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I know I teased you with word I was testing a device that I couldn’t talk about but since Amazon blew the embargo HTC has lifted me from mine.  The past week I have been evaluating the US version of the HTC Shift UMPC with SnapVUE.  […]

Cimg0416I know I teased you with word I was testing a device that I couldn’t talk about but since Amazon blew the embargo HTC has lifted me from mine.  The past week I have been evaluating the US version of the HTC Shift UMPC with SnapVUE.  This is news because the US version is a Sprint-branded device with EV-DO and not GSM like the European versions you’ve seen reviewed lately.  I am not prepared to do a complete review because I didn’t think the embargo was going to be lifted until next week but I can share some photos of the Shift taken very quickly.  They are after the jump.

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  1. Hope you haven’t hacked snapvue into full WiMo 6! It’s a real shame ‘licensing’ issues stopped the full implementation but thanks to the guys at XDA Developers we can unlock our shifts and reinstall mobile office, opera etc. Once they get access to the SD card and GPS functions this will be a very exciting UMPC!

    The value proposition is better if it’s a full WiMo PDA with instant on, long battery and a usable keyboard along with a full Vista UMPC for when you need a ‘proper’ PC.

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  2. YIKES !!!!

    SPRINT !!!

    After endless posts about Verizon, and me…sitting here with my Sprint account seeming
    older and older. Nothing interesting…(of course, I still love my Treo). And now! Can’t wait for your evaluation. Hope the Shift will run Slingbox.

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  3. Hrrm, don’t you mean that you’ve been “evaluating the US version of the HTC *SHIFT* UMPC with SnapVUE”? It’s all right, it’s been a long day =)

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  4. Gavin, personally I have no desire to create a 7inch WM device. SnapVUE the way it’s implemented does a good job providing push email without firing up the Vista side and I see no advantage to installing a full WM PDA on the Shift. To do other work just tap a button and go into Vista like it’s designed to do.

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  5. bluemonq, you’re right it’s been a very long day. Fixed, thanks.

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  6. James, I was thinking along the lines of battery life and the ability to run some of the Windows Mobile GPS progs like TomTom or similar.

    If I am stuck somewhere travelling it will be convenient to rattle off quick bursts of text in Word mobile for reformatting in Word later.

    Look forward to your full review.

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  7. Should have mentioned, using my Shift now as I sit in my hotel room in cold but sunny Manchester!

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  8. How is the keyboard on this thing?

    It looks like it’s almost the size of a Redfly/Eee keyboard. But, for some reason, this device looks so small, I find this hard to believe.

    Any comments on the keyboard, Gavin or James?

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  9. Nate

    It’s probably the best of the UMPCs. It’s not as good as an Eee keyboard but then as a device this is a fair bit smaller. Reminds me a bit of a Psion 5 which is a good thing! It’s certainly perfectly usable.

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  10. Damn. I’m trying to figure out reasons to talk myself out of wanting this thing.

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