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HTC TyTN II Review:-

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HTC TyTN II Specifications:-

  • General:-
    Announced:-2007, July
    Status:-Available.
  • Size:-
    Dimensions:-112 x 59 x 19 mm
    Weight:-190 g.
  • Display:-
    Type:-TFT touchscreen, 65K colors
    Size:-240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches
    - Handwriting recognition,- QWERTY keyboard.
  • Ringtones:-
    Type:-Polyphonic (72 channels), MP3
    Customization:-Download.
    Vibration:-Yes.
  • Memory:-
    Phonebook:-In shared memory, Photo call
    Call records:-Yes
    Card slot:-microSD (TransFlash).
    - 128 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM,- Qualcomm MSM7200, 400 Mhz processor.
  • Data:-
    GPRS:-Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
    HSCSD:-No
    EDGE:-Class 10, 236.8 kbps
    3G:-HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
    WLAN:-Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
    Bluetooth:-Yes, v2.0
    Infrared port:-No
    USB:-Yes, v2.0.
  • Features:-
    OS:-Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional
    Messaging:-SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
    Browser:-WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (PocketIE)
    Games:-Yes.
    Colors:-Silver
    Camera:-3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus, video; secondary VGA videocall camera
    - Built-in GPS receiver,- A-GPS function,- Video call,- Pocket Office(Word, Excel, Outlook),- Java MIDP 2.0,- Voice memo,- Media Player 10,- Video/audio album,- Built-in handsfree.
  • Battery:-Standard battery, Li-Po 1350 mAh
    Stand-by:-Up to 400 h
    Talk time:-Up to 6 h.
  • Price:-724.99$ approx Rs 25,000-30,000/-
  • One of the hottest PDAs around lately, the HTC TyTN II is one feature-loaded son-of-a-gun. It’s got what it takes to quench your daily communication needs, and more: HSDPA/HSUPA, Wi-Fi, 2.8″ touchscreen TFT display, hardware QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera with auto focus and a built-in GPS receiver. A 400 MHz processor is in charge of all that on a Windows Mobile 6.0 Pro platform.
  • Key features
    Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
    Tri-band HSDPA/HSUPA 3.6 Mbps with video calls
    400MHz Qualcomm processor
    2.8″ 65K color touchscreen TFT display with QVGA resolution
    Integrated Qualcomm GPS receiver with pre-bundled TomTom “taster” satnav software
    Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
    3 megapixel autofocus camera
    microSDHC memory card slot
    HTC TouchFLO technology allows smooth finger scrolling and panning
    Hardware QWERTY keyboard
    Slide and tilt construction
    Sturdy build and quality casing
  • Main disadvantages
    Hefty weight of 190 g
    Processor is not powerful enough
    No FM radio
    Out-of-the-way On/Off key
    TouchFLO cube is not available
    No full-featured satnav software prebundled.
  • The HTC Kaiser platform, which the HTC TyTN II is based on, is supposed to have several different flavors – one with no cameras whatsoever, another with only a primary camera and no video calling, and finally, the third one (which we are reviewing) has both a primary and a video-call camera. Currently, the HTC Kaiser is incarnated in a few units under different brands: HTC TyTN II P4550 (our test unit), T-Mobile MDA Vario III, AT&T Tilt 8925, Vodafone v1615, and Vodafone VPA Compact V. The HTC TyTN II doesn’t run on a Samsung processor, unlike most previous models of the brand. Instead, this time the Qualcomm MSM7200 chipset platform is the power plant of this Pocket PC. A primary 400MHz Qualcomm ARM11 processor runs applications, while a secondary 274 MHz ARM9 microprocessor is in charge of radio equipment. The hardware specs include 128MB of RAM

    (double the size of the original TyTN) and 256MB of ROM (133MB are available to the user as storage space).The HTC TyTN is pretty comfortable to work with but you can’t exactly call it pocketable, so this PocketPC is best carried in its case strapped on a belt – there’s no doubt about that.

  • Shiny player
    We find the 2.8″ 65K color touchscreen TFT display of the HTC TyTN satisfactory. It’s on par with most PocketPC screens out there and it has the usual low legibility under direct sunlight – especially when it has fingerprint smudges all over. As it uses transreflective technology, it’s better than the displays of most regular feature phones. The HTC TyTN II offers a heart-warming hardware QWERTY keyboard. Add the tilting display and you have yourself a great typing machine. The keys are slightly convex and pleasantly tactile. There’s 41 of them. Two soft keys are available, that change function according to the context; there are two status lights too – one for the Caps Lock and another for the Fn (special function) key. The Fn key gives you several shortcuts – one of them lets you start the Wi-Fi right away. When the display is slid out but not tilted, all keys are easily accessible – that changes when you tilt the display as the upper row gets overlapped a bit. No big deal really. We should make a little note here, though – we would have preferred the display sliding to the right instead of left – it feels much more natural that way.
  • Windows Mobile 6.0 offers full multi-tasking to the extent that it makes it quite hard to shut down open applications. The OS is designed in such a way that it should remain fast and stable without having to close running applications. Those of you with longer experience with this OS however, will surely agree that it does not always work this way, especially in the case of particularly heavy applications when the available memory seems to drain rather fast. The Task manager for the currently running processes is hidden deep in the Settings menu, so you’d be better off installing a third-party application that allows quick access. Luckily, HTC have preinstalled such an application for us. A quick press on the upper right corner on the Home screen opens a list of the currently running applications. No system processes are shown, so you won’t get confused by all those enigmatic names you’ve probably seen in the desktop Windows Task Manager.
    Windows Mobile traditionally offers customization through themes but they only change the color scheme. You can of course change the wallpaper on the Home screen too, but that’s pretty much all you get. In order to apply some more advanced customization, you would need a third party application. Those kinds of applications however usually eat up your RAM.
  • Nice camera in a PocketPC at last
    PocketPC are probably bottom of the ladder when it comes to camera performance. It’s not about the megapixel count. It’s just that their photos are really nothing to speak of. HTC were obviously addressing that and among the first results is the 3 megapixel camera with auto focus integrated into the HTC TyTN II.
    As you probably imagine, the 2.8″ TFT display is a really nice camera viewfinder to have. The TyTN II camera can be operated as a regular digital camera – a half press on the shutter key locks the auto focus and exposure, while pressing the key all the way down takes the actual snapshot.
  • Data transfers are of the essence
    Connectivity is what matters most when it comes to PocketPCs – both wired and wireless. The HTC TyTN II has enough to show in that department. Direct USB connectivity allows seamless synchronization with MS Outlook. However you can also use Bluetooth 2.0 for that purpose. Speaking of wireless communication, we should mention there is no Infrared port (no big deal really!), but you have Wi-Fi at your disposal. You can also relay on the tri-band UMTS support plus HSUPA 3.6 Mbps. There are also GPRS and EDGE, so you always have data connectivity options available. The TyTN II comes with the Internet Explorer Mobile web browser. It falls behind most of the third-party browsers out there and a few PocketPC manufacturers even ship their devices with an alternative web browser preinstalled (take Toshiba G900 and Opera Mini for example).
  • Conclusion:-The HTC TyTN II is a wonderful device and it packs in some nice features. Its design is high-tech, yet solid and functional. The communication capabilities allow using it in almost every out-of-the-office scenario. We liked the QWERTY keyboard and the notebook-like usability of the device. The integrated GPS receiver is another really cool feature. The battery too is on par with the rich feature set of the device.
    The downsides we found with the TyTN II are that it doesn’t have a VGA resolution display and it’s not really pocketable. It doesn’t have a 3D accelerator or USB host function either . The 400MHz Qualcomm processor is somewhat sluggish and is incapable of playing video at a resolution higher than QVGA.
    So although the HTC TyTN II will be a highly sought after gadget, we don’t find it to be the ultimate communication device. The particular mix of features will probably account for its high popularity but it fails to justify an upgrade from the original TyTN though, as the innovations it offers just don’t seem to balance with the swollen price. However the HTC TyTN II is a great option if you are upgrading from an older device, or if it’s your first step in the PocketPC world.

Siddartha is a Blogger from India. He is currently pursuing Masters in MIS and he loves writing about technology. You can follow him on Twitter | Facebook | Google+. You can subscribe to GadgetCage RSS Feed or Email Notifications.

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