I use it very often talking and playing chessmaster on it, and my batery lasts more than 4 days. To anyone that consider this phone: Don't look at the pictures, try to get it in the hand. Much better looking than it looks at the pics.
I would like to know if the battery is good, with normal usage, say 10min/day plus some sms and clicking. How long does it last?
Does anyone else find it doesnt pick up network as well as other phones, eg:Siemens ones or Nokia?
The BenQ Siemens S68 is my 7'th phone and it's the best one yet. The screen size is good and large. The design is perfect. The metallic and elegant design is just perfect for me.
The software am. is perfect too.
Best of it's class.
If your s68 gives u software problems download a new firmware from the benq-siemens website
Very nice phone! I have been using it for 2 month. Perfect basic phone for people that do not need camera and other stuff. Very good looking.
Phone quality is very good. Very sturdy, no creaking. Speakers has Good sound too.
I have read that many people have problem with the phone shutting down from time to time, it is because of the old firmware. The new firmware (v.38) is very stabil, no shutting down.
Batterylife is impressive, i have using it for 5 days (5-10 min talk each day) still have 2 dots left on the batterybar (out of 5 dots). I have everything unnecessary turned off. Ex. animation, bluetooth, gprs, brightness 40%, contrast 20%, and epecially the screen saver, it drains a lot of battery.
To summit, a great phone!!!
Used it for a couple of months. Great features (bluetooth, good contact templates, etc.) and lovely design. Downside: Awful software!!! Turns off by itself every time adding a contact to SMS from SIM-card. The software lags when writing SMS' and is really slow. I've tried to get a firmware update but seems impossible over bluetooth, and most retailers don't have the new cable which fits. I'm on Apple Mac system, which was a bit of a job to get around with iSync but works for now. And yea, one more thing, they only seem to publish Windows-updates so can't update firmware on mac anyway. Too bad the software sucks, because otherwise it's really a sweet one.
I am absolutely delighted about this phone. I haven't yet seen any reasons to complain about the battery life, although I only speak with it only about .15mins a day. With the default settings : egprs is on. Switching it to off does make the battery life better.
It DOES turn itself off for no reason, when playing with it for about half an hour, so it isn't the right choice if you need to use your phone call the time.
Does anyone here know, is it possible to remove the front cover ? I have somehow gotten a small dent just nex to the Benq-Siemens logo. So can the front cover be removed without opening the screws ?
You must switch it off during the night because Siemens phones protect themselves.
To extend battery life an option is to turn off bluetooth and gprs if you don't need them.
1. *Has* EDGE (=EGPRS)
2. Bluetooth version - 1.2 (10 meters)
Does anyoneknow what kind is the instant messange? Wireless Village, ICQ or something entirely diferent.
Does it work if my operator does not have official IM suppor eg via GPRS?
I work in a phone shop in belgium and we have sold 7 S68's since last week. 4 of them have allready been brought back because of the batterylife. (about 1 day tops). they also complained about the on/off going of the phone......
A major problem is that it does not connect with the bluetooth headset automatically when you make a call, making it useless for "hands free" use in a car.
More info here:http://forum2.mobile-review.com/showthread.php?p=423479
I've buy this phone 5 day ago, now it is return to de dealer:
Soft with a lot of buggs.
Don't buy this phone.
Just Another Pretty Face
Have had phone for about a month. You can't buy a new battery either here in US or in UK (I haven't yet searched for in in the other countries). The users manual is virtually useless. It is designated "short version" however there is no "long" or "full" version. Benq-siemens offers no support in the US but you can call the UK (for $1.35/minute for the advice) plus the cost of the overseas call for help. One would think that the seller of a battery driven device would make the battery available and not charge for support when there is no meaningful users manual.
But it sure is pretty.