Friday, March 21, 2008

Recap on HTC Shift

For you who have missed this weekend news on most buzzed device: HTC Shift, this is a “very short” recap of that aforementioned device. Although I have doubt at first to cover HTC Shift in here, because it doesn’t have function to make phone calls, and can’t be categorized into mobile companion either because it is an UMPC. Yes, you read that right: HTC Shift does not do phone calls for you. But it can retrieve & send emails and text messaging. Here are the quick full specs: HSDPA / CDMA2000 EVDO, weighted at 800gr, 800x480 pixels on 7 inch screen with 16M colors, touch screen with Origami Experience v2.0 software, QWERTY keyboard, 1GB RAM, 128MB ROM, 40/80GB HDD, Intel Stealey 800MHz processor, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 VGA camera, SDIO card slot, VGA port, Windows Vista Business OS, SnapVue and fingerprint scan. I recommend reading James Kendrick’s blog (jkOnTheRun) for these specs, and his impressions on using the device.
The new feature of user interface called SnapVue is aimed for always-on usage of the HTC Shift, this way you could save battery life and keep using the device for receiving and sending emails & text messaging. Boys Genius Report (BGR) has covered the con of opening email attachment using SnapVue, where you must switch to Windows Vista in order to view and edit the attachment files. Within the BGR’s
blog, you’ll enjoy many photos and the easy to read of pros and cons of the device.
Here comes the price, according to
Engadget this HTC Shift is going to cost around US$15,000. This is a quite hefty price for road warrior users, but few people will still buy and love this beast for all it’s worth.

(blogged with my Treo 750v)

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