Some people want small/fancy looking phones, others want powerful phones, while others want both. I belong to the second category - I want a powerful phone and I don't really care about the aspect. If you want a fancy looking or small phone, Toshiba G900 is not for you!

After almost two months of research I finally decided to buy a G900. I needed a new mobile phone but I also wanted some big screen in order to be able to navigate on the Internet without carrying the laptop with me. So what I was searching was:

  • Big screen
  • Wireless network card
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Touch screen
  • GSM support
Toshiba Portege G900 has all this and even more but with some costs.

There are three things you will notice on G900 at the first look: the big display, no numeric keyboard and the size. Some people will categorize this phone as "huge" and they are probably right because it has 119 x 61 x 21.5 mm (4.68 x 2.4 x 0.84 in) and weights almost 200 g.

There is no numeric keyboard like on most mobile phones. Phone numbers can be dialed by using the keyboard that appears on the screen - it has big buttons so there should be no problem in pressing them with the finger - or by sliding the QWERTY and typing the number from there.

The screen. I mean THE SCREEN is a 3'' touch screen display with a resolution of 800x480. The resolution is one of the best on the market (most PDA's have 320x240 or 640x480). It is great for web navigation because almost any webpage can fit it's width in 800 pixels so there is no need of vertical scrooling which means a faster any easier navigation.

Except of the three things mentioned above the aspect is a classic one. There is a navigation pad in the center of the buttons block, the classical accept/reject(end) call, two softkeys and four buttons that can be configured as you with (by default they are: Start, Contacts, OK and Messaging). On the right side there is a volume button and the camera button while on top there is the power button. I forgot to mention one important button that is positioned above the screen oposite to the front camera; by default it launches the Internet browser but many people, including me, found that is more appropriate for rotating the screen.

On the left side of the device is a headset jack and the MiniSD card slot while on the bottom there is a mini USB connector where you connect the data cable or the power charger. All connectors are covered by rubber lids. Near the USB connector is the telescopic stylus.

There are two cameras, a rear 2 MP one and a front VGA one. Pictures quality is OK for outdoor photos but you need a tripod for night shots because there is no stabilizer. On a scale from from 1 to 5 I would rate picture quality with 3.5.

There is also a sliding full QWERTY keyboard. Many mobile devices that have keyboards also have some small buttons that are hard to press. G900 has quite large buttons but the top row, in my opinion, is to close to the side of the screen and sometimes the keys are hard to be pressed.

Equipped with a 520 MHz processor and 128 MB of RAM memory Toshiba Portege G900 is able to run many applications simultaneous. Windows Mobile 6 Professional runs exceptional on this device but there is some lag when you rotate the screen.

One interesting undocumented thing is that this mobile device is equipped with a Goforce 5500 graphic accelerator, the same GPU as on O2 XDA Flame. Some more information about this topic can be found here.

Another useful addition is a finger print reader. It's main purpose is for security but Toshiba implemented cool features. You can click on the finger print reader or even scroll pages by sliding your finder over it. This biometric reader is placed behind the screen and is available only when the keyboard is visible.

The default software configuration includes Windows Mobile 6 Professional, Office Mobile, Opera browser, Picsel Viewer and some Toshiba applications. Another options that can be activated by software is the USB connection option - you can connect any USB device to G900 (memory stick, camera, etc).

I've read on some sites that the phone has problems with the battery and lasts under a day but the battery of my G900 resisted almost three days.

Full specifications:

Full name Toshiba Portege G900
Dimensions 119 x 61 x 21.5 mm
Weight 198g
Display type TFT touchscreen, 65K colors
Display size 3'' widescreen, 800x480 resolution
Processor Marvell PXA270, 520 MHz
Memory 128 MB RAM, 40 MB user memory, MiniSD card support
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
3G HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps
USB v1.1 miniUSB
OS Windows Mobile 6 Professional
Battery type Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh
Stand-by type Up to 320 h
Talk type Up to 4 h 20 min