By July 31, 2007

HTC Kaiser – closer to launch

We have just started to prepare our HTC Kaiser review and have been looking at (we believe) the final release version of the device. So far we’re really impressed with the device and think that the HTC Kaiser will be a best-seller and it looks like we are edging closer to seeing an official launch.

Here are a few preview images of the device, along with some initial thoughts, to keep you going while we finish the review.

HTC Kaiser (P4550) open view

HTC Kaiser (P4550) open view
HTC Kaiser (P4550) side view

HTC Kaiser (P4550) side view

I’ve been using the HTC Kaiser as my main device for a few days and I am VERY impressed with it so far. The screen looks sharp, the slide out keyboard is slick and feels very robust. The angling of the keyboard works well although I prefer to use it flat as it gives slightly better access to the top row of keys on the keyboard. The addition of status lights for the caps and the function key is very useful and the number keys are easier to access than the old HTC Wizard style design.

The quality of the screen is impressive and the combination of the side jog dial the front application keys works well. Build quality is good – it has the same rubberised paint finish has seems to have become the HTC standard.

On the back of the device is a small rubber cover which covers the slot to insert an external antenna, this is fine, but means the unit does not sit quite right on a desk when the keyboard is open.

Sim Card is inserted at the back of the screen and is simple to access – far better than having to take back cover off and remove the battery. The microSD slot is also mounted on the screen portion of the device (at the bottom of screen when in portrait) and has a rubber cover to protect from dust ingress.

Keyboard illumination is clear, key-travel and key-feel is good and positive.

Touchscreen also appears to be more responsive than some other devices with less lag when scrolling, probably due in part to the faster CPU.

Have not used very much so far but images appear sharp with a good level of detail. However there is some confusion over the flash. The specification of the device lists flash, however, we cannot see this function of the physical flash on the device – I have emailed HTC for confirmation but do not think that the released device will have a flash.

Sound quality in phone calls is good and clear with a decent volume level.

Finally, the HTC Kaiser is likely to be a very popular device so you can ensure that you get yours as soon as possible by pre-ordering yours from Clove Technology.

EDIT: You can check out our Kaiser preview video HERE.

HTC Kaiser (P4550) specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • 2.8″ QVGA LCD Touchscreen
  • 256 MB ROM – 128MB RAM
  • Qualcomm 400MHz CPU
  • GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS800, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100
  • 802.11b/g WiFi
  • Built-in spring-loaded QWERTY-type keyboard
  • microSD memory card slot
  • Bluetooth 2
  • 3.0 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • AGPS
  • USB 2.0
  • 58 x 110 x 18mm
  • 160 grams

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