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  • My new phone….

    Posted on by rob

    No, it’s not yet another new phone, just that I haven’t really said much about this one since I got it.

    This is the HTC Kaiser. I won’t rehash everything that’s already been posted by the folks at http://wiki.xda-developers.com. Check that site out, it’s an incredible resources for SmartPhones/PDA’s and the like.

    Basically in a nutshell this is the phone:

    Specs and Tech Info

    • Qualcomm MSM 7200, 400MHz
    • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
    • ROM: 256MB (accessible 145.24MB), RAM: 128MB
    • Dimension: 112mm (L) X 59mm (W) X 19mm (T)
    • Weight: 190g with battery
    • Display: 2.8″, 240 X 320 QVGA TFT-LCD display with adjustable angle and backlight
    • Network: Tri-band HSDPA/UMTS (850, 1900, 2100 MHz), Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
    • Device Control: Finger scrolling and panning, 5-way navigation control, 3-way Jog Wheel
    • Keyboard: Slide-out lit QWERTY keyboard
    • Keyboard Layout Pictures
    • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi 802.11b/g, HTC ExtUSB
    • GPS: Built-in GPS and connector for external antennas, A-GPS supported
    • Camera: 3MP CMOS colour camera with auto focus on the back, front VGA CMOS colour camera (for video calls. No front Camera on AT&T Tilt.)
    • Audio: Built-in mono microphone and speaker
    • Audio Output: Proprietary jack
    • Battery: 1350mAh rechargeable Li-polymer battery, shape: KAIS160 (35H00088-00M)
    • Expansion Slot: MicroSD(SD2.0 compatible, MicroSDHC compatible up to 8gb tested)
    • AC Adapter: 100-250V AC, 5V and 1A DC

    MyMobileR is one of the most essential apps for WM6 devices. This app installs both on the phone and the PC. Once the phone is connected to the PC I can get a window up that allows me to completely control the phone from my PC. I can use the PC keyboard and mouse to navigate and enter messages and what not. I’d have to say it has it’s place in the top 10 to top 20 apps for people with this sort of phone/PDA. Oh, and it’s completely FREE!! Incredible.

    My opinion of the device is high, but as with all of these all-in-one devices the battery is what really lets it down. This is not a reflection of the choice of battery installed in the device, it’s very high spec and power, but the unit just consumes so much power it’s unreal. I have a battery monitor installed that will report the current draw on the battery. With the camera on, gps on, wifi on (and connected) and bluetooth on (and connected) I’ve seen it drawing 2100mA, this was briefly reported but still, that’s an insane amount of power for a “phone” to pull. Windows Mobile 6 (WM6) is very nice indeed. Things have really changed since my last WM based PDA which was running 2003SE or something.

    The OS generally runs pretty fast, depending on what I have open and running in the background, but I can’t complain. I did have the Blackberry Connect software installed to try it out with my work Blackberry server.. this worked well but it really put a beating on the CPU and battery of the device. I ended up removing that and now getting emails via the Microsoft Push-Email service through the webaccess portal of Exchange. This, while not getting emails to be instantly is a lot better on the memory and battery life of the phone.

    The availability of software for this device is off the charts. There’s so much of it out there, much of which is free or at least cheap and justifiable for the cost. This was one of the big reasons I had t get rid of the Blackberry I had. It was good, but getting software wasn’t as easy and what was available was a lot more expensive.  I expect because of the licensing and certification that I think software on the BB has to go through.

    All in all, a very good phone and would recommend it anyone that likes to tinker. I can’t say I’d suggest a technophobe get it, there’s just way too much t break and get setup. Now, just have to look at replacing WM6 with Linux on it 🙂