But that’s not all, of course. The TyTN II is also a quad-band GSM device, and one that supports GPRS with EDGE, 3G and HSDPA on top of all that. It has also has a GPS receiver built in. I downloaded the free Google Maps application onto it for testing and had cause to use it when I got lost going to a press conference in central London. It worked perfectly, locking onto a satellite signal quickly and holding it well. If you want to use it for driving instructions, Google Maps won’t do the job, but you do have the option of subscribing to Orange’s own satnav solution for a monthly fee, or investing in the excellent CoPilot Live! 7 that Sandra reviewed this week.
The only thing I’m really disappointed in is that, like, Riyad did with the Vario III, I’ve found that the camera is not particularly good, which is a bit of a let-down coming from the excellent K800i. The screen still isn’t particularly high res either, but I haven’t noticed it limiting the usefulness of the TyTN II, and other than these two small reservations, it’s pretty much the perfect device.
Alas, the Orange version of the TyTN II isn’t the cheapest smart phone in the world – if you want it on a tariff costing less than an eye-watering £55 per month you’ll have to shell out at least £90. That’s a lot for a slightly different paintjob – on T-Mobile you can have it for £10 cheaper.
That shouldn’t prevent you from shelling out if you just have to have an Orange call and data package – it’s still a bargain – but it does mean that at the time of writing, the phone is slightly less of an incredible deal than the MDA Vario III.
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