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HTC TyTN review

7.7/10 AVG.
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7.7/10
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The HTC TyTN currently has an Informr score of 7.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 132 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows Mobile
Processor
400 MHz
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

While the Cingular 8525 is a solid performer in most regards, it fails to show any real greatness. It has a good display, a good keyboard, and great connectivity options and data rates. But it is also very bulky, quite heavy, and more than a bit cumbersome to use at times.In short, this is not what...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
PCWorld

The very fast data access offered by this PDA phone is undermined by poor battery life and a bulky design.

- Yardena Arar, PCWorld


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HTC released the TyTN on November 16, 2006.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The HTC TyTN's screen size is Unknown with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
400 MHz

There is a Samsung 400 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Mobile 6.0 operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
128 MB

Internal memory is 128 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. HTC's performance ratings are 8.5 days standby time.

HTC TyTN Specs

Overview
Release date November 16, 2006
Regions available No
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Mobile 6.0

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Processor Samsung 400 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 128 MB
RAM 64 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.16 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headphones, Manual, Standard Battery, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
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: 8.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Graphite
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 5.8 x 2.2 cm (4.5 x 2.3 x 0.9 in)
Weight 176 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 65k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
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 Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
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, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
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 Unknown
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
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4, WMV, ASF
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4, WMV, ASF
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
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 Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps Microsoft Office Mobile, MSN Messenger, Windows Media Player Mobile
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Hermes, Cingular 8500, AT&T 8500, i-mate JasJam, AT&T 8525

Older versions of the this phone may have Windows Mobile 5.0 instead of 6.0 found in the latest releases. Windows Mobile 6.0 supports PTT, a Window Live Mobile chat client and smart dialing. AT&T version doesn't have an additional camera for video calling.
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Critic Reviews


MobileBurn

A solid performer in most regards

from MobileBurn

While the Cingular 8525 is a solid performer in most regards, it fails to show any real greatness. It has a good display, a good keyboard, and great connectivity options and data rates. But it is also very bulky, quite heavy, and more than a bit cumbersome to use at times.

In short, th...More

While the Cingular 8525 is a solid performer in most regards, it fails to show any real greatness. It has a good display, a good keyboard, and great connectivity options and data rates. But it is also very bulky, quite heavy, and more than a bit cumbersome to use at times.

In short, this is not what I consider to be a good mainstream consumer device. For such users I would recommend a Windows Mobile Smartphone device, or even a Pocket PC like the i-mate JAQ3, with its Q-like (though bigger and heavier) form factor. But if you are a real power user and need solid connectivity and the ability to create and edit real documents from your mobile phone, then the Cingular 8525 is probably a darn fine choice for you - even if it wouldn't be for most people. I give it a "Recommended" rating.

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PCWorld

Recommend to business users who don't mind carrying a few extra ounces in return for top speed and great voice and image quality

from PCWorld

If checking e-mail or surfing the Web is sluggish on your aging cell phone, the Cingular 8525--the first PDA phone that's compatible with Cingular's fledgling high-speed HSDPA network--might be the answer to your prayers. For the most part, the 8525 delivers the broadband data speeds you'd expect...More

If checking e-mail or surfing the Web is sluggish on your aging cell phone, the Cingular 8525--the first PDA phone that's compatible with Cingular's fledgling high-speed HSDPA network--might be the answer to your prayers. For the most part, the 8525 delivers the broadband data speeds you'd expect. But poor battery life is an Achilles' heel for this otherwise capable handheld.

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User Reviews


Useful when not locked up

Advantages For a business tool this phone is quite good a true pocket PC. Nice mail system, Qwerty keyboard, good connectivety. All the bells and whistles. You can use the excel, word and powerpoint although remember the screen is on a phone Downfalls. Windows mobile locks quite often and you have to...More
Advantages For a business tool this phone is quite good a true pocket PC. Nice mail system, Qwerty keyboard, good connectivety. All the bells and whistles. You can use the excel, word and powerpoint although remember the screen is on a phone Downfalls. Windows mobile locks quite often and you have to pull the battery to re-boot, meaning you want to book it. The keys do not always function and you have to re-boot it. The phone will ring and no matter what you do you can not answer the phone. Their are so many external buttons that if you forget to lock the phone 10 applications are running when you turn it back on. Oh it is quite bulky but that may impress the ladies. Less

horrible

I'm not a power user, but I have to charge my phone everyday. It's huge and I'm not a huge fan of the program
Amazon

No Regrets Whatsoever

from Amazon
I was a longtime Treo user, and I hesitated making the transition to Windows Mobile. I was familiar with the Palm OS, and I liked the fact that I could perform many tasks with one hand on my 650. However, I've been using my 8525 for four months now, and I'm glad I made the switch! Everything I need th...More
I was a longtime Treo user, and I hesitated making the transition to Windows Mobile. I was familiar with the Palm OS, and I liked the fact that I could perform many tasks with one hand on my 650. However, I've been using my 8525 for four months now, and I'm glad I made the switch! Everything I need this device to do, it does... and it does it well. I recently made the upgrade to Windows Mobile 6 (it's available through HTC's site, so it's a legit upgrade) and it's even better! The new OS actually takes up LESS memory than version 5, and that's a good thing when you are dealing with a limited amount of space. The camera is pretty good for a PDA, although the "flash" is useless. I use a 2GB micro SD memory card and I have plenty of room for storage. Once I got used to the stylus being on the bottom of the device (opposite of the Treo), I quickly adapted to the new layout. The slider keyboard is easy to use, although it's easy to send an uncompleted message if you accedentally hit the "send" key, located just above the "w". Call quality is very good, the built-in wifi works flawlessly, and the overall design is solid. The annoying PTT button on the left side can be re-programmed using several third party applications. I recommend a Krusell case designed for the 8525, available through Amazon. It actually covers the side keyboard with clear plastic, protecting it from dust and other bad things. True, I do wish I'd waited a little longer and purchased a Tilt... but that isn't taking anything away from the 8525. It's become my constant companion, at work, at home and on the road. If you can get a good deal on an upgrade to this phone, I'd seriously consider it! Less
eBay

HTC TyTn - P4000 - Mogul

from eBay
One of the Greatest Phone I have ever owned. I have the Canadian Version from Telus calle the P4000. What makes this better than every other phone? WiFi. I love how it searches onyour behalf and connects to Unsecured networks. It saves me from paying the phone provider money for their services. Overall...More
One of the Greatest Phone I have ever owned. I have the Canadian Version from Telus calle the P4000. What makes this better than every other phone? WiFi. I love how it searches onyour behalf and connects to Unsecured networks. It saves me from paying the phone provider money for their services. Overall Great Phone. I managed to geta free update to Windows Mobile 6. If you want a fresh look on your phone, go onto Google and look for Kaiser's HTC Home Plugin, and look for HTC Cube Plugin, along with HTC Audiomanager Plugin, and the Touch Settings Plugin. Will make your phone so easy to operate with your fingers. I also downloaded the HTC Album plugin. Anyways, Have fun! Less
Amazon

Clunky and didn't work after a few days

from Amazon
I thought I would love this phone and wanted to download my nursing software on it. First the pluses. The calendar mode was fabulous. I loved the stylus and those features. The Negs...I never got around to adding any software. The screen is way to small to realistically view any webpages although it...More
I thought I would love this phone and wanted to download my nursing software on it. First the pluses. The calendar mode was fabulous. I loved the stylus and those features. The Negs...I never got around to adding any software. The screen is way to small to realistically view any webpages although it loaded pretty easily with the 3G network. I quickly found that the green phone function button would not work after the phone had been locked and then unlocked...so to get to your phone book or to be able to dial a number you had to go through the menu and a long drawn out process. The phone was short so uncomfortable to talk on and clunky. Somehow the phone also would get stuck on my call history page and wouldn't go back to the contacts. I don't know if I got a lemon, but I sent it back and just got a reg. sync...and will use my old dell pda. Less
Amazon

Six (6) Stars !

from Amazon
Device: AT&T 8525, formerly: Cingular 8525, internal name: HTC Hermes. One of the best "PDA Phone" out there - 6 stars ****** (Tilt and similar WM6 PDA devices by other carriers will probably share some/many aspects of this review) I wonder why would people give this device anything less than 4 star...More
Device: AT&T 8525, formerly: Cingular 8525, internal name: HTC Hermes. One of the best "PDA Phone" out there - 6 stars ****** (Tilt and similar WM6 PDA devices by other carriers will probably share some/many aspects of this review) I wonder why would people give this device anything less than 4 stars ! I skimmed a few and it seems size is the biggest complain. Well, in my humble response I say that this is not a fashion accessory or even a regular phone - its a PDA aka a mini-laptop. When was the last time you saw a laptop phone of this size ? Blackjack - Now that I have my 8525, I plan to flush that toy which is a great toy with NO reception ! iPhone - I am a big Apple fan and have various Apple products. But iPhone is a disappointment ! First it locks down to one network, second it is behind time (2G - EDGE !! where is 3G ?? people are talking about 4G now !), 3rd an all touch screen is horrible when driving without the essential buttons Answer/End/SpeedDial/etc. Anyways, this review is not meant to beat iPhone or any other device, I just want to let you know that 8525 is your laptop substitute and 176g is not a big weight in that respect ! You can install Windows Mobile Professional 2006 on it very easily and my review is based on that: Pros : - The Basics: Reception and Battery are fine. - Tons of 3rd party software (including lot of freeware to customize everything !) - All possible world connectivity options: Quad GSM/EDGE, Tri 3G (HSDPA), Wireless (WiFi), Bluetooth (with stereo audio profile A2DP), Infrared (never needed but still) - QWERTY keyboard: I don't think there is any single device out there that can match the quality and ease of this keyboard. - Mail/Msg client is very useful and practical, includes spell check . - Well laid button, can use one hand or without using the touch screen (unless dialing numbers not in contact, voice dial, or speed dial) - Browser: Internet Explorer (IE) is lame, but have other free (Webviewer) and paid (Opera) options. - Easy to sync calendar, contacts, notes and other data with various services including Google. - Google Maps very handy and well laid (like iPhone) - Handwriting recognition (if you use Transcriber mode with stylus) is darn good. You can write entire message in running handwriting, tune it initially to adapt to your style. - Standard memory card (all brands except Sony and Apple now tend to use microSD) - Decent camera with macro option (not many PDA phones out there with good camera) Cons: - The top two buttons are useless, they are always out of reach when not using the touch screen interface (if using touch screen interface then don't need buttons!) - The PTT button cannot be reprogramed to work as something else - The power button, needed often, is not very friendly but workable - The lower buttons may be too small for some - The stylus is short and thin My recomendation: If you are looking for a flashy fashion accessory or size is a huge consideration then this phone is not for you. If you are willing to get a PDA phone then hands down this is the best out there (Tilt is another good option with GPS but buttons not as good) Give yourself a week to get used to the hardware device and software Windows. After a week you may find yourself addicted to it. Less
Amazon

amazing

from Amazon
I just wanted to say that this phone is amazing! i had this phone for a few months now and i don't regret buying it...even if it is a bit big. I do my work when i am on the go and then i transfer it to my computer. I can listen to music when ever i want and the internet acess is great. the internet is...More
I just wanted to say that this phone is amazing! i had this phone for a few months now and i don't regret buying it...even if it is a bit big. I do my work when i am on the go and then i transfer it to my computer. I can listen to music when ever i want and the internet acess is great. the internet is fast and gives me what i want like an ordinary computer does. the screen is big so its easy to browse of the internet. i can also run multiple programs while talking on my phone without slowing it down. It also transfers pictures from my phone to my computer or vise versa. pick this phone...it really works amazing! Less
Pricegrabber

I have owned about 5 mobile phones as of now. I ca...

from Pricegrabber
Strengths: Windows Mobile 5, 3G Weaknesses: bigger and little heavier Using experience: 5 Months I have owned about 5 mobile phones as of now. I can solemnly swear this is the best phone i have ever owned. The qwerty keyboard is spot on so is the display. It feels so comfortable in the hand. The intern...More
Strengths: Windows Mobile 5, 3G Weaknesses: bigger and little heavier Using experience: 5 Months I have owned about 5 mobile phones as of now. I can solemnly swear this is the best phone i have ever owned. The qwerty keyboard is spot on so is the display. It feels so comfortable in the hand. The internet speeds are really comparable to broadband speed. Only negatives i can muster is its little bigger and little heavier The call quality is very good, battery charge is about average Less
Amazon

Should have waited...

from Amazon
Amazon should have told me that this smart phone would become obsolete within weeks. It was replaced by the HTC "Tilt", which runs Windows Mobile 6 and had a lot more memory. The 8525 running Windows Mobile 5 is unstable and undependable. In addition, the keyboard and other buttons must not have und...More
Amazon should have told me that this smart phone would become obsolete within weeks. It was replaced by the HTC "Tilt", which runs Windows Mobile 6 and had a lot more memory. The 8525 running Windows Mobile 5 is unstable and undependable. In addition, the keyboard and other buttons must not have undergone usability testing with a significant sample of users. - Unstable: I've had to re-boot the device at least once a day, sometimes more. It locks up and won't respond to anything you try to do. - Undependable: On at least 6 occasions during the 2 months I've owned it, I have been unable to answer incoming calls. I can see the caller ID, but regardless of what button you push, it won't answer. - Keyboard and other buttons: -- Keyboard: What were they thinking when they decided to put the tilde ("~") on the main keyboard, but make you go to the symbol set (4 keystrokes) to be able to enter a dollar sign, or double quotes? -- Button placement: What percentage of the user community uses "push to talk" (PTT)? Yet there is a dedicated button on the side of the device that activates PTT. And Windows Mobile's settings (Settings | Personal [tab] | Buttons) will not allow you to either disable or reassign it. As a result, several times per day, I have to respond to the message, "PTT charges will apply. Do you wish to initialize PTT?" when I accidentally touch that button instead of the "OK" button (located 1/8" away). I don't know if the HTC Tilt is much better, but I've spoken to somebody who has had both and he is happier with the Tilt, probably due to the increase in memory. Amazon and AT&T refused let me upgrade to the Tilt when I missed the 30-day return window by a few days, even though they obviously knew that this smart phone would become obsolete when they sold it to me. I'm very disappointed. Less
Amazon

Very capable and I am very happy

from Amazon
I have owned this phone for over 6 mths now and am still expanding on my uses of it's capabilities. I figure this will continue for the next year. I am a programmer by profession and so do not mind crawling around all the workings of all my electronic devices, so to say that I have yet to max the pho...More
I have owned this phone for over 6 mths now and am still expanding on my uses of it's capabilities. I figure this will continue for the next year. I am a programmer by profession and so do not mind crawling around all the workings of all my electronic devices, so to say that I have yet to max the phones capabilities is a strong compliment to the device's abilities. This also means I can not say it is user friendly as I am not the typical user. For me to also say I am happy with my purchase is also a strong compliment to the device. I honestly wonder if the negative comments this phone has received is not due to users who do not understand what it is they have. It's entertainment abilities are second to none (I love my wireless stereo headphones/headset and I am always taking pictures and video of my children now which I am already treasuring) as are the remote office uses (I keep all my documents with me). Mind you I don't tend to edit them on the run, but I do refer to them regularly (even my code files for programming). I love that I can remotely log on to one of my servers and fix anything I need to regardless of where I am. It's not a big screen laptop so my view of the remote computer is inconvenienced, but it was not intended to be. I would have given 5 stars, but it is not stellar in all areas. I have owned cell phones with better reception for example. I do however prefer this phone over any other phone on the market under $600.00. If you are willing to pay more (I am not) there is a second generation version you can purchase for around $800.00 which will likely be stellar in all areas from what I have read on it. Less

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