HTC P3300 Artemis ReviewHTC P3300 Artemis 8.5
Like X500 and other contemporary PPC phones, P3300 Artemis has a built-in 2-mega pixels digital camera for shooting when you don’t have a photographic camera at hand. The camera is on the back panel and there is a small mirror surface but there is no LED light to act as lightning. The camera is started in 5 seconds after holding depressed its button on the right side which is relatively fast. After shooting you have to wait for another 5 seconds for the camera to save in the internal memory a photo with the highest possible quality.
The interface you use is comparatively logically arranged to offer much information on the screen which is viewfinder. So you see what the settings are while shooting. You can easily change them from the settings menu.
The photos are with the expected quality – none too high. The camera is with a 2-mega pixels module and photos are mediocre but not the worst we have seen. Some are well exposed, others are overexposed and the colors sometimes tend to the yellow range. The dynamics is quite weaker than it should be and the photos look flat and the details are few.
P3300 can shoot small clips, too, but the resolution of 176x144 pixels is simply funny and they are useless.
The supported video formats are MPEG4/H.263, WMV and 3GP, while the quality of the latter is pretty low. They can be viewed in fullscreen and the picture quality is quite good and looks very nice on the almost-three-inch display. Unforunately you can not playback video in MPEG 4/H.264 format which gives the best results.
The options buttons (next/previous, Play/Pause, etc.) are small and inconvenient both during Music and Video playback. When audio files are played, the video visualization window is still displayed, which is a lapse as it only takes up place on your screen. You can have these problems solved by adding new skins for the Media Player or by using another player, which can be additionally installed.
During the test we noticed that the multimedia player does not come as a heavy load for the phone, and we used Skype to chat while it was playing in background. We even used it for playing 1411 kbps WAV file. Music can be played with the integrated speaker, but that’s only suitable if you use it as a ringtone. If you want to listen to the music you can use the headset included in the package, as well as Bluetooth Stereo via the A2DP profile. Unfortunately here HTC has used the miniUSB port for connecting the headphones. In order to use regular 3.5mm headphone you will have to use a rare adapter. We prefer phones with 3.5mm or 2.5mm stereo jacks which is more widespreaded.
The phone also has built-in FM tuner. This is a nice old-school addition to the music player which helps for music on the go and can also bring you the news in audio format without the need of complicated new advanced technologies like internet streaming.
Although the buttons are not the biggest we've seen, it is comfortable and easy to use. You will not experience any problems and will easily save your favorite stations.
WM for PPC provides unlimited capabilities for installing software. The only restrictions are the memory available and the hardware of the phone. The first problem is easily solved by getting a memory card as there are microSD cards with capacity of up to several GB. Every PPC comes with programs that are modified, “pocket” versions known PC applications. Such programs are the mobile versions of (Microsoft) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Explorer, Media Player, etc. Many more could be downloaded from third party sources.
There are numerous programs created for this platform, almost as much as the ones intended for PCs with Windows operating system. The most popular are the various utilities for personalizing the PPC, multimedia players, file explorers, Instant Messengers, etc. You can download third party applications to be used instead of the preloaded ones.
It comes with GPS received built-in, but in order to use it the consumer needs to put navigation software. Many titles are available on the market, and for our tests we used TomTom 5, which comes preloaded with the P3300 Artemis with one city map. If you want to purchase full US/Canada coverage maps, the cost is about $110. In contrast with the X500 (P3300’s rival from E-Ten) buying TomTom and maps costs $150 – so the actual savings are about $40. The main idea of having TomTom preloaded is not in saving $ - it is giving the consumers the ability to check out the navigation service. Almost all of us have to travel or find an address from time to time, and having full maps in your pocket is just priceless.
Like the X500, the P3300 Artemis comes with the latest generation SIRF III chipset. Compared to its predecessors, it allows faster time to fix, lower power consumption and higher sensitivity. The SIRF III architecture allows the equivalent of 200,000 correlations, in contrast to the older ones which used sequential search process allowed a few hundred to a few thousand only. This increases the GPS sensitivity and allows it to work in many indoor environments, through urban canyons, and under dense foliage. SIRF III chipset supports both WAAS in the US or EGNOS systems in Europe for even better accuracy.
After starting the application for the first time, TomTom found the internal GPS and after about 15 seconds we have a location lock! The time it takes for the GPS to acquire its location for the first time is called cold start and the 15 seconds we got was an excellent result. If the navigation application is closed and the restarted, the GPS needs just a little over three seconds to reacquire its location.
The rather slow 200Mhz processor handles with routing calculation but it is significantly slower than with the 400Mhz Samsung CPU of the Eten X500/M700. A shame is that the box doesn’t come with car charger in it, as using the phone for navigation in a car will drain its battery fast.
HTC P3300 Artemis Review - Camera, Music, Software, GPS