Video Series: AT&T Tilt with Windows Mobile 6 Professional

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INTRODUCTION

    The HTC Kaiser, from that we first heard about it in early 2007, has been the subject of much excitement within the Windows Mobile community. It’s not often that we see a device pack so much functionality: GPS, HSDPA, WiFi, and a tilting screen just to name a few particulars. AT&T was first to release a variant of the device on its network, dubbed the Tilt, here in the US. What is to follow is a compilation of the video reviews that we’ve done of the device, with some more insights added towards the end.

Device
Size (inches)
Weight (grams | ounces)
4.44" x 2.47" x 0.52"

132 | 4.65
4.44" x 2.27" x 0.63"

156 | 5.61
4.74" x 2.63" x 0.43"

157 | 5.53
4.33" x 2.09" x 0.59"

117 | 4.12
4.66" x 2.48" x 0.47"

130 | 4.58
4.56" x 2.33" x 0.67"

188 | 6.63
4.64" x 2.36" x 0.48"

129 | 4.55
3.96" x 2.34" x 0.67"

133 | 4.76
4.68" x 2.44" x 0.67"

188 | 6.63
4.58" x 2.42" x 0.47"

120 | 4.20
4.56" x 2.33" x 0.65"

178 | 6.28
3.92" x 2.41" x 0.60"

137 | 4.83
4.24" x 2.09" x 0.53"

117 | 4.12
4.17" x 2.00" x 0.85"

151 | 5.34
4.41" x 2.24" x 0.49"

122 | 4.30
4.57" x 1.70" x 0.64"

140 | 4.94
4.88" x 2.44" x 0.53"

130 | 4.56
4.21" x 2.20" x 0.55"

120 | 4.20
4.53" x 2.47" x 0.47"

146 | 5.15
4.63" x 2.19" x 0.67"

158 | 5.57
4.35" x 2.07" x 0.67"

158 | 5.57
4.56" x 2.41" x 0.51"

125 | 4.41
4.44" x 2.36" x 0.55"

133 | 4.69
4.01" x 1.98" x 0.55"

124 | 4.37
8.28" x 4.67" x 1.08"

640 | 22.5
4.48" x 2.52" x 0.59"

154 | 5.43
4.17" x 2.38" x 0.68"

147 | 5.18
4.01" x 2.00" x 0.71"

165 | 5.82
4.41" x 2.24" x 0.49"

122 | 4.30
4.41" x 2.28" x 0.73"

140 | 4.94
4.01" x 2.00" x 0.45"

110 | 3.88
4.56" x 2.36" x 0.70"
200 | 7.05
4.30" x 2.40" x 0.60"
120 | 4.23
4.20" x 2.30" x 0.60"
136 | 4.79
3.70" x 2.30" x 0.60"
126 | 4.44
4.48" x 2.39" x 0.51"
116 | 4.09
4.60" x 2.60" x 0.50"

134 | 4.70

4.10" x 2.10" x 0.60"
150 | 5.30
4.40" x 2.32" x 0.75"
190 | 6.70

PRODUCT FEATURES

The obligatory unboxing video.



In Part 1, I look at hardware on the phone.



In Part 2, I talk about the keyboard, the utility of the tilting screen, and demonstrate the finger-scroll capability that comes from TouchFLO (with a comparison to the finger-scrolling of the iPhone).





In Part 3, I talk about customizations I made to the AT&T Tilt using the

HTC home

plugin, and the

Gx5 Ultimate Search

bar.



Finally, in Part 4, I talk about what can be found in the Program menu of the Tilt, and also mention

Google Maps for mobile

and

Live search for mobile

.

PURCHASING

   
Direct from AT&T, you can buy the Tilt outright for $549. With a 2 year contract and after rebates, the price is $299.

PROS

  • Tilting screen is useful
  • Many connectivity options
  • TeleNav navigation

CONS

  • Bulky!
  • Laggy at times

  • Scroll wheel placement on the left

Value
Ease
of Use
Features

Overall

What
do these ratings mean
?

OVERALL IMPRESSION

    This device does a lot, there’s no doubt about it, but the manifestation of these features is a device that is heavy, bulky, and not as fast as it should be. If you’re a regular user of an HTC Wizard or Hermes, or use a device that has a larger form factor with a slide out keyboard, the Tilt is a good upgrade for you. But if you’re used to having something that is easily pocketable, is quick and responsive, and is easy to use one-handed, then you’ll be disappointed by the Tilt. It’s really a matter of what you’re akin to.

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About The Author
Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.