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Pros:
  • Dual 400MHz processor
  • Integrated GPS
  • Sliding Keyboard with 40 degree tilt
  • Integrated still/video camera
  • Accepts high capacity microSDHC cards
  • Windows Mobile 6
  • Office Mobile 6.1 (so you can view Office 2007 files)
 
Cons:
  • Speakerphone isn’t the best
  • No zoom on still camera at the highest resolution
  • Picture quality could be better
  • Lack of integrated 3.5mm audio jack
 
Now that I’ve had my Tilt for a little bit, I figured I’d give a more in depth review for others who might be considering a new Windows Mobile 6 device.
 
Overall I’m pretty stoked about this device. It’s been a good experience with it overall though there are some things I’ve been less than thrilled about. For example, it’s a solid performer with the fast processor (ok, fast for a mobile device) and good amount of memory available to install other apps (I’ve been eyeing a 6GB microSDHC card recently) but there have been times when the phone seemed unresponsive and I needed to do a quick reset on it. Sometimes the perceived sluggishness or unresponsiveness is suspected to be from the network (I’m on AT&T currently) but I don’t know for certain.
 
While at first I liked the idea of the speakerphone, after using it I’ve realized that it’s kinda horrible sounding at times…way too much vibration in the output even at lower volumes. Since this phone doesn’t feature a 3.5mm audio jack I’ll probably end up either buying the adapter (USB -> 3.5mm) to use my existing hand-free option, or break down and buy one of the many Bluetooth headsets…though I’m actually leaning toward the adapter at first because then I can use the phone to play music over the car stereo with my existing system.
 
Picture quality is OK, but not great. The thing I keep telling myself is I didn’t buy a digital camera…I bought a phone. It’s good for quick snapshots and I’m sure it will give me an opportunity to improve my Photoshop skills if I have some images from my phone that I’d like to use elsewhere.
 
The single biggest feature I’m stoked about is Windows Mobile 6 – I skipped over the whole Windows Mobile 5 stuff because I didn’t want to pay the penalty for breaking my (then) phone contract and my carrier at the time didn’t have any good phones for WM5. Now with no contract holding me back I jumped on what I thought was one of the best Windows Mobile 6 devices around. I’ve started installing a number of the mobile apps I’ve written in the past on this phone and they all work fine for now (though some of them don’t handle the landscape mode so well…oops!) and I’m in the process of porting my existing code to take advantage of Windows Mobile 6, and .NET Compact Framework 2.0 and 3.5 as well as starting to develop new applications.
 
The code signing requirements for WM6 don’t hamper me right now with this device; I just get the warning about unsigned code being installed. I did take advantage of a program my local DE introduced me to which provided me with a trial run of a Code Signing subscription from GeoTrust and now that I’ve received my token and set up my certificate I expect to start testing my apps after they’ve been signed with my certificate to see how that works out.
 
All in all…if you’re a geek, and even more so, if you’re a mobile geek, this phone shouldn’t disappoint…you should feel right at home with the features and specs available here…so what are you waiting for? Go upgrade now!
Posted on Friday, December 21, 2007 10:19 PM Hardware Reviews , Windows Mobile | Back to top


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I was disappointed that it didn't have a SVGA screen. I can live without the infrared support.
Left by Chris Craft on Jan 01, 2008 8:14 PM

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