"What appears to be good, goes bad quickly"1.0 starson by raymondfree
Pros: Customizable, works most of the time, free programs to download, specs sound great, easy to use for email
Cons: Slow browser, AT&T is not updating the software which needs to be done desperately as it is Windows and is buggy. Case too slick and fingerprints too easy. The touch screen phone keys are too closely together, very irratating.
Summary: When reading the specifications for this phone it sound comparable to many other of the recent phone.
So lets take a spec by spec look, and recommended solution for AT&T and HTC:
- Platform Windows Mobile 6.5 professional - WITHOUT UPDATES - This is MS first release and it needs updating especially considering the browser and touchscreen interface.
- Processor/Chipset Qualcomm MSM 7201A, 528MHz - SLOW - Due to excess software put in place by AT&T and worse again no software update.
- Memory ROM: 512 MB (AT&T blotted) RAM: 288 MB DDR RAM (include 32MB memory in the baseband)
- LCD Module 3.2" WVGA resolution - Beautiful screen, gets total washed out in the sun.
+ HSPA/UMTS/EDGE/ GPRS/GSM Function - Great reception, much better than my old phone a Blackberry pearl
- 3.6/7.2Mbps Uplink - Never happens, again software buggy, IE takes forever even in 3G coverage
- GPS - Does not work with many of the free programs such as Google maps when traveling long distances. And it is A-GPS meaning you need towers to get a GPS location.
+ Motion G-Sensor - Works fine, but slow change, again software update would fix issue.
+ Ambient Light Sensor - Works as intended
- FM Radio - You must hook up a connector box which uses headset cables as antenna
- Digital Camera Main: 5MP camera with auto focus - It focus is always off, and picture quality is horrible, my 1.3MP Blackberry was better
+ Wireless LAN WiFi 802.11 b/g - works fine
- Keyboard/Button/Switch - My wife's Samsung Mythic is better, keys are just too close on screen, poor layout when you turn it horizontal.
+ Power button - It works
- Volume Up/Down button - Buttons lack tactical feel, and easy to hit when holding in hand.
+ Audio Microphone - works ok
- Loud speaker with Hands-Free support - Speaker on side spec seem like a good ideal, in real world it can not compensate for poor speaker
+ Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR - works fine - connects good with car and computer
- HTC ExtUSB (11-pin, mini-USB and audio jack in one) -
- microSD card slot - behind the battery cover, not convenient to get to.
+ Stylus - handy location, but need it too much
+ Screen Protector [Inbox] - Good
+ Stylus [Inbox] - extra included good
+ Travel Charger combination USB Sync Cable (mini-USB/USB) [Inbox] - Good
- Talk Time Up to 5 hours for WCDMA, up to 5.6 hours for GSM - this is what the mfr states, no way is it accurate, if you are lucky you get 4 hours. After only a few months I am getting about 3 hours.
Lots of software and free software abound. Most of these issues can be fixed with a update to 6.5.3, a good outer case, and external bluetooth GPS receiver. But the camera their is no hope.
Many of the reasons I got this phone are for the things which do not work well; 5 MP camera, GPS, and internet browsing. Do not buy this phone if you need it for any of these, there are better choices out there.