HTC launched its line of Advantage products in 2007 to bridge the gap between laptop and smartphone technologies. Operating off of a cellular 3G network, the Advantage is a series of mobile office devices designed to allow people to take their work wherever they go.
The most distinct aspect of the HTC Advantage is its form-factor. It is a cell phone-like device with a unique feature: a fully detachable QWERTY keyboard. When the keyboard is attached, the machine feels like a small netbook. Without the keyboard, the 5-inch touch screen operates just as one would expect an iPhone or iPod touch to work. The touch technology has been implemented very well into the Advantage.
The Advantage is based on the Windows Mobile 6 operating system. This operating system gives users the advantage of working within a fully functional, business-standard Windows environment. The device comes loaded with mobile versions of the major Microsoft Office programs, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel. For surfing the Internet, users have a choice between the latest version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer or new Opera 9 browser.
The HTC Advantage comes standard with a large, 5-inch touch screen display. It also includes 16 gigabytes of internal storage, GPS functionality, specialized finger gesture software, a 3-megapixel camera, as well as the capability to play MP3s and a wide variety of video formats.
The HTC Advantage is the fastest device of its kind on the market. Using a 624 MHz processor, the Advantage is sure to offer enough speed for basic web browsing and document editing. The Windows Mobile 6 operating system has also been proven to perform well on the device. The onboard speakers do leave a bit to be desired for sound quality, but the Advantage does include a 3.5mm headphone jack. The battery life is about 5.5 hours per charge.
The Advantage is the perfect device for the on-the-go businessman who needs to have constant access to his work. It is important to note that mainstream users would have very little use for this product. While it operates on a cellular network, the telephone capabilities of the device are lacking. The form-factor makes it difficult to use a traditional cell phone, and the speakerphone functionality is not up to par to with standard technologies. That being said, the Advantage is the perfect device for those who need a small, lightweight fully-functional mobile office.