Panasonic EB-X700 – Superficial Beauty


A consequence of the phone’s reduced size is a reduction in screen diagonal compared to other Symbian smartphones. The resolution is the standard 176×208. Until The second feature pack of the 2nd Edition S60 it was the single supported resolution for this operating system in an effort to maximize compatibility between apps and ease the development effort for an already convoluted and difficult platform. The screen supports 65K colours on an active matrix and its quality is among the best of its time and certainly in its class of Symbian smartphones. Colour reproduction is much improved compared to its Nokia counterparts, despite a quite cold temperature that brings with it a bluish tint, not helped by the overall blue default theme. Even with this caveat, it is still above similar devices of its time, comparable to what other Asian makers where putting out.

The secondary display a whole other story with a passive matrix of 96×64 pixels resolution which doesn’t set any records in terms of display quality. Despite this, it makes it more interesting than other flip phones of the day which mostly sported monochrome external screens with only a few lines of text. Its ample size meant the user could easily see the date, the time, the signal and batter indicators as well as notification icons for calls and messages. A press of the side button on the left would switch between the analog clock and the standby screen.


Connectivity-wise, the little Japanese jewel ticks all the necessary boxes to be considered a competend smartphone. It supports tri-band GSM networks (900/1800/1900) being properly equipped for trips across the Atlantic. Being a 2G phone, its data services are capped at GRPS levels with EDGE nowhere in sight. To its defence, the 2.5G technology was just starting to gain traction as a cheaper, transitional alternative to the emerging 3G networks with their expensive devices and monthly plans.

In terms of short-distance data transfer, the EB-X700 comes with IR and Bluetooth v1.1 on board. And interesting option not present on other Symbian devices is setting a visibility interval after which the device would become hidden to other Bluetooth devices. In addition to that, there’s also a setting for data transfer speeds but its relevance could not be tested. Of course, Bluetooth came with many use scenarios such as file transfer, connecting wireless handsfrees but also for providing Internet access for laptops or PDAs.

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