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#1 Blake

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 05:39 AM

Ok so as many of you know I am a lover of Gadgets I can't help my self. Also I am a lover of anything that lets me get my work done no matter where I am. So my most recent gadget purchase is the ATT&T Tilt which is also know as the HTC TyTNII. This is also the first time that I am venturing into the GSM phone market as I have been a loyal Verizon customer for a long time. But lets face it, good all "Can you hear me now" Verizon has a terrible phone selection and AT&T is quickly catching up coverage wise.

First of all this phone is very nice, and pretty solid as long as the main tilt screen is in the closed position. For those that know me, they are asking "How many times have you dropped this already" and the answer is in 5 days I have dropped it 3 times ;) so so far it is very durable, now I just have a small sent in the side, but no other problems.

Some quick opinions:

The 3G is sweet and fast I haven't used it as a tethered device yet.
There is a slight lag when switching between apps, something I am not used to on my Blackberry 8310 I use for work
Certain applications like Google maps look much better on this phone then my berry.
The windows mobile interface takes about 2 more clicks to do something then the berry
The jog dial on the device is an awesome addition
You need to get a MicroSD card for this thing if you are going to be a power user with it.


Push Email
OK I am putting this in an entire separate section because it really isn't a fault of the phone but rather a fault of AT&T. I am a big email user, I hate using the phone. I have trouble hearing certain tones especially voices over a phone line (too much time in server rooms through out my career and my love of metal music) So for me a phone lives and dies by its email capabilities. Well I get the device and supposedly it supports push email with a number of free email account services using the Xpress mail application. So I sign up for a yahoo email account because I have wanted to try the yahoo web mail interface. I get it all set up and the problems begin. Sometimes it would not send or receive emails, then it would out of the blue say my password changed and I would have to enter it again. This for me is unacceptable. I called up AT&T and they say I am experiencing these issues and they say they have had complaints but it should be resolved soon. I am a bit skeptical so I hit the net and do some digging, it took about two seconds to find that they have been having these problems for over a year. Obviously I am pretty pissed. So I decide to pony up, I get my self a hosted exchange account with Microsoft wireless active sync for $12 a month and surprise surprise the device works perfectly. All problems cleared up.

So for the record, I don't blame the device, I blame AT&T and Xpress mail. If something doesn't work stop selling that as part of the service.

**Update***
The battery life is terrible. I have 3 email accounts on the device, 1 Exchange and 2 pop. 1 pop account updates every 60 minutes, the other every 5. Without WiFi and bluetooth on, it still drains. After 10 hours the device is almost dead.

#2 illwill

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:36 PM

blackberry 8310 ftw :ph34r:
the only problem i got with the berry & at&t is that in addition to the internet fee on top of the phone fee, they also want to charge you an addiional amount to tether your phone to a laptop, something i didnt know until after i got one
but other than that the 8310 has a bunch of cool shit ,, ssh ,vnc, remote desktop, syncs with google calender and and my google apps account, the built in gps works sweet with google maps and allows you to follow yourself within 3 yrds on a satellite map while driving with route overlay .. many more features than i can put on here.. theres also a nice $5 app called berry locator that will make your phone spazz out with lights and sounds and sends you an email with the gps location of where its at , just in case your phone got lost or stolen....


my friend has the Tilt phone though.. he only bought the unlimited data plan for it and he uses the phone for email etc and then to make calls he uses the skype program he installed... not bad for unlimited calls .. i think the data plan was 30$ and skype is another $3

pretty sweet
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#3 Blake

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 05:23 AM

My biggest question with the tethering is how do they know it is being tethered? How come it doesn't just look like the phone is using the modem itself?

#4 illwill

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 02:19 PM

i'm not sure about tethering but i think theyll charge you for data consumption ... im not real sure about that,, i havent gotten as far as trying to figure out how to log into at&t .. let me check into it and get back to you

#5 lucky123

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 09:13 PM

One of my friend has the Tilt phone though.. he only bought the unlimited data plan for it and he uses the phone for email etc and then to make calls he uses the skype program he installed... not bad for unlimited calls .. i think the data plan was 30$ and skype is another $3





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