The budget touchscreen phone segment has a new addition with the Fly E145 that’s popularly being called the Linkz. As touchscreen handsets go, the Linkz is designed to offer users all that you’d expect for a modern day mobile phone with social networking to multimedia in a touchscreen form. But of course it’s just one of many. So is it worth your hard earned cash? Take a closer look.

Form Factor
The Fly Linkz is equipped with a 3-inch resistive touchscreen display with a WQVGA (240 x 400 pixels) resolution. The stylus is badly designed and within a day of usage, the ‘cap’ which locks it in and is used to pop it out came off and refused to sit in properly post that. A selector/music player access key is located just beneath the display with 'call take' and 'end' keys on either side. On one side of the device are the volume/zoom keys, and the mini USB and 3.5mm handsfree ports are located at the bottom neatly hidden by flap. Unlike most of these other Java handsets, the Linkz has a hot swap for the microSD card. A 2MP camera is located at the rear of course. The slightly rubberized rear panel makes it easy to grip.

It’s light weight handset that looks well designed on the whole. The display managed to make it through quite a bit of roughage without a scratch which was quite impressive. It’s not a bad looking handset, and the only drawback is the badly designed stylus.

Features and Performance

The desktop features a Samsung TouchWiz-styled widget system with a pop out menu. Dragging and dropping widgets onto the desktop, moving them around and of course accessing the same showed no problems with speed. The UI is well enough designed to be used, in most cases, without the stylus. The Linkz doesn’t typically use a standard mobile phone alphanumeric keypad. It’s easy enough to use for those with slim fingers but it’ll take a little getting used to if you’ve got thicker digits. In landscape mode you can use a QWERTY virtual keypad (again, it’ll take getting used to without the stylus if you have pudgy fingers). Handwriting recognition is also a feature but it’s sluggish.

An accelerometer is available and is capable of changing the display’s orientation on almost all screens.

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