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PHOTOVIEW: HTC Universal Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 27.07.05 - 13:31:39 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 39343x
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At least I've managed to finalize the photos of the HTC Universal Pocket PC Phone Edition, also known as T-Mobile MDA Pro (previously announced as MDA IV), Vodafone VPA IV or Orange SPV M5000.
While I'm still working on the general review of this fantastic device, at least it's the first Windows Mobile UMTS device where you can enjoy real wireless Internet speed, I want to share the photos with you already.
Please note, the device I've photographed here is a "vanilla" development device and not related to a carrier. This means we don't have to see it necessarily in black but the carriers are free to chose the color. Anyway, it seems HTC have build most of the development devices in black, as seen from other photos as well.

Find more photos in full size at the::unwired Photo Album.

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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Posted by krypticide on 27.07.05 - 17:19:52

This looks so nice. I'll probably wait until the 2nd-generation to get one, as it will probably be smaller.

Posted by Mobile Phone Fan on 28.07.05 - 23:14:26

Is HTC Universal accepting regular GSM cards or you need to put there USIM (SIM card for 3G). My 3G phones (not Windows Mobile) require such USIM cards or otherwise refuse to work..

Posted by Arne Hess on 28.07.05 - 23:51:53

No problem at all! Basically all my 3G phones (from German carriers, not UK carriers who have a UMTS network only like "3") accept SIM card also. Also the Universal works well with a T-Mobile, VF and O2 SIM (please note that all T-Mobile SIM cards are UMTS enabled anyway, USIM isn't required, tech-wise to use 3G services).
So yes, you can use the Universal with 2.5G SIMs also, even if you will not get the full UMTS benefit then.

Posted by galt on 08.08.05 - 01:11:15

Arne, there appears to be two button-looking things on the back of the base of the device near where the stylus is stored.  Are these buttons or just caps over screws?  Also, is there any way you can hold the Universal in one hand and scroll up/down in web pages?  Is that sliding switch thing on the other side of the base, near the right speaker, useable for scrolling, or is it just a button/device lock switch?

Thanks.

Galt

Posted by Arne Hess on 08.08.05 - 10:58:29

Arne, there appears to be two button-looking things on the back of the base of the device near where the stylus is stored.  Are these buttons or just caps over screws?

That's two caps to protect the antenna connectors only. One is for the GSM antenna, the other is for the UMTS antenna. So yes, the Universal will has to antenna connectors but I'm not sure if there will be a car cit available at all.

Also, is there any way you can hold the Universal in one hand and scroll up/down in web pages?  Is that sliding switch thing on the other side of the base, near the right speaker, useable for scrolling, or is it just a button/device lock switch?

The slider you can see beside the right speaker is the typical Pocket PC volume slider only.
However, you can surf with the d-pad which is (in Notebook-like opened) available on the right side of the screen or on the bottom (in PDA-like closed) as it is typical for Pocket PCs. In addition you can also use the arrow keys of the keyboard for web site navigation.

Posted by drooler on 15.08.05 - 02:52:11

ARNE, thanks for the preview !

...looking forward to the COMPLETE review; i'm especially interested to know about the mini-USB port :

can i use it to connect directly to a USB DVD burner or other device ?
or does it york in SLAVE mode only ?

...MOST curious about SKYPE possibility :

can i use a current SKYPE client soft and make phone calls via wi-fi/UMTS ?
or do we have to wait for a finalized version of their client under WM5 ? ( any idea how soon ? )

THANK YOU for your feedback !!!

Posted by Arne Hess on 15.08.05 - 18:19:10

drooler wrote:

can i use it to connect directly to a USB DVD burner or other device ?
or does it york in SLAVE mode only ?

No, as with most Pocket PCs also the Universal's USB is slave only, not master! Therefore you can not connect stuff like keyboards or even a DVD burner (what do you want to burn from a Universal? )

can i use a current SKYPE client soft and make phone calls via wi-fi/UMTS ?
or do we have to wait for a finalized version of their client under WM5 ? ( any idea how soon ? )

Yes, the current Skype client works even if you see it's not optimized (yet) for WM5.0. However, I've tested it via both, Bluetooth and UMTS and it worked with both, even if the latency of UMTS can avoid you from using VoIP over UMTS but what I noticed was it might depends from the current network conditions.

Posted by drooler on 16.08.05 - 02:40:21

thanks for your reply, Arne !smile

...i forgot to ask about the mini VGA-out port...

can i use it with specific cables to use an external monitor ?
provided a VGA/RCA dongle; can i mirror the screen on a TV ?

THANKS !!!

Posted by drooler on 16.08.05 - 02:53:19

ooops, just found this link :

http://www.mobile88.com/mobilegallery/S … 0universal

it says it sports FM radio...

is it true ?

THANKS ARNE !smile

Posted by Arne Hess on 16.08.05 - 11:27:03

drooler wrote:

...i forgot to ask about the mini VGA-out port...

can i use it with specific cables to use an external monitor ?
provided a VGA/RCA dongle; can i mirror the screen on a TV ?

It doesn't has a VGA-out port and since Margie has discontinued its Presenter to Go I'm not aware of an alternative.

ooops, just found this link :

http://www.mobile88.com/mobilegallery/S … 0universal

it says it sports FM radio...

is it true ?

No, it isn't true. It doesn't comes with a FM radio except you stream it over UMTS from the Internet. ;-)

Posted by drooler on 16.08.05 - 12:28:28

i see...

sad

...well, i guess we can´t have EVERYTHING on a smartphone ( yet ), so i´ll try and stay relaxed until your next update on the baby...

wink

THANK YOU !smile

Posted by Data Nut on 30.08.05 - 07:12:53

Thank you for the photo preview. I've used the audiovox 6600 before, so I'm familier with pocket pc 2003. The one thing that I thought which stood out the most on that device, was the lack of a small, always on lcd for phone ease and a phone keypad. You had to turn the screen on to see who was calling. also, using the screen to dial was awful. Especially while driving. I know its not "PC" to talk about... but everyone does it...... Also, the idea of closing the screen to protect it is great, but do you have to pop it open and flip the screen around to answer the phone??? Don't you think that would be pretty nerve racking after a while? So you would constantly need to keep the display open in order to use it as a phone, is that correct? It is the little things like this that can make or break a new techno gadget like this. I know you can't have everything, but ease of use is the utmost concern. I would love the idea of having a phone and pc all in one, but everyone keeps skirting around it and can't seem to provide a solid easy to use device that doesn't compromise. I have a new blackberry that my company provided. This has a battery that lasts for days and days. Even when I get a thousand emails with the device on vibrate all the time. I also use it for phone calls. Not bad, but could be better. The only problem is, "other than simple emails and phone calls, it's pretty much useless. The GPRS through Cingular is awful. Worse than a 9600 baud modem. My Sprint Audiovox 6600 worked great with downloads and browsing, (3G "64-144k") but if I failed to disconnect from the internet before holstering it, the device would stay connected, and two hours later, .....dead battery.... 

I saw other reviews on the Universal's battery life and they were pretty good. Have you had a chance to test this unit in real world conditions? How does it hold up?

Posted by Tom McHugh on 14.03.06 - 18:10:59

My JasJar (aka HTC Universal) is having problems connecting to the Cingular GSM network. Up until yesterday it worked fine with the "G" prominently displayed in the top bar. I have tried "soft" and "hard" resets. The phone settings moved to the incorrect GSN settings i.e. "EGSM+DCS1800". I needed to move to the "PCS1900" band manually. Everytime I try and connect it makes two attempts and it looks as if the password is changing automatically as there are more ****'s than I entered for the Cingular standard password.
Currently my "connection" icon shows two opposing arrows with an "x" underneath.

Has anyone any experience of this????

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