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T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review

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Interface
The interface of the SDA is based on the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 platform, which naturally means that it is user friendly, similar to all Microsoft related products. Intuitive, fast, and easy to operate are words that can be used to describe the way the menu of the SDA feels and handles. Microsoft Windows fans will appreciate the GUI of the phone since it resembles the PC version of the operating system down to the “Start” menu. The manufacturer of the phone has broken down the long list of available applications into separate screens, so that the user is not overwhelmed by the large count of those. Another useful feature of the system is that right there on the main screen the user sees the most recently used applications, which helps to quickly get to them instead of having to browse the entire way through the menus.

T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review

Organizer

The T-Mobile SDA's phonebook is very robust and allows the user to add up to 11 phone numbers, 3 e-mail addresses, mail addresses and other contact information for a single entry. The number of contacts and information stored in them is only limited by the available memory. Voice dialing and picture id are supported, as well as a personal ring tone for each entry. Contact entries can be grouped into categories such as Business, Personal etc.

T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
Contacts Menus

All your calendar entries along with reminders and alarms are easily accommodated together for keeping on time and on top of every one of your daily activities. To help all that you can also use the available task list which gives you the ways of keeping track of activities. And if all that is not enough for you or if you just don't have the time to type in every single thing you can simply use the voice recorder to store that piece of information on-the-fly until a later point in time when you can process it.
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
Calendar and Tasks Menus

There is a calculator available. As they say, even the most complicated thing is simple enough if you break it down to small pieces, and the SDA offers you the tools necessary to accomplish that.
As all Microsoft Pocket PC based phones, the SDA can be very easily synchronized with a desktop installed Outlook. All that you need is to install the free ActiveSync 4.1 software on the PC and then connect the SDA to the computer via the bundled USB cable or Bluetooth. After that every time you pair the two devices, all your contacts, notes, calendar entries and even files can be synchronized.

Making and receiving phone calls using the contact list is as easy as pushing a couple of buttons. A real cool feature is that as you enter a number to dial, your call log and phone book are displayed and they are filtered to show only numeric and text matches for fast and easy dialing. Another useful functionality is the speed dialing list, which is a hand-picked list of numbers at the tip of your fingers. Simply choose the contact that you wish to set up as a speed dialing number and set which digit on the keypad will be associated with that contact, and once that setting is done, all you have to do in the future in order to dial that contact is just press and hold the number on the keypad.

T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
Dialing, Call History and Speed Dialing Menus

Another way to access the contacts is by setting voice tags to them and simply pressing and holding the volume key and calling out the voice tag of the person you are trying to reach. A list of the calls made and received from the handset is available and some of the options you have are to view the length of the call, store the number that called or simply send a message to that number. It's very simple, easy and comfortable to use.

T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review

Voice Dialing Menus

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HTC Tornado

HTC Tornado

OS: Windows Mobile Standard 5.0
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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP850, Single core, 200 MHz
64 MB RAM
Size4.23 x 1.81 x 0.69 inches
(107.5 x 46 x 17.5 mm)
3.74 oz  (106 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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