Pros Major Hardware upgrade from previous versions
Cons Windows U/I difficult to navigate with your fingers
Summary I purchased two I-phones the week they were released. One for myself and one for my Partner. I found out real quick that Apple forgot to include a 64 Bit Vista O/S in I-tunes so one of them went back. I needed another phone so I held out until this Tilt was available. I have to say this is an amazing phone. It does everything and it's features blow the I-phone out of the water.
Apple wins hands down on it's U/I but in every other category this phone wins. My one and only complaint is that many areas of the Windows O/S are just difficult to Navigate with one hand, which you need when you are driving, etc. However this phone has added several hardware tweaks to make that easier. It has 10 buttons on it's face, a new jog wheel (scroll), select and enter key on the side that really does help with navigation. The QWERTY keyboard layout has been updated big time from previous versions making it more intuitive to use. HTC really made some major improvements. The phone "feels" rock solid. There is a rubber type material on the back and sides that feel quite durable.
at&t service has been good and the 3G, although not the fastest is adequate. The cool thing is that I can connect my 64 Bit Vista laptop to the Internet via this phone over USB and pull down about 1200 KBS. Not bad and setting up the connection was as easy as finding the Internet Sharing program on the phone. Basically plug and play.
The phone syncs flawlessly via Windows Mobile Device Center in Vista....life is good and I highly recommend this handset.
"Truly a mini-PC"on by TiltBoy
Pros Fast, tilt screen, slide out keyboard, GPS, great sound quality
Cons Silver number keypad keys
Summary I've owned an 8125, an 8525 and now the Tilt and can say that the Tilt is everything I always wanted a Windows Mobile device to be and more. While a simply idea, the tilting display is incredibly useful, it turns this phone into a mini-pc. The faster processor and extra RAM make this device noticeably faster than the 8525 and it's been stable all day, despite loading it up with lots of softare. I'm currently running MS Voice Command, Telenav, CorePlayer (movies) and Slingbox and they all work flawlessly. Like it's predecessors, the slide out keyboard is a major feature as well, although the Tilt's is improved by lighted indicators for Shift and Fn lock.
Cell phone performance is exemplary as well. I made my first call from a noisy restaurant and the person I was speaking with could hear me perfectly. It paired easily with two different bluetooth headsets and sound quality was excellent on those as well.
This device is the first to truly realize the promise of Windows Mobile devices, I highly recommend it.
Pros Built in GPS, WiFi, PDA.
Cons Entire unit unsable because the unit does not come with video drivers.
Summary Though this phone may on paper seem like a dream come true, picture this, imagine you just purchased a SUV with all wheel drive, twin turbo, GPS and XM radio, but then find out the engine isn't even strong enough to power up any of the devices or drive all four wheels.
The bottleneck with the tilt is the screen, the window in which every function of the phone depends on.
The screen is soooooooooo SLOW that its only about 1/10 the speed of other windows mobile phones with a video driver. The rate is even slower on applications that require 3D, like GPS and games.
To make things worse a lack of a video driver makes the 400mhz CPU in the tilt also useless. Why? Because without a appropriate driver the CPU takes over the burden of what the video graphics processor should be doing. hence, everything on the phone slows down to a fraction of its potential. Just dialing, which requires only a little graphics is enough to make the tilt sluggish.
The over all effect is that the unit runs slower then a PocketPC made over 5 years ago.
The unit as of Feb 2008 has been out for months, with over 9000 complinat letters sent to Tilt to provide drivers for the video. but HTC (OEM) and ATT chooses to ignore the people who paid over $500.
There is no news of a firmware update.
Many other HTC phones also suffer from this same problem. It is nothing new. I could only imagine that by not using the drivers HTC saves a lot of money on software licenses.
For a comparison, go to youtube and type htc comparison.
A Samsung with built in GPS, but no WiFi is a better choice for now. There are rumors of a Moto with all the features of Tilt coming out soon.
Avoid HTC phones, which are labeled ATT. They charge as much as a full featured phone yet are of poor quality in their follow through.
Why did so many give this phone a high mark?
I can only imagine that they have never had a Windows Mobile phone before, or that they posted without actually trying out the phone.
Due to the sluggishness of this phone it is definately not recommended for people who cannt miss a call (takes a LONG time to switch applications, so you may miss a call by the time the tilt switches to answer the phone, sometimes several minutes).
If you do buy this phone, treat it as if its a PocketPC made back in 2001. Meaning, keep the memory clear, don't run apps with even a slightly hard demand on the video and CPU intensive apps run very sooooo on this phone due to the reasons stated above about its CPU sharing.
Pros Incredible power and punch, does it all
Cons Some minor flaws that can easily be fixed with hacks
Summary After 6 years with Verizon, I made the switch to AT&T after becoming frustrated with VZ's lack of a smartphone that met my needs.
My main concern in switching was the VZ network. So what I did was activate an AT&T Tilt and keep my Verizon Samsung i760 active while I took a road trip from Cleveland, OH to NYC. I monitored the signal on both phones, and to my surprise the Tilt often times had more bars than the Verizon!!! So I took the leap of faith and switched to AT&T. I did have to return my first Tilt due to a software glitch with the camera that resulted in a hard reset. This also seemed to coincide right after I dropped the phone though. For those that complain about the camera, I say go to Best Buy and buy a REAL camera...I've taken photos that have been very clear. At 3 MP, you take a photo and use a little Photoshop if you need to make adjustments. The camera is not an issue unless you are shooting covers for National Geographic. I've had the Tilt for almost two months and will say that there were very few flaws. Primarily it was the lack of MS VoiceCommand, a useless PTT button and annoying OEM settings that would cause the phone screen to black out while in a call...NOT a good thing when trying to dial extentions or address automated voice prompts. For those offering harsh criticism, I've noticed that they don't seem to know much about smartphones, are looking for a toy, or are not using the phone for what it was for. Smartphones ARE primarily a phone first and PDA second. AT&T did a good job of trying to maximze both functions and as a result they had a few shortcomings as listed above. HOWEVER, with a little surfing of the web you can find a TON of free hacks and easy fixes that make the AT&T Tilt a SUPER smartphone that is second to none!!! IF you want or already have this phone spend some time on the net. I was able to download VoiceCommand which makes the phone literally hands free in every respect. I paired it was a Jawbone Bluetooth headset. There is even a hack to increase the volume of the bluetooth, headset and speakerphone...HTC's default settings for volume are less than what the volume is capable of and I found a nice little hack that increased the volume to where it was almost too loud. I was able to reasign the PPT button to become the VoiceCommand button. Next downloaded MS LiveSearch which is a tremndous little tool. I also downloaded CAB files that emulate to a tee some of the best features of the iPhone (the slider touch screen lock, touch keyboard, and YouTube player). I also downloaded a great HTC Today Screen theme that mimics the HTC Cube. Finally, check out Picsel Web Browser instead of Internet Explorer. Picsel does a nice job of emulating Apple's Safari by allowing you to drag and zoom with a few swipes of the finger.
Before knocking the equipment people should spend some time with the phone and surfing the many excellent smartphone forums on the Net...everyone has different needs and preferences and there are few smartphones out there that everyone can agree on. However, with the hundreds of third party applications available for WM6 and with a few tweaks and creative hacks, the AT&T Tilt is by far the best phone I've ever had and I have no regrets from abandoning Verizon for AT&T.
Pros Feature package that is unmatched.
Cons wish it had a 3.5mm headphone jack
Summary The 8925 is for serious smartphone/pocket pc users. I have read many of the reviews for the Tilt and have concluded that many of the users either don't understand how to use all of the features or don't have a use for them altogether. If you are looking for entertainment or something cool to show off - get an iphone. If you want a serious smartphone that you can dump your entire life into - get the Tilt. Before getting the Tilt, I actually went to the AT&T store to get an iphone. And I have to admit, the iphone looked really cool. But, as I began to look at the specs and features, I realized that the Tilt was hands down the most amazing electronic device I have ever come across. There are a lot of positives so stay with me. 1. I like that the device runs on Windows with all of the Microsoft trimmings. This makes it easier to sync to my PC. If you don't have a mac, things can be difficult with the iphone. 2. The memory is expandable to 32gb. Currently, you can only get a 2gb microSD, but larger sizes are coming. Besides, 2gb is like having an ipod nano. 3. I love the qwerty keyboard. I have big fingers, but can still type comfortably. 4. The tilting screen is a nice touch. 5. I love the built-in GPS and TeleNav is a great service. I was really impressed with all of the features associated with the navigation system. 6. 3.5G is super fast. 7. Cellular video and MobiTV offer great streaming television. 8. I often use my music player. The speakers are really loud - I love it. I can play music from my phone downstairs and hear it clearly upstairs. I do wish that it had a regular 3.5mm jack for headphones. But you can use bluetooth headphones (they are a lot more expensive though), but I can understand that the Tilt is using advanced technology. 9. Internet sharing is AWESOME. For those of you who like to use laptops in transit or find yourself in an area with no wi-fi, you can use the Tilt as a modem. It is actually really fast. I use my phone for internet service rather than pay for a wireless network system in my home. 10. There are other cool features like the transcriber option if you like to write on the screen instead of type. 11. I have read mixed reviews about the camera. This is where we have to get real. The Tilt has a 3 megapixel camera - most camera phones have 2 megapixels or less. Only the Nokia has more with five. If you want flawless picture quality, buy a camera. If you want to make Hollywood feature films, buy a camcorder. I think the Tilt takes great pictures for a camera phone and video is solid. 12. The Tilt is larger, but it doesn't bother me. It should be expected to be on the heavier side with all of the features it has. 13. Call quality is good.
Bottomline, this is a phone for serious smartphone users. I haven't had any problems with the phone and I've had it for 2 months. I will say that if you aren't computer savvy, you may not fully appreciate everything the Tilt has to offer. My opinion, the Tilt replaces any laptop.If you are a serious smartphone user, the Tilt is for you. It provides everything business users want and appeals to those looking for a lot of entertainment. If you need the Tilt,buy the Tilt. You won't be sorry. If you want a toy with a lot of eye candy - buy the iphone.