On the bottom edge of the casing is the infra red port, a battery cover lock and the mains power socket which is mini USB. The device reset button is also here. The stylus sits in a housing on the bottom right back corner of the casing. It is an extending type but only fully extends to a little over 80mm, and is very lightweight. It is disappointing.
The processor in the HTC TyTN, a 400MHz offering from Samsung, seemed well up to the task, and HTC provides 64MB of RAM and 128MB of ROM. After a hard reset I found my review device to have a shade under 50MB of free Storage memory which is not a huge amount.
You can expand on this using the awful little microSD cards that I loathe. They are just too tiny and fiddly. The card lives in an unprotected slot on the bottom left edge of the casing. HTC doesn’t provide a card, so one may be your first add-on purchase.
The battery run-down test – looping MP3s with the screen forced on and the SIM turned on too, delivered just under 10 hours of music. In everyday use the TyTN didn’t need charging more than every couple of days, though if you intend to use it as a music player clearly you are going to want to charge daily.
I’d been waiting for a smaller format 3G connected Pocket PC for a long time, and the TyTN lived up to my expectations. It’s neat, tidy, well designed and pocketable. The keyboard works well and it is nice to see the scroll wheel return.
I would have liked a hold button as it is easy to accidentally hit some of the side mounted buttons. A bit more memory either built in or on a supplied card would have been nice too. And the stylus is poor too. But taken as a whole the TyTN brings the Pocket PC format up to date nicely.
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