Sunday, July 20, 2008

brand new HTC P3470

Finally moved on from my trusty old Nokia Ngage QD. Basically i lost hope in nokia getting back to serious gameing. after seeing all the casual games on offer for the new ngage platforms, i decided to stop waiting. I'm happy with my psp when it comes to mobile gaming.
Now it was time i got myself a gps and camera device. after much research this was what fit in my budget.

HTC Pharos 100 platform.

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Dimensions 108 x 58.3 x 15.7 mm
Weight 122 g
TFT touchscreen, 65K colors
240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches
Handwriting recognition
Ringtones: Polyphonic, MP3

Card slot microSD (i got a 4gb one from ebay)
TI OMAP 850, 200 Mhz processor
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots),
32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional
SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (PocketIE)...i obviously got myself opera mobile

Java MIDP 2.0 works fine with games that don't need too many keys. games like midnight pool and tropical madness are working great coz they only need the d-pad

Am trying out a few 3d games,

have got 2 3d aerial combat symulators: a dog fight game with older aircraft and a jet fighter game.

Cod2 by Aspyr runs a little sluggishly at times, which i expected anyway(considering your only supposed to be able to play it on a dell axiom or simillar device with a 400 MHz Intel XScale® processor), however i'm able to kill bad guys, and toss grenades, and move we'll see how this goes :whistle: . I still have to get a hang of the touchscreen based "look" controls.

admittedly its not a great looking game, but like i said earlier, i do most of my mobile gaming on the psp anyway. will post on this later

Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, video, macro
heres some pics i took this morning
normal mode

macro mode

the normal mode / macro mode switch is a physical analog switch on the other side of the phone,
so you can sometimes forget to switch modes, like i did in the above image of my hand(still on macro) :ko:

video can be recorded in either H.263 or mpeg4
heres a sample of H.263 once it gets processed by youtube

the original file was crystal clear, but the format just doesnt handle well on youtube.
trying mpeg4 now.

indoors is quite bad, especially if your moving around a lot... coz it just cant focus or adjust white ballance fast enough.

heres a sample of mpeg4 once it gets processed by youtube

my verdic: H.263 may save space, but ultimately mpeg4 goes places.

Built-in GPS with some cool software that i havnt figured out yet
more on this later

Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF viewer) no idea what i'l do with these right now....will see

Voice memo
MP3/AAC player
Video/audio album

Video palyback: so far its only played wmv's smoothly.. have tried divx, but havnt found any divx videos of the right size yet. running the average sized files results in a choppy,skipping experience

Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1100 mAh
Stand-by Up to 240 h
Talk time Up to 5 h 50 min

looking good so far
It doesnt have Wifi, but then neither did my last 3 phones, and i never missed it.
but yes lack of wifi is something to make note of. so i did. :up:
for a really extensive review with tons of screenshots click here

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