When you are constantly travelling places on trains like I do I found that packing a Laptop became far to much of a hassle. On the other hand I found that using a smartphone did not have what I needed it for. This product was made to fit that gap and when it first came on the market a few years ago I was very much looking forward to getting my hands on it.
The price at retail was around £650 if I remember rightly, I actually paid around the £400 mark which I think is much more reasonable considering what it does. Even though this may seem a bit pricey when you consider what the device actually does it is great value for money.
What impressed me about this was the fact that with a 5" screen you also get a fully workable keyboard. You can use programs like Excel, Powerpoint and Word. Other things you get with this device are things such as a 3.15mp Camera which is more than adequate for a device of this size. You are also able to use this as a phone also which I think is brilliant and so conveniant.
The battery life is something which I was going to pay attention to because I did not want something which would last a few hours. This however has a standby time of over 300hours. I find that when I am using it unlike smartphones and laptops which tend to reduce in power pretty quickly this keeps it going.
Don't get me wrong I would rather have a bigger keyboard on the device which would make it much easier to use. That is however if I had to be critical about something, when you consider the size of the device it is just so handy and easy to use which is brilliant.
Overall this product may not of gained much popularity amongst people, the reason for this is I think this device does not appeal to the masses and instead appeals to that selected few who would need a device like this. If you are sick of carrying a Laptop around and want something attractive and highly professional then I would have to recommend this. Even though the initial price may seem a bit pricey when you consider it is not a smartphone and not a laptop but instead in the middle it is good value for money.
I know that many have their doubts about PDA's. Perhaps people see them as uneeded as laptops are only a little larger and can do so much more. But with devices like the HTC Advantage, most of those people eat their negative views. This is one device that integratesa an Intel Processor for faster processing and loading. It has an 8Gb expandable meory with other features ot allow expansion (if memory SD cards are used). Unlike many small brand PDA's, the HTC comes complete with a USB port to allow memory stick use, a headset connection and a video lead input. The camera on the front of the screen can be used a s a webcama nd can take images (only 3mp though unfortunately). The largest benefit to this device that I found was the battery power. I found that with general use and less time calling people, the battery supported the device for around 220 hours. A number not to be sniffed at! As with ohter top of the line PDA's, the device as an inbuilt GPS receiver for locations etc and a wireless modem for internet connection. All in all, a very good product for a reasonable price.