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Good: the camera is good at natural light, the touch screen is good and responsive, the internet is nice ans=d fast, flash support is good. THE PHONE IS MADE REALLY WELL!!!!, I HAVE HAD MINE SINCE IT FIRST CAME OUT YEARS AGO, it is a very good phone. plus it looks great, and it offers windows phone with features like windows mobile office, with word, pp, exel,publisher
Bad: the battery life isnt great, music player isnt great, AND THE SPEAKERS ARE SIMPLY AWFULL.
Comment: i think that this phone is great, it is made very well and does what it said on the box. BUT, if you like music this phone is defiantly not for you. also if you are a bit of a dumbass with phone the windows mobile does take some getting used to, and if you really like your apps this phone is not for you. BUT if you like social networking, fast internet, great easy to use email and a great touch screen THEN THIS PHONE IS DEFINATLY FOR YOU!!!!!, it is just a big shame that the music player and speakers are really rubbish, and that there arent really any apps that you can get...
Good: Good QWERTY Keyboard. Nice bright screen.
Bad: HTC Audio Manager has never worked since I had the phone. Terribly laggy. The noise it makes when you send a text gets irritating very fast. It starts slow and gets nothing but slower.
Comment: I bought the phone in March hoping that I would get a nice fast phone as there aren't many applications to run on it, but it took a while for it to load when I first turned it on and HTC's Audio Manager didn't work. I dismissed this as unimportant as I have an iPod anyway and Windows Media Player on the device did work.
The phone was initially a very good phone for me however I've found that the more I use it, it has become incredibly slow. Within 6 months, there is now a 3-10 second lag when I open the keyboard for the screen to rotate and when texting or emailing I'll find that I have typed a message on the keyboard before half of it is even displayed on the screen, with it lagging substantially. During the text conversations, it becomes apparent that there is part of the touch screen (the far left and right sides) which don't actually work, so you can never highlight a full message and trying to use the on-screen keyboard is an absolute nightmare.
Although I haven't had that many phones, I found my LG Viewty to be of more use to me than this phone... It had a better battery life, the on-screen keyboard was brilliant, the camera was better, the phone didn't lag as much and the volume on it was much better.
Overall, I believe that there are much better phones out there for the price. In my opinion, I wasted Â£220 spending money on a phone which ages so rapidly. I think this phone should vanish into obscurity if it hasn't already done so.
Good: the FULL qwerty keyboard
Bad: loading up time from when first switching on
Comment: great phone, really like the full qwerty keyboard, many other phones with keyboards are only half with the numeric keys missing. the touch flo is smooth and easy to use. just need to set the resposivness setting to tailor ur requirements when sliding and scrolling.
get for setting up and accessing email accounts. with unlimited internet on your tariff its a great piece of business kit to carry around with wifi to add.
Good: pretty to look at.
Bad: everything else!
Comment: I have to agree with the user who gave this product a 2. Since day one I have discovered more and more usability issues with this phone that leave me thinking this was the most money I ever wasted.
To summarise the main gripes (very similar to other user).
1) battery life is diabolical. One day, even if I don't answer a single call and don't much else either. It's just not practical.
2) Agree that ring tone, even when set at max is no where near loud enough. I use this phone for business and it's a constant source of embarassment and apologies that I never hear callers.
3) Even if you do hear a call, the touch screen is so unresponsive it's sometimes impossible to pick up... it simply doesn't react.
3) Even if the caller thinks he's left it ringing for ages, I never hear more than 3 rings before it cuts off. This is ridiculous and means I miss calls even when the phone is next to me on my desk!
4) I don't know why people want full querty keypads... I thought I did, but soon found out it's not practical to stretch your fingers so far whilst holding the phone. It is however very easy to enter text using the touchpad version of a normal phone pad.
5) The phone hangs ALL the time, if it hasn't been used for a couple of hours. You then have to restart it, which takes as long as rebooting a slow laptop - imagine how frustrating that is when you urgently need to make a quick call. I have a friend who works at Microsoft and even he admits that he can't bear using the software and uses his personal iPhone instead.
I haven't even got as far as trying out videos/ camera or other things because I just hate the phone now and can't bear to use it other than to read my emails... which it does very well. Not true that you can't sync to Outlook. This is one thing that works well...
Good points? Looks pretty and came in a nice box. Work wanted me to buy a windows mobile operated phone. I've never forgiven the iT guy.
Good: Nothing !
Bad: Everything !
Comment: Its hard to know where to start, so forgive the list format, there is just so much to cover;
1. battery life is truly appalling and stops it being a reliable business tool.
2. windows 6.1 does not synch contacts and diary with Outlook. There is no fix other than to roll back to 6.0
3. the browser is awful. it takes for ever to load and naviagtion is terrible. Teletext is more cutting edge than this.
4. windows is prone to just hanging
5. the touch screen is not very responsive and the interface is not intuitive, try putting a call on mute or calling up the keyboard to enter numbers whilst on a call
6. it is too hard to see the screen in sunlight so entering a pin to open up the phone is a pantomime.
7. The ring tone volume is too quiet, I simply miss too many calls
I don't usually complain about much but this product is so bad I feel compelled to make sure people think twice, three times, before buying this. Interestingly, another colleague confirmed my view on the phone yesterday - we are both going back to Blackberries!
Good: Very Smart and Stylish
Bad: Short Battery Life, Flow 3D Slow, Not Very Responsive to Touch
Comment: Used the phone for only 1 whole day, had to be returned. Had read some ery good reviews, but i think 3D Flow software has really got to improve its performance. Battery life is very poor made 4 phone calls (total approx 2 hours) and battery was dead by 4pm after a full nights charge!!!
The phone does although ooze style, very smart, small nice touches, the pen is magnetic, does windows updates, screen very sharp and has TV out. If you like style, you maybe still like it, but if your not patient, this is not a phone for you.
Good: Fast, powerful, plenty of apps, all-in-one media/communication tool
Bad: still a little bulky, runs hot if you overwork it
Comment: I intended to buy the new iPhone, but was disappointed with the functionality and misleading marketing (twice as fast my foot!). Had decided on the HTC diamond when the Sprint salesman whipped out this sleek chrome beauty. Obviously it handles all the windows programs, and the sync with Outlook calendar, notes, tasks, etc makes it invaluable. Added a 16 gig memory card and it immediately replaced my ipod for music, movies, television shows on demand etc. Loved the gps navigation, loved the call quality, pictures and videos are great (FYI is DOES come with a flash, at least in the US). By the way, best apps ever are at www.cellspin.net and www.wmwifirouter.com if you're a ppc geek as well. All the more I could ask is a flash player, but that's Adobe's gig.
Good: Touch screen, slide-out keyboard, form factor
Bad: Navigation button, GPS, some aspects of Touch Flo
Comment: The following review is for the XDA Serra, O2’s UK version of the HTC Touch Pro (also known as the Raphael, T Mobile MDA Vario IV, AT&T Fuze and Sprint Touch Pro).
This is my third O2 XDA model – I‘ve previously used the XDA Mini S (aka HTC Wizard/Prodigy, K-Jam, MDA Vario) and XDA Graphite (aka ASUS Jupiter) - and probably my 6th or 7th Windows CE/Mobile device. I’ve grown fond of the XDA Mini S but recall that the phone was a complete dog until O2 issued a major ROM upgrade. I got the XDA Graphite on a free O2 upgrade as a compact, 3G-enabled replacement for the Mini S, but the battery life was so abysmal I never really used it in anger.
In looking for a replacement for the XDA Mini S, I had the following criteria in mind;
• HSDPA capable
• Good touch screen quality
• Ideally one-handed operation
• Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
• Preferably Windows Mobile 6.1 based (I’m wedded to a number of Windows Mobile applications including Outlook mobile, Ilium eWallet, Memory Map and Tom Tom Navigator)
• Good camera quality a nice-to-have but not paramount
• Available on an O2 UK Tariff (I wasn’t prepared to pay a SIM-free price).
I must confess to a (possibly irrational) antipathy to all things Apple so didn’t consider the iPhone, though I have no doubt that the iPhone is probably more user-friendly. The HTC Touch Pro is categorically not an “iPhone killer” (though the newer HTC Touch HD may well be).
The truth is, all of HTC’s smartphone offerings have been exercises in managed expectation. They promise so much on paper but so often fail to deliver in terms of practicality. The Touch Pro is, along with the Touch HD, by far the best phone HTC have ever produced, but it still has some frustrating flaws. I will admit that in the first few days of having received the XDA Serra I found the Touch Flo interface and GPS performance so frustrating that I seriously considered returning it to O2, but having persevered for a fortnight or so I am now much happier.
Many of the phone’s flaws could be resolved with improved software, and there are very active Windows Mobile and HTC development communities on the web. However, poor GPS performance and the almost useless Navigation joystick are hardware limitations that you’ll have to learn to live with.
So far, this is how the pros and cons stack up for me:
1. Size, form factor and build quality.
2. Excellent screen resolution (640x480) and quality. Visibility in sunshine is very good.
3. Excellent slide out keyboard – far and away the best available.
4. Excellent phone sound quality.
5. Good 3G (HSDPA), Bluetooth and FM Radio performance.
6. Touch Flo interface makes one-handed operation feasible but gestures take some getting used to. Helps to have small fingers.
7. Accepts up to 16GB microSD SDHC memory cards (though the need to remove the back cover to insert the memory card is seen as a disadvantage by some – personally I prefer it this way)
8. Magnetic stylus is less likely to drop out.
9. Uses standard mini USB connector for sync and charge.
10. Can charge from PC USB connection.
11. As with all Windows Mobile devices, syncing with PC via Activesync is very easy.
12. Huge variety of freeware and shareware available for the Windows Mobile platform, including some alternatives to the Touch Flo interface (mainly still in beta but very promising).
13. Teeter game - which uses the phone’s built-in G-sensor - is great fun.
14. Very chic, for those who care about such things.
1. Very expensive SIM-free.
2. “Joystick” functionality on central Navigation button is almost completely unusable and is – in my opinion - a major design flaw.
3. Endurance with standard 1340mAh battery not great (especially if all radio options are enabled) but probably no worse than other phones in this class. Higher capacity (but bulkier) 1800mAh battery packs are available. I personally haven’t found battery life to be an issue.
4. 3.2MP camera is a big improv
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