"HTC Enhanced (P3452) Good communication tool, although still underpowered and sub par screen"3.5 starson by Chaku01
Pros: Sexy, sleek, simple, light design, decent battery life, extremely customizable in and out, touch flo makes this pda phone more usable, VoIP possibilities
Cons: Sub par screen (320*240 65000), cpu performance = sluggish multimedia and sometimes txt input, poor windows multimedia software
Summary: I recently bought this HTC P3452 or Elfin 100 which boasts a memmory increase from the previous generation P3450 or Elf.
One of the downfalls of the previous generation was exactly the lack of memmory which exacerbated the sluggishness of the device due to a soon to become old TI OMAP 850 201 Mhz (measured @ 195Mhz) Cpu.
This memmory enhancement actually makes the device repond reasonably well, it doesn't give you everything at light speed, but in general, even with a few applications running there is still plenty of memmory remaining for the system to work correctly.
Where the slow cpu actually really fails, is in its video capacities, some video's will be hacked and definitely unwatchable. Converting a video before downloading it to the device is hardly handy.
The screen is decent, although not contrasted enough for a good movie experience, and the shabby 65000 colors displayed won't blast your eyes.
As you probably realised, it is a big mistake to compare this device to the multimedia beast; the notorious Iphone. They just don't play in the same league. Both devices have a different target audience whatever HTC or Apple say.
Where the HTC excels, is in its communication capacities, as this device is first and foremost a communication and productivity tool. The inhouse phone tool is great, the windows mail and message tool works perfectly without the stars and flashes of a fancy interface, the calendar, notes, office tools are really usefull as well, the only real downfall being the Mobile internet explorer, in my view, it's close to being abysmal. Windows mobile interface is far from flashy, mostly you will navigate in white backgrounds and plain text, but again, it serves the device's purpouse of being a productivity tool.
This is as far as an "out of the box" quick review can go, but it's far from being over...
The Windows mobile OS allows for endless tweaking and acces to thousands of programs both paid and free. With a bit of research, every little downfall of this device can be compensated by the right tweaking or third party program.
For example, the mobile internet explorer is close to useless with regard to web surfing, I fought with it enough to throw it away and never look back... Instead I installed Opera Mobile, which instilled life back into the device. Easily the best mobile web browser available.
Txt input can be a hassle with windows virtual keyboard, even with the new HTC Touch keyboard. Instead I installed a third party one (PCM Keyboard V.0.14) similar to the Iphone virtual keyboard. Not perfect but already better.
What can really help though, with a bit of a learning curve, is the handwriting recognition txt input already provided with the phone.
Multimedia programs have to change as well, the provided windows media player just doesn't cut it. I recomend TCPMP, light and efficient as the VLC media player on desktops.
You can throw away the provided image viewer as well, slow and horrible to use. Instead have a try with Xnview for editing, and S2V (Slide to View) for an Iphonesque interface.
I am not too pleased with the adobe Pdf reader, I still have to find a suitable replacement though.
A great addition to this phone is the VoIP software. In my case (hardly the only possibility...) my experience of using skype is ok, the same experience as on desktop pc's, not perfect but usable.
Possibilities are endless, the choice is more than ample, you can tailor the device to your needs, and make it evolve to match those as they change.
The best is for the end: CPU Overclocking possibilities.
WARNING: There is no reliable data to assess the impact of overclocking on your device, would you still want to try, it will void your guarantee should they realise you installed oveclocking software.
First some basics, overclocking means making the cpu work higher in frequency than intended. It has several effects: higher energy usage and higher cpu temperatures besides the cpu working faster. The heat could potentially permanently damage your device's harware, as such do it at your own risk.
After some research on forums and web sites, it seems the TI OMAP Cpu is stable between 104 Mhz and 260 Mhz. Again, stable doesn't mean harmless as the device has been engineered to work at 201 Mhz and a temperature of 25°C. Some posts report temperatures of 31°C at 286 Mhz and double the energy usage which means you divide the original battery life in half.
The potential benefit of overclocking is evident, a video played in xvid would be sluggish at 201Mhz, and fluid at 286, programs would respond more smoothly, it would make this originally underpowered device work as it should right from the start. The potential saviour of overclocking is the throttling technology we already have in our laptops, performance on demand. It means the Cpu could stay at 100 or 200 Mhz most of the time, but switch to 286 when using a power hungry application. But from what I read, it's still not reliable on Pocket Pc's.
My advice, don't overclock during the warranty period and buy an Iphone if you want flashy multimedia capacities.
As a conclusion, the HTC Touch when tweaked can be an excellent device for communication and productivity, highly usable and versatile. Only the slow CPU and poor Windows Multimedia programs let it down "out of the box".
Tweaked it highly deserves 8/10...