Siemens M65

Siemens M65

Summary: The rugged Siemens M65 is the ideal phone for active and sporty people. It is a shock and water resistant handset with features that cyclists will love.

SHARE:
TOPICS: Mobility
6
Siemens M65 The rugged Siemens M65 is the ideal phone for active and sporty people. It is a shock and water resistant handset with features that cyclists will love.

Only two months ago we got our hands on the Siemens C65 and sang it praises for being a great phone at a great price. However, having just got our hands on its rugged big-brother we can't help but feel that this new model is so much better - especially for anyone with an outdoor sporty lifestyle. In fact this phone is simply perfect for anyone who enjoys playing outside.

The Siemens M65 has a half-metal case protecting the screen from damage when it gets dropped. It is locked securely at the back to prevent the casing from coming off. Now, we dropped this phone from three metres and it landed without a scratch on it and worked fine - there aren't many phones that you can do that with!

The keys are rugged and feel like you could bash at them all day without any fear of breaking them. The camera and re-charge socket have rubber coverings to help make the phone splash and dust proof.

The M65 comes in a grey and orange design which looks incredibly cool, especially if you leave on the additional coverings. The joystick in the centre of the phone is simple and easy to use; you will find yourself wondering how other phones use buttons rather than joysticks to navigate.

The incredibly sharp 65K-colour screen is a delight to view, and will have you using the camera and video modes frequently to capture those 'awesome' moments when you are out mountain biking, hiking or partying with friends. The interface is identical to the C65 - it has nine folders which you select using the joystick. Messages are the first option on screen and probably the most used function on anyone's mobile these days.

You can also map out two shortcuts for the two soft keys, as well as mapping shortcut buttons simply by pressing keys 3 to 9.

The phone comes with a standard CIF camera, which takes sharp images albeit they are a tad on the small side. With the next generation of phones hitting the market with 1.3-megapixel cameras tagged on you would really only want to be using it for fun snaps rather than serious shots while out in the wild - that isn't to say that it doesn't take good pics, just that they too small for printing. The camera has 4x digital zoom, but we wouldn't suggest using it as all you get is a blurry photo.

The organiser is a simplified version of the more expensive Siemens phones but works quite well. It has a daily, weekly and a monthly planning option, as well as variety of alerts to remind you of those important dates.

There is one aspect of this phone which I think is the best gadget I have seen in a long while. Being a very keen cyclist I always usually carry my phone in the back-pouch of my cycling jersey in case I need it but the M65 has an additional robust mobile holder which you can buy as an optional extra (AU$100) and the phone itself has an advanced cyclometer with additional tour-management functions and navigational elements. It simply mounts in direct view on the bike's handlebar, and displays not only information on standard cyclometer functions but it gives you the option to record new tours on the move or to follow predefined trips that are indicated on the phone's display. It is without a doubt one of the phone's greatest selling points and anyone who cycles should get their hands on one of these phones.

Another useful little feature which puts it ahead of many other phones on the market is the M65's red lights at the top left and right of the phone that you can set to blink in different patterns. Obviously a rapid pulse will diminish battery life but it's great at night when you can't find the phone and then you notice the red lights flashing at you.

Similar to the C65, the M65 has a battery life of around 300 hours on standby and a talk time of 330 minutes. The sound is clearer than that of the C65 and overall no problems.

Anyone with a bike who puts in over 10km a week should own one of these phones because it really is a wonderful mobile for the price and functions.

Siemens M65
Company: Siemens
Price: AU$649
Phone: 13 72 22

Prices

There are currently no prices available for this product.

Topic: Mobility

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

6 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • The M65 is not so breaking resistant as it looks. My oranje navigator knob didn't function any more after a smash on the floor from 60 cm height. After 8 weeks of repair this was repaird under warranty, but a few week later I discovered two craks in the plastic housing of the phone.
    anonymous
  • Siemens M65 Nightmare

    I live in Perth, western Australia, I bought my Siemens M65 at Singapore duty free airport , Within a month It started turning itself off so I logged a call with Siemens who said, I would have to send it to Singapore for repair, I had to explain that this is ridiculas, the phone is a month old and I live in Perth, if they do not support equipment bought at a duty free shop then they should not be allowing their equipment to be sold in them, anyways finally they allowed me to send my phone to a authorised repairer in Perth who had to send it to Sydney, after 4 weeks I got the phone back, straight away the signal was really bad and within a few days the phone started turning itself off again, rang repair shop they again sent it to Sydney 7 weeks later phone comes back, this time within a day, the phone turns itself off and won
    anonymous
  • Hello

    It is very interesting !
    anonymous
  • Siemens Phones

    In a similar vein, I purchased aSiemens A65 in Madrid. Returned to Australia 6 weeks later, went to Vodaphone to buy New simcard and lo & behold, could not. Phone had been locked. Vodaphone and Siemens advertising as global companies, I wrote to the Unlocking service of Vodaphone - no, couldn't do it - I'd have to contact the company in Spain!"You chose to buy it in Spain" I was told. I asked if the company ensures that overseas visitors to Australia are warned that the phones will be useless in their home countries - "I see what you mean" I was told!
    Let the buyer beware - indeed!!

    Now, try and find a retailer of the A65 in Melb and you'll draw a huge blank.
    anonymous
  • M65 is rubbish

    My first M65 got water damage when moisture supposedly entered the uncapped data port on the base of the phone. Cheap rubbish had no seal other than the rubber stopper that I'd remove for the car kit. No warranty. The second one started getting a rainbow like display after dropping it. No warranty and the third one started dropping out, switching itself off and generally behaving like the rubbish it was.

    In the bin. Not recommended. Back to Mr Nokia.

    Dave
    anonymous
  • m65

    I initially purchased the older brother m35 phone, very happy with the durability but after abour 14 months i began having probs with the battery life. I brought two more batteries until the contract was up. Then i purchased a nokia phone with similar values, it was rubbish, screen broke within first 4 weeks, they called it abuse, i call it living with a mobile. I went back to siemens- the m65. great durable phone, battery life as always is shocking, 2, maybe 3 days at most. Then after approx 9 mths it keeps turning itself off. i sent it back for repair, they re-programme (i lost all the data on the phone) the phone and return it. after a week it is back, not working. Again returned for repair, a week later it is returned- this time lasts approx two months. Very unhappy with so-called customer service- there is none. SIEMENS PHONES- A JOKE!!
    still waiting for the phone to be returned from the priority service.
    the phone is very robust, pity it doesnt bloody work.
    anonymous