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Smokeyone

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I thinking of getting an HTC all singing and dancing pda phone. If anyone has an internet enabled phone can you actually see what you are doing on such a small screen - for instance - could you actually book a flight -
The HTC screen size is 2.8 inches

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theDarkness

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I managed to buy a cd on play.com using opera mini on my fairly low end sony ericsson k800i on its own (it worked once), so anythings possible! Opera mini is far better than the browser that is built in to the phone, so i installed that, but its not purposely built for being able to handle what would be required for purchases online. Im sure anything more up to date with a bigger screen would be ideal, and would more than likely offer better features, such as being able to handle purchases and have a touch screen for ease of use.

Ps i can get around the problem of purchases by simply connecting my phone to my pc as a modem, and using my pc to buy. It wont work with all websites, as when using my phone as a modem, some sites will not let me log in constantly, or i will lose what may be in any virtual shopping basket. Its a cookie problem when using a phone as a modem for my pc, its rare and most sites do work, albeit rather slowly, but its there.

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Smokeyone

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Thanks for the tip. Do you recall which mapping system you purchased for your Kaiser - how did you get on without connecting to a network each time..........

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ßeta

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The HTC TyTn II (AKA Kaiser) is an excellent Phone/PDA.. Had one and sold it to my brother..

Now have a HTC Touch Pro (AKA Rapheal). Another good phone, but did have some teething trouble with the inbuilt GPS chip. Sorted by flashing a new Radio Rom.

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Smokeyone

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A cracking report - I tracked down the HTC on the basis of a decent screen size, full keyboard, and not tied in to a GPS system that only works with mobile masts which means you get a bill everytime you use the GPS.

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interzone55

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Never used an HTC phone, but here's a review from The Register, 88% which is a good score...

click here

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Smokeyone

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Thanks all for the advice. I was not planning on making a habit of booking flights from the phone but it's the sort of thing that could well crop up.
I am actually thinking of getting this HTC so if anyone has any comments -
click here

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laurie53

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Speaking personally the answer to the basic question is No!

Might use it in an emergency, but not for normal choice.

However, I am retired and therefore much of my time is spent within range of my router, with a laptop to hand!

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Forum Editor

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and the screen is fine for browsing - as long as you're not planning a long session. I haven't used it to book a flight yet, but I reckon I could do it without too much hassle - my phone has a very good zoom tool.

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Pauldunstan

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I've found opera mini quite easy to use on a 176x220 screen as long as there is no java content on the page.

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Woolwell

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I think that you have to pay for Opera for Mobiles whilst Opera Mini is free.

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