Review: HTC Viva (T2223)November 4, 2008
Available Date: End October 2008
Launch Price: RM1,299
Fresh Gear rating: 7/10
- TI’s OMAP™ 850, 201 MHz
- Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Dimension: 104.5 mm X 59 mm X 15.75 mm
- Weight: 110g with battery
- ROM: 256MB RAM: 128MB (MicroSD Card Slot)
- Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP) + WiFi
- 2MP Camera
- Talk time: Up to 480 minute
- Standby time: Up to 270 hours
- Battery Capacity: 1100 mAh
HTC recently launched a low entry PDA targeting non 3G users. Costing only RM1,299 this value buy PDA is certainly within the budget of most PDA hunters.
Un-boxing the HTC Viva
As a low budget phone, HTC Viva only comes with the bare necessities.
- AC Adapter
- Sync Cable
- Manual + CD
- Screen Protector
Unlike other HTC product, it does not comes with extra stylus, memory card, pouch or even a wired headset! So, HTC Viva buyers beware, you have to fork out extra to get a wired/wireless headset or else you cannot use this on the road.
Looking at the HTC Viva for the first time did not give us the “WOW” factor. The shinning cover looks cheap but feels very solid. The design is very simple with only a 5 way keypad with a tiny call and hang up button at the front. The cover is shinny grey with gold dust like finishing.
Overall design and specification looks pretty similar to HTC Touch.
Opening up the cover for the first time will reveal the battery already placed inside the PDA. However, there is a small plastic sheet which prevents the battery connecting with the PDA.
Using the HTC Viva
When using the HTC Viva, we realized the responsiveness. The TouchFLO is very very smooth, quick and nimble. Although the processor is only 200MHz, at times we feel that the HTC Viva is even smoother than HTC Touch Pro with 528MHz processor!
The HTC Viva is very closely related to HTC Touch P3452. Therefore, it is only natural that a lot of our customer ask us which is a better PDA. Below are some comparison between the 2 and you can decide for yourself.
1. Old and New
HTC Touch P3452 is already in the market for more than 2 years if you count the previous HTC Touch (P3450). It is pretty much the first and also the most sought after HTC Touch series PDA Phone.
2. Windows Mobile OS
HTC Touch P3452 uses Windows Mobile 6.0 while HTC Viva uses Windows Mobile 6.1. The main difference between the 2 OSes is security and threaded SMS. Extremely useful and fun feature long missing in PDA phones.
3. Look and feel
Without a doubt, HTC Touch P3452 feels more classy with its rubber like finish. It also spots a flat touch screen where most of the PDA are moving towards. However, our review shows that the HTC Viva is very smooth and does not feel lag compared to HTC Touch P3452.
The HTC Viva specification is slightly better than HTC Touch. It comes with Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP) and it is now Quad-band. Other than that, all processor, memory, camera and battery capacity is the same is HTC Touch P3452.
HTC Viva is few hundred ringgit cheaper compared to HTC Touch P3452.
We would recommend our customer to go for the HTC Viva as it is newer, better OS, updated TouchFLO, slightly better feature and cheaper too.
Sample Camera shots
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This phone is like the Air Asia of the PDA. Being low budget, HTC threw out a lot of the “un-necessary” accessories. Pack the content tighter and made the box even smaller. Sometimes it might not be a good thing as essential items like wired headset are not included. Even the battery is stored into the unit itself to save space. Do not worry as there is a plastic sheet to prevent electrical contact of the phone and battery.
- Value for money
- Very smooth Touch Flo
- Windows Mobile 6.1
- Solid built quality
- Touch screen is very ‘light’. Do not require much force/pressure.
- Lack of essential accessory like wired headset
- Memory card is not hot-swappable
- No auto-focus feature
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