Toshiba G450

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 July, 2009, 12:00am

It's been a while since I've seen something so radically different as this phone from Toshiba. Featuring a small circular screen and two circular dials, the G450 can look a bit baffling to the casual onlooker, but closer inspection reveals that it is actually a fully functioning mobile phone.

It looks pretty cool and is small and extremely light, weighing only 57 grams. The G450 is a basic tri-band GSM and 3G phone with support for high-speed downloads from the internet.

But getting on the internet with the G450's tiny 96 x 39 pixel circular display is pretty pointless, unless you connect it to your PC or, better yet, your netbook, which is actually its main purpose. With the G450 plugged in, you can get on the internet from any place where there is mobile phone coverage. Think of the G450 as a USB 3G data card and memory stick that you can actually make a phone call with.

But making calls and sending text are about all you can do with the G450. There's no camera and forget about even viewing photos on the display. There's no Bluetooth, no Infrared, no Java, not even polyphonic ringtones. The only extra features are an MP3 player and alarm clock. The G450 can be found at your nearest computer mall for about HK$1,280.

Pros: connects to your netbook to enable high-speed internet access, cheaper than some USB data cards

Cons: tiny display, might be mistaken for an MP3 player by your friends, have to learn to text in circles