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HTC TyTN II - Smartphone - WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

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      21.10.2012 17:19

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      a few niggles for the HTC/Microsoft guys to work out but an excellent phone and I loved it for yrs

      I used this phone for years before upgrading to another HTC windows phone.
      It is an excellent phone with loads of features and it looks cool too. Pretty solidly well build slide out action on the keyboard too (I did drop it a couple of times). Battery life is good, memory good (with SD card) and range of software is excellent. I used mine for everything and love the slide out keyboard - especially fast when typing a text.

      A reliability down side is that after a couple of years the keyboard statred to be a bit funny. Sometimes it wouldn't register button presses and sometimes it would put in three so instead of typing "fancy a few frames of snooker?" you'd look at the screen to find you had typed "fancyafeeewframes ofsnooker". It might just be a quick fix or it might be a bigger issue for repair, i don't know. I upgraded instead :)
      Predictive text isn't brilliant and the software doesn't autocorrect typos like newer smartphones will.
      Another downside on the typing front was the use of the "writing" function with the stylus. It didn't really work and when you have a hard keyboard it's just easier and quicker to use that.
      Which brings me onto another gripe. The stylus is great and adds a lot of functionality that you wouldnt be able to do with a fat thumb. But at times there is no need for it. If you just wish to quickly read a text you shouldnt have to whip out the stylus. With the slide out keyboard you can type a text with out it so why didnt the redesign the menus so that you could get into the text writing screen with your thumb? Come on microsoft/HTC...you're better than that.

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      18.10.2011 15:14
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      A dated but usable phone, just stay near a USB port

      I used one of these phones for about eight months and only really stopped using it because I had to give it back to my boss.

      Physically the Tytn II is very robust - wear a belt if this is going in your trouser pocket because it weighs about a kilogram, perhaps a little more. The keyboard slides out from under the main display and was usable even using my stubby fingers. The only drawback is that this area gathers grime very quickly whilst in your pocket, but you can clean it out with an ear bud.

      Shorcuts can be assigned to the buttons on the front, or you can navigate using the included stylus.

      The only physical design flaw is the battery cover, which is flimsy and held on buy a few very fragile plastic pegs. During use one of these pegs snapped off and the cover became loose.

      Apart from that there are a few nice touches, there is a little holster for the stylus so you don't lose it, and the display is clear enough on the screen that's just under 3 inches across.

      The camera is 3.1 megapixels and you can take stills and video, altering the usual settings such as colour/white balance and image quality/size. There's actually one lens on the front and another on the back, so you can flip between these.

      I didn't really use the HTC Home software that came with the phone, I was quick to download and customise the interface using a myriad of OS tweaks and applications that I found online. Out of the box you get the Mobile Windows Office package, along with a few different messenger packages and map apps (it has a GPS receiver - handy if you get lost).

      The OS is Windows so there's a lot of extra content out there. There isn't really enough space on the Tytn II for movies or music, as you only get 256MB (you can add an SD card however). There was however enough space for a SNES emulator and the SCUMM mobile engine, so I could play many classic childhood games on the train etc.

      Depending on the apps being used the battery will last perhaps 6 hours before recharging via USB. I found this worrying when I had to rely on my phone as an alarm clock as I was worried it wouldn't last through the night.

      The Tytn II is left in the dust when it comes to modern smartphones but if you like messing about with lots of applications it's still enjoyable to use.

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      27.08.2011 18:09
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      Whether you get the most out of this phone will depend on the network you choose.

      I purchased the HTC TYTN II in 2008 and I loved it. It's got fantastic features that, at the time of its release, weren't standard to smartphones - like the full fold-out keyboard and GPS navigation systems. The keyboard is just large enough to allow proper word processing functionality, making using email on the go easy. The handset is crammed with features - I get most use from email and google maps, so I can keep in touch and find my way around on the go. My only criticism is with the GPS 'find me' function, which will show you where you are on a google map. This was often out by about 500 yards or so, making it useless for pin-pointing your location when you cant to know exactly how far you are from your destination. I rarely used the camera function as it just didn't generate high enough recolution images, and the lack of flash made it useless in low light conditions. The phone can also be used as a music player: the speaker quality and playback are exceptional, and you can record anything of your choice as a ringtone. My favourite function was the notes feature, which allows you to 'handwrite' notes by tracing on the screen with your finger, which is an incredibly fast way of taking memos. I much prefer HTC touch screens to other brands, because the screens are pressure sensitive - you can use them with a stylus, rather than you finger tip, so these are much easier to use than the static-sensitive screens of some of their competitors (like the iPhone). Though I loved the phone my choice of mobile phone network meant that I couldn't always get full use of its functions, which was frustrating, and a few weeks after I bought my shiny new phone it developed a fault, and the network replaced it with a reconditioned, second-hand model, which was a huge dissapointment. So, while I highly recommend the handset, make sure your network has got you fully covered for repairs and is going to give you appropriate tech support - this is a really sophisticated piece of kit and you need the right back-up in place to get the most from it.

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      22.06.2010 19:54
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      Do not buy, even at a good price, because you'll end up smashing it against a wall.

      Having read the very positive reviews on here I started to question my overly negative opinion on the phone, so instead of going ahead straight away with slating the model I started to casually ask a few of the 110+ people at my company who have this model as their company PDA. Luckily, I was reassured when I heard them utter the magic words which has summed up my opinion ever since I first switched on this PDA: "This is the worst phone I've ever had."

      I really don't know where to begin with the problems with this phone. It's unbelievably heavy, pathetically slow, bulky, impossible to see the screen in daylight, the pullout keyboard is completely unnecessary as what you can do with the keyboard you can do with the stylus - without the risk of constantly pressing the wrong buttons.

      It's quite hard to hear anyone on the phone as well even on full volume - so the way round this is to use the loudspeaker, that's if you can put up with the pathetic speaker distorting absolutely everything. The only good thing about this is if your phone rings in a busy place and you answer, you have plenty of time to find a quieter place due to the fact there is a huge delay in actually connecting the call.

      The battery? Well I've never managed to use for phone for longer than half a day without the battery dying - and I only use it for emailing and general features, very rarely for actually making calls which is its primary use.

      Did I also mention that this is my second model? The first had to be sent back as the mic stopped working after 12 months but I can assure you the replacement is as awful as the first.

      It's also terrible for Wi-Fi as it will constantly lose connection whereas a wifi-enabled laptop next to it won't. Bluetooth will destroy the battery even quicker.

      It's very hard to think of anything good to say about this model, other than I haven't yet thrown it at a wall. I suppose if I had to point out anything, it would be the 'conversation style' text messaging which has proved useful in remembering what I've said when replying to a text message.

      To sum up, I hate this phone with a vengeance. PLEASE try to find an alternative before buying this one.


      UPDATE -- I'm now on my third model. The second had to be sent back a couple of months after I got it because it completely stopped picking up any signal. Need I carry on? ***DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE EVEN IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS UPON IT***

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      24.03.2010 22:55
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      Another great phone from HTC and one I'll be sticking with for a while yet!

      I've had a few HTC mobiles now and I have got to say this one is almost perfect in every way however......

      If you want a camera phone don't even think of buying this phone, it isn't great in the day time and is pretty much useless at anything other than bright light. Indoors the pictures are pretty grainy, it struggles to focus and only updates the display with what it's going to take maybe once a second.

      Battery life is pretty bad too, most of the time I'm getting about two days use per charge which isn't great but sometimes if I've really used the data connection or the GPS I'm lucky to see much more than a day!


      So it's not good as a camera and the battery life sucks, why's it almost perfect then?

      Well, it works as my phone, I can send and receive text messages, I can phone people and people can phone me..... so far so good.
      I can also find where I'm going with iGo 8.3 satnav software installed, I can use Google Maps (traffic, satalite view and street view all fine), I can find a local takeaway or hotel from wherever I am, I can edit my office documents, I can write web pages (more proof of concept than useful), I can play games, I can watch movies stored on my network using the built in WiFi.....


      Seriously, there really isn't much this phone can't do!
      The keyboard is very useful and really doesn't add to the size of the phone, it's not much bigger than my SPV m700 that doesn't have one it is kind of heavy however.

      It came with Windows Mobile 6.0 installed which although good can be upgraded for free to 6.1 and can be further upgraded to 6.5.x using third party roms, each update adding new and improved features.

      It can sometimes run a little slow when you have many things loaded at once but considering most mobile phones don't allow you to have more than one thing loaded I think it's a small price to pay, I can for example have my email open, a web browser with a few tabs open, iGo sending me somewhere and a media player playing mp3's in stereo to my bluetooth car stereo all at the same time... Try doing that on your iPhone or any other phone for that matter.


      I really could go on for days but I've probably bored you enough by now, at the price of these things they are hard (if possible) to beat, go buy one now you won't regret it!

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      06.12.2009 19:51
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      A nice phone and a good runner for a while, but then becomes slow and laborious to use.

      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.

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      22.05.2009 17:02
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      Well worth the money, buy one, NOW!

      Excellent phone with loads and loads of accessories and available software. For those of you gamers out there there are countless games you can download onto the phone, including brain training, tennis, football. The built in GPS is an excellent feature and works very well indeed.

      The screen size is acceptable for use with sat nav programmes and watching streaming tv and browsing the internet, although some sites dont give you full internet capabilty. The HSDPA, at 3.6 mbps, works pretty well and you can surf fairly quickly without any problems.

      You can also tilt the screen (tilting 2.8" transflective TFT-LCD with backlight LEDs, touch sensitive screen - 240 x 320 QVGA resolution with 64K Colours) which is handy, in particular, in bright sunlight where you can get away from the glare.

      The device itself is very efficient and capable of running multiple programmes at once. The operating system is Windows 6.1 mobile, which is much better than Windows mobile 5. Some of the problems that were experienced with Windows mobile 5 were ironed out with this version, this includes better stability, faster processing (although this could also be down to the 400mhz processor). The memory consists of 256MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM, this all helps with the efficiency of the device.

      The 3 megapixel camera, although not the best on the market, does the job. Due to the screen size, this phone is ideal for video conference calls.

      You are able to upgrade to 8GB storage card, or possibly higher. Battery life is good, however, you could do with getting an extended battery, which you can get off ebay. Overall this device, considering it is around two years old, is still one of the best out there.

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      17.05.2009 13:25
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      Must have for techs

      I apologize if this review does not suit those looking for more technical info. This can be found elsewhere.

      Where can you get one?
      I came by this phone in an Orange shop. I liked the look of it and discussed contracts. I checked Vodafones website and didn't see it there so I phoned them for my PAC number so I could change provider. That was when I discovered the thing with HTC; they often allow rebadging of their phones. Hence, I have a Vodafone v1615. It is also called a Kaiser III.

      Why did I want this Phone?
      I wanted a phone/PDA so that I could keep a diary with me at all times. i know that a pocket diary would work as well, but I love technology. It also syncs with my laptop. You can also work in Excell or word easily.

      Which Feature do I use the most?
      Probably the Internet access and also Adobe reader looking at brochures

      How good is it as a phone?
      Dialing can be a problem as you have to use the touch screen. However, i have managed to do it with one hand and you get used to it. Once you have a phone book built up it gets easier.

      Most dissapointed with:
      GPS. It may be me but I cannot get this to work.

      Is it better than an iPhone?
      As far as I can tell, all the features are there, plus the battery life appears much better. I think this beats iphone hands down, and has less gimmics.

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        25.10.2008 02:55
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        Far better than an iPhone or Nokia N95 - but only if you're happy with Windows Mobile!

        I have the Vodafone v1615, which is a slightly rebranded HTC TyTN II with some Vodafone specific software.

        As a phone, it is rather mediocre. Call quality is good - but not better than you'd expect from a good quality mobile phone - but dialling is troublesome on a touch screen (over a year, and I'm still not used to dialling like that).

        However, as a PDA, it is fantastic. I use my v1615 for absolutely everything - the built in GPS lets me use Google Maps and/or Tom Tom Navigator 6 with equal ease. Note that despite the lack of information on the Tom Tom site, the TyTN II will run Tom Tom 6 - just make sure to defrag your storage card (otherwise calculating routes takes longer than getting there!)
        You can also sync with Outlook on a Windows PC, get push e-mail from an Exchange server, play MP3s and read eBooks.

        The camera is okay quality, but as with many mobile phone cameras it fares badly in low light.

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          22.08.2008 23:59
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          A very good device that does what it does VERY well.

          The HTC Tytn II or Kaiser or any of the other names it has is a Windows Mobile device running Windows Mobile 6.1 (after a recent update).

          I've had mine for about 8 months now. One of the brilliant things about it is it does nearly everything you could want! The list of features are incredible:
          GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetoth2.0, GPS, 3 megapixel camera, Micro SDHC slot, Qwerty keyboard, Pocket office (Excel, Word etc).

          Because of this amazing list of specs I use this device all the time for work and play. Having a data package in your contract is almost a neccesity. I've currently got mine on an Orange contract, 750 anytime cross network minutes, unlimited texts, and unlimited internet access. Because i've got a data package as part of my contract I've been able to configure 4 email accounts on it, work, gmail, googlemail and hotmail, which is obviously very handy! It has come in invaluble in a number of situations. I had to get the train to visit a client, but the train was delayed by 40 minutes, so I could check the train times on the internet, email my boss and client to let them know about the delay all from my phone.

          I also have MSN messenger installed, which come's in very handy sometimes! It works in exactly the same way as the PC application does.

          Another extremely useful function of this phone is the built in GPS. As this device comes with GPS, all you need to do to use this device as a sat-nav system is install some software such as TomTom.

          As this is a Windows Mobile device you can find and install many applications, for example I have added to mine a number of helpful programs such as, a DivX video player (TCPMP), a facebook connection utility (Snap2Face), a guitar tuner (FoneTuner).

          A very handy accesory for all phones is a bluetooth headset! Which this device connects to very easily! You can use it as a handsfree kit or for listening to music and watching videos.

          Aswell as all these awesome features you can also make and recieve phone calls!

          I have had HTC smartphones for a number of years now, and thisis , in my opinion, the best, it does pretty much everything you could want!

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          13.02.2008 15:10
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          A great phone worth getting....as long as your not a photographer :-)

          The TyTN II is a fantastic phone that is bursting with features.

          I have had this Phone for about 2 months now and have had no problems with it. To get the most out of it you MUST take the Data package to get the unlimited internet access.

          The TyTN II comes loaded with Windows Mobile 6 Phone edition, so it contains all of the things you would expect to find on a modern PDA.

          It also contains GPS which can be used with any sat nav software that will run on windows mobile like tom tom or co pilot.

          Here is a list of some of its main features.

          Great connectivity including 3G,HSDPA,EDGE & Bluetooth:
          The connection type is automatically chosen depending on whats available in the area, for example if 3G & HSDPA are both available the phone will choose HSDPA as its the fastest. The phone will remain connected the internet when it has a signal unless you disable it the connection menu.

          Large LCD 3" Touchscreen display:
          The Display is a pretty good size and the touchscreen has good response, can be a little hard to operate with your fingers but thats why they supply a stylus at the end of the day :-).

          Slide out Qwerty keyboard with tilting screen:-
          This is the crown jewl of this phone, its like having the worlds smallest laptop in your pocket and makes typing out small word documents much easier than using the Windows mobile on screen keyboard.

          Front & back VGA cameras:
          The front camera is just for 3G video calling and the back is a standard VGA camera with no flash - more on that later.

          Direct push email (web'n'walk needed):
          Windows mobile 6 supports direct push email which means if you sync the phone up with you work exchange server your emails just appear on your phone when they arrive rather than having to use send/recieve. Direct push also means your phone will always be in sync with your work or home computer, contacts, notes, email, documents are all syncronized together.

          GPS (yep just buy the tom tom software and its a sat nav) :
          The GPS seems pretty fast and when used with the tom tom software is just as good as an off the shelf tom tom. It can also be used in conjuction with things like google maps so it can find your nearest pub for example (very handy if you ask me:-)

          My only gripe with this phone is the camera, it has real problems in low light situations and the lack of a flash seems a stupid move on such an expensive device.

          Overall this phone is a fantastic business tool or simply an over the top toy (you know you love em).

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          More powerful than any mobile communications device you've seen before, the HTC TyTN II takes global connectivity to the next level.

          Staying connected means staying ahead. The TyTN II supports the full spectrum of network standards, guaranteeing that you will stay in touch ANYWHERE in the world. With an internet connection via 3.5G HSDPA that is nine times faster than 3G, using the TyTN II to download files and surf the Web is a breeze.

          Communicating on the go is easier than ever with an innovative, ergonomic LCD design that positions the touch screen perfectly for reading and creating e-mails, using applications, or even just playing games.

          Important information is just a glance away with HTC Home, which displays a big clock and provides live weather updates, access to a quick application launcher and one touch ring settings, easy photo dialing, and more.