Sarah Blake LaRose (3kitties) wrote,
Sarah Blake LaRose

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HTC Fuze

My most recent tech purchase is the HTC Fuze from AT&T. I keep seeing it referred to as a smart phone; but it runs MobileSpeak Pocket (screen reader for PDAs). I'm not going to quibble about the semantics. It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and comes with Office Mobile and numerous other things installed on it. (I will be taking some of them off since I won't be using them.)

The phone has a touch screen and a slide-out keyboard. The keys are tiny but a bit bigger than the ones on the Motorola Q. I can type fairly quickly on it. The disadvantage of the Fuze is that it does not have a dial keypad on the front--the diall pad is a touchpad. I have learned to use this with a bit of practice. The other disadvantage is that the volume control loops. Below the lowest setting there is a vibrate mode and a silent mode; so if I go past the highest setting I get into these. The first couple of times it happened, I thought I had crashed the phone. When MobileSpeak is running, the volume keys are used as hardware keys; so the only way to control volume with the keys is to go into bypass mode. I had to trust that this was actually working when the volume was silent so that I could turn it back up. It is a minor problem that I now understand and can fix if it happens. Now that I know what not to do, I feel comfortable keeping the phone at a certain volume.

I have used the phone for several note-taking sessions and successfully saved the files on my SDHC card. I did get into one instance when the phone said there was not enough memory to save, and I'm not sure what that was about. I am still in the learning curve stage with the phone. Once I get past this, I think the phone will be a tremendous asset to my life. It came with an adaptor that allows me to plug in a standard pair of headphones or earbuds. The adaptor fits into a pocket in my purse; and I am able to move around with a lot more ease than I am used to.

I will post a keyboard description separately. It will be a challenge--there is a function key that changes the top row of keys and also turns some of the keys into a number pad. How to describe this meaningfully is going to be a challenge.


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