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HTC Pure Review

written by: Shanna James•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 11/19/2010

The HTC Pure is a candy bar smartphone offered by AT&T and features the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. The Pure seeks to retain most of what HTC has already laid down in the area of smartphones with a few tweaks here and there. This review will outline several aspects of the HTC Pure.

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    Introduction

    The HTC Pure is aimed at business users and runs Windows Mobile 6.5 professional. There are better options on the market now, especially with the launch of Windows Phone 7. However, the HTC Pure is still a decent choice and it won't break the bank.

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    Design

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    The design of the HTC Pure is sleek, simple and clean. It fits comfortably in a pocket or in the palm of your hand. It features a 3.2 inch LCD resistive display and a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. This bright display supports 62,000 colors. There are several hardware buttons beneath the display including a very sensitive touch pad and four navigational buttons. The navigational buttons consist of an answer call and end call button as well as a Windows Start key and a back button.

    The spine of the HTC Pure houses a volume rocker and speaker. The on and off power button is situated at the top of the device and a Mini USB port/headset jack/power connector is at the bottom. A 3.5mm headphone jack has been replaced by a 3.5mm audio adapter. When purchased the HTC Pure is packaged with an AC adapter, an audio adapter, stylus, USB cable, software CD and reference book.

    The HTC Pure also features an onscreen virtual QWERTY keyboard which can be viewed in landscape or portrait orientation. There is also the option of enabling vibration when a key has been registered for added accuracy. The phone comes with an accelerometer which changes the orientation of the screen once it has been rotated.

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    User Interface

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    The HTC Pure uses the TouchFlo 3D interface which can be toggled to view the Windows Mobile 6.5 interface as well. This can be done by entering the start menu, going to Settings and tapping on ‘Today’. This will provide the option to change the user interface by then going to the items tab and selecting Windows Default instead of the TouchFlo option. The Windows Mobile interface has also been laid out in a honeycomb pattern instead of the usual grid pattern.

    The Windows Mobile interface allows users to add or subtract apps from the main home screen. Users can also change the background image and choose from one of six different themes which had been created by several designers such as Vera Wang, Isaac Mizrahi, Ron Arad, Rock and Republic and Diane von Furstenberg.

    The main page resembles the Microsoft’s Zune interface and allows users to scroll through select apps from a slide bar. Within each option users can swipe from left to right across the screen to see various sub-menus and files which correspond to that app.

    The HTC Pure also features a special lock screen which displays missed calls, the date, time, upcoming appointments and messages. This information stays on the screen even while the phone is in lock mode.

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    Review of the HTC PureThis HTC Pure review will provide you with all that you need to know before and after you purchase an HTC Pure mobile phone. Learn about the features and performance of this mobile phone as we review the HTC Pure.
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    Features

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    The HTC Pure has added the Internet Explorer Mobile browser, Microsoft’s MyPhone backup service and Windows Marketplace for mobile to the list of preloaded apps.

    The Windows Marketplace app allows users to search and download apps directly from the Marketplace to the smartphone. Apps can also be purchased through this service. The Marketplace is filled with paid and free apps in several different categories

    Microsoft’s MyPhone backup service enables several apps to be stored in case of faults. This also includes text messages, the phone’s contact list, photos and email. To use the service users will need to sign into the MyPhone website using their Windows Live ID and password. Users can set the phone to sync at any time. The stored media can be accessed at any time, synced with another mobile device or computer, shared with family or friends and even uploaded to social networking sites. One very useful and important benefit to the MyPhone back service is that, in case the phone is stolen, users can remotely wipe all information from the smartphone without changing the information stored on the web site.

    The HTC Pure also comes preloaded with Microsoft Office Suite Mobile edition and allows users to access Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs. The contact list is limited by available memory but can store more than one number to each contact including two addresses, emails, birthdays, IM username and their spouse’s name. Contacts can also be paired with a ringtone and photo and placed in a caller group.

    The HTC Pure features Bluetooth version 2.0, Wi-Fi and has 3G capabilities. It also features GPS using AT&T’s navigator, AT&T music and video, MobiTV, WikiMobile and The Weather Channel. It features a decent 5 megapixel camera.

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    Performance

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    The HTC Pure is a quad band smartphone. Call clarity is of the highest quality and the speakerphone is audible even in the loudest settings. The 1100mAh lithium ion battery lasts up to 6 hours of talk time and 5 hours on standby.

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    Verdict

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    For people who need the convenience of a QWERTY keyboard and Microsoft Office Mobile the HTC Pure is the perfect phone. It is both slim and sleek and is very easy to commute with. At $149.99 with a 2 year contract this phone can be purchased at wireless.amazon.com.