HTC X7510 Advantage Review
As we mentioned earlier, Advantage is based on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, we know from most HTC phones. To a great extent, this determines its capabilities, which cannot exceed the ones of a smartphone with the same specifications. Since you’re probably familiar with the OS, we will not discuss in detail the standard features like phonebook, organizer and messages.
On the homescreen, you have the HTC Home personalization, which we first saw in Touch, the TouchFLO pioneer. There are tabs for the system information, favorite contacts, weather, shortcuts and most frequently used settings. It is definitely more convenient than what the OS offers by default, but the same display with TouchFLO 3D (on the Touch Diamond) offers a lot more.
dialing pad, you have to press the left soft key, since the “send” key is missing. In the contacts list is where you will see the second interface personalization: a letter column on the right. Everything else is fully standard for Windows Mobile 6.1.
The lag is also standard for the OS; apparently, no matter how much HTC optimizes it, Windows Mobile doesn’t want to part with that characteristic. Almost all devices based on it are at least slow. We did not expect that from the Advantage, which uses a powerful Marvell PXA270 processor with the impressive 624 MHz, but the fact is that even a large, extremely potent and expensive business-oriented device is not adequate enough for simple operations.
As in every other phone running on this OS, the email setup is very easy if you are using a popular server. The only thing you have to enter is the username, password and the name from which the mail will be send. All other settings are automatically acquired. In case you have to configure another not so popular web server, you will need to enter the settings manually, but that’s relatively quick, too.
For text input you have the standard Windows screen keyboard or the hardware one. The personalized versions present in Touch Diamond or the previous Touch generations have not been added here. Of course, you have the handwriting recognition options.
At first, we were happy when working with documents, but at the end, we were left with mixed feelings. Although it’s not fast, Advantage X7510 is powerful enough and is able to open really big files. Viewing Adobe PDF is a pleasant experience; the pages change quickly, and if you are interested in a particular item, the Search feature will easily guide you toward the aim. Opening a small-sized Word file (10 pages) will make you wait for half a minute, but since in contrast to the PDF files, the document loads fully, there is no lag when you change pages. If the text has a normal size, a 50% zoom will get you the best results.
Nevertheless, the exact zoom level is hard to figure out when opening a large Excel document with long text in the columns. Simply the 640x480 resolution is not always enough and seeing a very small part of the contents optimized for computer, you’ll have to scroll constantly. If you have to edit a specific field, you’ll get in trouble since the input line is rather narrow as well. We are not happy with that. We were also left with mixed feelings from the opening of PowerPoint presentations: medium sized one (28MB) could be viewed, but loading pages took some time, and some effects were annoyingly choppy. It’s ОК for personal use, but if you show the presentation to other people (on a monitor or via a projector), it is far from professional for a presentation to be choppy.
When you need to use Internet, you’ll be happy to discover that alike Touch Diamond, Advantage is equipped with Opera Mobile 9.5. We are very impressed with the browser: it loads pages very well and is extremely-user friendly. It’s a pleasure viewing pages visualized on the 5-inch screen, especially with such a good browser. The only thing it lacks is the ability to load flash objects (videos for example) and you won’t be able to see them.
Besides the standard Windows Media Player (WMP), we find the Audio Manager, seen in Touch. It is more convenient for listening to music, but it’s not good for video. Basically, WMP has the role of a video player, but here, it is unusable since it doesn’t support any popular codecs (H.263, H.264 videos don’t play even in QVGA resolutions).
Advantage X7510 doubles the available memory in contrast to its predecessor and now has 16GB, which should be enough for numerous documents (and multimedia). In addition, we have a miniSD card slot and a regular USB (on the adapter), to be easily able to plug in external memory. The USB slot can also be used for devices different than flash memory, but you’ll need the drivers for them.
While the adapter is plugged in, you can connect the phone to a monitor or a projector via VGA, composite or S-Video connectors. In such mode, the i-mate phones’ displays turn black and act as a touchpad, from where to control the mouse finger. In HTC Advantage, it remains operative and doubles the other one.
3-megapixel camera built-in; this is a business phone and its idea is not to make family pictures (it wouldn’t perform well either). It is more of a tool to record information by photographing it instead of rewriting it; such bits of information could include business cards, documents, product specifications, and magazine or newspaper pages. Most of the time, the results are good but if the light is weak, you’ll have to use the LED flash, which could be too bright if taking a picture from a very short distance. In a well-lighted environment, you’ll get very good detail in close ups.
We accept the picture quality for the purpose, but we are not happy with the interface. There are not many options (no need for such anyways), but the problem is the lag and often, we had to press the button repeatedly after taking a picture for the camera to “wake up”. Then it advances to shooting the next one right away even if you didn’t want it to.
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 :)