The HTC TyTN is back, and this time it's ready to take you home using its built-in GPS sat-nav. HTC has upgraded the beloved HTC TyTN and produced the TyTN II, a handset that packs as much punch as Alan Sugar and will satisfy most of your business needs. It's available for £485 from eXpansys, but we expect it will be rebranded on most major networks and be free on a monthly contract soon.
The HTC TyTN II looks and feels much like its popular predecessor, but TyTN users will notice the slightly different key layout and heavier feel when they first pick the TyTN II up.
On closer inspection though, the TyTN II is different to the original TyTN in several ways, most notably the large colour touchscreen. This tilts up, allowing you to see the screen at an angle and rest it on a table like a mini-laptop.
One of the TyTN II's star features is its tilting screen, which lets you view the display properly when you rest the handset on a table
We found being able to tilt the screen up and put it on a desk great for quickly checking emails or making video calls or viewing video clips.
Another notable design change from the original TyTN is the easy-to-access SIM card slot that's situated behind the front of the screen. This is very useful if you're planning on using it as a work and personal phone but have two separate SIM cards.
The slide-out keypad is great for typing and one of the best Qwerty keypads we have used so far. Handy additions that aren't featured on the original TyTN are two tiny LEDs that light up when you activate the caps lock or function key.
A small but very useful feature that remains from the original TyTN is a three-way scroll wheel on the top left of the handset that lets you scroll through emails very quickly and easily. This is an innovation we would like to see on all smart phones.
On the back you'll find a 3-megapixel camera, which is a nice feature but we're disappointed that, unlike the original TyTN, there's no LED photo light or better yet, a xenon flash.
This is one of the most feature-filled HTC handsets yet, offering almost everything the HTC Advantage has to offer, but in a much more pocket-friendly package.
TyTN fans will be particularly pleased that TyTN II version runs Windows Mobile 6, and has 128MB RAM -- meaning it can open and run applications faster than the TyTN can.
Windows Mobile 6 comes preinstalled with a variety of applications that let you view and edit Microsoft Office documents, chat to friends on Messenger, listen to music and receive emails instantly over push email, among other things.
The TyTN II also boasts a built-in GPS receiver. Our review model didn't come with any pre-installed sat-nav software, although it will come with TomTom taster software when it goes on sale.
We did manage to download Google Maps and use the 'track my location' feature, which ties in with the handset's GPS receiver. The TyTN II found satellites relatively quickly, even on an overland train.
What impressed us most about the TyTN II in terms of features was a combination of high-speed Internet access via HSDPA or Wi-Fi, the full Qwerty keypad and its large colour touchscreen.
Browsing the Web or writing emails was great using the TyTN II's keypad, and fast over an HSDPA or Wi-Fi connection. The large touchscreen made it easier to see everything clearly, and a doddle to access things by simply tapping the display.
Although we're disappointed there's no flash on the TyTN II's 3-megapixel camera, it performs well in daylight and using the auto-focus produced relatively sharp pictures.
Storage-wise there's a generous 256MB built in, with the option to upgrade via the expandable microSD slot that will support up to 2GB.
Audio quality during calls was loud and clear, without any noticeable distortion or muffling. The speaker was loud and worked well when making video calls.
Picture quality from the 3-megapixel camera was sharp and decent enough for small prints, but didn't work well in low light due to the lack of flash.
HTC quotes the TyTN II's battery life at standby time up to 350 hours on UMTS an 365 hours on GSM. Talk time is up to 264 minutes for UMTS and 420 minutes for GSM. We found it lasted well over two days if we didn't use the features too often.
This isn't a small phone, but then neither was the original TyTN and everyone seemed to manage fine with that. Fortunately, its size is justified inasmuch as it packs a GPS sat-nav alongside all the features its predecessor had.
If you're looking for something that will keep you connected to the office, let you browse the Internet almost everywhere you go and help you navigate around town, it's definitely worth checking out. If you want a similarly specced device that's a little smaller, then the Nokia N95 is the phone for you.
Alternatively, if all you want is a Windows Mobile handset with a Qwerty keypad for quickly checking emails, and you're not bothered about always being connected, then the HTC S710 is worth a look.
Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Shannon Doubleday