HTC Mogul Review
The Mogul is equipped with a 2MP camera. There is a flash but since it is not a xenon flash, the range is very limited. In dark environments, it may help a little but there is little use for it if the object is a foot or further away. 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 Mogul takes the picture almost immediately. About 4 photos can be taken within a 10 second period.
Picture quality is decent. The closer in that the object is, the better the quality of the photo. Due to the lack of autofocus, some photos did come out of focus.
There are three methods of listening to music in the Mogul: the speaker on the back, USB or 2.5mm headset, or Bluetooth headsets. 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.
When using headsets that have been supplied with the phone, the sound is much clearer and precise. Even at max volume, the sound is sharp and precise. Bass is lacking on the phone but for music on the go, it is a great device. So that you don’t have to use the volume rocker to adjust the volume, there is a volume control switch located on the headphones. As with all headsets provided with cell phones, the switch also has a built-in MIC and a button to accept and end calls. Unfortunately, the Mogul does not offer a 3.5mm jack but instead uses the USB connection to connect to USB headsets or 2.5mm headphones when the adapter is used.
The final method of listening to music is with Bluetooth headset. A2DP (the profile for Stereo Bluetooth) is supported so there is the ability to listen to music in stereo. The sound quality, while not terrible, leaves something to be desired. There are times where the music came in crackling or as an echo but this was very rare. While we wouldn’t recommend using this method, it is a decent replacement to the other methods.
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 Mogul has 256MB ROM and 64MB RAM. 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. Mogul 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.