Feeds
70%
Beafon S50

Beafon S50

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Review Beafon's S50 is one of the more stylish handsets here. It's a sleek and curvy slider finished in gun-metal gray, and when the handset is shut, the only controls on display are the call make and break buttons, and a vertical rocker nav control.

The rocker may lack the four-way steering of a navpad, but it's a lot more straightforward to use and avoids those frustrating 'what do I press now?' moments.

Beafon S50

Slide the top half of the handset up and a large keypad is revealed - the keys themselves are more than twice the size of those fitted to the Nokia 7230. Like the Binatone, the S50 has a built-in torch though it's considerably brighter than the one fitted to the cheaper handset. The warning about not looking directly into the beam when it's on is not entirely unnecessary.

The essential call controls are models of simplicity: press the call key and your call log appears; press call end and the phone book opens; press up/down and the main menu list pops up. Seemple, as that annoying Meerkat would say.

On the reverse of the handset is a big SOS button that fires up a loud alarm, triggers an auto-dial sequence through to four user-defined numbers and puts the phone into speaker mode.

Unique to the S50 is the facility whereby if the handset is called within one hour of the alarm being triggered, the handset will automatically answer the call and enter hands-free mode with the speaker turned up to maximum.

It's not all good news, though. The review unit had a nasty habit of losing network connection in low-signal locations, even though none of the other handsets had any similar trouble. So I can't really recommend the S50 to folk living in poor signal areas.

Verdict

Stylish and well specified but the poor signal reception is a worry. ®

Beafon S50

Next Binatone SpeakEasy Mobile

Boost IT visibility and business value

70%
Beafon S50

Beafon S50

Stylish, easy-to-use sliderphone with some good emergency features.
Price: £99 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids
Mile-High 'Denver' Tegra K1 successor said to rival PC performance
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.