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Thursday, January 8, 2009

HTC Iolite on Preorder at Expansys

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 03:00 AM

"The Iolite -- not "Lolite" as we'd previously thought -- appears to rip the Touch Diamond's basic form factor from this tiny lil' image that's been leaked on Expansys, but steps down to a WQVGA display from VGA. On the upside, Europeans still get their 7.2Mbps HSDPA fix, TouchFLO 3D and AGPS make it through unscathed, and the 3.2-megapixel cam carries over."

Hmm, seems like a budget version of the Diamond with a lower-res screen. On the other hand, it should nicely fill niche between the more basic Touch Viva and the Diamond - that is, if the price is right. Apart from the WQVGA screen, the Iolite features some pretty hefty specs with 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 288MB RAM, quadband GSM (good), dualband HSPA (not-so-good), GPS, 3.2MP camera, and is pretty svelte at 103gms and about 4"x2"x0.6" if I've got my conversions right. No word on pricing or availablity just yet, but that should be just around the corner. Check the link for the (very small) image.

Tags: HTC, GPS, Qualcomm, HSPA, Iolite

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

HTC’s Profits at $528 Million in Q3

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Smartphone News" @ 08:00 AM

"Some good news out of HTC. The Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer reported that its monthly profits for November were a record $528.57 million. That's a 10.8 percent increase on the month, and a 22.1 percent increase on the year, reports UK-based The Telecom. Two phones are cited for the strong showing: TheWindows Mobile-powered Touch Diamond, and the T-Mobile G1, running Android. By comparison, The Telecom notes that sales in the smartphone market were up 11.5 percent for Q3, and that Nokia - still the world leader - saw negative growth for the quarter."

It's nice to see that not every company is hurting during this financial crunch. I think HTC has been doing well for a while now so the G1 and the Touch Diamond are just adding to an already good year. How many of you own an HTC device and if you do, which one? I personally have one of their older models - the Dash. Are you happy with your HTC device? What else would you like to see from them? Personally, I'd like to see more of their devices come to the states. I get tired of seeing what looks to be a beautiful device only to find out the USA won't be getting it.

Tags: HTC

Friday, November 14, 2008

Looking At the Competition: The Blackberry Bold

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Competition" @ 11:09 AM

Being so heavily Windows Mobile-centric, I find it interesting when I can get my hands on devices from companies that compete with Windows Mobile. I had an opportunity to play with a RIM Blackberry Bold earlier this week, and was extremely impressed with the hardware. I thought it might be useful to share what I thought was good about the Bold, if for no other reason than to point out to anyone from Microsoft, HTC, etc. reading this site that Windows Mobile devices are lacking somewhat in the area that the Bold inhabits.

The 2.66 inch, 320 x 480 screen was simply gorgeous - very crisp, with great contrast. It made everything look excellent - I think the Blackberry OS, for all its faults, gets many things right on the home screen - the indicator icons on Windows Mobile are huge in comparison, so even by making them smaller, things look sharper and more organized on the Blackberry home screen. The keyboard felt really good, although I thought the width of the device was a bit much - it's closer to the Motorola Q9h in width, while I prefer the more slender Blackjack II. Not a deal-breaker though, I'd put up with the extra width to get that screen. Device thickness and weight were reasonable.

Performance was very snappy - apps just flew, screens appeared and vanished quickly. I've always felt that other Blackberry models had a nice home screen, but looked like pagers once you dug a layer deeper, but the Bold has a pretty good second level as well. Video playback was very impressive as well - there was a Speed Racer sample clip that looked amazing, the best I've seen on a mobile device in a long time. The media player software was pretty weak though - it was a combination of VCR-like buttons and a DOS-like directory listing of videos. I'm spoiled by how fun and easy media browsing is on my Zune, and everything else pales in comparison. Read more...

Saturday, November 8, 2008

HTC Opal: The New Touch?

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 PM

"Lookie what we have here... The little the phone that never goes away quits. The less than impressive HTC Opal landed in the hands of the FCC this week showing off its 850/1900 GSM support and not so blazing EDGE capabilities. After the HTC Touch HD was canceled for North America, we were hoping to see something a bit more exciting than the underpowered HTC Opal but it looks like we have to take what we can get. We're still not sure who fell asleep at the wheel on this one - are any of you guys looking forward to it?"

HTC's low-end Opal has apparently made it's way through the FCC testing. There is some speculation that the Opal will replace the very similar basic Touch model in HTC's offering lineup. Not exactly the Touch HD many were hoping for, but should fit the bill for an entry-level smartphone. There have been no carrier or cost annoucements yet.

Tags: HTC, Opal

Saturday, October 11, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond and LG Viewty Add a Touch of Color

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 12:00 PM

"Some older phones get some fresh colors. For those of you who don't want to upgrade to the LG Renoir but want to spice things up, you can grab yourself an LG Viewty in white. You will have to hit up your favorite importer as the snow white Viewty is only available in Korea. If white is not your style, then you can check out the HTC Touch Diamond in a rainbow of colors spotted at Phone & Phone's website. Hit the jump to catch a glimpse of the colorful Diamonds that the French seem to fancy."

With a splash of fall color, the HTC Touch Diamond and the LG Viewty have added options. Beyond the basic black, HTC recently added white to the lineup, and now Rose, Mocca, Blue, Purple, Red and Yellow join the list at French retailer Phone&Phone. While not a new phone, the LG Viewty adds a white color option (Model LG-SH210/KH2100) for those who live in Korea. The original press release page in Korean offers a video news report and pics.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

HTC Touch HD Called an iPhone Killer in Early Review

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 05:00 AM

"Not even a fortnight after HTC's Touch HD went official in Germany, out pops a review from Deutschland calling it the best thing since sliced bread. Okay, so maybe our translation skills are a bit off, but one thing's for sure -- it was hailed as the first "iPhone killer to deserve that name." Right off the bat, reviewers praised the TouchFLO 3D interface for masking Windows Mobile, and of course, the expansive display was drooled upon numerous times. Additionally, critics praised the Opera browser while scolding Internet Explorer, and while it's hard to say for certain whether the battery life was remarkable, it definitely seemed to get their vote of approval."

Rubbing MORE salt in the wound, a few early reviews from Germany say the HTC Touch HD is nice, really really nice. calls it the "first iphone-killer who deserves this name" and offers a hands-on video look. After Darius' post yesterday, this feels a little like rubbing it in your face. But, if you live outside the US, perhaps the lovely "iphone killer" can make it's way to your doorstep. Sigh.

Tags: HTC, Touch HD

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

MobileTechReview Examines the US 3G HTC Touch Diamond

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 04:00 AM

"Third time's a charm. This is the third version of HTC's groundbreaking Touch Diamond we've looked at. The first was the unlocked overseas GSM Diamond that had Euro but not US 3G, then the Sprint version with EVDO and now the unlocked GSM US 3G version. We expect the US unlocked Touch Diamond to be available from Best Buy by early October (according to their web site), and some online retailers and import phone specialists will have it sooner. We've already seen it online from several of the usual suspects at a variety of price points. Best Buy lists it for $699, and places like sell it for less, while Expansys lists it for considerably more as of this writing."

We've posted on the HTC Touch Diamond, or at least the GSM and Sprint EV-DO versions. Now, MobileTechReview compares these versions to the US UNLOCKED Touch Diamond which will soon be available at Best Buy, and is already available for pre-order. While pretty similar, there are apparently more differences than just a name plate.

Monday, September 15, 2008

HTC Touch HD: Now Here's Some Sexy Hardware!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:08 AM

At the moment I'm typing this up, HTC has pulled the product page from their site, so I suspect this wasn't meant to be launched quite yet, but I suspect it will be back soon. Pretty much all the rumours we heard about the Touch HD have proved to be true: a huge 3.8 inch screen with amazing 480 x 800 resolution. That's a stunning 246 ppi, which means incredibly crisp text, images, and user interface. What I'm curious about is how did HTC manage to drive that many pixels on the screen and still have it be snappy and responsive? My fear is that it won't be - let's hope I'm wrong. There's no indication of any 3D hardware acceleration, and the Qualcomm MSM7201a CPU at 528 MHz, while fast, isn't anything we haven't seen before - unless of course HTC managed to tap into the 3D acceleration that I've been told that Qualcomm chips offer.

At any rate, the rest of the specs look great: 5 megapixel camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack (YES!), 512 MB ROM, 288 MB RAM, quad-band GSM/GRPS, and 3G in Europe/Asia (us North Americans will have to wait for our version). On yeah, 802.11 b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, a 1350 mAh battery, and a microSD card slot for expansion. The Touch HD is an impressive 12mm thick - and for those keeping score, that's 0.3mm thinner than the iPhone 3G. HTC has really created something interesting here - and I bet with the larger size, the on-screen keyboard will be much easier to use. This is the first touch-screen device that has really tempted me to switch from a QWERTY device. I can't wait to get my hands on one! The full press release and a couple of images after the break. Read more...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

HTC Opal/Viva: New Windows Mobile Smartphone on the Horizon?

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 12:00 PM

"According to smartmobilegadgets blog, HTC is working on a new Windows Mobile Professional smartphone which is expected to be released soon. The HTC Opal, which is most likely a codename only, seems to be HTC's planned low-entry follower of the HTC Touch and like the HTC Touch, also the HTC Opal is a 2.5G Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE only. UMTS and HSDPA are left, most likely in favor of the price. Nevertheless. WiFi b/g as well as Bluetooth 2.0 are also part of the HTC Opal. Also the HTC Opal is expected to be powered by a TI OMAP 850 CPU at 200 MHz only."

Following the release of HTC flagship Windows Mobile phones in the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro, it looks like a low-end Touch phone is in the works. In this case, low-end still means quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth and WiFi b/g, along with a MicroSD expansion slot. Smartmobilegadgets blog has a PDF showing it's planned features. HTC Source is reporting the phone will be released as the HTC Viva and credits Windows Mobile Italy (whom first broke the news about this product) in saying the Viva will first be marketed in Asia under the Dopod brand name beginning on September 15th.

Tags: HTC, Touch, Opal, Viva

2 Reviews, 2 Names, 1 Phone: The Sprint HTC Touch Diamond and the O2 Xda Ignito

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 09:00 AM

"The Sprint HTC Touch Diamond is a powerhouse Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional PDA phone with a VGA touch screen, 4 gigs of storage, 528MHz processor, EVDO Rev. A, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera. The Diamond is one of the smaller touch screen Windows Mobile devices on the market, though it's not as thin as the original GSM version ( 0.6" vs. 0.45"). It weighs 4.1 ounces vs. the GSM's 3.88 ounces, but we're not complaining. The added weight and girth allow for a higher capacity 1340 mAh battery-- a definite improvement over the original's 900 mAh battery. It also feels better in the hand thanks to rounded edges, a soft touch red back, and there's just a little more to hold onto. That said, it's a very attractive and modern-looking device, but it's not the head turner that the original diamond-backed model is."

"Last year O2 announced and brought to the marketplace the Orbit 2 which featured: 3Mpixel camera, fast processor, large RAM / ROM, GPS, Quad band, phone, Touch interface, etc. This has now been superceded and replaced with the O2 Xda Ignito which serves to enhance and further the popular Xda range. Again a candy-bar design (no hardware keyboard) the Ignito sports: 3.2MPixel camera, 528Mhz processor, VGA (640 x 480 display), Quad band, large ROM / RAM, A-GPS, 3G phone / video phone, Touch FLO 3D interface, etc...When one removes the Xda Ignito from the box the first impression is of the small size of the machine. Compared to the Orbit 2 or even the Stellar the Ignito is tiny. The second impression is that of weight or density, the Ignito feels much heavier than expected, this is no doubt due to the steel housing or framework that surrounds and support the inner workings of the machine."

Twins separated at birth? In fact, the device is the same, just different branding. First up, MobileTechReview offers a video review of the just-announced Sprint HTC Touch Diamond for the USA market. Before crossing the ocean, the HTC made a stop in the UK and has been released by O2 and rebranded as the Xda Ignito; 4WinMobile has an indepth look. As of this post, the device is already available at O2's online stores with in-store availability coming while the Sprint version is not yet available for purchase, but should be available sometime during September. Though the branding may be different, take a look at both reviews to get a good understanding of what the HTC Touch Diamond has to offer.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Photos of Sprint's HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro Now at Engadget

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 05:00 PM

"You know you love it, new Windows Mobile -- even new carrier is good enough for us -- hardware always gets us all thrilled and chirpy. Sprint's really blown it open today with the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro announcements, so to honor them we got our hands on the Touch diamond. We like this set, Sprint's version in red -- a well chosen, soft and kind red -- is no exception and while a bit husky, we expect it's going to be well accepted and will be finding its way into many pockets come September 14th. Sadly, the Touch Pro was absent at CTIA, but we'll do our best to dig it up before the show closes out. Enjoy the pics."

Yesterday, Sprint made the announcement about the coming HTC Touch Diamond and the HTC Touch Pro phones. Today, Engadget Mobile has lots of shots of both devices so you can get a closer look. One interesting observation Sean Cooper makes in the writeup about the Touch Pro: "The Diamond murders the Pro for total pocketability, sex appeal, and feel in the hand -- so you've really got to ask yourself just how badly you need that keyboard before you pull the trigger one way or another." Interesting question. I think my first reaction would be to go for the keyboard, but the included 4gb memory and smaller size make the Diamond an interesting consideration. Check out the pictures for the Touch Diamond here. If you had to choose between the two, which one would you lean toward?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sprint Announces HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 04:00 PM

"Combining HTC's captivating 3D touch-screen experience, the broad functionality of Windows Mobile 6.1 and the largest mobile broadband network in the United States, Sprint will soon add two devices to its robust portfolio of Windows Mobile devices - HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro. Sprint will be the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer both devices. HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro set a new benchmark for mobile sophistication, introducing TouchFLO(TM) 3D, an unparalleled touch experience that puts live television, weather, email, photos, contacts, music and more at your fingertips."

The HTC Touch Diamond [pdf] offers Windows Mobile 6.1, 4 GB of internal storage, a 2.8-inch VGA display, Opera browser, 3.2 MP camera/camcorder, and stereo Bluetooth. While Verizon may also be offering versions of both phones, Sprint is claiming first dibs at bringing both the Touch Diamond and the Touch Pro to the US market. Both devices will include the TouchFLO (tm) 3D interface. Sprint will also offer exclusive multimedia content, including over-the-air song downloads and live and on-demand TV channels on it's fast EV-DO Rev. A network. Sprint will offer the HTC Touch Diamond for $249.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate beginning this month.

The HTC Touch Pro [pdf] is rumored to have both GSM and CDMA versions, so it may be showing up at lots of carrier parties this fall. The Touch Pro distinguishes itself from the Touch Diamond by offering a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It adds a microSD slot for expansion, but drops the included 4GB. The phone also comes with Windows Mobile 6.1, and the built-in 3.2 MP camera/camcorder includes special Business Card Scanner software to capture and convert business card information into contacts. HTC Touch Pro will be available October 19th for $299.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. You can sign up at Sprint to be notified when these phones are available for purchase.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Is HTC's NEON400 a CDMA Touch Dual?

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

"In HTC parlance, the "Neon" codename denotes a device of the Touch Dual form factor -- original Touch styling plus a slider keypad, a drill we all know by now. This particular form factor seems to be a pretty popular one, too, considering the sheer number of variants HTC's turned out; at this point, we have one for Europe, one for North America, and one for Japan, and a new FCC filing suggests that there's still at least one more trick in that pony. The so-called NEON400 doesn't give much away from the ID label document that we see here, but test reports indicate that it's sporting CDMA 850 / 1900 -- just right for launching on Sprint, Verizon, Alltel -- you get the idea -- and obviously, we'll see EV-DO in there as well. Against the Touch Diamond, the Dual is starting to look just a little dated, but it gets that all-important keypad that the Diamond lacks -- so even networks that end up launching the Diamond can realistically make room for this one in the lineup when it's announced. By someone other than the FCC, that is."

HTC NEON 400 FCC Picture

While not quite Glamour Shots, the FCC does give us a nice informational look at the label for HTC's new NEON 400. The North American market already has a GSM/GPRS/EDGE version of the Touch Dual, but not for the CDMA carriers. Browse the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology Exhibit documents and pictures here. You can look, just don't Touch.

Tags: 400, HTC, FCC, CDMA, Touch, Dual, NEON

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Engadget Mobile Offers Eyecandy of the Verizon XV6900

Posted by Paul Martin in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:00 PM

"Anyone remotely familiar with the HTC or Sprint Touch will feel right at home with Verizon's version, the XV6900. The XV6900 isn't content to just fall in line and play "me too," though -- Big Red decided to go with a blindingly glossy white finish, bucking the soft-touch black used as a staple of the Touch line, and that could be a boon or a bust depending on who you are and how you intend to use the device."

If you've been eyeing the GSM version of the HTC Touch, but are a Verizon customer, take a look at the photo gallery of the XV6900 that Engadget Mobile as put together. Personally, I think I prefer the dark gray of the other Touch versions, but a sharper screen is nice to hear about, plus the addition of 3G. What do you think of Touch, The White Album? Any Verizon customers making the switch or already done so?

Tags: Verizon, HTC, Touch, XV6900

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Brighthand Reviews The Touch Diamond

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 03:00 AM

"The HTC Touch Diamond is the most consumer-friendly Windows Mobile smartphone yet. It's both powerful and easy to use. People looking to step up from a regular phone to a much more feature-rich one should seriously consider this device. HTC has clearly put many hours of thought into how to make a smartphone more intuitive, and this device shows it. I predict big things for this product, with sales in the millions."

We have yet another review of the Touch Diamond, this time by Ed Hardy from Brighthand, and much like the others he likes it quite a bit. There aren't many negatives to point out, apart from the stylus and a so-so camera - but those are hardly new gripes with Windows Mobile phones over the last couple of years. TouchFLO 3D appears to be as good as advertised, and the rest of the device shows how much effort HTC has put into building on Windows Mobile for something that would appeal to consumers. Read the review for more.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond Reviewed

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:00 PM

"We love the small size and gorgeous design, though this is a phone Adrian Monk would loathe given its propensity to collect stubborn fingerprints. TouchFLO 3D is definitely fun and interesting, though it doesn't always translate into a more efficient and expedient UI. We wish you didn't have to read the manual to learn the in's and out's of finger navigation (isn't the point of touch phones that they should operate nearly transparently), though first time WinMo users will likely find the visual presentation easier to figure out than standard WinMo. However, in terms of price and features the Diamond is a high-end power user's phone, and those generally attract veteran users who may grow frustrated with the visuals when wanting to accomplish tasks quickly."

I have to admit, I wasn't that excited when the pre-production models first started appearing on the Web. That hard square shape and the faceted backplate didn't seem very appealing compared to the Xperia or even the 1st gen iPhone. Ok, I still think the diamond backing is gimmicky, but it appears that HTC have put a lot of thought and effort into making the Touch Diamond a very appealing device for the power user. I'm particularly impressed at the improvements made to the camera - a decent onboard camera is something I've missed since making the transition to a WinMo phone. Maybe they've benefited by being the manufacturers of the Xperia? Sony Ericsson certainly have the chops for that. Read on the rest of the review for more - just bear in mind, Mobile Tech Review has the European version of the Touch Diamond which doesn't have the more important cellular bands for the US, so you'll probably want to hold off any purchase decision until HTC releases a US version.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Why Doesn't HTC Make More Quad-Band World Phones? I Asked, And They Answered

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 12:11 PM

When HTC announce a new phone, it's almost always a European-band version, and when we publish information about it on our sites people will invariably comment that

Here's the question I asked to one of my contacts at HTC:

"Why is it that HTC consistently focuses on tri-band GSM devices? HTC typically releases a European-focused tri-band GSM phone, then months later, releases a North American-focused tri-band GSM version. Is it a technological limitation, or a marketing decision? And if it’s a marketing decision, is it driven by the phone carriers or HTC? Why don’t we see more quad-band GSM phones from HTC?"

And the answered I received from HTC was as follows:

"The initial models of Touch Diamond and Touch Pro have been optimized for European / Asian bands because HTC is launching with partners in those countries first. These models do not feature 850/1900/2100 3G as on many of our previous flagship models as European partners have now begun operating 3G on a second band – 900 MHz, and it is difficult to optimize for 4 bands of 3G as well as multiple 2G bands. The considerably smaller size of the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro compared to our previous 3G devices makes this task even more difficult, especially as many of our smaller previous models did not feature GPS. Additional models of both handsets optimized for other regions will launch in the second half of 2008."

So, reading between the lines a bit, it really comes down to size - and the number of bands each type of chip needs to support. 2G is limited to four bands in total, so I think that's why we saw a few 2G quad-band phones. When you look at 3G, however, things get much more complicated: in Europe the 3G bands being used are 2100 MHz and 900 MHz, and 1800 MHz is coming down the pipe. Australia uses 2100 MHz and 850 MHz, and the US needs to support 850, 1900, and 1700 MHz (T-Mobile's 3G network). So a true world phone would require five or six bands for full 3G support, plus the four 2G bands - we're up to nine or ten bands now. And you can't forget about the WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS, so you have to add antennae for those as well.

Now take all those engineering requirements and cross-reference them against consumer trends for smaller, thinner, and lighter phones with better and better battery life...and you realize that HTC can't do everything in one phone. Not today at least - I'm sure we'll see chips and antenna designs be created that will allow some convergence, but for now this seems to be the best they can do.

Friday, May 23, 2008

HTC Diamond First Impressions

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 05:00 AM

"It’s safe to say that HTC has once again managed to shake up the market big time. And while they were on the modest side last year, this time around the HTC Touch Diamond is not only a revolutionary product, but also the proving ground for the maker’s new platform, which it will be running with in the near future."

Contrary to what Engadget Mobile says, hasn't done a review of the Touch Diamond just yet - that's still to come. If you've ever seen one of Mobil-review's actual reviews, you'll know how extensive those can be. The device they have in hand is a pre-production sample, and they've touched (if you'll pardon the pun) lightly on the device's looks and capabilities. In that sense, this a nice preview for those who are itching to see what the Diamond is all about.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

HTC Diamond Accessories Sighted

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 PM

"I must say that this looks super sexy with its glossy black finish. You'll also notice the decent looking set of headphones in that photo above which, in my mind, implies that the dock/cradle will allow you to sync, charge and use headphones while the device Diamond is plugged in! Now that would be cool!"

HTC Diamond Cradle

There was a time when nearly every Pocket PC came with a cradle in the box. Sadly this is no longer true, and we're lucky if a cradle is available at all. The forthcoming HTC Diamond will fortunately feature one, though you'll still have to pay up to get it. I don't think you'll be getting the pictured headphones together with the cradle, that's more likely going to come with the device itself, and I'm a bit dubious about the material - can you say fingerprint magnet? Still, it looks great, and I'm happy HTC is making an effort in this case. Clove Technology have it on pre-order at £25, and confirm the presence of a 3.5mm audio jack - needless to say, price will be subject to change. Anyone want one?

Monday, May 5, 2008

HTC X7510 Unboxing

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:30 AM

"The overall look of the Advantage hasn't changed much but it's 'under the bonnet' that you'll see the biggest difference. There's now a 16GB Hard Drive included and Windows Mobile 6.1 professional for starters. The other big change is to the keyboard. Earlier versions of the Advantage had proper tactile keys but this new model has been replaced with a flat membrane style keyboard which would look more at home on a ZX81! It does make touch typing something of an issue."

I like the new accessories included - a full pouch to keep the leather case in plus space for cables, as well as the 4-in-1 cable which you need to add USB host (this was only available separately for the x7501). Also the layout of the new keyboard is better with a full row of number keys, so there's no need to mess about with the function key if you're inputing numbers. I'll reserve judgement on the new membrane-style keyboard until I've actually tried one - I don't see how it could be much worse than the current chicklet style.

Tags: HTC, Advantage, x7510

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