HTC X7510 Advantage Review
This is the second generation from the series, but the overall idea and realizations are almost the same as in the first in the line, X7500. You have a 5-inch touch sensitive display, an additional hardware QWERTY keyboard (there is a physical connection), Windows Mobile Professional OS and 16GB of storage space.
To make a call you can either the loudspeaker, the wire stereo handsfree included in the package or a Bluetooth accessory. The standard phone speaker and a microphone, which allow private conversations, are not present here, hinting that X7510’s purpose is not to be a main phone, but an additional mobile internet device.
The package includes:
- Advantage X7510
- Leather poach
- Regular wire handsfree
- Adapter with a TV/monitor output and a regular USB slot
- miniUSB cable
- Spare stylus
- all-fitting case
The case is convenient for long trips, but it has not been designed to hold the Advantage when used daily. If you carry the main part with the keyboard, you should attach them to the leather case and put it in your bag. One side of the case, which opens like a book, houses the main module and the other the keyboard. This helps for easily attaching (via magnet) both parts together once the case is open.
display (4.92”), which takes up almost the entire front, it is quite bulky even for a mobile assistant. We are disappointed that there is no brightness sensor. In order to make the display usable in direct sunlight, you will have to set the contrast to the max . Although less clear than in a darker room, this will allow you, if the screen is not dirty of course, to see what’s visualized. When the sunlight is not illuminating the screen directly, the quality and resolution good enough to satisfy your needs as long as you are not looking at it from an angle. 5 inches are always 5 inches!
Here we also have three system lights, a VGA video calling camera and the Home, which brings you to the main screen. On the right side, we see the power on/off (lower part) and the camera shortcut. These buttons are somewhat hard to use, but it gets better, once the phone is in the case on a table, for example. However, even in this position the volume control slider located on the left side is not easy to use. It is small and hard to touch and we would have preferred having a two-way button. This side houses also the 2.5mm stereo jack, miniUSB and the slot for the TV out/USB in adapter. In the middle of these sides, there are openings for the speakers. The bottom houses the battery lid and the keyboard connectors. Strangely, the battery has to be pulled out in order to put the SIM in place in addition to the confusing manual, but you’ll manage.
The overall design of the Advantage is strictly professional, with a solid and quality make – exactly what we expected from such a phone. However, you should forget about controlling it singlehandedly, because this is simply impossible.
keyboard left us with mixed feelings. It can be used as a phone if you hold it in your hands, but we strongly recommend placing it on a solid leveled surface.
Since it is flat (with no button drive) and it vibrates when “pressed”, it is perfect in that aspect. Being relatively smart, the keyboard allows for bigger and more buttons compared to other phones. Nevertheless, it is not wide enough so you can work with both hands and therefore, your fingers have to go longer distances, which is not better than narrower keyboards. As a whole, it is definitely very good after you get used to it, and for some it could be even perfect.
OMG! who the hell would tote that thing around with them. It's like as big as my hand.
It's an MID. Live with it.
3. JoeyStyles (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 May 2008)
This weapon of mass destruction is hot, but the price is not. Man if one of these falls off of a truck I will be very happy lol
5. kai (unregistered)
more liake a UMPC
6. jimmunsw (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jan 2009)
You have to make do of the x7510 size now , maybe the next replacement htc can shrink this device a bit smaller & thinner though but not too small please - the screen will not look nice anymore then . You can shop for countless of pouches , bags , slip ons , belt holders , sling bags from ebay , i.net & xda forums etc... . You can put it inside your breast pocket but without keyboard . You have to make do or improvise because the size is like that . You can play video , why not ? Kindly read xda forums under htc athena , advantage - you have to find video playback topics from those many many pages . Document performance years ahead ! - of course it will perform less perfect than umpc, netbook , laptops & desktop because it is a pocket pc documents not a full version , i mean i dont compare x7510 with those mentioned above for the capabilities to make a 3g video phone call - can they do just this ? There is differences in a small boy and an adult person - right ? Please compare reasonably like being fair . Sluggish os - yes undenyable on this topic as htc still have a lot of improvement to do on the next model , hey , it is the best subnotebook with phone calls you can find out there . umpc is a mini computer , x7510 is a mini mini computer , so please be generous and forgive htc . Limited function in cotrast with umpc - yes in many ways but can make 3g video phonecall :) Price dont justify - if you are so so , yes it is very expensive , if you are ok , it's dear , if you are rich - you dont mind because it's a mini mini computer with phone , if you are filthy rich - you wont be looking at this comment on the internet . I was hoping it can be better priced so that people like us can buy it at a savings so that we can also buy its many accessories as well, like bags , track ball, usb keyboards , cases , external powered hdd , etc .... Therefore price vs functtionality is not a thorough comparison based on an individual person , some dont like price, some dont like function but price - they dont mind paying , some dont like high price & low function , hey , some prefer it more expensive so others cant buy it ! I think we got to give credit to htc for x7510 , it is a damm good device , many areas to improve for sure as just like any type of gadgets , but we should be contended with its many capabilities that comes with shortcomings too . I enjoyed my x7510 & will stick to it for another 3-4 years & see what is out there from time to time . If you are unsure about what you read so far about x7510 - pls email me : firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share - ok ? Thanks n regards :)