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HTC P3300 Artemis Review

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Although Artemis is a PPC phone, it is comparatively small, without the feeling of a ‘brick’. As we have mentioned earlier, it competes with X500 of Eten, which is the thinnest PocketPC with WiFi and GPS. In a direct comparison, X500 is smaller in terms of VOLUME, but all people say that the Artemis is much smaller and that X500 looks really big. X500 is by 1.5 mm thinner, but by 5 mm higher, which is clearly seen when put next to each other. P3300 is significantly lighter (only 4.6 oz) and is one of the lightest PocketPC phones.
HTC P3300 Artemis Review
HTC P3300 Artemis Review
HTC P3300 Artemis Review
HTC P3300 Artemis Review
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First and second image - Eten X500 and HTC P3300
Third image (from left to right) - Eten M600+, Eten X500, HTC P3300, Eten M700, T-Mobile MDA
Fourth image (from top to bottom) - Eten M600+, T-Mobile MDA, Eten M700, Eten X500, HTC P3300

Model

Dimension (Inches)

Dimension (MM)

Weight (OZ)

Weight (Gramms)

HTC P3300

4.3" x 2.3" x 0.7"

108 x 58.4 x 17

4,6

130

Eten X500

4.4" x 2.3" x 0.6"

113 x 59.4 x 15.5

5,2

146

Eten M700

4.6" x 2.3" x 0.8"

117.5 x 59.4 x 20

5,8

165

Nokia N95

3.9" x 2.1" x 0.8"

99 x 53 x 21

4,2

120


HTC P3300 Artemis Review
HTC P3300 Artemis Review
HTC P3300 Artemis Review
This is not very important when carried in the leather case on a belt but the phone is comfortably held in hand. This is furthered by the mat plastic of which it is made – although smooth and not embossed, it does not slip even when held in damp hands. A number of other phones have embossed or rubber covered back side to prevent slipping off the hands. The phone is felt comparatively solid, but the battery lid is opened very easily with one finger only. And this with a brand new phone! We are afraid that after some use and repeated opening (to change the SIM card or the memory card placed beneath it) the lid will often open by itself.

P3300 Pocket PC phone has the typical display for this type of device – QVGA resolution, 65 thousand colors and 2.8” size. In direct comparison to Eten X500 and HTC Wizard, the difference is quite small, mainly in the color rendering.

HTC P3300 Artemis Review
Backlight On - HTC P3300 Artemis Review
 

Backlight On

In the course of years, the Windows phone market has been steadily growing and today several models are already offered at the same time. The PPCs are no longer just high-tech business phones – there are phones for navigation, for multimedia and for business. Unlike its elder brother (TyTN), P3300 does not have a full hardware QWERTY keyboard for imputing of text. It has been designed as a standard monoblock without a slider. The buttons are placed entirely in the lower part of the front panel and despite their small size, they are convenient to press and feel thanks to the embossment. They are illuminated in white. In addition, there are ‘OK’ and ‘Windows’ buttons typical of the new HTC phones – they make handling with one hand only easier.

HTC P3300 Artemis Review
This is furthered by the navigation type: instead of the standard and boring 5-position navigation buttons, here we have an innovative trackball and scroll-wheel around it. This provides a possibility to choose between two options. The scroll-wheel turns clockwise or counter-clockwise thus scrolling only up/down – like the jog-dial wheel. It cannot be depressed.

The trackball is a multi-directional navigation similar to a PC mouse (and analogous to a trackball PC mouse) – you push it in the desired direction and it will scroll in this direction. The nice thing is that you can push it in any direction (not only 4, but any) which will provide great functionality given a properly written software. And yes, HTC have added software providing a pointer like the PC one you are used to. You can move it across the screen with the trackball and click on things you want to activate; it is up to you to decide if it should be active or not, but if you work with one hand only, it is not a bad extra at all. Unlike the keyboard, it is illuminated in blue which makes it distinguishable, but were it in white, it would match it.

The inconvenience is that if you decide to work with the keyboard (and not with the touch-display, which still remains the main navigation for these phones) there is no way of combining the scroll function with the function of the trackball + pointer. Let’s say you are in a long list and decide to scroll faster with the scroller; when you point to the desired option with it you cannot select it; you press the trackball (which serves principally for confirmation), but since the pointer is activated, it will ‘press’ where the arrow points. To select the desired option, after the scrolling you will have to point to it with the trackball and press it for confirmation.

Left side - HTC P3300 Artemis Review
Power button - HTC P3300 Artemis Review
Camera button - HTC P3300 Artemis Review

Left side

Power button

Camera button

A total of 4 buttons are placed in metal strips on both sides: on the left side there are the voice commands shortcut and a scroller for sound volume control, and on the right there are a power button and a camera in the lower part. The latter is inconvenient and even with the camera started, it is hard to press to shoot.




Lower side - HTC P3300 Artemis Review

Lower side


On the lower side the phone has a miniUSB connector and openings for fastening a wristlet. It does not have any other connectors. It is charged and connected to a PC by the MiniUSB and the same port is used to connect the stereo earpieces for listening to music. The latter are used as radio aerial, too. This is inconvenient for us because on the one hand it limits the number of possible music accessories you could connect and on the other hand it does not let you connect any such while charging.

Another absurd solution is the location of the memory slot (microSD). It is under the SIM-card slot, i.e., to change your card you have to open the battery lid (it is very easy), remove the battery, lift the SIM card and then lift the slot for the microSD card. These are about 10 operations whereas with an external hot-swappable slot they are 2 – removal (of the old one) and inserting (of the new one) or just 1 (if there is no old one).
HTC P3300 Artemis Review
HTC P3300 Artemis Review
HTC P3300 Artemis Review

LED lights - HTC P3300 Artemis Review

LED lights



The stylus is traditionally placed in the lower right corner. It is not a collapsible one and is convenient to use. The location of the service lights is interesting: the two small LEDs are at both ends of the loudspeaker, above the display. If you don’t know they are there you will only notice them when flashing.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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relatively handy and stylish. well design and built quality. easy to use

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HTC P3300 Artemis

HTC P3300 Artemis

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 5.0
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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP850, Single core, 201 MHz
64 MB RAM
Size4.25 x 2.30 x 0.66 inches
(108 x 58 x 17 mm)
4.58 oz  (130 g)
Battery1250 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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