HTC X7510 Advantage Review
Forget about the built-in loudspeaker during a call: you hear well if located in a quiet area, but the collocutor will not hear you in most cases and your voice will be choppy. You’ll get better results with the phone right next to your head; but even without the keyboard and the case the Advantage is extremely big.
The results are also very good if you use the ear set included in the package or a Bluetooth handsfree, but you’ll have to constantly either wear a fully charged earpiece or to untangle the cables of the earphones. Even in these situations, in case you want to make a call you’ll have to pull out the Advantage since it doesn’t have a decent voice dial. Instead of an intelligent speaker-independent system, you’ll have a simple voice dialing after you have previously recorded a tag for each contact, which is a slow and inconvenient operation.
The battery performed well when using the phone for a main one and when being an assistant. Even if it is slightly inconvenient, we recommend switching off the Wi-Fi when you don’t need it.
It’s hard to rate such a device: some will like it a lot and it could replace their portable computers in some situations, but it will be useless for others. There really is a lot of memory, the user is able to write long texts (messages, documents) with the user-friendly keyboard, the browser is very good (for a mobile device) and the display is decent, but overall, the system is limited and not good enough.
According to us, the inability to play videos and the somehow mediocre document performance (Excel, PowerPoint) is a serious drawback for such a device. If the price and the size were smaller, it would be OK, but they are comparable to a UMPC, which works on Windows XP or Vista and offers the performance of a mobile computer, which are definitely “years ahead” of the ones, offered by a Windows Mobile phone. Our opinion is that for most of the people who need a mobile assistant, Advantage is not going to be a good solution and an ultra mobile computer would do a much better job.
- 5-inch screen
- User-friendly keyboard
- Phone module, that can be used for making calls
- The options to connect to a monitor and to plug in flash memory
- Sluggish OS
- The mediocre visualization of large documents
- The video playback cannot be used
- Limited functionality in contrast to UMPC
- The price and size do not justify the functionality
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 :)