HTC Shift

6/10 AVG.
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6/10
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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 "1-Minute" Review

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
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
No
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)


What the Critics Are Saying...


Wired

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

- Daniel Dumas, Wired
BGR

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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Common Questions


HTC released the Shift on March 26, 2007.


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
No

The HTC Shift's screen size is Unknown with 800 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

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

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Vista Business operating system (OS).

Camera
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.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD 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 10 days standby time.

HTC Shift Specs

Overview
Release date March 26, 2007
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Vista Business

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Processor Intel A110 800 MHz
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD 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
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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 800 x 480 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 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
Connectivity
USB Yes
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
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
VGA
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
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 Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps Microsoft Office Word
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Shift X9501

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

This keyboard is not even close to acceptable

from Wired

Ultra-mobile PCs are the awkward middle children of gadgets. They're constantly trying to assume the notable attributes of their older and younger siblings, but almost always come up short. On one hand, these little dudes aspire to have a laptop's computational power and ease of use, yet they also endeavor to be diminutive and highly portable, like a smartphone. Unfortunately, the end result is more often than not some ungodly mishmash of half-measures and workarounds, none of which comes close to matching the experience on either end of the spectrum. And, yes, like middle children, they also tend to get ignored and neglected...

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Ultra-mobile PCs are the awkward middle children of gadgets. They're constantly trying to assume the notable attributes of their older and younger siblings, but almost always come up short. On one hand, these little dudes aspire to have a laptop's computational power and ease of use, yet they also endeavor to be diminutive and highly portable, like a smartphone. Unfortunately, the end result is more often than not some ungodly mishmash of half-measures and workarounds, none of which comes close to matching the experience on either end of the spectrum. And, yes, like middle children, they also tend to get ignored and neglected.

HTC's latest UMPC, the Shift, is no exception. It comes bound in an annoying leather case that smacks of smarmy corporate importance. Strangely, you're unable to remove this case, making the Shift awkward to use, when you're, you know, mobile. Speaking of mobility, the Shift weights a little more than 2 pounds -- a tad heavier than most UMPCs out there -- and sports a slide-out, 7-inch touchscreen. This screen can also be tilted upward, if you want to look (and feel) like a ridiculous giant typing on a teeny, tiny laptop.

Like a number of other UMPCs, the Shift also hides a painfully inadequate QWERTY keyboard below its screen, one that almost seems like it was purposefully engineered to be utterly useless. It's too large for thumb typing and too small to use like a normal keyboard. In the end, you're left idiotically pecking away at individual keys and pining for a laptop's bountiful keyboard real estate. Sure, the Shift also happens to be a touchscreen device, and thankfully you can do a good deal of navigating using just your finger or the included stylus. But for a device that purports to be some sort of all-in-one answer to your busy mobile lifestyle, this keyboard is not even close to acceptable.

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BGR

A powerful man-beast of connectivity options

from BGR

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 side, you have the HTC Communications Manager button, the screen resolution adjustment button, the trackpad, right speaker, and finally fingerprint reader. Moving to the left side, you have the right and left mouse click buttons, left speaker, and below that is the SnapVue/Vista button to switch between the two operating systems....

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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 side, you have the HTC Communications Manager button, the screen resolution adjustment button, the trackpad, right speaker, and finally fingerprint reader. Moving to the left side, you have the right and left mouse click buttons, left speaker, and below that is the SnapVue/Vista button to switch between the two operating systems.

This could be be one of the biggest hurdles the HTC Shift has to face. To be fair, the specs are exactly as HTC specified: 2 hours of battery life in Windows Vista. You might be able to squeeze out a couple extra minutes, but don’t fool yourself — you’re not watching a whole Lord of the Rings movie on here anytime soon. On the upside, SnapVue lasts for a hell of a long time, even with the 3G connection on. HTC states around 2 days with push email enabled, and we agree. This is awesome for anyone on the go. A great move on HTC’s part is the power adapter. The charging brick is tiny and the charging cable itself is super lengthy. They get points for that one.

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