HTC TyTN II Review
The TYTN II feels very well in the hand with its rubber-non-slippery back and rounded edges. Sliding it open is done extremely easily, thanks to the robust spring-assisted mechanism. You can push it from anywhere - even from the display . This is a big improvement over the first TyTN which lacks one and has to be slid-open manually. Unfortunately sometimes when you get the phone in your hand the slider slightly opens but fortunately goes back to its normal position because of the spring. Otherwise, the construction is very solid and well made, giving the feeling of a high-end device.
|Model||Dimension (Inches)||Dimension (mm)||Weight (oz)||Weight (Gramms)|
|HTC TyTN II||4.40" x 2.32" x 0.74"||112 x 59 x 19||6.70||190|
|HTC TyTN||4.42" x 2.28" x 0.86"||112.5 x 58 x 22||6.20||176|
|Eten M700||4.62" x 2.32" x 0.77"||117.5 x 59 x 19.8||5.82||165|
|Nokia E90||5.19" x 2.24" x 0.78"||132 x 57 x 20||7.40||210|
unique form factor, reminding of the HTC Shift (UMPC device). After you slide the display and reveal the keyboard, the upper part can be rotated at an angle of about 120-180 degrees, which means that when put at 120 degrees position the display will face towards you, even with the phone left on a table for example.
The rest of the design is very standard, PocketPC-style, with a few navigation keys and large display on the front. It is 2.8” with QVGA and 65k colors resolution which is typical for HTC WM Professional phones and its performance is also typical, with realistic colors. The big improvement we see here is that it is much brighter than the one of the TyTN, but this isn’t really of use outdoors where even at maximum brightness it easily dims and gets unreadable as other touch-screens. Another drawback in such situation is that it reflects almost as a mirror, additionally decreasing the chance to see what is on it. Honestly, we would have preferred to see a VGA (480x640) display with sensor for controlling of the backlight level. Eten (another Taiwanese manufacturer of WM phones) already announced a few PPCs with VGA displays (X800, X500+) and rumors claim that other are in development. As major manufacturer, HTC shouldn’t be late with announcing of such device.
If you prefer to use the phone with one hand, the navigation keys below the display will come to help. They are very similar in design to the ones of the first TyTN but are rearranged. Like Wizard, TyTN had 2 keys above the display and the TyTN II moves them next to the others below it. This results in smaller buttons and it is harder to distinguish one from the other. In pretty tiny area, HTC has fit total of 8 buttons and a D-pad, which isn’t really wise in our opinion but is a compromise, keeping in mind that the display is the main navigation tool. Other keys that help for the one handed usage are on the left side – a wheel and OK key. Above them is a Voice Commands button which is customizable. The right side has the Power key in its upper part and the camera below. The latter has relief, feels easy and presses so, acting as shortcut to the camera and as a two-stepped shutter button. The power key is totally different: it hides in the side and is impossible to feel it by touch. Even when you know its location, pressing must be done with the tip of a finger, otherwise it will not move. We find it very unpleasant as this is the key which turns on/off the display and is very often used. We don’t remember worse power button on any other WM Professional (ex PocketPC) phone.
The full QWERTY keyboard is almost the same as on the predecessor – big keys (as big as the E90’s), tightly fit next to each other. They are slightly raised in the middle but still the relief is just minor and is not easy to distinguish one from the other; as the button’s movement is also minor, the finger easily touches the surface under the key which results in “hard press” feeling, which is tiring after long usage. The Nokia E90 has longer movement of the keys and compared to the TYTN II it feels as a standard computer keyboard.
The whole keyboard is illuminated in white but the alternative characters are in Blue, to differentiate more easily. This backlight is controlled (on or off) by a sensor, depending on the surround light. We would have liked to see similar solution for the display (controlling the level of the brightness) as it will make it more readable in bright light and will help for increasing the battery life, but it seems that we’d have to wait for future model.
On the bottom is the miniUSB connector which is the only one for the phone used for charging, computer synchronization or the connecting headphones. Next to it are the slot for wrist/neck –string, the reset “button” and the microSD slot above, covered by rubber piece. The reset is pressed by the stylus which is in the bottom-right corner, easily felt thanks to the big and relief end. Untypically, it is not telescopic and is one-piece that doesn’t extend which is a plus. On the back are the 3-megapixel camera lens with the speaker next to it (no flash or mirror) and above is the connector for external GPS antenna, covered by easy-to-remove rubber cap.
SIM card slot is moved to the back of the slider that has the display. A locking mechanism makes sure it will stay securely closed and will open easily when you want to switch the card. We guess it is moved here to reduce the opening of the battery cover to minimum, this way making it way more solid without the typical unpleasant wobbling known from most phones.
1. David (unregistered)
I'm excited about this phone. I travel quite a bit and the GPS functionality will be a big plus. I might have preferred a keypad without having to slide like the samsung i760, but the better camera and the GPS are great features. VZW still seems to have a better network although AT&T is hopefully catching up to them. I'm slightly concerned about the average reception as I live in a valley with below average reception already. Hopefully it won't be an issue. I wish they would post a firm release date already... the anticipation is killing me...
2. dre (unregistered)
what carrier is gonna have this awesome looking phone, cause as soon as vzw gets the vx6800 i'm going to get it. If this phone comes out in the next few months, for vzw i'm gonna get it, and take it to H.N.L
this is a GSM/UMTS and won't work for Verizon, so you'd have to get the XV6800
4. Gadget Man (unregistered)
I have been waiting for the right phone to come along to re-up for another 2 years with a carrier. This is the phone I have been waiting for... HSDPA, WiFI, GPS, Windows Mobile Professional - all on the AT&T network. Sign me up!
5. floyd (unregistered)
while this phone have full internet
6. OneArmJack (unregistered)
Thanks for a good review. One question - is the external speaker sufficiently loud for voice navigation at motorway speeds in a car?
7. Nanko Rusev (unregistered)
Of course it depends on the car (how much noise in it) but we didn't have any problems with closed windows even at not-maximum volume.
8. cybiryan (unregistered)
Even the lower model Artemis has sufficient speaker volume to direct you on its GPS functionality. HTC won't be the worldwide leader in PDA-phone manufacturing if they've missed this one.
This sounds pretty good. Lots of memory (RAM). I wonder if it is flash memory or needs power?
10. Akin (unregistered)
There seems to be a problem with the Kaiser. After finishing a phone call on the Kaiser the backlight goes off and stays off and I cannot access the Start menu. I can access all other functions but backlight stays off and one still cant get into the Start menu from anywhere on the screen. I have to press the power off button quickly once and then wait a second, press it again to be able to access the start button or the light to come on. This is definitely a bug in the tytn II and I hope HTC is doing something about this.
11. Jason (unregistered)
Forgive me if this is a stupid question. I've seen mention of AT&T in reference to this smart phone, however upon going to my local AT&T retail location they had no information about it nor any reason to believe it was coming, can you clarify if AT&T or any other US provider is adding this smart phone and if so an est eta. Thanks and GREAT website, just found it and will come back often.
Jason, the question is not stupid. The phone WILL come to AT&T as the 8925 Tilt, but is still not OFFICIALLY announced by the carrier. Expect it ! :)
13. Paul (unregistered)
Did ATT decide not to include it?
14. Rafael (unregistered)
The TyTN II is a very powerful machine, but besides those muscle specs, I am impressed about the easiness to maneuver this device. The combination of the multiple buttons and the HTC home page make it a pleasure to have it in your hands. The right and left soft keys are fantastic as every screen give you the right option for your selection, delete a mail, close a program, switch a call, it just guesses your next move, it’s great! Then the HTC home screen lets you do so many things with your fingers, the stylus is hardly needed, but still available. I-phone is not the 7th marvel, this is it!, you touch for e-mails, SMS, weather, open any program , play a game, change settings, open your own downloads, music or GPS, ringer status, connectivity options, and so on… you just put your thumb and you get there. And if this is not enough, the other keys will take you to windows menu, internet explorer, camera or phone. You lean it and it gets really easy. But if this is not enough to do your work, you still have the track-wheel if you were ever used to a blackberry (It works better for left-handed); and then the Qwerty board than springs so easily at any moment when you need to type longer stuff. The way this device adapts to you makes a great difference and this is why TyTN II is so great and probable the best in the market today. Secondly, I am impressed about what this is; people ask me if this is my new phone. It’s hard to respond as this is my PHONE which has voice recognition to just talk a name and get it dialed, it is also my PDA that is fully sync with outlook, it is my mini-laptop where I can review any type of document as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, it is a WEB BROWSER that connects either you EDGE/3G cellular signal or it gets the Wi-Fi wherever available; it is your E-MAIL device to be connected at all times with pushed technology and ability to have multiple e-mails at the same time; it is a very powerful GPS with Tom-tom to get anywhere with very easy key-in directions; it is an MP3 PLAYER with as good or better sound quality to my I-pod and a CAMERA-VIDEO with 3 MP, enough to take decent pictures as you go. Regarding it technical capabilities, I’m sure everyone has read them everywhere and it no point saying this is the top-notch as of today, however, I believe that the combination of RAM and processor speed make is a very fast device and their connectivity features are very easy to get the best wherever you are. The Micro-SD is a great thing, I have a 6 GB and works great, I have Tom-tom maps for the whole US, hundreds of songs and few videos and still allows me to save space for files and other programs. Any lowlights? Not really, you could always want a better screen (VGA), or audio jack to connect my Bose headphones, or the track-wheel on the other side for right-handed, yes, nobody is perfect.
15. hjs351 (unregistered)
hello everybody. awesome device indeed, with great options. can anyone help me with the following: when receiving a text message, we can only see the sender's number not the person's name (even if this person is on the contact list). is there a way to fix this problem? thx to all
16. MreMan (unregistered)
I just got my new TYTN II this afternoon. Still trying to get it set up. I am upgrading from a WM2003 I-Mate PDA2K. I found the PDA2K to be a great phone. Only replacing it because after 3 years of dropping it (tradesman) it is playing up. I read a lot of reviews where people complained about the size and weight. It is smaller and lighter than the PDA2K, and I had no issue with it's size or weight. In fact I am going to miss the 3.5" screen. If you need to compare, put the stylus across the diagonal of the screen, the PDA2K was equal to the length of the TYTN II stylus. A few things dissapoint me about the TYTN II. There does not seem to be a volume adjustment. Also the contacts can not be sorted by categories. The scroll bar is too thin and close the the edge of the screen, very hard to use with the end of your finger. But it does have touchflow scrolling. Not sure why, but i have a wifi connection, but it won't access the internet from the tytn II. Can't get GPRS to work. GPS not working because I can't access the internet to set it up. Also the software (copilot 7 Aussie) Does not work in New Zealand. Good points Charges via usb port (sync's at the same time) I spend a lot of time in the car and bought a car charger, so battery may not be an issue for me. Screen is clear and bright, better then PDA2K (but quite a bit smaller)
17. Zeptov (unregistered)
Don't get this phone (and avoid HTC at all costs)!!! I've had mine for about 9 months. The first couple of weeks I set it up and modified the settings until the battery lasted about two days. As you'll find in any sort of search, the default WM settings will drain the battery in far less than a full day. A couple months ago, when I made no configuration changes whatsoever, the battery started to drain within a day (as in, about 8 hours or less). I bought a new battery and charged it, and a couple of hours later saw that the new battery was draining faster than I expected (it was down below 80%). I set the phone into airplane mode and put it back in my pocket. The battery was dead in another six hours. This behavior is new - I have previously set the phone into airplane mode and played games and watched movies for the full length of a fifteen hour flight, with enough battery to make a couple of calls at the destination. Now if it's in flight mode and the screen is also on, the battery will drain within two or three hours. Since this is a new battery, it's got to be a phone problem but HTC doesn't really care. I contacted support repeatedly, and they totally ignored me. This was purchased as an unlocked phone, so my only support comes from HTC, not my carrier, and I don't get a new (free) phone just because this one's total crap. I'm not getting anything from HTC again, but of course your mileage may vary.
18. dix (unregistered)
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