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Friday 19 September 2008


Rating of 5

The basics

The HTC TyTN II is a Pocket PC smartphone. Created by High Tech Computer Corporation of Taiwan, its innovative tilting touch screen feature, with a with a left-side slide-out QWERTY keyboard makes it an interesting, devise that could very well be from the future. Other features include a camera, a media player, and internet technology that allow the user to e-mail, send instant messages, browse the web, and make a WiFi connection.

The good

HTC must hire someone full-time in Taiwan to sit on TyTN IIs just before they ship, while another employee zips them up. This monstrously powerful PDA phone is bursting with easy to use features: from tri-band 3G, quad-band GSM and full-fat HSDPA to a full suite of Microsoft software, a GPS receiver, a 3MP autofocus camera, Wi-Fi and a 2.8-inch tilting touchscreen. Just looking at it makes us feel like we’ve eaten a cinema-sized bag of Maltesers on top of a bottle of port. Hic.

The bad

The keyboard could be bigger and less plasticky, but certainly does the job of keeping up with the boss’s increasingly frantic emails wanting to know where you are (better than the iPhone, at least). The GPS ships with maps for one measly city on TomTom, and there’s no camera flash or standard headphone socket.

The bottom line

Face it, there’s just no way your company is going to spring for an iPhone. The TyTN II, on the other hand, is just geeky and clunky enough to get past that hatchet-faced harridan in Accounts.
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User comments (3)

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I have this phone however it does not say anywhere in the instructions about how to use the GPS receiver. further more i have TomTom Navigator 6 on it which i cant use because it cant find a GPS receiver. yet it makes out that it has one built into it apart from that its the best phone i have ever had and i only got it because i cant text without a qwerty keyboard.

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Mobile 6 is really awful. 15% of it is good, the rest is hard work or plain wont work. Try hooking this up to my Exchange 2003 server via WiFi – forget it. You can get a browser open on that awful little screen, but you cannot navigate or actually use it for any real world browsing. It is technical, it has all the right stuff in there but trying to make it work is a waste of time. The only application that works properly on mine is the Co Pilot Sat Nav – but that’s compromised as the road mapping is so old it has very few road built in the last 3 years. Avoid.

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I've had this phone for 3+ years the GPS is second to none, use MemoryMap for mountain biking and its never let me down. Ok windows 6.5 is not the best but if you use it and close the programmes your not using its good. The camera is not the best but still gives a good image and the auto stitch for wide landscape is really easy to use and gives great results. Overall from the time this phone came out it was Ace. I now have the HTC HD7 which I think is the best Windows phone on the market.

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