Push email for the masses, with love from HTC and Orange

The new smartphone from HTC, the SPV M600, will spoil Blackberry enviers and Wi-Fi telephony junkies alike. It’s a compact palmtop with the latest Mic

The new smartphone from HTC, the SPV M600, will spoil Blackberry enviers and Wi-Fi telephony junkies alike. It’s a compact palmtop with the latest Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 so, as with the Blackberry, you’ll be able to sync your M600 to your Microsoft server for push email. It also has built-in Wi-Fi which, when you hit a hotspot, jumps right on it and makes cheapo Skype calls.

You’ll be able to download stuff and use multimedia communications in a jiffy with the M600. Well, not a total jiffy – the handset supports GPRS, which is the slightly less flash version of 3G (2.5G to be precise). It also props up Bluetooth 2.0 and packs in a hefty 2megapixel camera with 128MB Flash ROM, not to mention doubling as a pocket jukebox.

HTC is priming the little goer as good for both business and your Average Man on the Clapham Omnibus. Indeed, Orange is pretty chuffed, patting itself on the back for being the first to bring the smartphone and its Microsoft email syncing wizardry to the masses.

‘Chuck out all your surplus gadgets!’ cries Orange, ‘all you need is the M600!’ Well, we’re not sure if you should be dumping your iPod or Lumix LX1 just yet but the M600 is a pretty tempting option, what with its nifty-looking, sleek black finish and pared down frontage.

HTC’s SPV M600 will be available first from Orange. We’ll have more details on pricing and availability in the next few weeks when Orange gets round to announcing its end of the bargain. Stay tuned.