The HTC Shift is classified as an Ultra Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC), and is designed to fill the void between a smartphone and a laptop. Think of it as a true mobile office.
One of the striking elements of the HTC Shift is its minimalist design. Sweeping curves and thoughtful positioning of inputs and controls, it is truly a wonderful exercise in how to pack a boatload of features into a device without ending up with a million extra ports and protrusions. Clean lines and a gun metal finish make the Shift a fine example of electronic craftsmanship. The HTC Shift has some weight to it, too; it gives you the feeling of a device that has been built with good materials and no skimping.
True to its name, the HTC Shift has a screen which slides up to a comfortable angle and locks in place, revealing a comfortable keyboard beneath. The keyboard is obviously smaller than a standard keyboard, however it is designed to be “typed” rather than “thumbed”. The keypad is comfortable and spacious, given the size constraints. This device is to be used much like a laptop and not a smartphone.
The HTC Shift measures 207 x 129 x 25 mm, weighs 800 grams and never gives the user a sense of being cramped.
The 7 inch TFT touchscreen has an 800 x 480 pixel resolution and can reproduce 16 million colors.
The Shift runs MS Vista Business and SnapVUE for OS, offers WiFi, 3G and a front-facing video conferencing camera.
The Shift is not a phone! This device is used for communicating in every conceivable way other than talking, including email via MS Outlook, text, MMS, video conferencing, etc.
The HTC Shift is designed for a very specific portion of the market, for people who want a powerful device to supplement their phone and laptop, when neither can do the job alone.
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