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HTC TyTN II Review

HTC TyTN II

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Messaging:

HTC TyTN II Review
HTC TyTN II Review
Different message types are placed in a single menu - SMS, MMS and e-mails. There is nothing unexpected here. If you don’t want to use the hardware QWERTY, entering text is done by one of the following touch display methods:

  • Block Recognizer
  • Keyboard
  • Letter Recognizer
  • Transcriber

We always prefer the QWERTY, but otherwise we think that the on-screen keyboard is the fastest and most convenient way to do it, but if you train the other methods, they can also be quite handy! Combined with the T9 predictive system, entering text with the phone is really quick. Still, it must be done with the stylus, as the keys are very small in order to press them with fingers. We are disappointed that Touch doesn’t offers new way to enter text with fingers.

HTC TyTN II Review
HTC TyTN II Review
Just a few steps away is the option to add your e-mail account (POP3 or IMAP) and to use it on your mobile phone. Very nice extra is that the phone can try to get the email settings automatically from the internet, and so we configured our Gmail Account by entering only the username and password. Windows Mobile 6 already supports HTML formatted e-mails. The client is very similar to the Outlook on a computer, you can filter your inbox to see just some results, reply to message or forward it to other person.

The support for attachments allows you to download or send one, in addition to the text body. The phone can be set to synchronise with your company Exchange Server.

As standard, Windows Mobile comes preloaded with the mobile version of Live! Messenger (MSN). Windows Live account will be added in Messaging when you add your e-mail account. You can add third party application for other popular instant messengers like AIM, Yahoo! Chat and ICQ.


Connectivity:

HTC TyTN II Review
If travel a lot, you will surely know how unpleasant it is when your phone doesn’t work in a different country and you have to use another one. For most GSM users, this is thing from the past, thanks to the wide availability of quad-band phones that work on all GSM networks on every continent. But nowadays, talking through the phone is not enough – Windows Mobile phones are pocket computers that are used for Internet, and as GPRS/EDGE are not fast enough, 3G modules are built-in. The sad thing is that like GSMs, 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks also use different bands on the different continents (2100 MHz for Europe and Asia and 850/1900 MHz for America/Australia, with 1700 MHz prepared for launch by T-Mobile) which means if the device is optimized for usage in one of the continents group won’t work in the other and vice verse. The Kaiser TyTN II has the same global-roaming features as the TyTN, featuring quad-band GSM and tri-band (850/1900/2100) UMTS/HSDPA which allows it to be 3G used in both Europe/Asia and in the US, over the AT&T’s 3G network. Here it is available as the AT&T Tilt. The Support of HSDPA (3.6MBps) will allow for even faster data than the UMTS. TyTN II will be usable in ANY GSM or UMTS network around the globe, but lacking 1700 MHz won’t work as 3G in T-Mobile US’ future network when it launches.

The TyTN II is based on a Qualcomm MSM7200 chip, which supports HSUPA, or high-speed data upload. Although the chip allows for up to 5.7Mbps (the maximum for HSUPA), the TyTN II doesn't take advantage of it by any means and the upload speed is limited to 384Kbps, standard for HSDPA device.

Standard for a smartphone, WiFi and Bluetooth are available. Bluetooth is mainly used for connecting to other nearby devices, as accessories (earpieces, car-kits, multimedia devices) and for data transfer (transfer of files to/from another phone/PC). Cable connection can also be used, via the miniUSB port.

Like all other Windows phones, you need to have ActiveSync installed on the computer to connect to it. The program will let you easily synchronize the phone (contacts, emails, organizer) with Outlook.

With WiFi you can connect to a wireless LAN network covering you, use it as an Internet source and view the shared documents (input \\name-of-computer in Internet Explorer and you will see what is shared).


Internet:

The mobile version of Internet Explorer is used for internet browsing; loading standard pages in full size is not a problem, because of the relatively high resolution (320x240 pixels) of such devices but you have to scroll horizontally as well as vertically almost all the time. If you want to read a text, it is almost sure you will not be able to fit the whole row in those 240 (or 320 if you put the phone in landscape mode) pixels. Full-screen usage is almost mandatory when the page has loaded.

HTC TyTN II Review
HTC TyTN II Review
HTC TyTN II Review
HTC TyTN II Review
HTC TyTN II Review

There is also One Column View option which eliminates the need for horizontal scrolling but increases the need for vertical scrolling. The page is narrowed and thus it changes its initial look.

As it is a Pocket PC, you can always use third party software to replace the original one. We prefer using MicroSoft Deepfish browser instead of Internet Explorer but unfortunately it is still in beta mode.

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HTC TyTN II

HTC TyTN II

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
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PhoneArena rating:
9.8Excellent
Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm MSM7200, Single core, 400 MHz
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.40 x 2.32 x 0.74 inches
(112 x 59 x 19 mm)
6.70 oz  (190 g)
Battery1350 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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