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HTC Freestyle Review

HTC Freestyle

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HTC Freestyle Review
One area we were not thrilled with was the call quality. In every call that we placed, we could hear in the earpiece a constant “hiss” sound in the background, almost like white-noise, and there was no way to get rid of it, even when changing over to speakerphone. For quick calls this may not be a problem for some, but for heavy talkers, this will become annoying. However, the actual voice quality on our end was pretty good, though callers said we sounded a bit muffled on their end. Signal reception was good, as we had 3 bars showing most of the time and didn’t drop any calls.

The included 1300mAh battery is rated to provide up to 6.5 hours of talk time or two weeks of standby time. During out tests, we were only able to get about 4 hours of talk time on a full charge, and with mixed usage, we had to charge the device each night.

The HTC Freestyle uses a Qualcomm MSM 7225 processor operating at only 528MHz. While this does not compare to the 1GHz processors found on today’s smartphones, it still provided plenty of speed opening apps and using the HTC Sense interface without any lag.


Conclusion:

Overall, we like the HTC Freestyle except for two points…the poorly designed battery door, and the continual “hiss” heard while on calls. The second of these we consider the more serious, and a deal-breaker for some, as it becomes annoying for any calls lasting more than a few minutes. However, the remainder of the device is pretty nice for a feature-phone, as the Sense UI is visually appealing and is implemented over the BREW MP quite well, with six home screens, plenty of widgets, and different scenes to fit your mood. But as we mentioned earlier, we can’t see the $99 price point here, as you could get a real smartphone for the same price (or less), though it would be subject to higher smartphone data fees. If the Freestyle were $49 or less, then we’d consider it a bargain, despite the background noise while in calls.

Software version of the reviewed unit: BREW MP 1.0.2.549.1, ROM 1.75.502.0 117245


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Pros

  • Highly customizable HTC Sense interface
  • Device feels solid overall
  • Plenty of pre-loaded apps

Cons

  • Constant “hiss” heard in every call
  • Poorly designed battery door
  • Lacks Wi-Fi
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HTC Freestyle

HTC Freestyle

OS: Brew Mobile Platform (Brew MP)
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PhoneArena rating:
6Average
Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 528 MHz
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.20 x 2.20 x 0.50 inches
(107 x 56 x 13 mm)
4.52 oz  (128 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 7.1 hours talk time

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