HTC Athena Advantage - X7501 (Unlocked) review: HTC Athena Advantage - X7501 (Unlocked)

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The Good The HTC Advantage X7501 features a large, gorgeous display and offers integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, and GPS. The Windows Mobile 6 mobile computer offers document viewing and editing, push e-mail, and Web browsing. It's also equipped with a 3-megapixel camera and a full QWERTY keyboard.

The Bad The Advantage is bulky and heavy, and the keyboard is cramped. The design makes it hard to use as a phone, and even then, the speakerphone is on the weaker side.

The Bottom Line The HTC Advantage X7501 is a powerful mobile computer for on-the-go professionals, delivering a full feature set and speedy performance. However, it will probably only appeal to early adopters and gadget hounds.

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7.0 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Features 8
  • Performance 7

The HTC Advantage X7501 is a tricky gadget to categorize. It doesn't neatly fit into the mold of a smart phone nor does it exactly work like an ultramobile PC (UMPC). Instead, HTC calls this mobile computer the "perfect device for three days on the road" when you really don't feel like lugging around your laptop. It certainly provides you with the tools for doing so: an 8GB hard drive, a large display, a full QWERTY keyboard, Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition, and all the wireless options one could want, including 3G and GPS. And it delivers with good performance. However, it has its share of problems too. The keyboard design is poor, and given its bulk, we can't even imagine using it as a phone. As such, we think most people will still stick with an ultraportable laptop and cell or smart phone, while the HTC Advantage will probably only appeal to a small segment of early adopters and gadget hounds (think Nokia N800 Internet Tablet). Neither T-Mobile nor AT&T have picked up the HTC Advantage X7501, but you can now buy an unlocked version of the device for $899 at retailers such as and CompUSA .

Depending on how you look at it, the HTC Advantage X7501 is a really big smart phone or a really small laptop. And even though the Advantage is sort of in a category of its own, you could liken its design to a UMPC like the Oqo Model O2 and Sony VAIO UX390. It measures 5.2 inches long by 3.8 inches wide by 0.6 inch tall and weighs 12.6 ounces, so while the device will fit into a bag or purse, it's certainly going to add some heft to your travels.

The HTC Advantage X7501 is pretty hefty, so it'll add some weight for your travels.
The Advantage consists of two parts. First, there's a flat piece that has the full QWERTY keyboard on one side and magnetically attaches to the bottom of the main unit, giving it more of a laptoplike design. When you're not using the device, you can turn the keyboard over and use it as a protective cover for the screen. There's a small clear window along the bottom, so you can still view the time, battery life, network strength, and other information.

When not in use, you can protect the device's screen with the other side of the magnetic keyboard. There's a clear window that allows you to view information, such as time, network, and battery life.
The second component of the HTC Advantage is the main body, which houses the spacious 5-inch TFT LCD. It's beautiful and sharp, showing off 65,536 colors at a 480x640 pixel resolution, and of course, the extra real estate makes it wonderful for viewing e-mails, Web pages, Office documents, and multimedia. The touch screen is pretty responsive, but it's hard to use when propped up on the keyboard. It requires a firm touch for actions to register on the screen, and this sometimes causes the Advantage to tip over when you have it attached to the keyboard and placed on a desk.

The full QWERTY keyboard is cramped and hard to use with its flat buttons.

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