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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the HTC Shift Windows Vista UMPC
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 04.10.07 - 10:40:20 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 23105x
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One of my personal highlights of this week's HTC press events was the presentation of the HTC Shift, which was announced some months ago already but which I hadn't seen in person so far. What makes the Shift so interesting for me? Well, it's the combination of being smaller than a Notebook but more powerful than a Windows Mobile Professional smartphone while still connected through UMTS and HSDPA.
I'm not using my Pocket PC Phone Editions for voice but I'm using it for mobile data access the whole day but for some tasks, like photo editing, I still need my Tablet PC. So that's where the HTC Shift comes into the game by offering Pocket PC portability with Notebook functionality.

Unfortunately I hadn't too much time with the Shift but what I've seen and was able to test impressed me as much that I'm quite sure, that the HTC Shift is my next buy. As you can see on one photo bellow, the keyboard, even if it is a "full" Notebook keyboard isn't sized to be used with 10 fingers but at the end you might use 2 or 4 fingers only but that's okay and the compromise you have to pay for a device in this size:





The HTC Shift will be available in localized versions across Europe from November and will costs and estimated retail price of 1199 Euro. HTC hasn't unveiled any carrier partnerships yet.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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