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HTC P3300 Artemis Review

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Interface:

HTC Artemis P3300 is a standard WM 5 PPC phone in terms of software. Its operating system is just slightly personalized and that is why there are so many resemblances to other phone models even not of the same brand. The manufacturer has added its own software for the FM radio tuner control and for the GPS operation. A TomTom is included in the package and you can download a card free of charge. Since most things are shared for the operating system, various positive features and problems are typical for all such devices and not only for Artemis or the HTC phones.

The home screen normally shows active information on the phone condition and several shortcuts have been added below arranged in a row.

As a Windows Mobile PPC Phone, P330 can be customized in many different ways and the easiest one is changing the visual themes. If you have to use more advanced software, the phone can be adjusted to perfectly suit your needs. The phone has preloaded HTC Green theme by default.


Phone Book:

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Searching

The phonebook has no restriction on the amount of contact that can be added – it only depends on the memory available. When you open the phonebook all contacts are displayed as a list; each field consists of the name and the number of the contact, while a letter placed beside them indicates what the type of the number is (w – work; m – mobile, etc.). Pictures are not displayed even if there is one attached to the contact.

The line displayed at the top of the screen is a search field, which starts searching through the names and numbers on entering a symbol – the more symbols you type, the more accurate the match is – it’s quite useful! There are tabs with different letters (divided in groups of three) just below it. This way you can arrange the contacts so that only the ones beginning with a given letter are displayed. These two search features are quite handy and they make finding a particular contact in the phonebook very quick.

Too bad that’s not the case when adding a new name to the phonebook; the device offers way too many capabilities, including multiple work and home numbers, but there’s only one for mobile –something quite inconvenient as that’s exactly where we wanted to add multiple numbers to. The numerous address, e-mail and other address fields confuse you even further – it would have been a lot easier if the most frequently used fields are highlighted in some way. We would choose this to be done with the Name, Picture, Mobile number and e-mail fields and thus finding them would have been easy, eliminating the need to go through the long list.

Personal photos and ringtones can be assigned to each contact; there’s no restriction on the size of the pictures but they are visualized in very small size even on an incoming call – we think they are useless. You can also add a note to each contact.

Another major drawback is that a Missed Call number cannot be added to an already existing contact. To do this, you first have to add it as a new one and then Cut and Paste the number into the contact you want. These complex manipulations not only lose your time, but there’s also a chance that you lose the number. That’s what we experienced. We cut the number, then copied another text by mistake, and the number was gone.

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Dialer




Dialer:

You can dial a number not included in your contacts by inputting its numbers. Since the phone does not have a digital keyboard, a virtual one is visualized on the additional screen on which you can input the desired number. To display this keyboard you have to press the green receiver once. You will see information on the last dialed number and you can call it by pressing the green receiver again. To dial another number you have used recently, you can use the Call History. Here you have a speed dial button but this is not quite convenient and you will prefer to scroll the call history menu. The contacts we talk most often with (and would allocate for speed dial) are almost always here.



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Alarms

Calendar

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Calculator

Voice commands

Alarms can be directly accessed through the home screen. They are three, and they all can be configured to be active for certain days of the week, and you can also assign names and different sounds to each of them. All alarms can be active simultaneously, and overall they are easy to use and do what they are supposed to. Maybe they should have been a few more, as we wouldn’t mind having five plus alarms in our pocket computer.

The next tab in this menu is the clock; there is a field called Visiting next to it which can be used as a World Clock – select another location and the phone starts using its local time. The clock has an option to be displayed on the title bar of all the menus, which is handy.

The Calendar can be viewed for a particular year/month/week/day. Appointments are easily added to a certain date and alarms can also be assigned to them. When viewing a particular day, hours are displayed in red and blue background respectively for the “light” and “dark” hours of the day, instead of indexing them with PM and AM – this is done for saving your time.

Tasks are added via the Task menu and each of them can be assigned a date for activation and a priority; you can easily indicate that a certain task has been completed by placing a tick next to it in the list with all the tasks – thus it will not be displayed on your home screen as uncompleted.

The Calculator is simple but its buttons are relatively big and can easily be pressed with your fingers. Features like scientific calculator and unit converter are still missing.

The HTC Artemis doesn’t have a good voice commands system but only a possibility for voice dialing of contacts which you have to input in advance. This is quite an inconvenient, clumsy and old system and it’s a pity that the manufacturer has not used something better. The Eten phones for instance, have a speaker-independent voice commands system.

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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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