I have seen a few recent blogs about this now it’s been release in the US and thought I should speak up.
When I first saw the Ameo (aka HTC Advantage) I wanted one .. really wanted one. It looked like it would do everything I wanted.
I want to blog on the run, read rss, do email and surf. I have had a few windows mobile devices and this looked good especially with 3g. At the time T-Mobile was the mobile firm to go with and so I did. I have now been using it since April 2007.
Here is the spec:
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone Edition|
|HSDPA/UMTS||Tri-band 2100 MHz and 850/1900 MHz|
|GSM/GPRS||Quad band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|Processor||Intel PXA270 624 MHz with ATU Graphic Chip W2284|
|Dimensions||133.5 (L) x 98 (W) x 16 (T)mm, (with keyboard- 20mm)395g|
|Memory||ROM:256 MB, RAM:128MB, HDD:8GB, MiniSD card slot|
The 8gn micro drive is very nice, as it the 5” 640×480 resolution screen. The two cameras are quite fun and the main camera takes some good picture even with the flash.
Oh the other thing is it has but in GPS which works well with Co-Pilot (but Co-Pilot is pants, use Tom Tom Instead!)
The keyboard is magnetic which is another nice thing, but I you can’t use the Ameo as a phone with out a headset (I must admit you would look stupid talking into something this big!) . Actually have a nokia as my phone (I used it to take the pictures)
So what do I think. I do like my Ameo, but the battery life is pant, and to be quite honest, Windows Mobile 5 is just not good for this device. It badly need a WM6 upgrade, which is due sometime but T-Mobile will not tell me when. The US versions already have WM6 so it can’t be that hard!?
Something that is really annoying is that when the battery dies and the charge it up again, it comes up in flight mode. it take a few minutes of messing around to get it out of flight mode
To be honest as soon as the HTC Shift comes out my Ameo will be on ebay as I am really going off portable devices with only Windows Mobile on as they make things very restrictive.