How dare they?

How dare they?

Summary: You can tell when a review product has made a good impression. After a while, you start hoping that the vendor or the PR has forgotten about it.

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You can tell when a review product has made a good impression. After a while, you start hoping that the vendor or the PR has forgotten about it. Then you howl with anguish when they have the temerity to ask for it back.

That's happened with T-Mobile's MDA Vario II handheld/smartphone, a.k.a the HTC TyTN. It runs Windows Mobile 5.0, which shows signs of maturing nicely, but mostly it's the form factor that impresses: it has a decent-size touchscreen, yet isn't too bulky or heavy, and has a very cool slide-out keyboard that instantly flips the display into landscape mode when you engage it. The phone is HSPDA compliant, so Web pages fairly spring onto the screen when you've got suitable coverage.

You really can be a 'mobile professional' with this 3G device. The one thing I don't do is video calls -- once the great hope for the 3G networks. I tried one with my esteemed colleague Rupert Goodwins, and that was enough to put me off for life!

Still, there'll be another cool gadget (sorry, useful business tool) along soon. Of that, I'm very confident.

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Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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