Hands-on: HTC TyTN 2 P4550

We've been lucky enough to get our hands on the HTC TyTN II -- it runs on Windows Mobile 6 and comes with a built-in GPS sat-nav

Here at Crave we've been lucky enough to get our hands on the HTC TyTN 2 P4550, which is the successor to the much-loved HTC TyTN. At first glance the TyTN 2 looks very similar to its illustrious predecessor, but there are some major differences.

For starters, the TyTN 2 runs on Windows Mobile 6 and packs 256MB ROM and 128MB RAM, making it much faster at running applications. Like the TyTN, the TyTN 2 has HSDPA (3.5G) and Wi-Fi, but it also flaunts a built-in GPS receiver.

Add to the GPS a large colour touchscreen and some sat-nav software, and you have a nifty navigation device that will take you where you need to go. But the extra features don't stop there -- click on the next photo to find out more.

Update: A full review of the HTC TyTN II is now live.

Like the original TyTN, there's a full Qwerty keypad hidden underneath the screen. HTC has cleverly put the SIM card slot under the top section of the screen, making it much easier to take your SIM card out if you need to.

As you can see, the screen automatically switches into landscape mode when you pull the keypad out. The HTC TyTN 2's Qwerty keypad is easy to use and leaves acres of space for manoeuvring your thumb.

You can also see in this picture the new home page, also featured on the HTC Touch, that displays the time in a large, easy-to-view format and has quick links to different apps, notes and calendar appointments.

Unlike the original TyTN, the HTC TyTN 2 P4550 lets you tilt the screen upwards, which is really useful if you want to view video while resting it on a table -- handy for the plane, jet-setters.

Tilting the TyTN 2's screen up is also good for making video calls, as the VGA camera points towards you at a better angle.

On the back of the TyTN 2 there's a 3-megapixel camera, which is sharper than the original TyTN's 2-megapixel effort, but disappointingly there's still no LED photo light or flash.

As you can see from this picture, the TyTN 2 (left) is a similar size to the original TyTN (right), and looks very similar too.

While the TyTN 2 is slightly thinner than its predecessor, it's also slightly heavier, weighing 190g, 10g more than the original.

The HTC TyTN 2 P4550 will be out some time in October on most major mnetworks, including O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone. Pricing has yet to be announced. Expect a full review soon. -Andrew Lim

 

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