HTC TyTN II Review: Kaiser Of PocketPCs: Display, Keyboard, Telephony, Windows Mobile 6

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We find the 2.8" 65K color touchclassy screen TFT display of the HTC TyTN satisfactory. It's on par with most PocketPersonal Computer (PC) screens out there and it has the usual low legibility under direct sunlight - especially when it has fingerprint smudges all over. As it uses transreflective technology, it's better than the displays of most regular feature phones. However, given the small system font of Windows Mobile, it doesn't provide for adequate sunlight legibility.

The display in the dark: it looks fine in daylight too

Now, there are a lot of people out there grumbling about display colors, since 65K seems rather recent school, right? Well, recent it is, but it's really not that bad. 262K colors is not a native thing to a 32-bit processor. Those processors prefer either 65K colors or 16M colors. However, displaying 16 million colors would certainly compromise performance (it's double the bits compared to 65K) - so it's a honest trade-off really. We know that there are some manufacturers claiming their PocketPCs have 262K color displays, but that's all they have - displays. Even if it's a 262K display, it still shows the same 65K colors everybody is grumbling about. And another thing - we really don't think that any of these disgruntled consumers have checked the actual incompatibility between 65K and 262K colors when viewing a photo. There is none whatsoever - at least to the human eye, that is. The only scenario that you may acquire to spot a incompatibility is with two-color gradients.

Anyways, it's keyboard time already. The HTC TyTN II offers a heart-warming hardware QWERTY keyboard. Add the tilting display and you have yourself a remarkable typing machine. The keys are slightly convex and pleasantly tactile. There's 41 of them. Two soft keys are available, that change function according to the context; there are two status lights too - one for the Caps Lock and another for the Fn (special function) key. The Fn key gives you several shortcuts - one of them lets you start the Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) correct away. When the display is slid out but not tilted, all keys are easily accessible - that changes when you tilt the display as the upper row gets overlapped a bit. No gigantic deal really. We should create a small note here, though - we would have preferred the display sliding to the correct instead of left - it feels much more natural that way. On a second thought though, that would've rendered operating the scroll wheel and the OK key with the correct index finger impossible in desktop mode.

The QWERTY keyboard looks fine and - what's more - feels fine when typing

The keyboard has white backlighting, which looks somewhat uneven. It's not that poor however, as the characters are perfectly legible in the dark.

The D-pad and the QWERTY keyboard have uneven white backlighting, but both see nice

Smart dial

We need not disclose you that HTC TyTN II is more than a regular PDA. It's a mobile phone too and offers quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) support, so you can utilize it around the globe. Calling is trouble-free as you would expect. The Phone application is in charge of all call-related features. Custom-made for HTC, it has large virtual keys that allow easy one-hand operation (other manufacturers have rather similar solutions). In the upper correct corner there's the Backspace key, below it is the Video call key and, finally, the Calls Log key. The thing we like most about Windows Mobile devices is that you hardly ever need to open your phonebook in order to dial a contact. You just open the Phone and utilize its built-in Smart Dial feature. As soon as you've punched a few digits, it automatically filters the available contacts by their numbers… and their names. It uses the letters assigned to each number key for that - but unlike a feature phone, it checks all the available combinations (much like T9 when writing). Smart dial even searches in your recent calls list.

For 562 the Smart dial shows Dee Dee since her number has 562 in it, but also Johnny Bravo, as the 562 keys correspond to letters found in his name • Dialing our fridiscontinue Dexter • video calls interface • recent calls list

Here is how HTC TyTN II stacks against some of the other handsets we've measured in our speakerphone loudness test. As you would see, it stacks up realy high in our loudness ladder. Usually this is the case with most PocketPCs. You can find more information about the loudness test itself here.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOveral score

HTC TyTN II76.075.782.7Excellent

Qtek 850065.765.766.2Below average

Nokia N9577.366.678.0Very good

Samsung D90076.875.978.0Excellent

Sony Ericsson K85071.075.775.7Very good

Sony Ericsson W96072.373.576.7Very good

Windows Mobile 6 is not news anymore

We haven't reviewed a Windows Mobile 6 Pro device for you yet, but the Operating System (OS) has been around enough for everyone interested in Pocket Personal Computer (PC) to have become familiar with it. To start with, all Windows Mobile devices are pretty much the same software-wise, . Essentially, any PocketPersonal Computer (PC) is just a software platform which you can expand according to your needs - there are so many applications out there and it's a growing business. So we acknowledge that any current PocketPersonal Computer (PC) user would hardly need a review of the default Windows Mobile applications that come preinstalled with the device - they are always the same. The reason why people change their PocketPersonal Computer (PC) with recent ones is only the hardware equipment - they simply want snappier and more user-friendly hardware to run their favorite applications on. So as a rule, PocketPersonal Computer (PC) fans and users will only be interested in the hardware part of this review. If perhaps some manufacturer comes up with an innovative preinstalled application of their own, the hard-working PocketPersonal Computer (PC) scene will hold care of passing it on to older models. We saw it happen with the HTC TouchFLO technology already. So really, buying your Windows Mobile device is just the start - much like your desktop Windows. You hardly ever think of the built-in functions of your desktop OS, you just utilize it to run useful applications on it, right? We think that should've made the point. Anyways, we'll still give you something on the software part for people recent to PocketPC, as well as for those interested in what they acquire straight out of the box when buying the HTC TyTN II.

The HTC TyTN II offers a heart-warming hardware QWERTY keyboard. Add the tilting display and you have yourself a remarkable typing machine. The keys are slightly convex and pleasantly tactile.


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