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HTC Excalibur S621 review

7.1/10 AVG.
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The HTC Excalibur S621 currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 188 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows Mobile
Processor
200 MHz
Screen Size
2.4"
Camera
1+ MP



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HTC released the Excalibur S621 on October 11, 2006.


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HTC backs up the Excalibur S621 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2.4"

The HTC Excalibur S621's screen size is 2.4 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
200 MHz

There is a Texas Instruments OMAP P850 200 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone operating system (OS).

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
23 MB

Internal memory is 23 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
960mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 960 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 9 days standby time.

Excalibur S621 Specs

Overview
Release date October 11, 2006
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone

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Processor Texas Instruments OMAP P850 200 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 23 MB
RAM 64 MB
ROM 128 MB
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.49 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Carrying case, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 960 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black with gray accents
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 cm (4.4 x 2.5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 119 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light
Graphics No
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Mini-USB
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps Windows Media Player Mobile, Outlook Exchange
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): T-Mobile Dash, HTC Dash, S620

Features: External antenna connector. A Windows Mobile 6.0 update is now available.
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User Reviews


Amazon

Probably too late to help anyone, but...

from Amazon
It's late 2010, and I've had this phone for about twenty months. It does not hold up well. -Bootup takes longer than windows 95 -Mobile Internet Explorer is horrible, hangs, doesn't render right, no zooming -Goes into spazouts where all the key presses are delayed several seconds -Battery life is l...More
It's late 2010, and I've had this phone for about twenty months. It does not hold up well. -Bootup takes longer than windows 95 -Mobile Internet Explorer is horrible, hangs, doesn't render right, no zooming -Goes into spazouts where all the key presses are delayed several seconds -Battery life is less than a day if you plan on actually using it -Battery cover pops off all the time -Had to take perfectly good micro-sd card out because of some glitch that causes infinite reboots The only things that have made this phone bearable were Opera Mini (which made using the horrible EDGE network almost tolerable) and Google's downloadable map program. I'm considering paying the early termination fees to get out of my contract just to get rid of this phone and the horrible data network I'm stuck on. Less
Amazon

A so so phone

from Amazon
I had this phone when it first came out about 2 or 3 years ago and here is my simple review: Good: slim, nice key board, runs window mobile, easy to learn and use, can fix pictures through window mobile functions Bad: the alarm just won't shut off... the phone volume is almost impossible to control,...More
I had this phone when it first came out about 2 or 3 years ago and here is my simple review: Good: slim, nice key board, runs window mobile, easy to learn and use, can fix pictures through window mobile functions Bad: the alarm just won't shut off... the phone volume is almost impossible to control, sometimes the volume just cranked up or reduced way down while I'm using it on a call, may be it's because my ear or hair that triggered it, but trying to adjust the volume with my index or thumb doesn't always work, anyone who used the Dash know how terrible the volume control and alarm issue is... the built in memory is terrible although there is a port of extra memory... it's 2010 and this phone is no longer up to date against much more advanced phones out there The screen cracked because it slipped out of my hand. Just now, I found out that it's a common issues for the dash phone, but I'm skeptical about people who say they didn't do anything and the screen cracked. In conclusion, I think the phone was nice because I used to Words on the phone a lot. But, the alarm and the volume adjustment issues made it not recommendable. Less
Amazon

really bad phone

from Amazon
It is a really bad phone. The first year it is ok but always auto-dial even if I lock it. The battery can be used only 12 hr and have to be charged everyday after I use half year. The second year this phone always auto-close when I talk with somebody else by phone. Currently, it is completely down. My...More
It is a really bad phone. The first year it is ok but always auto-dial even if I lock it. The battery can be used only 12 hr and have to be charged everyday after I use half year. The second year this phone always auto-close when I talk with somebody else by phone. Currently, it is completely down. My god it is not a phone but a black sheep. Never use it if you have important thing to talk. Less

HTC S621

This little phone is a sleeper. It started life with Windows 5.1 Which made the device a bit Ho-Hum. A visit to XDA Developers and a bit of a complicated and white knuckle download for a hacked and enhanced version of 6.1 turned this phone into a brand new experience. Use only Mini Opera for browsin...More
This little phone is a sleeper. It started life with Windows 5.1 Which made the device a bit Ho-Hum. A visit to XDA Developers and a bit of a complicated and white knuckle download for a hacked and enhanced version of 6.1 turned this phone into a brand new experience. Use only Mini Opera for browsing, wi fi is easy and reliable, There many good apps once you unlock and jailbreak this device that turn this phone into a very nice piece of kit. If anything it is a bit slow but that is mainly due to vintage, it is still a very useful phone. The camera is not the best but takes nice outside shots. Excellent sound quality and reception in all the places I couldn't get a signal with my old Nokia. No dropouts . You can edit Word, spreadsheet documents, You can download stuff to your memory card and execute apps from it, (2Gig) This phone was a little ahead of it's time. It has one annoying feature, the slide bar for the volume is absolutely in the wrong place and always activated when you grab the thing. You have to judge this phone in context, It has many features that the iPhone doesn't have, the cell phone industry moves at a lightning pace, this phone has a 255Mhz processor, in just 2 years, 1 gig is becoming the standard. Next year what? One guy was showing off his Blackberry to me, a lot of the stuff I could do on the 621. He paid $600 and no wi-fi, I paid $100. If you want a solid little phone, cheap, grab an old Win 5 model and upgrade and unlock it, now you have a very useful world (4band) phone Less
Amazon

Don't waste your money!

from Amazon
This is the buggiest phone I have ever owned. The outer design is great and attractive but it freezes constantly. It is less than a year old yet I have to hit it on something hard to get it to reboot after powering up again or it'll get caught in an endless cycle of rebooting. Don't even use the alarm...More
This is the buggiest phone I have ever owned. The outer design is great and attractive but it freezes constantly. It is less than a year old yet I have to hit it on something hard to get it to reboot after powering up again or it'll get caught in an endless cycle of rebooting. Don't even use the alarm clock on it! It will not erase past alarms and you will be getting 5 or 6 alarms per day going off and it is not worth losing your marriage over it. The volume is barely audible when you are speaking on the phone and the signal strength is poor. The volume button is a touch slide and will change volume constantly from the edge of your ear rubbing agaist it while you are talking. It locks up when opening programs regularly or freezes when dialing calls. The display light comes on randomly all night long lighting up your bedroom. The internet on it is slow even with strong wireless signals. It processes excruciatingly slowly when opening programs. The battery that came with it didn't even last a day and I had to replace it with one that lasted longer. The only thing it does well is sync with Outlook. It is the Cape Fear's Robert DeNiro of smart phones - it looks cool at first but turns out to be a nightmare. Less

My Dash is Amazing

I bought my HTC Dash S620 about 7 months ago. I found XDA-Developers website and ever since have been deeply involved with creating custom homescreens, applications, and ROMs running the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 operating systems. As far as a smartphone goes with no touch screen this phone is no holds...More
I bought my HTC Dash S620 about 7 months ago. I found XDA-Developers website and ever since have been deeply involved with creating custom homescreens, applications, and ROMs running the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 operating systems. As far as a smartphone goes with no touch screen this phone is no holds barred the best device you can get. My girlfriend who loves her blackberry even wishes she had something more customizable like my Dash. Less

Great tool

Hi, Well I found this phone used for $60 and researched on what it could do and I came a cross a great site that has flashable ROMs that turned this phone into a totally new phone.(XDA-Developers) I unlocked it and flash it with OS 6.5 and now I have a great phone.....the phone is totally workable on a...More
Hi, Well I found this phone used for $60 and researched on what it could do and I came a cross a great site that has flashable ROMs that turned this phone into a totally new phone.(XDA-Developers) I unlocked it and flash it with OS 6.5 and now I have a great phone.....the phone is totally workable on adding new features and looks. As well the WiFi on this phone is great as you can use it in any open hot spot to access free internet and even use Skype to talk for free. Now the phone is definitely a bit on the delicate / small side but with a good S621 case the screen issue is gone. But for me it's just too small for my big hands though....but still cool to play with. And now its my daughters phone and she loves it. Regards, Ken Less
Amazon

Horrible. DONT buy this phone.

from Amazon
I absolutely despise this phone. I thought it was great when I first got it, but now that I have had it for a while, I think it's the biggest piece of garbage I have EVER wasted my money on. the phone is SLOOOOOOW. the alarm goes off randomly throughout the day, it takes at least 7 minutes to comple...More
I absolutely despise this phone. I thought it was great when I first got it, but now that I have had it for a while, I think it's the biggest piece of garbage I have EVER wasted my money on. the phone is SLOOOOOOW. the alarm goes off randomly throughout the day, it takes at least 7 minutes to completely load and function after it's been turned off, and now, my phone won't even turn all the way on. I have never had so many problems with this phone. I even talked to people at T Mobile and they admitted that this is a poor purchase. I am completely dissatisfied with this product. I'd rather have a land line than have this phone. Less
Amazon

caveat emptor - if you like rebooting five times a day this is the phone for you!

from Amazon
The short version: This phone and system stink. I endure regular coverage deadspots in such remote out of the way places as midtown Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn, constant email connection error messages when all bars are showing, the single most counter-intuitive alarm clock in the history of tec...More
The short version: This phone and system stink. I endure regular coverage deadspots in such remote out of the way places as midtown Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn, constant email connection error messages when all bars are showing, the single most counter-intuitive alarm clock in the history of technology (which can only be cleared by upgrading the operating system), home PC synching that simply doesn't work, a volume control that's only adjustable by accident while talking on the phone, a completely inaccurate and unreliable power indicator and battery charger, really poor sound quality and outgoing reception, a call contact menu that regularly appears empty despite a sim chip with a hundred contacts on it, and about a dozen other software bugs that can only be addressed by rebooting which can kinda cramp your style when it's required for every single thing you need to do with your phone. Customer service is pretty uniformly useless but then imagine if you had to deal with questions about all of the above 24/7. User manual is an experiment in minimalism so austere and contentless that it borders on the surreal. Pros: It's paid for. Cons: See above. The t-mobile Dash is such a constant source of petty tech hassle that it's likely taken a year off of my life in unrelieved stress. T-minus 7 months and counting until my contract is up and I bid this rotten phone, lousy network, and irresponsibly inept and greedy company goodbye. I'll gladly pay more per month for a phone that reliably performs half of the functions that the Dash is supposed to but doesn't. Less
Amazon

Not a multi-tasking kind of phone

from Amazon
I bought this phone because I had read good things about the hardware created by HTC. OK, I also bought this phone because it was free after rebate. The upsides to this phone: Synchronization with Push E-Mails EDGE Network compatibility Crystal-clear phone conversations Adequate Text/E-mail messag...More
I bought this phone because I had read good things about the hardware created by HTC. OK, I also bought this phone because it was free after rebate. The upsides to this phone: Synchronization with Push E-Mails EDGE Network compatibility Crystal-clear phone conversations Adequate Text/E-mail messaging Great for basic e-mail surfing The downsides to this phone: -Lack of internal memory (the software setup splits the internal 64MB RAM into two allocations, the user storage, and the actual amount the phone can use for program loading. This allocation is fixed, and cannot be changed) -Memory clogs occur after opening and closing programs throughout the day (Internet Explorer, Messaging, Windows Media Player, almost any of the programs that came pre-installed) -The phone requires a reboot every morning to clear its internal memory from clogs -On boot, the phone only has 16MB RAM to use for program loading -Sometimes the camera function won't load due to "low memory" even when all the programs are closed and ended -Internet Explorer will unexpectedly quit because the memory has become "full and unable to continue" even when there are no other programs running -The phone is not good at multi-tasking, it runs very sluggishly when playing Windows Media Player, text messaging, and checking the weather simultaneously -Upon turning on the phone (after it has been turned off), it may automatically reboot itself 3-4x before actually going to the user Today Screen. -If the phone freezes (due to unable to clear a memory clog), the only way to reset it is to remove the battery, which can be a hassle if it is in a tight-fit case All in all, I have found this phone to be a let down. The major issue is the RAM, or internal memory. I mean come on, it has 64MB, but only 16MB available for program usage? I am a tech geek, and this phone is way below my standards; I wouldn't recommend this to even a 13 year old. Windows Mobile (previously named "PocketPC") has been around since 2002, and I would think that these companies that make these phones would be more efficient in their hardware by now. Supposedly, the better phones that HTC makes are the HTC Touch and the HTC Touch Diamond, but T-Mobile doesn't sell these phones. Solution? If you want a good smartphone running Windows Mobile, invest in one that T-Mobile doesn't sell in their store, and also make sure it is running with at least 128MB internal memory (RAM) to help reduce freezes. Also, keep all personal data on a micro-SD card, this will help keep that internal memory free for the phone to use for program usage. I've read the reviews for the Samsung Omnia (GSM World Phone Unlocked) and its reviews have been beautiful. It may not be cost effective, but it seems to be that it will fit my needs better than this phone by far when it comes to reliability and stability. Less
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