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HTC Shift review

6/10 AVG.

  • HTC Shift
  • HTC Shift

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The HTC Shift currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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.

Operating system
Windows Vista
800 MHz
Screen Size
VGA (640 x 480)

What the Critics Are Saying...


Truly horrendous keyboard makes typing anything but short burst messages out of the question.

- Daniel Dumas, Wired

You’d be hard-pressed to find a UMPC that is as cleanly designed as the HTC Shift. Taking into account the mechanics with the tilt + slide mechanism, they did a wonderful job. There’s not a huge amount of ports or buttons or switches on it, and that’s a good thing. On the right sid...

- The Boy Genius, BGR

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We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC Shift user manual here.

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

If your Shift has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The HTC Shift's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

800 MHz

There is a Intel A110 800 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.


Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. HTC's performance ratings are 10 days standby time.

HTC Shift Specs

Release date March 26, 2007
Regions available Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel A110 800 MHz
Internal Storage No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.91 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
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: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Dark gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.7 x 12.9 x 2.5 cm (8.2 x 5.1 x 1 in)
Weight 800 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
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 QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
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, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
VGA (640 x 480)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
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 Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps Microsoft Office Word
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Shift X9501

Built-in microphone, dual speakers and a 60 GB hard disk.
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