Smartphone Review: The HTC Fuze

The HTC Fuze is a new smartphone offered through AT T; Mobility. The HTC Fuze is a modified version of the HTC Touch Pro model that Sprint offers. A few minutes with this phone will prove that the Fuze is a well-equipped, highly functional smartphone that is fun to use. AT T; is currently offering this phone for $299.99 with a mail in rebate with new service or an equipment upgrade. Be aware that the rebate requires the PDA data plan, which costs thirty dollars a month.

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Specifications

The Fuze is 4 inches long, two inches wide, .7 inches thick and weighs 5.8 ounces. It features a lot of built in memory, with 288 MB, as well as expandable memory capabilities through the use of a memory card. The operating system is Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, which allows viewing and editing of Microsoft Office Documents. It has a 2.8 inch display with touch screen, a slide out QWERTY keyboard, as well as a 3.2 mega pixel camera. The Fuze is a quad band world phone, which means it can operate on the GSM frequencies of 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 megahertz. It is also compatible on WCDMA triband, operating on 850, 1900, and 2100 megahertz.

Pros

The slide out keyboard and touch screen on this phone are able to be used quickly and easily. A few minutes are all it takes to familiarize yourself with the layout and general operation. Direct push email is simple to setup, and the phone also offers blackberry connectivity, if you have the need for that. The Opera web browser allows for a pretty seamless internet experience, and if you are in an area that gets 3G data through AT T;, the download time is quite fast. If you are not in a 3G area, the Fuze does have wifi capabilities. Add to this the media capabilities of the phone, as well as excellent photo capabilities; you have a high powered PDA that can handle about any business or personal need.

Cons

I found myself wondering why HTC did not make the display bigger on this phone, and minimize the navigation key on the front of the phone, or do away with it all together. If you are going to do a touch screen PDA, why not go all the way and make the touch screen as big as possible. Battery life can also be an issue, particularly during periods of internet browsing, which seems to drain the battery pretty quickly. In my experience this is the case with most PDAs, however.

Summary

While the HTC Fuze is easy enough to use that most novices could pick it up quickly, there is little doubt that this phone is for experienced smartphone users. I would not recommend this phone unless you are prepared to pay for the PDA data plan, because without internet access you would be using only a fraction of the phones capabilities. The myriad of functions on this phone make it an attractive option against its competitors.