"Best Windows Mobile Phone ever released"4.5 starson by amar_raavi
Pros: 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, full QWERTY Keyboard and of course the Tilt feature
Cons: Feels bit heavy compared to latest Windows Mobile SmartPhones
Summary: Being a Samsung BlackJack owner, i was bit hesitant to buy this device at first. Even before buying it i did enough research about this product, read different reviews and being a user of Windows Mobile since 2003 i have decided to go ahead.
My first impressions were really good. Great Build Quality and looks, Good Keyboard, Nice Packaging (mentioning about HTC Kaiser here)and Tilt feature is pretty nice to have.
After using the device for more than 10 days, i feel that i have made a good decision. Being a BlackJack owner i really miss the single handed use though. But thats not a big deal. Thre are plenty of soft keyboards avaialable out there. They are good for light typing and messaging. For heavey typing, just slide the keyboard out. As simple as that.
My only complaint about this device is its weight.Its 190g (compared to 99g of Samsung BlackJack). But i am getting used to it and not feeling the pain. Compared to other Windows Mobile Professional devices its not a big difference.
About the size, its having a decent dimensions, not so big and feels good in hand.
GPS functionality of this device is a big plus. It can lock with in few seconds and works with almost all GPS (honestly i have tried only TOMTOM and iGuidance) and location based services(Yahoo, LiveSearch and Google Maps) without a glitch. I am pretty impressed with this.
Finally the battery life. As most of you know that the battery technology is lagging behind the device tech. You can't expect miracles here. With my usage level, i am getting atleast 10-12 hours of battery life. I better mention whats my usage. 3G Always on, Few calls - may be 20 to 30 min total duration, Push Mail always ON, Moderate to Heavy browsing (don't compare with desktop browsing), Wi-Fi OFF, No GPS usage, Bluetooth OFF.
Here is my final opinion. Its a phone to have if you are looking for a device with great email features, GPS and willing to pay for high speed data (you can make use of Wi-Fi as an alternative). Not to forget plenty of software and customization options available. Its an all-in-one device.
BTW, i have dropped my idea of buying an UMPC after buying HTC Kaiser. I can even RDP into my desktop anytime using this cutie. VGA screen would have made this device to compete directly with UMPCs, but its not a deal breaker at all.Updated
Microsoft is having its own iTunes (come on. Its just Media Player). With the latest media player you can sync all your music, videos pretty easily along with Album Art and all other info just like iTunes. You can even sync your TV Shows, if you have a media center PC or Windows Vista (Home Premium and above versions). Coming to synchronizing TV shows you can decide Quality Vs Storage. For a fine movie quality it consumes around 300 MB per 1 hour of movie. Which is not bad at all.
It is having a user removable battery. Now people may ask why everybody is insisting on removable battery. It is useful when you really don't want to carry a charger everywhere. Just pop in the charged battery and you are good to go. On the other hand, the Sync cable acts as a charger too. So you don't have to carry a charger with you (as you know, USB ports are available everywhere now a days). Though the device is not having enough storage space, you have the option to expand it using a microSD card slot. AT&T Tilt supports microSD cards upto 32GB capacity (Don't forget the fact that only 6GB cards are available right now.).
Third Party Software:
Let me not compare with any other phone, but as a Windows Mobile device you will get pretty nice set of applications available for free as well as for small price.
The Best third party free software i am using right now is logmein (for Remote Desktop Access). It allows me to login to my Desktop and control it. Its almost like having a PC in your hand. Over the 3G or WiFi the logmein client is pretty much responsive and you won't feel much of a pain.
And i have to mention about applications like orb with which you can watch live TV on cell phone. Orb is having a desktop client which you have to install on your desktop (it should have a TV tuner) then you are ready to stream live TV from your Desktop to your Tilt. You can even schedule the recordings and watch recorded TV via streaming.
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