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BenQ P50 PDA Phone
By Justin Ong
Category : PDA
Published by Vijay Anand on Friday, 12th August, 2005
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars   (Most Value For Money Award)

It's No Pretender

Originally scheduled for launch in the fourth quarter of 2004, the eagerly awaited BenQ P50 is finally retail ready and positioned to go against the world's leading names in the PDA Phone business. Judging by the specs, the delay could well have been worth the wait because the P50 is promising to bring a lot to the table, particularly in the key aspects of connectivity, functionality, styling and usability. Now, although the BenQ name is not as established as many of its European rivals for communication devices, the Taiwanese company has nevertheless made huge advances in many of its product divisions, particularly its optical disc drive (ODD), notebook computer, projector and portable audio player divisions. With the release of their flagship P50 PDA Phone, BenQ now has a grand total of 20 modern handsets under its mobile communication division. Considering it only spun off from Acer in 2001, the achievement, branding and recognition it has managed thus far is nothing short of impressive.

Finally, hype and rumors have materialized into reality – the BenQ P50 PDA Phone.

Without a doubt, one of the key components attributing to its soaring success and brand building is its attention to industrial design. Traditionally, Chinese and Taiwanese companies are known for their lack of effort in the design and build quality of their products, usually focusing more on rolling out functional, though not necessary well built products in huge quantities. In recent times however, industrial design has taken on a heavier emphasis and Taiwanese companies such as ASUS, MSI, Shuttle and of course BenQ are all pumping serious money into both design, research and development of new products.

Looking at the P50, it's obvious that the chief design goal for the handset was to ensure that it's styling must standout from the dull business tone of most conventional PDA Phones. From the looks of things, the design team seems to have styling safely covered. Whether it's the textured side trimmings, the design uniformity provided by an internal antenna, the choice of colors used or just the contrasting shades between key buttons and the QWERTY thumbpad, the P50 looks refreshing. In fact, it looks different from many of its competing counterparts, including the iconic O2. Appearance alone doesn't win the battle, so read on as we present you the different aspects of the BenQ P50.

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