7.3/10
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The HTC SDA currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 88 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows Mobile
Processor
200 MHz
Screen Size
No
Camera
1+ MP



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HTC released the SDA on February 20, 2006.


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HTC backs up the SDA with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
No

The HTC SDA's screen size is Unknown with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
200 MHz

There is a Texas Instruments OMAP850 200 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Mobile 5.0 (Magneto) operating system (OS).

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, MiniSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. HTC's performance ratings are 6 days standby time.

HTC SDA Specs

Overview
Release date February 20, 2006
Regions available No
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Mobile 5.0 (Magneto)

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Processor Texas Instruments OMAP850 200 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 MB
RAM 64 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.83 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Carrying case, Data Cable, Headphones, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.5 x 4.6 x 1.8 cm (4.5 x 1.8 x 0.7 in)
Weight 106 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size No
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MiniSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Night mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, WMA
Radio -
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Tornado, T-Mobile SDA, i-Mate SP5m, Orange C600

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User Reviews


Yahoo

Don't Buy This!!!

from Yahoo
Pro: PDA phone, Windows compatible, SD card expansion, large screen Con: poor quality, SD expansion slot was difficult to find and use, must buy I had this phone for less than a year and it broke down on me. I asked t-mobile to fix it but they said they couldn't because HTC wouldn't let them. I as...More
Pro: PDA phone, Windows compatible, SD card expansion, large screen Con: poor quality, SD expansion slot was difficult to find and use, must buy I had this phone for less than a year and it broke down on me. I asked t-mobile to fix it but they said they couldn't because HTC wouldn't let them. I asked HTC to fix it and they said they wouldn't because they think it's water damaged, voiding my warranty. I asked the phone insurance to fix it, they changed their email! * the faceplace came unglued and pulled my hair out until I finally broke of the piece that was loose and taped the 2nd piece that came loose. * the phone would decide for itself when it wanted to be on meeting, airplane, normal or any other profile...causing me to miss important calls and receive loud calls when I didn't want to be disturbed. * the phone finally crapped out on me and now I can't get any of the data out of it to move to my next phone! * no one will help me and a new phone of this comprability costs 100s Less
Amazon

POS

from Amazon
High concept, low functionality. The WiFi range is horrible, the physical layout of the phone is ridiculous unless you have toothpicks for fingers, and -- particularly in a world graced by the iPhone (which I would be using right now if it weren't for my contract with T-Mobile, which I extended in orde...More
High concept, low functionality. The WiFi range is horrible, the physical layout of the phone is ridiculous unless you have toothpicks for fingers, and -- particularly in a world graced by the iPhone (which I would be using right now if it weren't for my contract with T-Mobile, which I extended in order to buy the SDA by the way) -- let's face it, Windows Mobile is about as functional as most other Microsoft products. First, the bad: -Buttons are too small -Windows Mobile doesn't work right a lot of the time (my phone throws error messages and the mobile equivalent of the "blue screen of death" a few times a week) -Sometimes, I'll go to a place where I don't have service, like the Subway, and when I come out, it takes the phone 10-15 minutes to lock down a signal again. -Once in a while, the phone will be within range of service (showing all four bars or whatever), but the software will sort of "forget" to tell me when theres a call or text message coming in. Then a few hours later it will light up with all of the things it missed for however long it was missing things. There's no way to tell when this is happening. -Syncing with Outlook doesn't work half the time, and you need third party software if you're a Mac user (BIG problem for me) -T-mobile, according to their store reps (I've been to stores in like three cities that say the same thing), says that these problems are within the "normal operating parameters" (their words) of this phone, and won't give me a new one, warranty or no. The (few) good things: -Voice quality is pretty good -Works fine with most bluetooth devices, and will bluetooth connect to a PC, so long as you have the right software -You can save mad numbers for each contact, which is nice, although if I have ANY problems porting these numbers to my next phone I am going to blow a gasket. Just don't buy this phone people. Seriously. One of the T-mobile reps I talked to at a store told me they took the phone off the market because -- direct quote -- "everyone thought it was a piece of s***." Less
Amazon

18 month SDA review

from Amazon
I've had this phone for 18 months. The phone still works like new, all though it shows much more wear than my 4 year old Nokia 3660. The metal sides are sharp and bend easily, they seem to catch on everything. Contact cement seems to work fairly well to reattach. Windows mobile is slow and I need to...More
I've had this phone for 18 months. The phone still works like new, all though it shows much more wear than my 4 year old Nokia 3660. The metal sides are sharp and bend easily, they seem to catch on everything. Contact cement seems to work fairly well to reattach. Windows mobile is slow and I need to go to task manager way too often to shut down running programs. I get the "Not enough memory, remove unused programs to free up space" error. I only have the original software loaded plus a 2gb mini-sd card. I can not connect with my Palm TX (via IR, BT, or wifi). The Symbion or Palm OS's seem to work with less hassles. My next phone is going to have keys that are bigger or spread out for my fat digets. The phone does have just about every feature, BT, wifi, IR, 1.3mb video camera/viewer, easy Windows OS syncing. Less
Amazon

The Best phone ever

from Amazon
I love this phone. SDA has Wi-Fi internet connection. I dont pay anything for connecting to internet. I watch online tvs with windows media player and it surf the web with internet explorer. Microsoft creates useful softwares like Live Search. It shows traffic, search any business u want and get a driv...More
I love this phone. SDA has Wi-Fi internet connection. I dont pay anything for connecting to internet. I watch online tvs with windows media player and it surf the web with internet explorer. Microsoft creates useful softwares like Live Search. It shows traffic, search any business u want and get a driving directions, see adresses on map or satellite. i have been using it for almost two years and battery life is still magnificent. its not a phone its a computer in very small Handheld. Less
Amazon

There's a reason it's been discontinued

from Amazon
I've had this for almost a year as I "upgraded" from my Treo 600. The Windows Mobile 5 on this unit is pretty glitchy as it will sometimes completely lock up to be fixed only by popping out the battery. The microSD card being hid under the battery was also a bad idea, as it prevents hot-swapping your m...More
I've had this for almost a year as I "upgraded" from my Treo 600. The Windows Mobile 5 on this unit is pretty glitchy as it will sometimes completely lock up to be fixed only by popping out the battery. The microSD card being hid under the battery was also a bad idea, as it prevents hot-swapping your memory cards. The thumb-joystick is horrible as it will frequently move the highlight as you push it (opening or choosing the wrong thing). But being the Mac geek that I am, its annoying that it won't sync with OS X and wasting 40 bucks for MissingSync doesn't help much. The media buttons will start up any song or video you last had on so using the key lock is always a good idea. Thw web browser is pretty weak and will have big problems with non-mobile sites. The WIFI works pretty well, but the GPRS/EDGE seems AGONIZINGLY slow in comparison. With neither a touchscreen or a full keyboard, this is a weal PDA in addition to a weak media player. Less
Yahoo

Good entry level smart phone

from Yahoo
Pro: Nice screen, Media player,Syncs great,Good Camera Con: Small Keypad, Center button does not work consistently, No shortcut keys This is a good entry level phone for those that don't fully need a smart phone.For those who really need a smart phone for business this is not the right phone.
Yahoo

My review

from Yahoo
Pro: Love the Phone when it worked. Con: FELL APART!! My whole phone basicly fell apart. buttons fell off, the sides fell off, and the back wont stay on. i loved the phone when it worked. i used it so much the down button broke. the softwear screws up all the time now. the date on my phone says...More
Pro: Love the Phone when it worked. Con: FELL APART!! My whole phone basicly fell apart. buttons fell off, the sides fell off, and the back wont stay on. i loved the phone when it worked. i used it so much the down button broke. the softwear screws up all the time now. the date on my phone says 11/23/2005. it tells me theres not enought memory to do anything even after i have deleted everything from the phone. tmoblie has horrible customer service. i paid $300 for this phone when itcame out. they wont even give me a break on a new phone. THE SDA ISNT WORTH THE MONEY!! Less
Yahoo

No downloads!

from Yahoo
Pro: Outlook sync, MP3, camera Con: poolry placed windows media button, other buttons small, no ringtone downloads I was excited to find a small phone that I could sync up to my Outlook, but I was bummed to get hom eand find I was stuck with the standard 5 or 6 ring tones with no downloads from T-mobile. I guess that will save me some $ though!
Pro: Outlook sync, MP3, camera Con: poolry placed windows media button, other buttons small, no ringtone downloads I was excited to find a small phone that I could sync up to my Outlook, but I was bummed to get hom eand find I was stuck with the standard 5 or 6 ring tones with no downloads from T-mobile. I guess that will save me some $ though! Less
Yahoo

Great Swiss Army Knife Phone/PDA

from Yahoo
Pro: 99% PDA functionality in a compact phone Con: Tiny Keyboard, Windows Mobile Quirks This is an awesome phone. It looks chunky in the pic, but it's actually pretty small. You can do almost everything on the phone that you would with your PC - music, calendar, tasks, internet explorer, full-feature...More
Pro: 99% PDA functionality in a compact phone Con: Tiny Keyboard, Windows Mobile Quirks This is an awesome phone. It looks chunky in the pic, but it's actually pretty small. You can do almost everything on the phone that you would with your PC - music, calendar, tasks, internet explorer, full-featured contacts, camera, sync with your PC and more. You can connect via Bluetooth, EDGE (no 3g, alas), and Wi-Fi (either free ones or T-Mobile HotSpots). A must-have is a mini-SD card which will allow you to put more apps on the phone.. There are tons of programs are available, everything from Java games to encrypted eWallet. You can modify also modify the entire appearance of the phone (themes) or create your own. There is also a large community of Windows Mobile "tweakers" to help you customize your phone.. A few caveats- 1) This is Windows Mobile for Smartphone. It does not have Mobile Word, Excel or PDF like the Pocket PC does. You can read them, but you need to download an extra program to write them. Likewise, the Tasks program is bare-bones. I recommend Oxios ToDo. 2) It will not sync with Mac without an extra program. I found Missing Sync which is an awesome program. 3) Like most camera-phones, the image quality is pretty pathetic. 4) Windows Media Player is not quite the same sound quality as an iPod, but the "one-device" convenience factor trumps that for me. 5) Believe it or not, there's no way to close an application from within the application itself! You have to go into the Task Manager. Lame. 6) The tiny keyboard sucks. If you're a huge texter (I'm not), don't buy this phone, get the Sidekick. Less
Amazon

Awesome do-everything device!

from Amazon
I bought this phone because I'm a gadgeteer, but never imagined it would be as functional and useful as it has turned out to be. Others have reviewed the technical characteristics of the phone, so I'll focus on the applications I've found useful. The GPRS service is very handy when you get stuck in a...More
I bought this phone because I'm a gadgeteer, but never imagined it would be as functional and useful as it has turned out to be. Others have reviewed the technical characteristics of the phone, so I'll focus on the applications I've found useful. The GPRS service is very handy when you get stuck in a ritzy hotel that wants to charge you $15/day to use the Internet. Of course, you'll need t-zones to use it. It can be quite slow, typically around 160kbps with full signal strength, but works in a pinch. It can be hard to find the settings you need to use to connect your laptop via bluetooth, so here they are: - Use dial-up networking - Dial number: *99# - Username: voicestream - Empty password I run Microsoft Pocket Streets on this phone, with a Solarius V3 bluetooth GPS module. It's gotten me out of a lot of jams and more than paid for itself with unwasted gas money, even though it doesn't have voice prompts and requires you to anticipate your destinations and load the proper maps from your computer. I installed a 2GB miniSD card in this phone, and store all my favorite MP3's on the phone. The headset is uncomfortable and falls out of my ears, and the music won't play over my bluetooth headset, so that's a negative aspect. I love my Logitech bluetooth headset with this phone. The only problem is that the voice dial will call a random person if you don't speak quickly enough or accidentally press the button on the headset. Sort of embarrassing. The camera and video camera work great. The images are somewhat fuzzy, and the audio in the video is sub-par, but what can you really expect? I like the mirror on the back to assist with self-portraits. It would be nice to have a flash, though. Windows Mobile 5 has been quite stable, and very rarely crashes. Beware though, this smartphone edition can't run WM5.0 applications intended for PDAs with touchscreens. I tried it, and it just won't work. I feel ripped off now that the phone is $125 cheaper than when I bought it, but I guess it was probably worth buying early since it's been so useful. Less

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