pack, which is incredibly useful. Here you can turn text documents into SMS documents stored on the phone, VMO files from the useless dictaphone into WAV files for the PC (but why you'd want to that is left unexplained), and edit your address and phone books from your computer. You can design your own screensavers and operator logos on a program as simple as Paint. The software does all the rest. The kit works in conjunction with MS Outlook, which means that you can synchronise your appointments with those already stored on the PC. The phone even thinks it's a PC, having a low-tech version of your old enemy Windows Explorer programmed in. The phone boasts 'Flex memory' which is yet another deliberate con by Siemens. The phone's user guide proudly says that you can store '500 names and addresses, 3.5 minutes of dictaphone recording' and hundreds of other things. What it actually means is
that the memory is shared between them; if you use half of the 500 names and addresses, you've only got 1 and three-quarter minutes of useless dictaphone left and vice versa. This is an outright con, advertising a downfall as a good thing! Crazy! But then, it's a German phone, and they're the ones with the lederhosen, which must say something about the sanity of its design team. The phone is too small by half. It pains me to think how many times I've reached into my pocket, and thought, 'Oh me! Oh my! £250 down the drain again!? only to discover, after a frantic search of everything on my person, that it was there all along. The weight is another factor in my ongoing 'misplacement problem'. This is one of the most annoying aspects of the phone. However, I like it, all my friends love it, even the mediocre games, and, despite its numerous flaws, I give this little box of tricks 5 stars. But, even though it?s rated highly, I would only suggest that you buy it if you have a real use for most of the functions, otherwise your money will have been wasted. Richard Moore firstname.lastname@example.org
After the lush SL45, Siemens turned to the GPRS capable devices market presenting their latest mobile S45. This phone is mainly targeted to the demanding customer who desires the direct and fast connection to the Internet or in corporate intranets. The main characteristics of S45 is the capability of allocating the available memory to the different applications that interest its holder most of all, its compatibility with the specs of the new WAP version 1.2 and the included system of open conference. The first GPRS device of Siemens externally adopts the characteristics and feel of the SL45. Its very well looked after design and small size put it in the hi-end class of mobile phones. The implementation of the antenna in its interior contributes greatly to its small volume, which is only 69cc. The weight of S45, after putting the battery that comes with it, weighs in at only 93 grams. [This is about three ounces! for the imperial die hards!] *** THX 4 the comment (andanny)*** On top of that the device boasts a full matrix screen/display where mobile graphics and characters of changing size can be represented. It can display a maximum of 7 lines of text, which admittedly are enough for your browsing through text messages or information from the Net. The colour of the screen is expected to be green; though the one I came across was red and not a very good shade of it. The phone will be sold in two metallic colours: silver and blue. Undoubtedly, the support of GPRS services is the most important advantage of this phone. The owner of S45 can download date from the Net much faster than an average phone. So fast that a friend of mine abroad is using it to connect its home computer to the Internet! If you try it yourselves, expect speeds similar to your 56K noden, if not better (signal strength must be 5/5). The included browser, which is WAP 1.2 compatible, allows the direct access to necessary information and can b
e used for the secure dealing with electronic transactions! As far as connectivity is concerned, this phone has an infrared port, while the software that comes as part of the package allows for data synchronisation with Outlook. The device as already mentioned offers the feature of open conference plus voice dial, voice commands and voice memo with a duration of enough time for a number of calls! Finally, it is equipped with lithium ions (Li-Ion) battery of 850mAh that allows for up to 300 hours of standby and 6 hours of continuous talking time. Very useful is the charging time, which comes to under 2 hours for 100% charge. Probably, my next mobile.