On the upper right edge of the casing is a side button that starts the camera and next to it is a second button, which with a short press takes you to the voice tag software (you need to create and save tags one by one). A longer press activates the Voice Note software.
On the upper left edge comes a real innovation in the shape of what HTC calls its jog wheel. OK, we’ve seen these before, but they’ve been out of fashion on Windows Mobiles for quite a while and certainly one has never appeared on a Windows Mobile Smartphone before. It does what you’d expect for vertical scrolling and when you’ve highlighted your option you can press it to make your selection.
HTC has augmented the standard Windows Mobile Smartphone software with the ClearVue viewers for Microsoft Word and .rtf documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and PDF files, a clear sign that the MTeoR is aimed at business users rather than consumers. You can receive any or all of these by email but viewing on the MTeoR’s 2.2 inch 240 x 320 pixel screen will be hit and miss with some of the document types.
Wi-Fi is increasingly appearing in handsets and we have seen it in the XDA IQ from O2 Windows Mobile Smartphone - but it isn’t here. Bluetooth is and so is infra-red.
The MTeoR comes with 128MB of ROM memory and 64MB of RAM with my review device reporting 66MB of available memory. This represents quite an advance on some earlier Windows Mobile Smartphones. There is good news if you want to expand on this amount as the slot for flash memory is on the left side of the casing whereas in earlier models it was found under the battery meaning you had to power the device down to swap cards.
However, I am not too delighted about the choice of the microSD flash memory card format. Yes these cards are small and help keep hardware size down but they are very fiddly to use. Still, they enable you to add up to 1GB of additional memory.
To test the battery I did the usual – asking the MTeoR to play MP3s continuously and as loudly as possible from a microSD card while the screen stayed on and with the SIM on too. I got nine and a quarter hours of battery life, which stacks up nicely against other Windows Mobile Smartphones.
It is, incidentally, very annoying that there is no 3.5mm connector for a stereo headset. You have to use the provided set which plugs into the mini USB jack which is also used to provide mains power and PC docking.
As a 3G Windows Mobile Smartphone the MTeoR is not all it could be as it can’t cope with video calls. The MTeoR’s rear camera is also disappointing. However, the general hardware design and the addition of the ClearVue document viewers are both plus points.