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T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review

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Performance

The processor behind the SDA is Texas Instruments OMAP850 which runs at 195Mhz. Speed-wise the device is well responsive as long as you keep the number of open applications to a minimum. Once the count of those exceeds 4-5 then the phone starts reacting much slower. Having that in mind I had to make sure I always closed whatever it was that I opened. Skype users should be aware that 195 Mhz is way below the minimum requirement of 312 Mhz for running the VoIP software, so no Skype for the SDA.

The reception was a little better that what I've seen on other devices. In places of weak reception the call quality was excellent.
The call volume through the handset was average and adequate for even noisy environments. The reproduced sounds by the bundled headset were on the other hand very loud. The quality of the speakerphone was good as well, almost no difference when I had it on and when I spoke through the microphone.

During our battery life tests, the SDA performed very well. It comes with a 1150 mAh battery which provided enough juice to keep the phone running for about 3 days with approximately 30 minutes to an hour talk a day and about 5 hours of continuous talk time. Of course if you use Wi-Fi frequently, play music or videos all the time, the battery will drain faster. Overall, the battery performance given all the phone features is very good.

Conclusion

The T-Mobile SDA is about the size of a regular cell phone and packs a great deal of functionality. The only downfall that I see to that is when it comes to typing those appointments or messages and that could be a drag, but the T9 functionality is there to help for that. I found that the joystick is a little tricky to work since to push it down and to select a certain menu at times were hard to distinguish but after a number of attempts I started pushing it just right.

Another thing that helped with the navigation problem was the numbered lists that they have put in, so for example it will say “1 New Contact” and simply by clicking the “1” key it will bring up the New Contact form and you don't have to worry about pressing the joystick.

I like the fact that it has all the PIM functionalities since I happen to be a person with a busy schedule and keeping track of tasks and appointments is important to me. I as well happen to be a music fan, so naturally the Media Player appears to me as another plus for the SDA. Of course the Internet-ready capabilities and the camera add up to the positive image of the phone.


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Pros

  • Contemporary and stylish design
  • Large and bright display
  • Excellent connectivity via EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Infrared
  • Media ready

Cons

  • Small buttons which at times are tricky to use
  • Over sensitive joystick (hard to distinguish between pushing to select and pushing in some direction)
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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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