Is the HTC Advantage the Ultimate UMPC?

I wrote up a rather detailed review of the HTC Advantage back in August 2007 and since that time I have continued to discover how powerful of a device the Advantage really is or can be made to be with 3rd party software applications. I have been thinking about picking up an ultra portable device like the Fujitsu U810 or Samsung Q1 Ultra, but then I find articles like Steve Laser's take on the HTC Advantage that inspire me to evaluate whether the Advantage already meets any function that an ultra portable may provide.

HTC Advantage
I wrote up a rather detailed review of the HTC Advantage back in August 2007 and since that time I have continued to discover how powerful of a device the Advantage really is or can be made to be with 3rd party software applications. I have been thinking about picking up an ultra portable device like the Fujitsu U810 or Samsung Q1 Ultra, but then I find articles like Steve Laser's take on the HTC Advantage that inspire me to evaluate whether the Advantage already meets any function that an ultra portable may provide.

Steve's very detailed review of his HTC Advantage that he was lucky enough to find at a closing CompUSA for only US$540 (that is a steal in my book). Steve starts out by taking a look at the different ultra portables currently available and explaining what some of those compromises are, such as short battery life, larger size, and slower performance. He talks about the display, touch screen, size, keyboard/input, software, multimedia, connectivity, battery life, and Windows Mobile 6 operating system as he takes a look at the Advantage.

I just recently installed RealVGA on my loaner HTC Advantage and that has made a world of difference in usability for me as I can now use the display to its fullest. There are other aspects and more details of some of these same aspects that I am experiencing and may write up in an update to my August review as I too try to use the Advantage as my ultra portable PC. If you can find one of these at a CompUSA store before they are closed I highly recommend you do so. Unfortunately, all of the stores in my area are already closed so I am out of luck with this strategy.

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