HTC Shift (UMPC) Gallery, Impressions

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Although the HTC Shift was encased in glass—as manufacturers are apt to do now—we still got some nice shots of it in all its Vista-running, 30GB hard drive having, wireless connecting glory.

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We actually got to play with this last week, and definitely think that it's something to watch out for. The touchscreen works well, the keyboard is small but usable, and the sliding mechanism is solid and functional. There's also a mouse touch-pad on the right, as well as a front camera and connectivity up the wazoo. Seriously, it's the UMPC (they're not calling it a UMPC) for people unfamiliar with the platform.

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HTC Shift [Gizmodo]

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DISCUSSION

I'm in love with this thing. But there are some problems:

- only one camera, and its crap (1.2mp is what I've read.... cmon, the Advantage has a 3mp with flash! This is like one step forward, two steps back)

- the HDD should be SSD, that way other UMPC makers will follow suite and it will push for more SSD devices

- apparently no infrared: now I know HTC vowed to phase this technology out of their devices, but there are still plenty of ppl out there with infrared remote controls who want to use their PDA/UMPC to control their stuff. HTC, are you listening?

Soon, I hope to buy a HTC Advantage X7501 (cos the Shift won't be released here in Australia for a while). I'll then decide if I really need the Shift's extras (I might need the bigger screen, but probably not the HDD)

Just my two cents.

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