Pros Sleek design
High Resolution screen and Camera
Cons No physical keyboard
Windows Mobile can be slow in rendering and loading pages
Battery life could be better
Touch Screen isn't near iPhone or G1
Summary Recently I got my hands on the HTC Pure from a business contact at AT&T who has been trying to convert me from my iPhone recently to check out more business centric devices such as the HTC Fuze, TouchPro 2, and the new HTC Pure.Whoa shoot, sorry, everyone, I said in the review that the Tilt 2 (AT&T's version of the TouchPro2) has a 3.2 Megapixel camera, just looked up the specs and it's fully loaded with a 5 Megapixel too, and works just as well! Have a good one
The HTC Pure's design is excellent and unlike some other HTC phones is not bulky and fits in a pocket/briefcase rather well. The size of the screen is .1 inches larger than the iPhones though the difference is hardly noticable. The first thing I noticed when I took a look at the HTC Pure's general interface is that the WM Home Screen has been changed up a bit to really bring out its features and functionality. My biggest problem with WM in the past (I had an HTC Tilt prior to the iPhone) was that to access everything you needed you were constantly changing between applications and menus and inboxes which (if you're a Windows Mobile User) can really slow the phone down.
The HTC Pure solves this problem by placing everything you need right where you want it and the level of customization is incredible on this handset (for a business device). Your Home Screen and HTC's TouchFlo 3D UI brings out the functionality and productivity you want and the entertainment and personal contacts you need. The one drawback however to me was the lack of a phsyical keyboard on the HTC Pure. The iPhone doesn't have a phsyical keybord either and I'm sure people will call me hypocritical for saying this. The iPhone's keyboard however works well and excels when it comes to typing and entering numeric figures and symbols. The HTC's screen in terms of responsiveness and use is better than say a Samsung but not as good as the iPhone or G1's glass resistive screen. Since this phone is like the TouchPro2 from HTC I would personally suggest getting the TouchPro2 because of the keyboard. Keep in mind that (and like the iPhone) if you have to use a virtual on screen keyboard while say you're web browsing the amount of screen taken up is about 4/5 of the whole display whereas if you have a phsyical keyboard your whole screen is there for you to use.
The Camera on the Pure however is better by far than an iPhone camera and better than the HTC TouchPro2 (5.0Mega vs. 3.2Mega). The Pure also seems to have better integration of media (music, vids, and pics) and it seemed like I was moving faster with the Pure than the TP2. This could be just because of what else was running on the phone at the time so it will most likely vary for different users.
Call quality in the Los Angeles area was pretty good and voices sounded better on the Pure than they did through my iPhone and I was pleasantly surprised to find that if someone was playing music in the background I could tell what song it was (with the iPhone if a caller was playing music it came through garbled and often times made the call unpleasant. The HTC Pure deffinitely delivers in this area and I hope future HTC models will also have such good marks.
I did notice however that my battery was being drained faster than I would like. I'm used to my iPhone's battery lasting about a day with 3G on and Push active for my mail (with location services turned off), and with the same running on the Pure my battery lasted only about 12 hours (from 5:30AM to about 6:00PM) and was perturbed that my phone died during dinner when I was out with my friend. There goes trying to take down some hot chick's number! XD...Although most people could probably hook up a charger at their office or somewhere during the day so I wouldn't worry too much although I wouldn't advise depending on it if you're going to be running around all day. AND A NOTE: Wi-Fi was turned off (because I was pulling in a strong 3G connection) so turning ON wifi will decrease battery life even further.
Email setup and contact syncing works wonders with the Pure and I liked the SMS and MMS capabilities. (Since iPhone just added this).
Performance as aforementioned was excellent with the Pure, although web browsing and some phone tasks could have been snappier but so far no crashes, no unexpected shutdowns, and I'm sure HTC will be working on updates that will help improve performance.
Personally if I could return my iPhone I would pick up an iPod Touch and get either the Pure or the TOuch PRo 2, both of which are great devices.
If you're eligible for an upgrade go for it, my friend, or if you're a new AT&T customer check out both before deciding which is best for you. Business men and women of the world, this isn't for you if you're tapping out emails and editing documents. It's a great upgrade for those with a Samsung BlackJack however, so check it out, see what YOU think, remember you're the one that the phone needs to satisfy. Have at it, have fun!
Updated on Oct 7, 2009
Pros Great form factor. Amazing screen. GREAT call quality and reception. Extremely customizable. Takes fantastic photos (in good light).
Cons Slippery! AT&T puts too much junk in it. No 3.5mm jack but not such a big deal since they provide the dongle. Speaker phone is atrocious! Low light photos are impossible.
Summary Feels amazing in my hand and it always works!
Great form factor. Amazing screen. GREAT call quality and reception. Extremely customizable. Takes fantastic photos (in good light).
Slippery! AT&T puts too much junk in it. No 3.5mm jack but not such a big deal since they provide the dongle. Speaker phone is atrocious! Low light photos are impossible.
I've wanted an HTC phone since forever and this one does not disappoint. I love their UI that they put over WinMo; the graphics are amazing and the UI is very intuitive. All around gorgeousness!
WinMo's interface, however, could use some serious polishing when it comes to a few features, but they're getting there. Some people don't like the staggered Start menu but I rather like it. WinMo 6.5.1 is pretty nice and feels better for a touch phone, and you can rearrange the Start screen better. As far as I understood, WinMo7 will not be compatible with this phone due to hardware constricitons.
Since I got this phone a few weeks ago, I've dumped AT&Ts ROM and reflashed with custom ROMS from xda-developers and I highly recommend you do the same. By removing all the AT&T junk, it speeds the phone up by a lot. Be advised though that by doing this, you will void your warranty and AT&T will not fix a phone that they no longer recognize unless you put it back the way you got it (as of today 11/12/09, that's still be worked on over at xda-developers; it's coming though). I think it's worth it and I love my non-blue themed, no longer bloated Pure so much more now. If you plan on embarking on the customizing route (so fun!), the phone is known as a "TOPAZ" over at xda-developers.
You can also flash to a different radio which may provide better reception. I did and hallelujah, I can make a cell phone call in my house without the call being dropped or having to hang out of a window! HSDPA is great!!! (I live near a debilitating mountain range.)
Oh, before I forget to mention... the phone is very slippery!! Just the other day I dropped it and scarred it pretty bad. A case or a ZAGG cover is a must!!!
The touch screen is very responsive and I love the haptic(?) feedback. Browsing the web is great and very, very user friendly. Skyfire is a must have! "Heavy" sites may lag but again, HSDPA really helps with that.
Having Windows Office Mobile has proved to be very useful for me, specifically as a study tool for school. Having a PowerPoint study guide in my pocket is great.
The HTC mp3 player is pretty good and is very nice looking. Windows Player Mobile works just fine as well. The speaker on the phone is rather bright and I much prefer listening through headphones. Make sure you have a quality pair of headphones to fully appreciate the sound quality because it is AWESOME!!! I was very pleasantly surprised!
The camera takes GREAT daytime pictures but seriously lacks in the low light category. Video is a little less than what I expected. I haven't tried playing a movie or anything yet but I'm sure it's absolutely beautiful. I wish they would cover these poor camera lenses too.
I love the weather tab, it's my favorite!
Texting and email is a breeze with the full QWERTY touch keyboard. The XT9 with spell correction is great. My last phone was touch screen only as well so I don't miss not having a physical keyboard. Don't text and drive.
The form factor is very sexy and it fits my hand very well. Go pick one up and you'll see what I mean ;)
Call quality is soooooo darn good! I can hear people very well and very clear and they hear me just as good. The phone makes a great, uhhh, PHONE!!
I would and have recommended this phone to friends. Hopefully I've given you a pretty good idea of what to expect, but the best thing you can do for yourself is to go out and test drive it yourself and see if it's a good fit for YOU =) GL!
Pros HTC Touch Flow adds the finger functionality that WinMo 6.5 still lacks. The phone is fast, has all the bells and whistles that one would wish for (nice browser -Opera-, great integration of contacts and communication styles, GPS, Wireless,).
Cons no dedicated 3.5mm jack...that's it!
Summary Great phone that feels like a phone, and is as easy as a phone, but has the capability of a mini computer. I have Garmin GPS working great on it. My contacts are synced with GMAIL, and facebook giving me more detail (pics) and back up than i've ever had in one place. Calendar is synced with Google. The rest of my data is backed up online with MS myphone. Really, couldn't ask for much more!
Pros Bright screen, Touch flo is awsome, 5 megapixel camera, easy to read mms, great pic quality, wi-fi, arrangment of info, great call quality,
Cons Camera only takes good pics with lots of light, no lock for the time (easy to accidentally change it), speaker phone not that loud
Summary I up-graded from a very bad experience with the LG Incite, this phone is nice, sleek, and has lots of apps to play with. The internet does seem to run slow even when using Wi-fi, love being able to flip through contacts and choosing who I want to contact, it takes awhile to figure out how to work the phone if your new to touch screens and some of the applications. I've been very satisfied with the phone and have been using it for about a month now.See my reply, but there are software issues with the HTC Pure.
Updated on Dec 8, 2009
Pros Texting with this phone its made easy, it has a lot of different, keyboard inputs. Great 5MP camera! The music player is innovative. It comes with a lot of great games! Full! Not trial, or demo. Speaker is loud.
Cons Sometimes it freezes, and I have to restart it, accessing messaging options and changing the background is very tricky.
Summary This is an excellent phone, it looks very nice, and it can easily compete with the iPhone. This HTC phone comes with Touchflo 3D, which is great, and very finger friendly. This is a great Windows Mobile phone, its 6.5, which is the latest, and its great. The browser that works best with this phone is "Skyfire". The "people" application is really fun to use, because you get to pick 15, of your favorite people, and they have a special place on your phone. Hope this review helped.