Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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HTC TyTN II
Member Name: rockbigdave
HTC TyTN II
Advantages: Windows Mobile OS, hardware QWERTY keyboard, 3G, Wifi.
Disadvantages: Chunky design, battery could be better, touchscreen has a mind of its own, slow after a while.
Ok, without being really negative straight off. If you want a PDA phone and don't want to use anything baring emails, calls and texts, this phone is nice, if a bit on the chunky side, and will not let you down.
If however you want to run some rather nifty Windows Mobile applications such as TomTom, Google Maps, some games or do quite a bit at once, this phone might not be for you.
I was an iPhone 2G owner and had a mishap with the screen. After finding out that it would cost over £100 to repair, I decided it was time to move on. After doing a lot of research, this phone turned up trumps with iPhone style features and a bit more. (When I say iPhone, I mean the original iPhone, the newer ones are far superior.)
The phone has an always on 3G connection, so if you buy this phone second hand I strongly recommend you either turn data off or get a unlimited data/web bundle on your contract/sim. The 3G signal is very good. In strong 3G areas it is very quick to pick it up and utilize the speed.
The camera is only a 3 megapixel autofocusing one. In comparison to phones now days having anything from 5 onwards, it is now a bit behind, but the images it does take are nice. There is a dedicated camera button to launch and take photos, so it's easily accessible. There is also a lack of a flash, so the only way you will get nice photos is in a well lit room or out on a sunny day.
The operating system is Windows Mobile 6/6.1 depending on where or when you buy this phone. If your tech savvy, there are custom builds of Windows Mobile floating around on the web which will make this phone faster to operate, but not completely faster. Being's I've now mentioned speed, I best tell you. This phone is not the fastest phone. It possibly was when it was released, but now days you can get better phones running the same OS. By all means, if you happen to pick one of these up for cheap you wont be to disheartened, but if you pay any more than £100 for it, for a little more you can get a faster WinMo phone which wont give you much greif. The phone has a dedicated QWERTY keyboard which slides out. You will be using this 99% of the time as the on screen keyboard is shockingly small. This isnt the phones fault, but more of Windows Mobiles. But typing with the stylus while on a bus or train isn't easy.
After a while, the phone seems to slow down. Once you buy it it's rather nippy and runs very well. After a couple weeks and you start to install apps you need to run such as Mobile Office, send a lot of texts/emails or install other apps, the phone starts to bog down. This is because when you close an application, it actually just hides it in the background, so it's constantly running. This isn't very good when you want to run one app as fast as possible.
The built in GPS works well when in the middle of a road. If your in the car and don't have the optional aerial (sold separately) it can take upto 5 minutes to get a GPS lock. Also, I found the GPS to take a while to update your exact location. At one point we got lost in town in the one-way mayhem that is because the GPS told us about a turning we should take after we passed it.
The speaker is rather dull. No real problem there as it will play your ringtones fine but not so much music. The phone is more of a business phone rather than a consumer phone, so as a business person you shouldn't be blasting your music out on it. :)
The battery isn't too bad either. It will go from morning till night on one charge, but in this day and age it would seem people want their phones to last until the next Christmas, so if you dont want to charge your phone every night, this isnt for you.
Finally the screen is a bit slack. In sunlight it is VERY hard to see whats on screen. The only real time I ever was able to see the screen was in shade, under house lights or on a murky day. Anything bright and it's hard to see. It's also a mushy-feeling touchscreen. (IE, it's not glass or firm like most phones out today.) The phone has a concealed stylus which is very good at navigating the screen. If you end up using your fingers for navigating the phone (which you will end up doing) you will notice the screen isn't that accurate. You tap on one person to ring them and the phone decides that you have 'flicked' and scrolls down your contacts. The same goes for navigating menus or sometimes it just presses something completely different. This doesn't happen with the stylus, but I can guarantee you that once the novelty of having a stylus wears off, it will become tedious and a chore to whip the stylus out and use it in general use.
Overall the phone isn't overly bad. It is nippy when on it's basic self install but after customizing and using it, it does bog down a considerable lot. If I am being totally honest, the money in which you will pay for one of these you can get something better, but if you happen to get one cheap or for free, you will be alright.
Summary: A nice phone and a good runner for a while, but then becomes slow and laborious to use.