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First Look – Origami Experience 2.0 on HTC Shift

Pic from pocketables

pocketables posted a thorough write-up on the new version of Microsoft Origami 2.0 which features application such as the Origami Central, Origami Now and Touch Settings.  Although there had been quite some flaws to the design to the HTC Shift, the write-up on the first look to the Microsoft Origami 2.0 is definitely worth the read.  Link to article here.

Source – pocketables


May 2, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Microsoft, Software, UMPC | , , , | Leave a comment

HTC Shift Out Finally

[19 March] The HTC Shift is FINALLY releasing tomorrow and price tag is HK$10,880. We covered enough on the HTC Shift so not going to further delve into it. Only one comment, does the 3.6 Mbps 3.5G HSDPA and HTC SnapVUE really worth that much? Hmm… especially with all the small UMPC such as the ASUS Eee PC; Omatek E10 and Hasee Q540X spawning one after another with price tag as low as HK$3,000. Guess that’s for you to find out and for me to know.

Previous posts on the HTC Shift here for your reference –
In-depth Review on the HTC Shift
First Impression Review – HTC Shift
Unboxing Video – HTC Shift

[Updated: 22 March] More reviews starts to surface after the release of the HTC Shift, jkOnTheRun and LAPTOP Magazine both posted very thorough reviews on the HTC Shift, check them out in the following links –

jkOnTheRun review- first impressions of the Sprint EVDO HTC Shift
HTC Shift X9000 (from LAPTOP Magazine)

March 22, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, UMPC | , | Leave a comment

In-depth Review on the HTC Shift



Pic from Boy Genius Report

The Boy Genius Report published a very in-depth review on the HTC Shift which we in Hong Kong are still awaiting.  One of the notable things that was pointed out in the review was with the HTC Communication software.  According to the review,

“We have had a ton of issues with HTC’s Communication Manager. This has crashed a bunch of times, and while it’s not the biggest deal if you can’t access that bit of software, it is. That controls all wireless connectivity options, so you can forget about using Wi-Fi or 3G when that bugger crashes and doesn’t perform. You can also forget about SnapVue as that has to be on in order for the Windows Mobile side of things to start up. Thankfully it’s a software issue, and we’re more than positive this will resolved quickly. Right, HTCizzle? Besides Comm Manager, all is well in HTC Shift world. Though that’s a funny statement considering the device is a glorified PDA with that bit of software not working. Oh yeah! XP drivers, please! Come on guys, give us the option to install XP and get our world-traveler on.”

Hope HTC comes out with a software patch soon and most importantly, RELEASE this in Hong Kong please.

Source – via MobilitySite

March 12, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Review, UMPC | , | Leave a comment

More on HTC Shift

Craig Pringle shared with us two videos on his blog, one on the HTC Shift’s two operating systems and one on the practicality of the HTC Shift, check them out.

Link to article here.

Link to article here.

December 3, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobility, Review, Video | , | Leave a comment

First Impression Review – HTC Shift

Following the unboxing videos, Chippy from UMPC Portal shared with us his thoughts on the HTC Shift.  His verdict –

“Short battery life really takes some of the excitement away from the Shift and not being able to thumb the keyboard reduces its capability in a two-handed mode. Lack of disk space reduces its ability to be used as a media device and the snap-vue features are far better located on a smartphone if quick email access is something you require. On the positive side it is better than most UMPCs of 2006. It beats the Q1 for features. Its got a far brighter screen than many other umpcs and the touchscreen is excellent for finger usage. The keyboard isn’t for touch typing but its well engineered and I’ve managed to reach some fairly high speed typing rates. Add broadband-quality cellular Internet,access the great styling and what I consider to be a good value price point and you’ve got a great package.”

Full article here.

After reading the article, I asked myself whether I will be getting it.  The answer is NO.  The battery, the weight, the data input methods are all factors that hinders my decision.  With my Sony UX-27 (still have it, hehe), the Fujitsu T2010 and the BandRich C100 7.2Mbps HSDPA 3.5G Modem still in my arsenal, I’m good as any road warrior, at least for the time being.

November 29, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Review, UMPC | , | Leave a comment

HTC Roadshow in Causeway Bay featuring the HTC Shift & the HTC Cruise

According to PhoneDaily, HTC Roadshow is up from now till this coming Friday, 30 November (from noon to 10:00pm), at 1 Yee Wo Street (across from Sogo), Causeway Bay and they are displaying the newest models for this coming Christmas season.  The long awaited HTC Shift, the HTC Cruise and the HTC S730 are all showcased at the roadshow.  So if you want to take a closer look at the HTC Shift, head down there this week.




Photos from PhoneDaily

November 25, 2007 Posted by | Event, Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, UMPC | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Unboxing Video – HTC Shift

Holy moly, Chippy of UMPC Portal finally got hold of the HTC Shift and he posted the following unboxing vids, link here.  Still no news as to when the Shift is gonna be launched here in Hong Kong.  I want it bad….. 

November 23, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobility, Tablet PCs, UMPC, Video | , | Leave a comment

Video Review – HTC Shift – Hardware

CoolSmartPhone have another review out on the HTC Shift which is due out …….. hmm, soon.  Link to the review here.

Source – www.coolsmartphone.com

October 31, 2007 Posted by | HTC, Mobility, Review, UMPC, Video | | Leave a comment

Video on HTC Shift at European Launch

[3 October] via shinymedia

[Updated: 4 October] Chippy over at UMPC Portal also posted this great vid on the HTC Shift, check video below. If you want the HQ version, click this link to his post up on UMPC Portal.

[Updated: 6 October] Arne Hess from the::unwired posted a short hands-on article on the HTC Shift, link here.

October 6, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, PocketPC, UMPC, Video | , | Leave a comment

HTC Shift Product Page up on HTC’s European Site



Where once you traded productivity for portability, now there is no need for compromise. Powerful enough to run Microsoft Windows Vista® on a large touch screen, the HTC Shift delivers functional clout in a sleek, lightweight design.

With the optimum blend of portability and functionality, HTC SnapVUE™ provides instant and easy access to critical information, such as your emails, calendar, SMS and contacts – even if the device is not switched on. There’s now no need to power up just to check your emails.

High-speed, always-on connectivity provides the ultimate in productivity and highest fidelity experience, no matter where you are.

The expansive 7-inch touch sensitive screen slides and tilts to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, providing you with an uncompromised PC environment while working on the move.


  • Receive instant access to email while you’re on the move with a fantastic 2 days standby battery life
  • Always-on access to critical information with HTC SnapVUE™
  • Powerful enough to give you the full Windows Vista® experience
  • Offering an intuitive, interactive mobile internet experience with the large 7-inch touch screen
  • Extensive range of connectivity options – 3G/HSDPA, GSM/GPRS/ EDGE, Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 2.0

The above extracted from the site page, link here.

October 2, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, PocketPC, UMPC, Websites | , | Leave a comment

Leaked Specification on HTC Shift (codename Shangri-la)


[25 June] Shangri-La (X9500)

  • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista & WM6 Professional
  • 7 inch, 800 x 480 TFT LCD, touch screen
  • Memory: ROM 128 MB/ RAM 64 MB+1 GB/ 30/40 GB HDD
  • CPU: Intel Dothan, 800 MHz
  • Wireless WAN
  • Qualcomm MSM7200, 400 MHz
  • WCDMA 2100 or 850/1900 MHz
  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g
  • Camera: VGA for video telephony
  • GPS
  • Fingerprint recognition
  • Battery: 2800 mAh
  • Dual speaker/ 3.5Ø phone jack/ D-sub VGA port/ USB 2.0 Host
  • Expansion: MiniSD
  • Semi-automatic sliding AnyViewTM QWERTY keyboard

Please note that the above specification are leaked information yet to be confirmed. One thing worth notice is that the dual OS this machine is gonna be running on. Links from both UMPC Portal and Mobilitysite are here and here.

May 26, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, PocketPC, Tablet PCs, UMPC, Video | , | 1 Comment

Video on HTC Shift Launch


Today, at the Intel Developer Forum, High Tech Computer Corp., the world’s leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile-based smart devices, announced that its new groundbreaking mobile computer, the HTC Shift, will be based on Intel’s new Ultra Mobile platform 2007.

“With its revolutionary design, advanced wireless connectivity and comprehensive software applications, the HTC Shift is strengthened by the power of Intel’s innovative Ultra Mobile platform 2007,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC. This combination provides users with the ultimate mobile computing experience.

Based on the Intel Pentium M architecture with optimizations to significantly extend battery life within smaller form factors, the Intel Ultra Mobile platform 2007 comprises the Intel A110 processor, Intel 945GU Express chipset, and Intel ICH7U I/O controller hub.

The HTC Shift combines the power of Windows Vista with an innovative QWERTY-based keyboard design and 3G connectivity. The HTC Shift provides all the power, functionality and connectivity busy professionals need in a sleek, portable design. Packed with advanced connectivity, the HTC Shift features high-speed global connectivity with Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA, Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi. A multimedia maven, the HTC Shift leverages Windows Media Player 11 to provide easy access to music, videos and photos.

“Intel and HTC have a long history of working together on mobile technologies. Today’s announcement is another example of the two companies bringing their latest innovations together on the HTC Shift platform,” said Pankaj Kedia, Director of Global Ecosystem Programs in the Ultra Mobility Group at Intel. “Intel is continuing to extend its leadership by drastically reducing the power consumption and package size while delivering high performance in its silicon roadmap, and looks forward to continued collaboration with HTC.” ~ Extract from MobilitySite

April 22, 2007 Posted by | HTC, Mobility, UMPC, Video | , | Leave a comment