|In today's world, a conversation can take many forms, from voice to text - but there's always a person on the other end. The HTC PURE arranges your conversations by people, not just by how you speak with them. When looking at your contacts, you now can see a history of your conversation in whatever form it took place. It doesn't matter if you get asked about a recent email while you are talking on the phone, or if you're in a café reminiscing about a friend's recent text - all your interactions are neatly laid out for viewing and follow-up in a tree of communication with that person.One indisputable fact about smartphones - a big screen on a small phone is good. That's why they've stretched the display on the HTC PURE to its very limits, while still keeping the same compact size. Enjoy videos, websites, photos and any other images on the ultra sharp wide screen display. The high resolution screen will reveal every minute detail in the most vivid way.|
|Storage Capacity||512 MB|
|Network Technology||GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)|
|Band||WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSDHC|
|Battery Capacity||1100 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 300 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 360 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Diagonal Screen Size||3.2 in.|
|Display Resolution||800 x 480 pixels|
The HTC Pure for AT&T ships with Windows Mobile 6.5, which brings an easier-to-use interface, an improved browser, and new services. The compact smartphone also offers full wireless options and a 5-megapixel camera.
The Pure lacks a standard 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. Touch screen is resistive instead of capacitive. Windows Marketplace is a bit slow to load and Internet Explorer Mobile still falls behind the competition.
The HTC Pure offers AT&T customers an affordable touch-screen smartphone that showcases a more intuitive Windows Mobile operating system and strikes a nice balance between work and play. That said, those looking for a handset that excels in multimedia and Web browsing should stick with the iPhone.
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The HTC Surround was very disappointing. I guess if you have never owned an iPhone this would be an awesome phone. I bought this phone then sold it about a week later. I was waiting to find something to impress me and there was nothing. The App store is very limited compared to the iPhone app store. A lot of the things that I was used to doing on my phone I was no longer able to do. I also could never get this thing to sync to my computer. Even with the transfer cable and the most up-to-date Zune software. I have bought a few movies from the Xbox Live Zune marketplace and supposedly there is a way to sync it all together to be able to watch the movies on your phone. I could never get this to happen.
One of the big selling points of this phone is the Xbox Live features. Im going to be honest, I am a hardcore Xbox Live gamer. I play probably a good 4 hours a day every day. Needless to say, I was pumped about this feature. But outside of seeing your avatar on your phone and looking at your recent games played, it is very boring. Another thing to add, games that cost .99 in the iPhone store cost way more in the Windows store, sometimes the price difference is $6-$7!! I do not mean to be vulgar here, but I know a lot of people will appreciate this information.....Adult content can't be accessed on a Windows 7 phone through the browser. Just thought I would throw that in there.
The HTC Surround interface and menus were slick. But even with the phone being new, I had problems with it shutting off at random times and crashing. The battery life was AWFUL. About 6 hours during normal use. That is ridiculous! Even with the backlights turned on low.
All in all, I thought this phone was a joke. I went back to my iPhone 3G with a broken power button and cracked screen. Avoid these Windows 7 Phones. At least until they can add some more functionality to them. And just to clear anything up, I am not an Apple fanboy. I hate Apple with a passion. I despise Mac computers and anyone who buys them. BUT, Even a broken iPhone beats the pants off this gimmick of a phone!
The Phone is great really Crisp, quick and responsive. HTC ARIA comes with a 600MHz processor that is slow compared to the new 1Ghz or even duo core androud phones, but for what I do -call on the phone, browse web for locations while traveling, load or store documents (dropbox) and use the voice functions for all that --it has not been slow or a problem at all! HTC Aria comes with Android 2.1 as stock and you can upgrade to Android 2.2 via ATT/HTC website, or by rooting the phone and loading an alternative 2.2 rom for more flexibility (I now wish I had done that!).
HTC Aria is very small and handy. Sound quality and functionality is as good or better than any other phone I have had. The proximity sensor (which blanks the screen when you hold it up to your face to talk) works perfectly. The antenna and reception are tremendous. The screen is clear and has not discolored or any other gripes that some different brand or models have had. Android does take about a week or so to figure out in detail --shortcuts and best practices to optimize it for what I do; but I thing that was normal --the Iphone3 and Ipod touch4 I had before also took as long to get the tricks and nuances.
After two weeks of relatively heavy use HTC Aria remains quite durable, smooth, nice feel and battery life of about 1.5 days at heavy use (wifi and or 3G and tinkering like one will with a new phone) -about average or right for this phone.
One point to note if you are considering buying this phone used is that the Aria uses a MICRO USB -not mini USB connector. There is a difference between the two.
The HTC surround is a great phone, a media powerhouse for those big into music and mobile videos, and at the same time it brings great business offerings like the Microsoft Office apps as well. Windows Phone 7 is powerful and efficient, able to be customized to your liking unlike the iphone, and it's simple to use and VERY fast, unlike the increasingly buggy, laggy, and fractured Android phones hitting the market. In only a few months WP7 has amassed more than 10,000 apps, and probably a whole lot more by the time you read this based on it's rapid growth. It seems clear that Microsoft is in this round to win it.
Grab one of these or any of the other Windows Phones and you won't be disappointed!!
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aria is the best for my needs.
I bought the NewPhone was immediately impressed with the number of features available on this inexpensive phone. It has a M-pixel camera, video camera, and speakerphone. The NewPhone's size is perfect for carrying in a pocket and the battery has a not to good lifespan of roughly 4 hours. My only complaint is that the menu system on the phone makes set an alarm, or perform a additional functions. Other phones I've owned have simpler menus and get you to important features easily. Overall, I'd recommend the phone if you're on a budge
I'm not giving this 5 stars just because I haven't tried out half of the features this amazing little phone offers. I bought this 3-4 y.o. smartphone instead of one of several Samsung 0-1 y.o. Samsung phones mainly because I was skeptical about any company's products when it starts to dominate a market and the Samsun phones had all started to feel very plasticky and breakable(alhough in fairness to Samsung I didn't have any evidence that they were more breakable.) Moreover their reviews were all over the map and they were loaded with features like tv that I didn't want. The HTC on the other hand had consistently good reviews and the model I'd seen had a reassuring heft to it with a very sturdy-feeling beautiful gunmetal grey surface and minimal gimmicky features. Plus, it gave me that elusive ebay thrill of getting something for $50 that sold for $500 just 4 years ago. Obviously there's always a risk to buying used stuff, but HTC has a great reputation and this model had passed the "lemon" test if its owner had kept it this long. I saw buying this as being like getting the 10 y.o. Mercedes instead of the new Camray.
It truly behaves like a very very small laptop. No corners were cut, the display is lovely, and everything does what it's supposed to do. The slide-out
part is aa little loose but that's the only obvious sign of wear and tear