E-TEN X800 Unboxing

The E-TEN X800 is here!!

As promised, here is the grand unboxing.  I really enjoyed this, as the X800 seems to be a truly awesome device.  I’ve owned a number of different E-TEN devices, the M500, the G500, the M700, and now the X800 (and soon to be X650).  I was really concerned about this particular device, as the build quality of the previous three devices left a little to be desired. In fact, my daughter has been using the M700 for the past three months or so, and the device has got some serious problems now. It is constantly getting stuck in boot loader mode, and getting it to turn on normally is a hit or miss exercise.

However, that’s another story for another time. Let’s take a look at E-TEN’s new slim, VGA powerhouse, the X800!!


The box is WAY smaller than it looks here.  It’s really VERY tiny.


There it is, just under the clear plastic… I’ve been waiting on this baby for MONTHS!


The X800 on the left, its case, wrapped in plastic on the right


The contents of the box, (starting with the device and moving counter-clockwise):

  • The X800
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Adapter prongs/tip
  • The 1530mAh Battery
  • Wired Headset
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Software CD and Spb Mobile Shell Coupon
  • USB Sync/Charge Cable
  • Screen Protector (White square above the X800)
  • Vinyl Belt Case
  • Instructions for putting the case on your belt (under the case)
  • Extra telescoping stylus


Device Comparison (from left to right): Siemens SX66 (HTC BlueAngel), Glofiish M700, Glofiish X800, Blackberry Curve 8310 Titanium, Treo 750

The X800 is somewhat smaller than the M700. Its the same width, but about 4-5mm shorter. Without the slide out keyboard, its substantially thinner, too.

The Full 360


Left side of each device (from bottom to top): The SX66, M700, Treo 750, Blackberry Curve 8310 Titanium, and the X800.

The left side of the X800 has the volume up and down button, and the record button. The somewhat white dot you see on the X800 isn’t a photo glitch, its the recessed, soft reset button. Below it, is the headset jack.


Bottom of the devices, (from bottom to top): The SX66, M700, Treo 750, Blackberry Curve 8310 Titanium, and the X800.

The bottom of the X800 has the microphone, the MicroSD slot door, and the mini USB port. The device has a telescoping stylus in the lower right corner, on the bottom of the device.


Left side of the devices, (from bottom to top): The SX66, M700, Treo 750, Blackberry Curve 8310 Titanium, and the X800.

The left side of the X800 has the camera button (on the left) and power button (on the right). The sides of the device are that wonderful rubberized plastic that is becoming so popular. Its a really dark black, too. Its so dark, I had a hard time actually finding the power button on the device.


Top of the devices, (from bottom to top): The SX66, M700, Treo 750, Blackberry Curve 8310 Titanium, and the X800.

The top of the X800 doesn’t really have anything on it at all. There’s some writing embedded into the rubberized plastic that says “GPS,” so I’m assuming that this is where the GPS antenna is located.

The Battery Compartment


Me, trying to get into the battery compartment so I can insert my SIM card and the battery (in the background, in white).

I really couldn’t figure out how to get into this device. I had to look at the Getting Started poster to figure it out.  There’s a small indent near the bottom of the device and a small extended tab on the battery cover where you are supposed to get your fingernails under and pry the battery cover off. The picture was taken about 10 minutes into trying to get the cover off.  As I was struggling with this, I had all sorts of laughable things going through my mind, like:

  • “This thing came all the way from Taiwan and I’m going to have to send it back so they can take the battery cover off for me.”
  • “10 years in WM devices and I can’t get the battery cover off this device for a simple unboxing….LOOOOOSAHHHHHH!”
  • “[Content intentionally deleted, as this is a G-Rated site.]”

After I finally got the battery off, I thought to myself, “I wonder how many additional battery covers E-TEN is going to need to manufacture and ship as replacements to customers?” The device is encased in aluminum, but its really thin, and there’s plastic behind it. Someone (pick me) is going to bend and break the battery cover trying to get the damn thing off.

Initial Device Screens

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The initial boot of the X800. Its got the classic Glofiish orange ROM screen The initial WM6 splash screen. It took over 90 seconds to get to this screen
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The initial WM setup splash screen. It took an additional 2 minutes to get here… Software installing from the extended ROM. This took about 7 or more minutes

I’m going to be putting the X800 through its paces over the next few weeks or so.  Stay tuned for some blog posts and the full review!!

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