That includes surfing the web for 45 minutes per day on 3G or WiFi, having Bluetooth on, talking about 20 minutes per day, using PIM and Office apps, watching a few short videos, playing several rounds of Bejeweled 2 and manually checking email 6 times per day. Fortunately, you’re not doomed to rely on these tiny controls to work the device; HTC added a handy scroll wheel on the left side of the , which we absolutely love since it allows for easy one-handed use. Yes, that means you won’t be able to charge or sync while listening to music, unless you get a Y cable. It’s still not easy to find support for the A2DP high quality stereo audio profile among PDA and smartphones and we were glad to find it on the Hermes family. On the Cingular the voice command button has morphed into a non-functional Push-To-Talk button Cingular says the feature will be enabled at a later date. The phone offers voice commands and voice dialing though this isn’t true speech recognition; you’ll need to record voice tags.

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While any moving part will fail eventually, the should put up with typical usage for a good long time without risk. If you’re in the dialer screen, you can enter a phone number by pressing the keyboard numbers without using the Fn key the device will first try to find address book matches based on the keys you’ve hit, then dial the number once cingukar finds no matches.

The keys are backlit in blue and that backlight is triggered by a light sensor on the keyboard. On top of Those of you who own an Cingular or i-mate K-JAM and were less than thrilled with video playback performance should be pleased with the Hermes. It’s wonderful indoors but like many PDA phones, don’t expect to see much in bright sunlight.


I have only two complaints about the keyboard. If you prefer a one-handed phone centric device, the Treo may be worth the wait. Cingular’s growing 3G network is mostly the faster HSDPA flavor, making for a very pleasant web browsing experience if you’re in a 3G ‘hood.

Cingular 8525 (HTC Hermes) in the wild

Continue to next page 01 So what’s new on the and TyTN? Bandersnatch is here to cap a twisted The call send and end keys are on the farthest reaches of the d-pad cluster on the TyTN a better design, I find while they’re crammed under the softkey and Windows convenience keys on the You really want to tell me that “Cingular ” sounds better than the “Cingular Hermes?

Built in cibgular, mic and proprietary stereo headphone jack. That button isn’t remappable using the Buttons cingulzr applet, but Sleuth on XDA Developer’s web site has developed a small app that allows you to re-map it to the voice dialer or another application if you prefer.

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Camera How we’ve waited to say this about a smartphone cintular it’s quite good. The camera lens is located on the back of the along with a self-portrait mirror, a flash, and a lever for switching between portrait and macro mode. Though some users have reported connection drops with car kits we didn’t have that problem, even during 6 hour road trips. And, of course, it comes with the standard Windows Mobile applications: Using the Linpack benchmarking tool for Windows Mobile, the scored 1.

The battery lives under a large plastic door on the back and that door releases with the slide of a latch on the bottom of cinfular device. Though the keys are fairly flat, they do have a slight dome to keep you on target and a tactile click so you know you’ve pressed the key.


Cingular 8525 Review

While well-lit outdoor shots were sometimes a draw the Nokia having too little sharpening and the having a bit too muchthe really pulls ahead for indoor and low light shots. In terms of call quality, the phone is superb for both incoming and outgoing voice and call recipients commented on how good we sounded. Don’t show this again. Current owners can download the software upgrade from HTC’s Web site.

The is also a strong device and if you’re not in a 3G area and don’t crave faster CPU performance it makes a worthy alternative for the budget conscious. The bubbly keys are tactile and large, and the backlighting is bright enough for typing in dark environments. On the TyTn, you need only press the voice speed dial button on the phone’s left side to initiate voice dialing and commands.

Available November 16, Feature phones and Nokia smartphones have beaten the pants off of PDA and smartphone cameras, but the Cingular and TyTN’s 2 megapixel camera is quite good. Verizon XV MHz. For memory expansion, the Cingular has a MicroSD card slot. The right side holds the Power button, a one-touch key to launch the Communication Manager, and the camera activation key.

Up to 8x digital zoom. As the first 3G PDA phone and smartphone announced in the US, the has special appeal to those who use the web and email heavily, assuming you’re in a 3G coverage area.

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