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Screen Shots: HTC Touch2 (T3333)

October 25, 2009

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Below are some of the screen shots of the HTC Touch2 (T3333).

Some of the new features found on the HTC Touch2

  • Built-in support for Chinese character (Read and write)
  • Slide to unlock screen
  • Honeycomb style program screen
  • Built-in MyPhone service
  • Built-in Marketplace
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Review: Samsung Omnia II (8GB) – GT-I8000

August 24, 2009

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Available Date: 21st August 2009

Launch Price: RM2,399 (8GB)

Fresh Gear rating: 9/10

Note: This is a follow up review of the previous post.

Samsung Omnia II - Overall 1

Specification

  • AMOLED resistive touchscreen, 65K colors
  • 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches
  • 118 x 59.6 x 11.9 mm (117g)
  • 2/8/16 GB storage
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and Motion UI
  • 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, Dual Power LED flash
  • Samsung S3C6410 800MHz processor, dedicated graphics accelerator
  • Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS
  • Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
  • Standby: Up to 430 h (2G) / Up to 430 h (3G)
  • Talk time: Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 10 h (3G)

Unboxing the Samsung Omnia II – i8000

I must admit I am very amazed by Samsung effort in improving the Samsung Omnia II! The new UI is just awesome and very pleasant to use which I will come to later in the “Using the Samsung Omnia II” section.

Samsung Omnia II - Box

Samsung Omnia II - Box

Samsung Omnia II - Content

Samsung Omnia II - Content

Samsung Omnia II comes with the following accessories in the box.

  • A PVC pouch (with a dedicated hole for the ringer, how thoughtful)
  • External Stylus
  • CD and Manuals
  • Headset/Handsfree
  • Charger
  • USB Sync cable

Would be nice if it comes with Screen Protector too!

First Impression

The device looks big but the weight is surprisingly light.

Samsung Omnia II - Top

Samsung Omnia II - Top

The most amazing part is when you turn the device on. The very bright, good contrast AMOLED screen spring into life, arguably as nice or even better than the iPhone.

Samsung Omnia II - i8000

Samsung Omnia II - i8000

The front is pretty straight forward with a call, hangup and “CUBE” button. However, I was hoping the “CUBE” button doubles as  a directional pad too.

Samsung Omnia II - Cube Button

Samsung Omnia II - Cube Button

Located on the right is the LOCK button, and the UP DOWN button on the left.

Samsung Omnia II - Device front

Samsung Omnia II - Device Back

Using the Omnia II – i8000

Like I have mentioned before, this Omnia II has gone through lots of changes and updates. This is basically a Windows Mobile device but when you start using it, you don’t really get to see and feel any “Windows mobile” icon. Like the HTC with their HTC Touch Flo 3D, Samsung have their very own Touch Wiz which overlap the boring Windows Mobile interface.

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I will attempt to only go through those features which are not found on standard Windows Mobile devices.

1. Widgets

Omnia II - Main ScreenOmnia II - Main Screen2

Widgets can be added, removed or relocate at all 3 different “virtual” desktop.  You can also customize each “virtual” desktop with their own widget and wallpaper. More widgets can also be downloaded from Samsung website.

2. Programs

Samsung replaced the standard “Start–>Program” screen with their own “Productivity”, “Multimedia”, “Internet” and “Office”.

Omnia II - ProductivityOmnia II - Multimedia

Omnia II - InternetOmnia II - Office

3. Call Filter

You can now create a call list which you want to pick up or ignore easily right from the Omnia II.

Omnia II - Reject Calls1Omnia II - Reject Calls2

Omnia II - Reject Calls3Omnia II - Reject Calls4

4. Smart Converter

Instead of installing additional software for unit converter, Omnia II has built-in Smart converter.

Omnia II - Smart ConverterOmnia II - Smart Converter1

Omnia II - Smart Converter2Omnia II - Smart Converter3

Omnia II - Smart Converter4Omnia II - Smart Converter5

5. Audio Note

Previously hidden in “Notes”, Omnia 2 now comes with it’s very own Recording software.

Omnia II - Audio Note

6. Smart Memo

I had lots of fun with this app. Simply put, it is a “Paint” software in Omnia. It allows you to change background, insert image and voice note too!

Omnia II - Smart Memo

7. Touch Player

This built-in player plays most of the video file format (It supports MPEG4, WMV, DivX, XviD, H.263 and H.264). I do not need to install coreplayer or TCPMP.

8. Midomi

Ever wondered what is the name of the song currently playing in the radio? Guess no more, this neat little app basically records a 10 second music and search through a database for the closes match. I tried 3 times and it was accurate on all 3 attempt.

Omnia II - MidomiOmnia II - Midomi1

Omnia II - Midomi2

9. Digital Frame

Not really a “must have” but since it is built-in, I will show you some screen shots of it. Basically, you can set this up to display your photos with time/date. Do not really see how is this useful without a proper docking station.

Omnia II - Digital Photo Frame

10. Video Editor

A very powerful application which allow you to import a video file, add text, add sound, cut and duplicate video files.

Perhaps this is the answer to iPhone 3Gs video editor 🙂

Omnia II - Video Editor

11. Dice

A simple party game of dice.

Omnia II - Dice

12. RSS reader

This RSS reader is an improved version on the standard RSS reader found in most Windows Mobile devices.

Omnia II - RSS

13. Podcast

Omnia II - Podcast

14. Task Switcher

Because Windows mobile is a multi-tasking OS, you can un-unexpectedly open too many application.  Hit the “CUBE” button and click on “Task Switcher” and it will bring you to the screen below.

It also comes with a “snapshot” of the task so you can easily recognize it.

Omnia II - Task SwitcherOmnia II - Task Switcher1

15. CUBE

A multi dimentional CUBE where you can access all your most frequently used program. Just use your finger to flick and flip it around.

Personally, I find it quite hard to use. Pressing the quick access button at the bottom is perhaps much faster.

Omnia II - Cube

16. Communities

This application allows you to upload or share  pictures/video onto 6 different social networking site like Facebook, Flickr, Friendster, MySpace, Photobucket and Picasa.

Omnia II - CommunitiesOmnia II - Communities1

Other Screen shots

Omnia II - ContactsOmnia II - SMS

Omnia II - Lock ScreenOmnia II - Making Call

Omnia II - Calculator

Omnia II - Calls IncomingOmnia II - Call Log

Samsung Omnia Ii - Icon 1

Samsung Omnia II - Icon 2

Samsung Omnia II - Icon 3

Comparing the Size

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia vs Credit Card

Omnia vs Credit Card

Omnia vs iPhone

Omnia vs iPhone

Sample Photos taken using the Samsung Omnia II (Click to Enlarge)

Samsung Omnia II - Photo Sample - SNC00004

Samsung Omnia II - Photo Sample - SNC00003

Emulator

Want to try out the Omnia II before your purchase? you can do it right here!

Conclusion

Pro:

  • Superb wonderful bright screen
  • Excellent Camera
  • Built in many useful software; Namecard reader, call filter, video editor, Midomi…
  • Built-in Memory (2GB/8GB/16GB)
  • Very fast processor

Cons:

  • I would prefer a D-pad at the bottom for easy navigation
  • Would prefer to have the stylus built-in rather than an external one
  • Touch Wiz UI not as “smooth” as HTC Touch Flo
  • Even though it comes with 800Mhz processor, there are times it felt laggy.

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Review: Asus P835 PDA Phone

July 13, 2009

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Available Date: Early March 2009

Launch Price: RM2,299

Fresh Gear rating: 7/10

Specification:

  • Qualcomm 538 MHz
  • 228MB RAM, 256MB ROM + 4GB Internal Storage
  • GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 / GSM 850
  • 115 x 59.0 x 13.8 mm
  • 148 g (with battery)
  • 5MP Camera with Auto-focus & Flash
  • 3.5″ WGVA Hi-Res screen (800 X 480 pixels)
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

Unboxing the Asus P835

The Asus P835 comes with the following accessories.

  • A/C Charger
  • USB Sync Cable
  • 2 Stylus
  • Manual + CD
  • Pouch
  • Wired Headset
  • Car Charger

Screen Protector is missing from the package.

Asus P835 - Content

Asus P835 - Content

First Impression

The Asus P835 looks very professional with its brush aluminum back cover and leather like front cover. The track ball also gives it a “BlackBerry” feel. Excellent job on the outlook department. Someone actually mistaken it as an Omnia which I first took it out to review. However, I must say it looks far BETTER than OMNIA!

Asus P835 - Box

Asus P835 - Box

On the left side sits the Volume UP DOWN button and also the hold key. This is a very welcomed button which is usually found in Palm devices.

Asus P835 - Left Side

Asus P835 - Left Side

On the right side sits the MicroSD slot as well as the dedicated Camera button.

Asus P835 - Right Side

Asus P835 - Right Side

At the bottom are collection of buttons, “virtual” buttons and a trackball. The Mini USB connector and RESET button is located at the bottom.

Asus P835 - Buttons

Asus P835 - Buttons

The top of the PDA sits the 3G camera, Light sensor and the obvious speaker.

Asus P835 - 3G Camera

Asus P835 - 3G Camera

Behind the PDA is the 5.0MP autofocus camera and speaker. The battery cover is made from aluminum and it feels very solid! (But makes it heavy)

Asus P835 - Rear Camera

Asus P835 - Rear Camera

Asus P835 - Battery Cover

Asus P835 - Battery Cover

Using the Asus P835

I must say the screen on the Asus P835 is just stunning as well as sensitive! The 3.5″ WVGA Hi-res screen makes web surfing a breeze and coupled with Opera Mobile, it just makes things perfect.

Like most serious WM manufacturer, Asus replaces the boring, standard Windows Mobile with a what they called; Asus Glide.

Asus P835 main screen

Asus P835 main screen

Asus P835 - MultiHome

Asus P835 - MultiHome

You can change to any one of the 3 themes; Business, Life, and Original. I don’t really like the ASUS Glide because it find it slow and un-responsive at times. The scrolling effect sometimes confuses me.

There are 4 quick access “Virtual” button located just below the screen. Quick Access, Start, OK and Internet Button. Pressing on the “Quick Access” button gets you the below nice little interface.

Asus P835 - Quick Access

Asus P835 - Quick Access

There are

  • Favourite Programs
  • Favourite Contacts (Quick Dial)
  • Message Center (Email, SMS and Miss Call)
  • Internet (Share Flickr and YouTube)
  • Multimedia (Photo, music, camera and camcorder)
  • My Settings (Alarm, Ringtone, Theme and Device Lock)
  • Recent Program

Some of the extra features not usually found in other PDA phones.

WiFi Access Point

Asus P835 Screenshot - WiFi SharingAsus P835 Screenshot - WiFi Sharing 2

It basically creates an Access Point whereby the PDA itself becomes a “Wireless Router” to enable up to 10 other devices to connect to it (Using WiFi) to go on Internet. It is high recommended to connect to A/C power when using this feature as it will drain your battery pretty quick according to Asus.

Call Filter

Asus comes with the built-in software which filters calls. Handy tool if you are avoiding a certain number (Spam, marketing…).

Asus P835 - Call Filter

Asus P835 - Call Filter

Backup

Asus very thoughtfully included a Backup software which enable the users to Backup and Restore their PDA.

YouTube and Flickr

You can upload video and pictures directly to YouTube and Flickr (you need to sign up first).

Asus P835 - YouTube and Flickr

Asus P835 - YouTube and Flickr

More Screen Shots of ASUS P835 (Click on Enlarge)

Asus P835 Screenshot - WiFi Settings Asus P835 Screenshot - Task Manager

Asus P835 Screenshot - System Info Asus P835 Screenshot - Settings

Asus P835 Screenshot - EzPhoto Asus P835 Screenshot - EzPhoto 2

Asus P835 Screenshot - EzPhoto 1 Asus P835 Screenshot - EzMusic

Sample Picture taking using Asus P835

Asus P835 - Sample Pix

Asus P835 - Sample Pix of Camera (Click on Enlarge)

Conclusion

Pro:

  • Useful Hold-switch
  • Useful Trackball for easy navigation
  • Good Built quality and look great!
  • Nice 3.5″ WVGA screen
  • Good 5MP Camera with Auto focus
  • Built-in WiFi Access Point software/capability

Cons:

  • Built-in User Interface; Asus Glide (UI) is not smooth
  • Doesn’t comes with any other input method other than the standard Windows Mobile
  • Battery life could have been better
  • Heavy side but feels solid
  • No Flash

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Review: Acer Tempo X960 PDA

July 10, 2009

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Available Date: Early May 2009

Launch Price: RM1,799

Fresh Gear rating: 6/10

Specification:

  • Samsung S3C 6400 mobile processor 533 MHz
  • 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
  • GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 / GSM 850
  • 106.4 x 59.0 x 13.7 mm
  • 131 g (with battery)
  • 3.2MP Camera with Auto-focus & Flash
  • Hi-Res screen (640 X 480)

Unboxing the Acer Tempo X960

Acer X960 Box

Acer X960 Box

Acer Tempo X960 - Content

Acer Tempo X960 - Content

Inside the box comes with the following accessories.

  • Travel adapter
  • USB Sync Cable
  • Handsfree headset
  • Manual + Installation CD
  • Screen Protector

What’s missing from the content is a pouch/case.

First Impression

Acer X960 3G Camera

Acer X960 3G Camera

The Acer X960 scores high on the specification department and the build is pretty solid. For RM1,799 this is basically the most value buy PDA currently in the market. The size is ideal and feels pretty comfortable in a normal slack pocket.

Acer Tempo X960 - D Pad

Acer Tempo X960 - D Pad

There is quite a lot of button on this PDA. Besides the usual Call, Hang-up, Power and Volume button, there are also a “Satellite”, “Home”, “Camera” and a “Voice Recording” button.

Acer Tempo X960 - Top side

Acer Tempo X960 - Top side

Is it necessary to have such huge “GPS” word on the top of the PDA?

Acer Tempo X960 - Left side

Acer Tempo X960 - Left side

Left side you will find a lanyard slot, “+” and “-” Volume button, Reset hole and a “Voice Recording” button.

Acer Tempo X960 - Right Side

Acer Tempo X960 - Right Side

Right side you will find the “Power”, hot-swappable MicroSD memory slot and “Camera” button.

Acer Tempo X960 - Camera Button

Acer Tempo X960 - Camera Button

The camera button on the PDA sits slightly bulged. I can only assume it makes it easier to press on the camera button while taking pictures. But personally, I find it pretty irritating because I keep accidentally pressing it while holding the PDA.

Acer Tempo X960 - Back

Acer Tempo X960 - Back

The back cover of the X960 is made/covered with a kind of rubbery material. This makes it not a finger print magnet, which is good!

Acer Tempo X960 - Rear Camera

Acer Tempo X960 - Rear Camera

Behind the PDA is a 3.2MP Auto-focus camera with flash, self-portrait reflector and two speakers.

Acer Tempo X960 - Battery & Stylus

Acer Tempo X960 - Battery & Stylus

Acer Tempo X960 - Memory Slot

Acer Tempo X960 - Memory Slot

Using the Acer Tempo X960

On the outside, the Acer Tempo X960 looks like any regular PDA but once you turn that thing on, there is where the “regular” ends. Acer comes installed with their very own User Interface much like how HTC’s Touch Flor 3D. Acer calls it the “Acer Shell“.

Acer X960 Screen - Main ScreenAcer X960 Screen - Desktop 1Acer X960 Screen - Desktop 2

Each of the “Item” on the virtual desktop represent a function and it can be re-arranged. For a while, it kept me busy “poking” around the virtual desktop trying to find if there are any “hidden” function. There aren’t any anyway..

At the Virtual Desktop, flick up and you will get a list of programs/quick access like the one below.

Acer X960 Screen - Quick LookAcer X960 Screen - Acer Shell

Tapping on the “Window” on the Virtual Desktop gets you this.

Acer X960 Screen - TimeAcer X960 Screen - Time 1

Tapping on the CD cover/player gets you this gorgeous looking media interface.

Acer X960 Screen - Music 1Acer X960 Screen - Music 2

Acer X960 Screen - Music 3Acer X960 Screen - Music 4

Another new feature I found on the Acer is the “BLOG” function on the Picture & Videos Program.

Acer X960 Screen - Blog 1Acer X960 Screen - Blog 2

Not too sure if it is by Acer or there is a new version of Windows Mobile. Anyone knows, perhaps you could share. To use the blog function, you need to have either a Google Account or WordPress Account.

Acer X960 Screen - Blog 3Acer X960 Screen - Blog 4

Other than the obvious difference above, the interface looks and feel just like any regular Windows Mobile devices. You can view more screen shot of Acer X960 below.

More Screen Shots of Acer X960 (Click on Enlarge)

Acer X960 Screen - Quick DialAcer X960 Screen - Quick Access

Acer X960 Screen - ImagesAcer X960 Screen - Bookmark

Acer X960 Screen - Touch ControlAcer X960 Screen - Touch Control 1

Acer X960 Screen - Today SoftkeyAcer X960 Screen - Task Manager

Acer X960 Screen - System InfoAcer X960 Screen - Speed Dial

Acer X960 Screen - SIM ManagerAcer X960 Screen - Settings

Acer X960 Screen - Remove ProgramsAcer X960 Screen - Programs

Acer X960 Screen - Quick MenuAcer X960 Screen - Quick Launch

Acer X960 Screen - ProfileAcer X960 Screen - Power

Acer X960 Screen - NotificationAcer X960 Screen - Notification Manager

Acer X960 Screen - MicrophoneAcer X960 Screen - Email

Acer X960 Screen - Email-2Acer X960 Screen - Comm Manager

Acer X960 Screen - BacklightAcer X960 Screen - Backlight 1

Acer X960 Screen - Album 4Acer X960 Screen - Album 2

Conclusion

Pro:

  • Nice and useful Acer Shell (Virtual Desktop)
  • Value buy, host of features for a reasonable price
  • Nice bright screen
  • Nice Blog feature in the “”Picture and Video” program.

Cons:

  • Not as fast/responsive as I hoped for
  • Acer Shell not as polished as HTC Touch Flo.

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Review: HTC TV Output ACT100 Cable

July 6, 2009

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Windows Mobile Expert did a pretty good review of the TV out cable for certain range of HTC model.

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I have the Sprint Touch Pro, and one of the unique features that I have been dying to play with since I got it was the TV cable feature. With such a small screen on my phone being shown on a big screen like a TV, I wasn’t expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised to be surprised by what I found once I got my hands on the HTC TV Out ACT100 Cable.

Want to see what I found? Then take a look inside at the full review of the joys a simple cable can bring to you…
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Review: HTC Touch Pro 2 (T7373)

June 12, 2009

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Available Date: Early June 2009

Launch Price: RM3,199

Fresh Gear rating: 9/10

Specifications:

  • Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz
  • ROM: 512 MB & RAM: 288 MB
  • 3.6-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution
  • HSDPA, Quad-band
  • GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi
  • 3.2MP Camera with Auto Focus
  • Battery Capacity: 1500 mAh
  • Talk Time: 510 minutes
  • Standby Time: 500 hours
  • Special Feature: G-Sensor, Straight Talk

Unboxing the HTC Touch Pro 2

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Box

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Box

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Contents

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Contents

Inside the box comes with the following accessories.

  • USB Cable
  • Travel Adapter
  • Extra Stylus
  • Leather Pouch
  • Wired Headset
  • Application CD + Installation CD
  • Screen Protector
  • Manuals + Startup Guide

First Impression

HTC Touch Pro 2

HTC Touch Pro 2

This unit is NOT small. Dimension wise, it is longer, thicker and heavier than a HTC Touch HD.

Touch HD Dimension: 115 mm x 62.8 mm x 12 mm (147g)

Touch Pro 2 Dimension: 116 mm X 59.2 mm X 16.65 mm (178.5g)

The front of the unit is a marriage between HTC Touch HD and HTC Touch Diamond 2. It has inherited the large screen, thin-bezel-with-screen-almost-to-the-side from the Touch HD and the “Zoom Bar” from the Touch Diamond 2. Both are stunning features I hope to continue seeing in the future of HTC devices.

You need to have big hands!

You need to have big hands!

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Buttons

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Buttons

There are only 4 buttons on the front of HTC Touch Pro 2. Call, Programs, Back and Hang-up/Home. What is missing is a navigational pad/D-Pad. Not a very big loss considering the HTC Touch Flo is so easy to use and also touch screen is just a finger away. Only group of customers neglected are gamers. Then again, I don’t think HTC is targeting this group anyway with this device.

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Camera & Mute Button

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Camera & Mute Button

HTC Touch Pro 2 is positioned as a business phone. Hence, there are features built-in to this PDA which will only appeal to the like minded ones. Its called the “Straight Talk” technology. When you are in a call, just flip the phone over and place it on a desk. It will automatically switch to “Speaker phone” mode and allows everyone in the room to participate in the discussion. There is also a “Mute” button just below the 3.2MP Auto-focus camera lens. It uses 2 built-in microphone for better sound quality and voice capturing.

HTC Touch Pro Keypad

HTC Touch Pro Keypad

One of the key improvement of HTC Touch Pro 2 (Over the previous model; HTC Touch Pro) is the keyboard. It is made out of “rubbery” texture and therefore have excellent grip when you type with your fingers and for people with long finger nails. The keys are larger so lesser chance of typing on the wrong key.

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Slideout Keyboard

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Slideout Keyboard

HTC Touch Pro 2 with Keyboard Tilted

HTC Touch Pro 2 with Screen Tilted

Another feature of the HTC Touch Pro 2 is the angled/tilt screen. Once tilted, you can placed it on the table and watch movies, do video conferencing, or just plain picture slideshow! Some say the tilting allows them to better view and type and do really find it correctly angled for comfortable typing.

HTC Touch Pro 2 Side view

HTC Touch Pro 2 Side view

This is not something new as tilting screen was also introduced by HTC (first in the world) few years back with its HTC Tytn II.

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Back

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Back

Some mechanical parts exposed with its screen tilted.

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Keyboard Slideout Front HTC Touch Pro 2 - Front

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Back Cover Off

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Back Cover Off

Taking the back cover apart will reveal the slot for the huge 1,500 mAh battery and SIM Card Slot.

The stylus too is no longer magnetic.

Using the HTC Touch Pro 2

Starting with HTC Touch Diamond 2, HTC has totally re-vamped their HTC TouchFlo 3D. So much improvement have been put into this new User Interface (UI) that it now takes significant effort to just get into the “Programs” section of the “old” Windows Mobile. HTC had replaced the “Start” button with their very own Program Short-Cuts!

acer-dx900-programs HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Program

Which one do you like better? The HTC Program short-cut can be easily customized with Programs you frequently use and hide those un-wanted ones. Scrolling on the HTC program short cut is also very easy and responsive as compared to the standard “Program” screen by Windows.

Another significant improvement on the new HTC Touch FLO 3D is the ability to use Touch FLO in Landscape mode. This is previously not capable on the HTC Touch Pro.

HTC Touch Pro 2 Home Screen Portrait

HTC Touch Pro 2 Home Screen Portrait

HTC Touch Pro 2 Home Screen Landscape

HTC Touch Pro 2 Home Screen Landscape

Besides the obvious landscape Touch FLO 3D, there isn’t much visible difference in other departments. There is a TV Out option on the Touch Pro 2, so now you can do that presentation on TV. Can you hook it up a projector? Yes and No. The output cable is a RGB cable so if your projector ONLY supports VGA output, the answer is you cannot.

HTC Touch Pro 2 - TV Out

HTC Touch Pro 2 - TV Out

Comparing with HTC Touch Pro

So how does it fare up against the previous model; HTC Touch Pro?

Comparison between TP2 and TP

Comparison between TP2 and TP

HTC Touch Pro is small compared to the new HTC Touch Pro 2.

HTC Touch Pro is thicker than Touch Pro 2

HTC Touch Pro is thicker than Touch Pro 2

Both PDA side by side

Both PDA side by side

But the HTC Touch Pro is thicker!

Both PDA with Keyboard wide open

Both PDA with Keyboard wide open

Keyboard are much larger and distance between the keys are wider spaced compared to HTC Touch Pro.

More size comparison!

More size comparison!

HTC Touch Pro 2 standing taller than HTC Touch HD and Touch Diamond 2!

HTC Touch Pro 2 HTC Touch Pro
1 3.6” WVGA Screen 2.8” VGA Screen
2 Tilt Screen No Tilt Screen
3 Program short-cut keys built into the keyboard Minimum Program short-cut keys
4 No Directional Pad Directional Pad (D-Pad)
5 Non Magnetic Stylus Magnetic Stylus
6 3.2MP Camera without Flash 3.2MP Camera WITH flash
7 1,500mAh Battery 1,340mAh Battery
8 Noise-cancelling dual microphones and speakers Without, but still have speakerphone
9 116mm X 59.2mm X 16.65 mm 102 mm X 51 mm X 18.05 mm
10 178.5g 165g
11 Touch FLO 3D with Landscape Support Touch FLO 3D without Landscape Support

Screen Shot of HTC Touch Pro 2 (Click to Enlarge)

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Weather HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Stock

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Stock 1 HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - SMS

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Settings HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Settings 4

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Settings 3 HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Settings 2

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Settings 1 HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Pictures

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Music HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Internet

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Internet 2 HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Email

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Contact HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Comm Manager

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Calender HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - All Programs

Conclusion

Pro:

  • Keyboard is very responsive and easy to type on
  • HTC TouchFLO 3D now supports Landscape mode
  • The slider mechanism is very firm and solid
  • Overall performance is quick and zippy
  • Truly business phone with Straight-Talk feature and dual Mic noice canceling speaker phone.

Con:

  • Back cover feels flimsy
  • Size can be a problem for some people.

Interactive Demo on the HTC Touch Pro 2

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–Added on 10th July 2009–

I found a YouTube which shows a very very happy user of HTC Touch Pro and I thought I must share with you guys 🙂

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmyQS9j-Vzw]

Video of the Proximity Sensor on the HTC Touch Pro 2

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xakUmz1zwc]

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Review: Acer Tempo DX900 Dual SIM Design PDA

May 4, 2009

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Available Date: End April 2009

Launch Price: RM1,899

Fresh Gear rating: 8/10

Specifications:

  • Dual SIM standby mode
  • 533MHz Samsung S3C 6400
  • 106X60.5X17mm (147g with battery)
  • ROM: 256MB RAM:128MB (MicroSD Slot)
  • 2.8″ 640×480 pixel VGA, TFT-LCD
  • HSDPA Quad-band 
  • WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • Accelerometer / G-Sensor
  • 3.2MP Auto-focus Camera
  • Li-ion Polymer Battery, 1530mAh

 

Acer Tempo DX900 - Box

Acer Tempo DX900 - Box

Un-boxing the Acer DX900

Acer Tempo DX900 - Content

Acer Tempo DX900 - Content

The Acer Tempo DX900 comes with the following items bundled.

  • Travel Charger with Adapter
  • Screen Protector
  • Clothe Pouch
  • Dual earpiece handsfree kit
  • CDs and Manual
  • Warranty Card/Paper

First Impression

Acer Tempo DX900 size is just nice for a decent looking PDA but it is a bit thick on the side. It is not going to win on the aesthetic department because I think Acer rather go for functionality. The front panel is a minimalist but once you turn over the side, there are host of other buttons to be found.

Acer Tempo DX900 - Front

Acer Tempo DX900 - 5 Way navigation pad with Call + Hangup Button

Acer Tempo DX900 comes with a front Camera for 3G Video Conferencing. 

Acer Tempo DX900 - Left

Acer Tempo DX900 - Left

On the left side sits the Volume button, Voice Recording Button and also the jack for handsfree.

Acer Tempo DX900 - Right Side

Acer Tempo DX900 - Right Side

Unlike most PDA today, the MicroSD slot is located on the side, together with the Camera button, Power Button and also the Reset Button. 

Acer Tempo DX900 - Top

Acer Tempo DX900 - Top

Nothing on the top, just an embossed word “GPS”.

Acer Tempo DX900 - Bottom

Acer Tempo DX900 - Bottom

Only the Mini USB charger slot and mic is located at the bottom.

Acer Tempo DX900 - Back

Acer Tempo DX900 - Back

Behind the PDA is the 3.0MP Auto Focus Camera with Flash! Just next to it is the speakers.

Acer Tempo DX900 - Camera

Acer Tempo DX900 - Camera

A close-up shot of the 3.0MP camera.

Acer Tempo DX900 - Dual SIM Slot

Acer Tempo DX900 - Dual SIM Slot

This is what makes the Acer Tempo DX900 stands out from the pack. It supports 2 Active sim cards simultaneously. Meaning, both SIM cards can be turned on at the same time! Recent years has seen the number of people with 2 phones increasing and I think Acer wanted to catch the trend with the FIRST dual SIM PDA phone. 

Benefits of using a Dual-SIM phone

  • Less thing to carry, less thing to forget/left behind
  • Central update of phone book. No need to look back and forth for numbers/miss calls…
  • No need to buy 2 PDA phones to enjoy the PDA functions on both phones
  • No duplicate of contacts
  • One back up / Synchronization will do

I think the major drawback of using a Dual SIM phone is the battery. You are effectively receiving/making more calls with just one device and this my drain the battery. Hopefully the huge 1530mAh battery is good enough for most people, else a car charger, extra battery is definitely needed.

There is another limitation too. I noticed most, if not ALL of the Dual SIM 3G phones comes with one slot supports 3G and another slot  supports 2G only. Why? Why can’t both SIM card slot supports 3G? It happened on the U Mobile Sou Dual SIM 3G phone too. Some other Dual SIM phone brands in the market do not even support 3G. 

Is it an architecture limitation? Please share with me if you know why.

The Acer Tempo DX900 too has this limitation. A 3G sim card will still work on a 2G slot, just that you will not be able to enjoy 3G network coverage/video calls with Slot 2. So, you should be inserting a 3G SIM card with unlimited data plan into slot 1, whereas slot 2 is reserved primarily for calls and SMS. Unless you plan to make Video calls on BOTH SIM cards, this phone will work wonders.

Using the Acer Tempo DX900

acer-dx900-main-screen

From the main screen, you can see the status of the 2 SIM cards. You must however remember which is line 1 or 2 because the system will indicate each call/sms with the “1” and “2” prefix.

acer-dx900-sms-3acer-dx900-sms-2

(Click to enlarge)

When you send SMS, you can choose which SIM card you want to send from. And when you view your SMS, you can see which SIM card did you receive the SMS from.

acer-dx900-phone

When you are making calls, you can also choose to call using “Talk 1” or “Talk 2”.

acer-dx900-call-history

The call history will also clearly indicate which SIM card is it coming from/going to.

acer-dx900-communication-manager-1

At any point if you want to turn off one of the SIM card, just click on the “Communication Manager” tab. 

Other Screen Shots of Acer Tempo DX900

Most of the application you see below are done by Acer themselves. Including the Dual-SIM call functions.

(click on image to enlarge)

acer-dx900-utilities-menu acer-dx900-streaming-player

acer-dx900-sim-manager acer-dx900-settings-menu

acer-dx900-scenarios acer-dx900-programs

acer-dx900-power-menu acer-dx900-phone-menu

acer-dx900-multimedia acer-dx900-memory-optimization

acer-dx900-gravity-sensor acer-dx900-gps-viewer-1

acer-dx900-gps-viewer acer-dx900-frequency-dial

acer-dx900-default-settings acer-dx900-calling

acer-dx900-application-recovery

Comparison between HTC Touch 3G, HTC Touch Cruise & Acer Tempo DX900

 

Acer Tempo DX900

HTC Touch Cruise (T4242)

HTC Touch 3G (T3232)

Memory

ROM: 256MB RAM:128MB

ROM: 512 MB RAM: 256MB

ROM: 256MB RAM: 192MB

Processor

533MHz Samsung S3C 6400

Qualcomm® MSM7225TM, 528 MHz

Qualcomm® MSM7225TM, 528 MHz

Screen

2.8” 640X480 VGA Screen

2.8” 320X240 QVGA screen

2.8” 320X240 QVGA screen

Battery

Battery Capacity: 1530mAh

Battery Capacity: 1100 mAh

Battery Capacity: 1100 mAh

Size & Weight

106mm X 60.5mm X 17mm

(147g with battery)

102 mm X 53.6 mm X 14.5 mm (96g with battery)

102mm X 53.5mm X 14.5 mm (103g with battery)

Camera

3.0 (Auto Focus with Flash)

3.2 MP (Fix Focus)

3.2 MP (Fix Focus)

Dual SIM Slot

Yes

No

No

Additional Accessories

Screen Protector

Car Charger + Car Holder + additional stylus + 1GB memory card

– nil –

Additional Software

SPB Mobile Shell 2.0

Papago X3 and Footprint

– nil –

Connectivity

Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

Price

RM1,899

RM2,199

RM1,899

No doubt HTC Touch Cruise is lighter and HTC Touch 3G is sleeker device compared to Acer Tempo DX900. But Acer Tempo DX900 comes with Dual SIM, VGA screen, 3.0MP Auto-focus camera with flash and a super large capacity battery. 

Which will you choose?

Over the years, I have fallen in love with Hi-Res screen (VGA) and Auto Focus camera. You can give me 5MP camera but if it cannot focus, it is not good enough. If I have taken a 5MP camera with auto-focus and viewing it on a QVGA screen, it is also not good enough. This combination is just right!

Conclusion

Pro:

  • VGA, 3G Camera + Dual SIM for RM1,899; Value for money!
  • Recording Button on the left
  • BIG capacity battery at 1530mAh!

Con:

  • Back cover comes off easily. Not too sure if it is limited to this particular unit.
  • Not the latest version of SPB Mobile Shell
  • A bit on the thick side. 
  • Memory a bit on the small side compared to other HTC devices of the same range

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