Excerpt: The HTC Pure is a candy bar smartphone offered by AT&T and features the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. The Pure seeks to retain most of what HTC has already laid down in the area of smartphones with a few tweaks here and there. This review will...
Review of HTC's Pure Windows Mobile smartphone for AT&T with wide-VGA touchscreen and 5MP camera
4 December 2009
Excerpt: The HTC Pure for AT&T was one of the very first Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphones to hit the market. It features a nice 5mp camera and a sleek design, along with a high-res touchscreen display. Ricky tests it out for us in this in-depth review.
Conclusion: I have the feeling that HTC Pure is in fact a pretty decent device spoiled by the software it embeds. Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets are way more difficult to handle than Android-based ones. The difference is huge in performance as well. A high number of freezes and lags turned a smooth experience into a nightmare. I am aware that the device is a mid-budget smartphone with a certain target, but it has some drawbacks that can make even the simplest of users dislike it.
Pros: HTC Pure distinguishes through its rather low price and a few other gimmicks that make it a possible choice for those looking for a mid-budget smartphone. I would enlist here: elegant design, Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity, 5-megapixel camera, good music sound, decent 528 MHz CPU, Stereo FM Radio with RDS function, as well as the GPS receiver.
Cons: The major drawbacks of the smartphone are the frequent freezes, plus the numerous software bugs (Bluetooth not working correctly sometimes, Wi-Fi not always connecting, etc.). The small keys of the virtual QWERTY keyboard are a nightmare. Besides the fact that you need to click every key with the tip of your nail (which has to be very small), you have 50% chances of clicking the wrong key. I would also add here the low battery life, the lack of headset and a 3.5mm jac...
Excerpt: Apart from Windows Mobile 6.5, the phone comes with the basic Microsoft office for working with office, excel and PowerPoint. The Direct Push feature allows for coordination of your mailing and outlook calendar with the Exchange Server for POP 3 and IMAP accounts. Quad band worldwide roaming facilities, along with smart dialing and multimedia communication are enabled. More personalized contact profile maintenance is enabled.
Excerpt: Inside the Trunk: Price: $149. 99 Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional Talk Time: 336 minutes (GSM) and 300 minutes( WCDMA). RAM – 288 MB The Whiz Kid Speaks: The best feature of the HTC Pure is its Windows Mobile 6.5 and that too at a very reasonable price. Added to that you get a two-year contract assurance with a discount of $50 mail-in.
Excerpt: The AT&T HTC Pure was one of the first phones to be released with the new Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional operating system. The device was designed by HTC and is basically the same as their Diamond2 , just with a different body style. It's another "slab" full touch-screen device with minimal hardware buttons and all touch input. Since AT&T never carried the original HTC Touch Diamond, the Diamond2 is a welcome addition to the AT&T line up.
Excerpt: Today AT&T announced the HTC Pure with Windows Mobile 6.5 and we had the chance to get our hands on the long rumored device. Windows Mobile 6.5 brings a new Touch-friendly user interface that resolves Windows 6.1′s horrible touch user interface, the long awaited flash support and the access to an app store: Windows Market Place.
Conclusion: The HTC Pure is a solid Windows Mobile Pro phone that does a good job of handling multimedia along with business tasks. Call quality is very good, the camera takes decent, though not exceptional photos and the Pure is light and small for a full-featured smartphone. It lacks the wow factor of the HTC Imagio but it is relatively inexpensive for a high end smartphone.
Pros: Compact, full featured TouchFLO 3D WinMo smartphone that's affordable.
Cons: Screen is sometimes a bit too small for the UI elements to be truly finger-friendly.