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HTC Freestyle Review

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Truly, the best part of the Freestyle is that is uses HTC’s Sense UI for interaction. It's not really the Sense you'd find in an Android smartphone of the company, but it still has that similar look and feel. There are a total of six homescreens that you can swipe between, which has good fluid movement. Those of you familiar with Sense on HTC’s smartphones will recognize the date/time/weather widget that occupies the middle home screen. Of course, you can add or remove widgets to any of the six screens, including music, shortcuts, weather, home, people, friend stream, photos, messages, internet, and calendar.

The homescreen of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
The homescreen of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
The homescreen of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
The homescreen of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review

The homescreen of the HTC Freestyle


Another benefit of the Sense interface is that it comes with two scenes preloaded: life style and work. You can change between them whenever you want, and even create new scenes as well, that allows you some nice customization.

While on the center home screen, there is a large menu icon that will take you to the phone’s main menu, where you can swipe left-and-right between three screens where all your apps are listed with colorful icons. Even though it is visually a nice layout, you can’t rearrange the icons, nor drag them to the home screens – so right there you can tell this isn’t a smartphone.

The main menu - HTC Freestyle Review
HTC Freestyle Review
HTC Freestyle Review
HTC Freestyle Review

The main menu

   

As far as the included apps, there’s a nice selection, but still nothing to write home about. There’s AT&T Navigator which shows a nice map interface and will give you GPS guided turn-by-turn directions, YP Mobile for yellow-page listings of places in your area, IM for connecting to AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo, AT&T Radio, and Music Video streaming.

Preloaded apps on the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Preloaded apps on the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Preloaded apps on the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review

Preloaded apps on the HTC Freestyle


You can have up to 2000 contacts with all their information stored in the phone’s memory, or you can access the ones on your SIM card, but the Freestyle can’t sync and import contacts from your Google or Facebook account – something that should have been added.

The phonebook - HTC Freestyle Review
The phonebook - HTC Freestyle Review
The phonebook - HTC Freestyle Review

The phonebook


Naturally you can send and receive a variety of SMS and MMS messages, as well as set-up mobile email accounts for Yahoo, AOL, AIM, Hotmail, AT&T Mail, and Gmail. There is also the option to manually enter your standard POP3 or IMAP account. We used our Gmail account and it worked just fine showing our inbox, and we could easily compose a new message and change to other folders.

Messaging and E-mail functionality of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Messaging and E-mail functionality of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Messaging and E-mail functionality of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Messaging and E-mail functionality of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review

Messaging and E-mail functionality of the HTC Freestyle


For music lovers, there are a few options on the Freestyle. There is the standard music player, which works well as it can display your music by artists, albums, playlists, and songs. When you select a track to playback, it shows the album art on the screen, as well as music control icons. You even return back to the home screen and use a music widget from there. Music playback quality was lacking though, due to the small speaker on the back of the phone, with noticeable distortion if the volume was too loud. Another option is the AT&T Music app that is a subscription based service, which will also play your own music files, but also allows you to search and access music and ringtones for download. Your third choice is the AT&T Radio app, which is also subscription based, but will steam live or pre-recorded radio stations from around the country right to your phone. If you don’t want to pay for that, then use the standard FM Radio app, but it does require you to use 3.5mm headphones for them to act as the antenna, and the reception isn’t that great.

AT&T Radio app - HTC Freestyle Review
AT&T Music app - HTC Freestyle Review
HTC Freestyle Review
HTC Freestyle Review

AT&T Radio app

AT&T Music app

  

The included 3.2MP camera does a mediocre job of capturing your images, so you won’t win any awards here. Images that we took outside were lacking in detail and were generally soft, as well as having poor color representation and saturation. Going indoors the image quality quickly went down-hill, as there was noticeable grain in low-light pictures, and the lack of a flash didn’t help. Videos are recorded with the 3GP file extension, but you can choose to encode them using MPEG4, H.263, or H.264. Out of these three, the best looking was the MPEG4 video since it allows for the highest resolution of 480x320. While this may look fine playing back on your phone’s small screen, viewing it on a PC can be pretty painful, and with only 20fps, videos can look a bit jerky while there’s movement. You can also playback your own videos on the phone off your memory card, as we could play an MP4 video with a resolution up to 640x480 without problem.

The camera interface - HTC Freestyle Review
The camera interface - HTC Freestyle Review
The camera interface - HTC Freestyle Review
The camera interface - HTC Freestyle Review

The camera interface


Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review

Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle


Bright - Indoor samples - HTC Freestyle Review
Medium - Indoor samples - HTC Freestyle Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC Freestyle Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - HTC Freestyle Review

Bright

Medium

Low light

Darkness

Indoor samples



The video camera interface - HTC Freestyle Review
The video camera interface - HTC Freestyle Review

The video camera interface


Watching videos with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Watching videos with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review

Watching videos with the HTC Freestyle


The web browser works well for a non-smartphone, as you can use the capacitive touchscreen for easily moving pages around, selecting links, and pinch-to-zoom. Since the HTC Freestyle is limited to 3G, most graphic-intensive web pages are going to take about a minute to fully load, and Wi-Fi is not present, so there’s no way to get sites to load any faster. For a feature-phone, the web browser on the Freestyle is one of the better ones we’ve seen, though Adobe Flash is not supported (which isn’t surprising). Unfortunately, the browser won’t change to landscape view automatically when the phone is flipped on its side. Instead you have to go into the browser menu and change between landscape and portrait modes manually.

Surfing the web with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Surfing the web with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review

Surfing the web with the HTC Freestyle


A few other software features included on the HTC Freestyle include a calendar for keeping all of your important appointments, alarm, calculator, file browser, and an image gallery. You can also download a lot of other programs using the App Center, just make sure you check the prices before you download.

The calendar of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
HTC Freestyle Review
The calculator - HTC Freestyle Review

The calendar of the HTC Freestyle

 

The calculator



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posted on 03 Mar 2011, 12:32

1. dha13154641 (unregistered)


i swear they say the same thing about all gsm phones: "a constant “hiss” sound"

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 07:05

48. johnlookaround (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I got this phone refurbished. It kept restarting itself, freezing, lagging like hell, battery drainage. Had to take out the battery several times a day to get it to unfreeze and reboot the phone. Went to the ATT store and switched it for a NEW phone. What do you know, the new phone did the same thing. Even without using it, just having it in my pocket I kept wondering why no phone calls, phone had 'system error.' This phone is garbage it is not a smart phone it is very badly programmed. Only good thing is the metal build. After a month and a week with the NEW HTC Freestyle replacement, phone just gave in and doesn't work at all. The only thing it shows on the screen is 'HTC.' Do not purchase this phone, it is crap; read the rest of the comments. Anyway I'm just going back to a flip phone since I only use phone, no internet and at least I'll be able to make and receive phone calls.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 13:20 1

2. Eric (unregistered)


It's only $100 if you get it through AT&T - Amazon has it for free.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 18:16

3. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Get the HTC Inspire 4G and leave this one on the shelf.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 19:36 2

4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


something like this needs to be available for all carriers.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 07:06

49. johnlookaround (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I got this phone refurbished. It kept restarting itself, freezing, lagging like hell, battery drainage. Had to take out the battery several times a day to get it to unfreeze and reboot the phone. Went to the ATT store and switched it for a NEW phone. What do you know, the new phone did the same thing. Even without using it, just having it in my pocket I kept wondering why no phone calls, phone had 'system error.' This phone is garbage it is not a smart phone it is very badly programmed. Only good thing is the metal build. After a month and a week with the NEW HTC Freestyle replacement, phone just gave in and doesn't work at all. The only thing it shows on the screen is 'HTC.' Do not purchase this phone, it is crap; read the rest of the comments. Anyway I'm just going back to a flip phone since I only use phone, no internet and at least I'll be able to make and receive phone calls.

posted on 05 Mar 2011, 22:58

5. RJ0001 (unregistered)


But is this phone better than the Pantech Laser?

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 21:10

6. John (unregistered)


This phone doesnt have wifi because if it did it would be a "smart phone" I wish this wasnt the case but as it is for anyone who doesnt want a 15$ -25$ data plan this is the way to go currently the undisputed best dumbphone on at&t my only complaint is that the battery life could be a little better I only get 1-3 days mainly texting.

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 21:54

7. ocsirf (unregistered)


The phone is very nice after living with it almost 2 wks, way better build quality than my old LG Vu and I don't hear any hiss on calls myself. Maybe this has been fixed on later production runs? My biggest issue was not being able to T9 text on a number pad (should be the default in "portrait" mode instead of a teeny-tiny portrait size QWERTY keyboard). Once I finally found where to change this under "Settings>Locale and Text" I was much happier. Now texting is very similar to the LG Vu . You can still have a QWERTY keyboard in landscape, as it should be. Some people complain about screen lag but I can't really text fast enough for this to be an issue for me!
Wi-fi would indeed make this phone a dream, but...
Would AT$T offer a phone with Wi-Fi AND no data plan req'd? Of course not, then they would be giving away internet access as Wi-Fi hotspots are everywhere. Also, be sure and DISABLE the weather app or you'll get hit with data charges if you don't get a data plan. Many people won't realize this and just shrug off the additional charges on their bill. Although at $10/mo., a data plan is looking real tempting...

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 05:10

8. pravakar@ etech reviews (unregistered)


Thanks for spending lots of time to write such a great htc freestyle review ! htc freestyle of htc is a cool user friendly smartphone. I like this handset but one bad point of htc freestyle is no Wi-Fi and accelerometer. otherwise it is good handset.

posted on 14 May 2011, 10:09

9. JD (unregistered)


Having being an previous owner of Motorola Q9h global and Currently using an Samsung Rubgy(yellow/black), This seems to be an good phone. Only if your intentions is to text, cause if you are looking for an internet phone- this is not it. I'm sorry to have disapoint your thinking, but this phone was design for texters only, just with the taste to check status on facebook and twitter or email. As ocsirf said, "Would AT$T offer a phone with Wi-Fi AND no data plan req'd? Of course not, then they would be giving away internet access as Wi-Fi hotspots are everywhere."
This is design to be an "dumb- smartphone", being said this, here is why I meant it. No wifi- cause if everyphone was to have this we all would be paying for wifi access or internet data plans. I have been doing my reasearch for an good phone, and this phone is for me. By using the motorola 9h (windows 6.1) you was just able to do only an few things. Texting was great because it had an qwerty keyboard, but that was it. In an wayit was similar to this phone, just not as fast.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:19

40. fudgedragon (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


i!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEE TTHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTT PPPPPPPPPPHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNN​NEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 17:22

10. ezra (unregistered)


this phone looks cool and sounds awesome the hissing sound wont be a problem for me because i dont call people i only text =D

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 18:10

11. huskers (unregistered)


I am about to get this fone do u think i should go ahead and get it? i mainly just text

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 17:27

12. paperfold (unregistered)


The phone is okay. I constantly receive the the same text message several times and it becomes annoying as one may think it is another new message. It becomes extremely slow and laggy once your inbox fills up. It occasionally becomes laggy. The calendar worked at first but now it won't add or delete any new events I want. Resetting will fix it only temporarily and the same problem will happen again. I would suggest NOT getting this phone.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 14:16

15. lulu (unregistered)


did u get your phone on amazon?
just curious because all the people who got it on amazon seem to have the laggy problem

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 21:32

18. tits (unregistered)


i got mine at the att store and im having the same problems plus my battery runs out in 8 hours and it restarts by itself and it gets system error messages hourly, and this is the second phone in 2 days, im going to exchange it tommorrow, and im never buying another htc product in my life

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 13:29

24. Panthorin (unregistered)


I agree with you, this phone is not worth getting. It's slow, laggy, lucky not to get 2 to 4 of the same messages, texting is a pain because of the lag, I think I'm done with this phone and most likely AT&T for even offering this phone to anyone. Not happy at all.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:18

39. fudgedragon (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


but for the fact that is not a smart phone,. do u think its ok?

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 15:53

13. cutie (unregistered)


the HTC Freestyle is an OK phone

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:17

38. fudgedragon (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


screw u man

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 13:05

14. thunder2323 (unregistered)


I got The phone at Amazon and after 2 weeks it kept freezing and lagged it all .

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 20:12

16. ilovemydaniel17 (unregistered)


does this phone show your messages in a conversation?

posted on 14 Aug 2011, 10:43

17. gollygee (unregistered)


I bought my phone from an AT&T location and still have the multiple text issue as well as the lagging when my inbox is full. Any ideas how to fix this?

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 21:46

19. tits (unregistered)


this phone is a piece of garbage. if you are thinking of buying it, think again. and if you've already bought it, i feel so sorry for you. i got this phone on tuesday and it worked fine, until i went to school the next day. i started off with a full battery, and the phone stayed in my pocket the whole day, i didnt even touch it the whole day. after school i had football practice, and i checked on the phone when i got to my locker after practice and it was dead. so i went home and and put it on the charger and... sure enough, it had died... in about 10 hours. i put it on the charger and it took an unusually long time for it to charge, probably 2 to 3 hours. i took it off the charger before i went to bed and it had a full battery, i left it on my bedside table all night, didnt touch it, it was locked. i woke up the next morning and it was dead. i tried putting it on the charger and turning it on and it still wouldnt turn on. so i took it back and exchanged it for another one, that was yesterday. and it worked fine until today when it started giving me system error messages on the hour and turning off by itself, and lagging, and freezing. plus the battery shows the same amount of power all the time now, so lord knows how much power it actually has left. pretty much every problem you could imagine with a phone. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE, DONT WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!!!

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 07:03

47. johnlookaround (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I got this phone refurbished. It kept restarting itself, freezing, lagging like hell, battery drainage. Had to take out the battery several times a day to get it to unfreeze and reboot the phone. Went to the ATT store and switched it for a NEW phone. What do you know, the new phone did the same thing. Even without using it, just having it in my pocket I kept wondering why no phone calls, phone had 'system error.' This phone is garbage it is not a smart phone it is very badly programmed. Only good thing is the metal build. After a month and a week with the NEW HTC Freestyle replacement, phone just gave in and doesn't work at all. The only thing it shows on the screen is 'HTC.' Do not purchase this phone, it is crap; read the rest of the comments. Anyway I'm just going back to a flip phone since I only use phone, no internet and at least I'll be able to make and receive phone calls.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 23:39

20. Whatevs (unregistered)


This phone is super slow and freezes all the time I spent way too much for something that gets me so frustrated. If ur not into texting this phone is fine otherwise it lags and revives the same message like four times. It's annoying.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 18:33

21. RTY (unregistered)


DO NOT GET THIS PHONE!! MINE IS GOING BACK TO ATT. HAVE TO REBOOT BY TAKING BATTERY OUT ATLEAST TWICE A DAY. PHONE TURNS ITSELF ON AND OFF. HAD AN INCOMING CALL TODAY THAT LOCKED THE VIBRATION FUNCTION ON UNTIL I TOOK THE BATTERY OUT. YOU DO NOT WANT THIS PHONE UNLESS YOU NEED AN EXPENSIVE PAPERWEIGHT.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 21:17

23. Monkey! (unregistered)


SAME EXCACT PROBLEM WITH MINE!!!

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 21:16

22. Monkey! (unregistered)


I have this phone... I HATE IT!! I WANT TO THROUGH A WALL!!!

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HTC Freestyle

HTC Freestyle

OS: Brew Mobile Platform (Brew MP)
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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 528 MHz
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.20 x 2.20 x 0.50 inches
(107 x 56 x 13 mm)
4.52 oz  (128 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 7.1 hours talk time

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