HTC TyTN II ReviewHTC TyTN II 9.8
- Block Recognizer
- Letter Recognizer
We always prefer the QWERTY, but otherwise we think that the on-screen keyboard is the fastest and most convenient way to do it, but if you train the other methods, they can also be quite handy! Combined with the T9 predictive system, entering text with the phone is really quick. Still, it must be done with the stylus, as the keys are very small in order to press them with fingers. We are disappointed that Touch doesn’t offers new way to enter text with fingers.
e-mail account (POP3 or IMAP) and to use it on your mobile phone. Very nice extra is that the phone can try to get the email settings automatically from the internet, and so we configured our Gmail Account by entering only the username and password. Windows Mobile 6 already supports HTML formatted e-mails. The client is very similar to the Outlook on a computer, you can filter your inbox to see just some results, reply to message or forward it to other person.
The support for attachments allows you to download or send one, in addition to the text body. The phone can be set to synchronise with your company Exchange Server.
As standard, Windows Mobile comes preloaded with the mobile version of Live! Messenger (MSN). Windows Live account will be added in Messaging when you add your e-mail account. You can add third party application for other popular instant messengers like AIM, Yahoo! Chat and ICQ.
The TyTN II is based on a Qualcomm MSM7200 chip, which supports HSUPA, or high-speed data upload. Although the chip allows for up to 5.7Mbps (the maximum for HSUPA), the TyTN II doesn't take advantage of it by any means and the upload speed is limited to 384Kbps, standard for HSDPA device.
Standard for a smartphone, WiFi and Bluetooth are available. Bluetooth is mainly used for connecting to other nearby devices, as accessories (earpieces, car-kits, multimedia devices) and for data transfer (transfer of files to/from another phone/PC). Cable connection can also be used, via the miniUSB port.
Like all other Windows phones, you need to have ActiveSync installed on the computer to connect to it. The program will let you easily synchronize the phone (contacts, emails, organizer) with Outlook.
With WiFi you can connect to a wireless LAN network covering you, use it as an Internet source and view the shared documents (input \\name-of-computer in Internet Explorer and you will see what is shared).
The mobile version of Internet Explorer is used for internet browsing; loading standard pages in full size is not a problem, because of the relatively high resolution (320x240 pixels) of such devices but you have to scroll horizontally as well as vertically almost all the time. If you want to read a text, it is almost sure you will not be able to fit the whole row in those 240 (or 320 if you put the phone in landscape mode) pixels. Full-screen usage is almost mandatory when the page has loaded.
There is also One Column View option which eliminates the need for horizontal scrolling but increases the need for vertical scrolling. The page is narrowed and thus it changes its initial look.
As it is a Pocket PC, you can always use third party software to replace the original one. We prefer using MicroSoft Deepfish browser instead of Internet Explorer but unfortunately it is still in beta mode.
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.
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