Thursday, December 20, 2012

HTC TyTN II Review

Ah HTC, a company that most of us know at least 1 product from. Now, they are known for phones like the One X that runs Android, but years ago they made stuff that ran on Windows Mobile, which should not be confused with the Windows Phone we have today. Back then, Windows Mobile was actually good software, as I don't really like the new interface Microsoft is pushing on us, but that is a different story. Let's start the review, since that is what you are here to read, not my ramblings.

The HTC TyTN II, or as this specific device is branded, EMOBILE EMONSTER S11HT, went under a few different names, such as the AT&T Tilt , and its own internal code name, the Kaiser. These are all pretty much the same unit, with some minor details really, but it still worth mentioning for anyone who just put TyTN II, or Kaiser, or Tilt into Google and found this page. For simplicity, I will refer to it as the TyTN II, as I believe that was the most common of the different names.

 Looking at the phone, it looks like a standard smartphone did before the iPhone changed it all. Buttons and a screen on the front was a standard thing for a while. Now we just have a huge screen and no buttons. The first thing to do would be take a walk around the phone I guess.

From TyTN II

On the front, which is a logical place to start as any, contains a 2.8" screen, with a resolution of 240x320, or QVGA. Compared with phones of today, that is pretty low resolution, especially when you see rumors of an upcoming 4.7" screen that does full 1920x1080! But that is a different section. Above the screen is the speaker grill, which also contains the LEDs such as battery and notifications, as well as wireless. There is also a small VGA front facing camera. Under the screen, you have a once standard directional pad, with center select, call and end keys, as well as 2 soft keys and 2 application keys, and 2 system keys. That is a lot of buttons!

From TyTN II

Moving down to the bottom, we see a micro SD slot, covered by a flap, which does support micro SDHC cards as well as normal micro SD cards. Remember when that was called Transflash? Not many people do, or what a TF card was but I do! Useless trivia is always fun! Next, we have a lanyard attachment, and a weird looking, but still standard-ish USB port. Ok, technically speaking, it is an 11 pin variant, but accepts a standard mini B USB cable. This is also your audio jack, which works with the adapter I got from Brando. You also have a reset button and a microphone. Ah the days of the reset button!

From TyTN II

Moving to our right, we can see the STYLUS! Yep, resistive touchscreen! No fancy capacitive screens back then! We also have, much like a real camera, a 2 step camera button. Hold it down halfway, and the autofocus works, then click it in all the way to take a picture. This is also where the power button is found.

From TyTN II

There is nothing on the top, pretty boring!

From TyTN II

The left side has a lot of things on it. Starting with the first button, which is mapped to the Comm Manager on mine. This is full reprogrammable on mine. I have heard some like the AT&T Tilt model, this is mapped to Push to Talk, and is unchangeable. We have a nice little scroll wheel, which can be pressed in to select, and an OK button.

From TyTN II

On the back, we have a 3MP AutoFocusing camera, a speaker grill, and a GPS antenna port, but I should not there is an antenna for the GPS inside the phone, this is only to connect an external one.

From TyTN II

Opening up the phone, we have a QWERTY keyboard, that is backlit, and we can now TILT the screen up! Yes, that is where the AT&T model got the clever little tilt name.  The keyboard is pretty nice, and works well once you get used to it. In a world where the onscreen keyboard is now the standard, it is pretty nice to have a keyboard you know. There isn't a whole lot I can say since it is a subjective matter in my opinion. You can love it or hate it, so it is best to try it for  yourself.

Software wise, there is not a lot I wish to say. If you have used a Pocket PC or Windows Mobile, you know what to expect already. It has the standard stuff like a to do list, date book, contacts, and stuff like Word and Excel. I have a custom ROM on mine, so I can't comment on anything that HTC preloads on it.

So, before I end this little review with the specifications list, I want to add some final thoughts on the TyTN II. For one, the camera, while it isn't the absolute worst camera there is, it isn't that great either. It works, but don't expect a lot of great pictures form it. The fact that there is no 3.5MM headphone jack means that you need the adapter which takes up the USB port, meaning without a different adapter that has another USB port and headphone jack, you can't do audio while charging, which also goes for calls unless you have a Bluetooth headset.

Speaking of Bluetooth, there are the standard WiFi and Bluetooth radios along  with the 3G radios, and since I don't use this as a phone, I have no comments on that matter. The only thing I will say about it phone wise is that the SIM card slot if on the back half of the screen, and is only accessible with the slider opened. Opening the SIM slot will also power down the phone.

I have taken these from Wikipedia, but here are the specifications.

Manufacturer    HTC Corporation
Series    HTC TyTN
Compatible networks    Quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900, GPRS, EDGE
Tri band UMTS 850/1900/2100, HSDPA, HSUPA
Availability by country    September 2007; 5 years ago
Discontinued     September 3, 2009
Predecessor       HTC TyTN
Successor            HTC Touch Pro
Form factor        Slider
Dimensions        112 mm (4.4 in) H
59 mm (2.3 in) W
19 mm (0.75 in) D
Weight                 190 g (6.7 oz)
Operating system            Windows Mobile 6.1, unofficial Android port
CPU       Qualcomm 7200 ARM 400 MHz
GPU: Qualcomm Q3Dimension
Memory              128 MB RAM
256 MB ROM
Removable storage         microSDHC, up to 32 GB
Battery                 1300 or 1350 mAH Lithium-ion polymer battery, user accessible
Data inputs         QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen
Display 240x320 px, 2.8 in (71 mm), 65536 color LCD, 3:4 aspect ratio
Rear camera       3.1 megapixel
Front camera     0.3 megapixel
Connectivity       USB Mini-B
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Keywords from September 23 2012 to December 19th 2012

Keywords for Classical Computing from September 23 2012 to December 19th 2012

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Akihabara Station Denkigai Guchi Video

Akihabara Station Denkigai Guchi Video I took with my SONY NEX-5N.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Korean Smartphone Advertisement


I went to Korea this Monday to Wednesday, and I took a picture of Korean Smartphone Advertisement.

From the left: LG Optimus Vu II, LG Optimus G, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 3

Friday, November 30, 2012

Time Travel: Mac and PC Ads

Remember these ads you watched about Mac and PC?
Time to watch it again! :P

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ultima (1980) on Apple ][ e Video

I found Ultima (1980) on Apple ][ e on YouTube.

I really like the package of the classic game, although I never played the Ultima series before. It's really well made.

I'm personally a Final Fantasy fan, and sometimes like to do Final Fantasy XII and XIII. lol

Well, hope you like the classic game!

-Tsubasa Kato

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Great Android Experiment, Part I

Well, I have decided that I want to do an experiment, involving Android, and what will be my next purchase, a new tablet. I have the HTC Flyer now, which is a quite nice little 7" tablet, but I want something better. I have plans on purchasing an Asus Transformer sometime in the future, perhaps if one goes on sale for a great price, or I will wait until after CES and a new model comes out, but the timing is not important as what I am doing now is.
The experiment is a simple one, but an important one as well. If I get the Asus, it will become my laptop, replacing the Vaio I currently use, that was given to me by a friend. So my experiment is simple, all of the programs I need exist on Android, and technically, I have a desktop I can use as well for stuff like printing files and the like. So, the question remains... Can I use nothing but Android? Can I survive without Windows except for the rare things like printing a file, or working on my other projects like typing uo recipes since I would use an old Pentium MMX laptop to split and organize the files for Dropbox.
I am typing this up with a Bluetooth keyboard, using only the Blogger app on my tablet, so I guess you can say that the experiment starts now!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Apple Humor

Apple Humor of the day. Watch and get a laugh. It will surely brighten up your day.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Tried out Flipboard on iPad mini

I tried out Flipboard on iPad mini in a local electronics store. Here's the video.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Amazon Making Games Now

Amazon is making games now.

It's produced by amazon games studios. Hm... Interesting. I wonder when Google will release its own game studios. :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Star Wars Angry Birds Trailer

Star Wars Angry Birds Trailer is out.
Oh yes, who would have thought that Disney would buy Lucasfilm? And this Angry Birds thing too.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Recommended Video

I have a recommended video for you Classical Computing Fans.

It's a video by MIT and was made in early 1950's. Very interesting...

Bullet Train taken with SONY NEX-5N

Bullet Train taken with SONY NEX-5N

It was taken in Tokyo last month.

Chachacha... Surface

Chachacha... Surface

It's kind of funny and catchy at the same time.

Friday, September 28, 2012

640kb, right?

The tagline of this blog is "For People Who Think 640kb is Enough." so here' I present a portable computer from 1988; one year after my birth, with just that much memory. On top of 640kb memory, there's dual 720kb floppies, a CGA resolution LCD (which has a proper aspect ratio; most portables from the time didn't), a full size desktop style keyboard, an NEC V30 cpu and, to tie it all together, the ability to run from 10 D-Cell batteries or from an ac adapter. Aside from the rather unconventional form-factor, it's hardware makes it a pretty typical XT clone of the day.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DEC PDP-1 Space War Demo

DEC PDP-1 Space War Demo Video I found on YouTube.

I'm amazed at the quality of the game on a 1960 computer.

New laptop

Back in mid-August, I scored an iPhone 3GS in trade for spending a day helping a person move. The antenna inside was messed up so no cell phone functionality; I used it to play music and to use internet over wifi. However, I needed a new computer at the time and decided to see if I could trade it for a laptop on Craigslist. Sure enough, September 1st, I met up with someone who gave me a Dell Latitude D520 for it. While not as pretty of a device, it's more useful to me. It has Windows 7, 2ghz Core 2 Duo, 250gb hard drive, 2gb RAM. According to some datestamps in inside plastics, it was made in late 2007; a surprise to me considering the styling and fact it has a standard aspect 15" 1024x768 lcd. This must be one of the newest laptops made with a 4:3 screen.

New Calculator Today

Today I got a 1990s vintage calculator for practically free. I found a dollar on the ground and then minutes later, I go inside a thrift store and buy a TI 83 for a dollar. Supposedly this model was the high end for TI at the time of it's release in 1997. It shares in common with other models such as the Ti82, 83 and 85 a 6mhz Zilog Z80 cpu. The screen has the same horizontal resolution as a Ti83 but is wider and has higher vertical resolution. You can also type in lowercase letters on this thing. Overall a pretty nice calculator and it has a high end feel to it but compared to models you can buy today, it feels a little past it's prime.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

My newest toy!

This new toy will really help with my reviews for sure!

Touched iPhone 5 Today

Touched iPhone 5 today for the first time. (Well, today is the release date) It was pretty exciting to touch a new iPhone after a year. :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Touched Xperia Tablet S

I touched Xperia Tablet S today at a local electronics store.

It was very smooth, and I liked it better than the Sony Tablet S.

The new iPad

I bought The new iPad last week, and I love it!

The reason I bought The new iPad is because my 1st generation iPad's app always crashed on iOS 5.1. Seems like there was too less RAM to do decent web browsing on the new iOS. It was working fine 2 years ago, but I guess either the websites got heavier or the iOS got heavier, I'm sure it was lack of RAM space available.

I'm using a case by Logic3, and it has rubber grip, which I am pretty fond of. I'm planning to get another case soon, but finding a really good case is pretty hard, and there are a LOT of choices and it can be pretty expensive so I'm going to carefully choose it.

What changed the most for me is the Evernote experience. I use Evernote a lot, (I've even talked to Evernote CEO, Phil Livin personally in the past) and writing new  notes fast is a really good thing for me.

The fast dual core processors are really a plus as it makes web browsing ultra snappy, and I'm glad I bought The new iPad.