T-Mobile Wing ReviewHTC P4350 Herald 8
The Wing is equipped with a 2MP camera. As stated earlier, it does not come with a flash built-in so it is rather worthless when trying to take photos in a dark environment.
Once the shortcut is pressed, the interface comes up in about 2 seconds. To hold the camera upright, you have to hold it in the same direction as you would when using the physical keyboard. The camera makes full use of the widescreen and has to be held sideways, as if the keyboard was extended.
The layout is similar to the interface of other models (P3300). Once the shortcut is pressed to take a photo, the Wing takes the picture almost immediately. About 4 photos can be taken within a 10 second period.
Picture quality is good but not great. Pictures do come out great but there are moments when they seem as if they are not properly focused. This could be because of the lack of an autofocus feature with the Wing. The camera is great for a device which tries to be good at everything and not focus too much on one area.
The supported video formats are MPEG4/H.263, WMV and 3GP, while the quality of the latter is pretty low. They can be viewed in fullscreen and the picture quality is quite good and looks very nice on the almost-three-inch display. Although the processor is not very fast, we are happy that no frames are skipped.
There are three methods of listening to music in the Wing: the speaker on the back, USB headphones, or Bluetooth headphones. The speaker on the back does very well considering its size. At full volume, the sound is very loud but is lacking on precision. The vocals can be drowned out easily by instruments but once the volume is turned down a little, the lyrics can be heard much better.
The final method of listening to music is with Bluetooth headphones. The Wing, sadly, is not equipped with A2DP. The sound comes out very crackled and flat through the headphones. There are no issues using the buttons on the headset though. Using Bluetooth headphones is suggested only when you have no other option.
Windows Media Player (WMP) can be controlled either by using the onscreen buttons or the d-pad. With the onscreen controls, there are the regular buttons seen on WMP, play/pause, fast-forward, rewind, skip, go-back, volume up and down. Using the d-pad, up and down will control the volume. Left sends you back to the beginning of the song or the previous song when pressed but if held will rewind. Right will skip to the next song when pressed or will fast-forward when held. Both rewind and fast-forward skip the song at 5 second intervals and do this very quickly. The center button acts as the play/pause button.
If a call is coming through, WMP will pause the song and then resume it once the conversation is over. The music player can also play in the background while other functions are being performed.
The Wing has 128MB ROM and 64MB RAM that is normal, compared to other similar models. Internal memory capacity can be expanded through the microSD card slot . It comes preinstalled with Task manager, which is located on the top right corner of your homescreen. Here you can tap and close the loaded applications in a second, in order to free RAM memory.
WM for PPC provides unlimited capabilities for installing software. The only restrictions are the memory available and the hardware of the phone. The first problem is easily solved by getting a memory card as there are microSD cards with capacity of up to several GB. Every WM6 Professional phone comes with programs that are modified, “pocket” versions known PC applications. Such programs are the mobile versions of (Microsoft) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Explorer, Media Player, etc. The Office applications allow you to view and edit documents of the most-used types and the phone opens them without any error. Even a complicated Excel document with a few sheets is not a problem. Wing also has Adobe PDF Reader preloaded, which like the Office works flawless. Many more programs could be downloaded from third party sources.
There are numerous programs created for this platform, almost as much as the ones intended for PCs with Windows operating system. The most popular are the various utilities for personalizing the PPC, multimedia players, file explorers, Instant Messengers, etc. You can download third party applications to be used instead of the preloaded ones.
1. Gerson (unregistered)
I agree the UI is a bit slow but with some nice programs like MemMaid you can rescue your ram and other features that help with rom and ram on the device. overall i use it for both corporate and personal and love it! big screen nice feel to it and its a bit big but so was the MDA and the treos so its all in personal preference...