HTC Shift review: HTC Shift

The Shift's battery lasted 1 hour, 46 minutes on our video playback drain test--the shortest battery life of any of the UMPCs we've tested lately. Anecdotally, the Shift's battery lasted about two and a half hours of mixed Windows use (Web surfing, media playback, and note taking) during our review period. That number doesn't tell the whole story, though, because the SnapVUE software works independently of the OS, giving you access to e-mail, weather, contacts, calendar, and SMS without booting Windows. According to HTC, this pared-down functionality increases the battery life to several days (CNET did not test this claim).

HTC backs the Shift with an industry-standard one-year warranty. You have to mail in the device for service, but HTC pays the shipping. The company's support site includes FAQs (currently empty, but sure to populate once the device starts shipping) and downloadable user guides, plus the option to contact a support representative by phone or e-mail.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HTC Shift
5,340 
WiBrain B1E
12,240 
Samsung Q1 Ultra
16,289 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HTC Shift
760 
WiBrain B1E
1,393 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
WiBrain B1E
155 
HTC Shift
106 

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System configurations:

HTC Shift
Windows Vista Business Edition; 800MHz Intel A110; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Mobile Intel 945GM/GU Express; 40GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

Sony Vaio UX390N
Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.33GHz Intel Core Solo U1500; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 32GB NAND Flash Memory


Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 800MHz Intel A110; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 64MB Mobile Intel 945GM/GU Express; 40GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

WiBrain B1E
Windows XP Professional, 1.2GHz VIA C7M Ultra Low Voltage; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 64MB VIA/SG3 UniChrome Pro II IGP; 30GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

Samsung Q1 Ultra
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 800MHz Intel A110 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 945GM/GU Express; 60GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

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    HTC Shift

    Part Number: HTCX9000 Released: Mar 24, 2008
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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date Mar 24, 2008
    • Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Business
    • Installed Size 1 GB
    • Weight 1.8 lbs
    • CPU Intel A110 800 MHz