Product Review (January 2008)
AT&T Tilt 3G Smart Phone Review

The capabilities of new cell phones is wide open with numerous models offering media rich features. AT&T has gone Full Tilt with the introduction of the new Tilt 3G Smart Phone. This is AT&T's first phone to support Windows Mobile 6 and is loaded with features such as Global 3G, built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® 2.0, and comes with a beautiful 2.8" color touchscreen. What is really cool about this phone is the top which slides to the side and can then be tilted slightly (hence the name) much like a mini laptop. The QWERTY style keyboard offers large keys, big enough to provide users a reasonable surface area and avoid key entry errors. Designed by HTC, the AT&T Tilt supports Bluetooth® 2.0, which allows for up to six Bluetooth devices to be wirelessly connected simultaneously to the device and also supports Bluetooth Stereo. Since the screen is touch sensitive, a stylus on the right bottom of the unit slides out, providing an easy way to command the screen. The Tilt is solidly built and significantly heavy for a phone. It includes a Getting Started CD, rechargeable battery, AC charger, USB cable and a extra stylus.

Powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7200 400MHz processor, the Tilt has 256 MB of ROM and 128 MB SDRAM. The Tilt also has a microSD™ (SD 2.0 compatible) slot for expanding the memory capability. A universal AC power adapter is included that accepts an input voltage of 100 ~ 240V AC (50/60 Hz) and outputs 5VDC at 1A.

The AT&T Tilt includes the latest version of TeleNav GPS Navigator™ which provides GPS-enabled turn-by-turn voice and on-screen driving or walking directions. The colorful 3-D moving maps and traffic delay alerts give users real-time and updated maps. The latest version of TeleNav GPS Navigator also includes reviews and ratings of nearby restaurants and allows customers to rate them directly from their AT&T mobile phone. Business owners can use TeleNav Track™, a mobile workforce management product that includes GPS-enabled tracking, time sheets, wireless forms, navigation, job dispatching and bar code scanning for maximizing efficiency.

Microsoft® Office Mobile
The Tilt features Microsoft® Office Mobile that includes mobile versions of Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint®. The streamlined version of Microsoft Word allows documents to be created on your PC and then opened and edited on your device. You can also create and edit documents and templates in Word Mobile and save them as *.doc, *.rtf, *.txt, and *.dot files. Microsoft Excel® Mobile makes it easy for you to open and edit Excel workbooks and templates created on your PC. You can also create new workbooks and templates on your device. Microsoft® PowerPoint® Mobile lets you open and view (not create) slide show presentations, *.ppt and *.pps formats, created on your PC. Having access to the commonly used Microsoft Office products gives a large number of users a powerful set of tools when on the road.

The AT&T Tilt offers customers 3G broadband speed connectivity across the globe and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA capabilities that allow the Tilt to operate in Japan and Korea. AT&T offers UMTS, EDGE or GPRS international data roaming in more than 135 countries. Customers can also use AT&Tís industry-leading international wireless roaming coverage to make or receive a phone call in more than 190 countries. In the US, the AT&T Tilt provides access to AT&Tís BroadbandConnect network in more than 170 major metropolitan areas across the U.S., and coverage outside the 3G service areas is available via AT&Tís EDGE network (available in more than 13,000 cities). The built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b and g) allows users to connect to corporate or home wireless networks.

Built-in- Camera
The Tilt offers the highest-resolution camera available on any AT&T mobile phone today, featuring an impressive 3-megapixel resolution with auto-focus. The Tilt is capable of supporting up to 32GB MicroSD cards to expand storage for pictures, video, music and more. We tested the camera outside with some real-world pictures and the results were surprisingly good for a mobile phone. Good lighting conditions improve the picture quality. The first photo was a shot of our garden with lots of scene detail. Colors looks accurate and well saturated. We then took a picture of the kid's Rainbow Play Set and the resolution was great. In both cases the camera was placed in a fixed position using the timer to minimize any bluring.

E-Mail Options
The Tilt is the first Windows Mobile device in North America to include BlackBerry® Connect™ v4.0 software, which provides BlackBerry e-mail service, security and device management for IT administrators and wireless synchronization of e-mail, calendar, contacts, task list and memo pad information to users. BlackBerry Connect v4.0 supports push e-mail for Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise through the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and personal e-mail through the BlackBerry Internet Service. Personal e-mail can also be accessed using AT&T’s Xpress Mail service, which allows users to access personal e-mail from most major POP3/IMAP personal e-mail services. The interval times can be set by the user. They also can perform two-way wireless synchronization of their calendars, access contact lists and view attachments. The Tilt is capable of sending and receiving e-mail, text messages (SMS), and MMS messages as long as your device is connected to a network.

Battery Life
The user replaceable Lithium-ion/Lithium-polymer battery (1350 mAh) provides adequate power for the phone for normal usage. The life of the battery greatly depends on the way the phone is used. Battery life dropped significantly with Bluetooth enabled and frequent e-mail accesses. Finding a good balance between performance and power savings will increase battery life while maximizing the capabilities of the unit.

The left side of the Tilt has a PTT (Push to Talk) button, an OK button, and a jog wheel that is used to scroll up or down to navigate through menus and program instructions. Pressing the wheel carries out the selection. During a call or when playing music, scroll up or down to adjust the sound volume level. When receiving an incoming call, scroll down to decrease the audio notification volume. There is also a SIM card slot available here. The right side of the phone has the power button and camera button.

Making Calls
The Tilt has some great features when making phone calls. The Smart Dialing determines the contact as you start entering a phone number or contact name. Smart Dialing will automatically search and sort the contact entries on the SIM card, in Contacts, and the phone numbers in Call History (including incoming, outgoing, and missed calls). You can then select the desired number or contact from the filtered list to dial. The voice recognition is excellent for numbers that we spoke into the phone and the Tilt confirmed the number back to us before initiating the call.

The Tilt also provides access to AT&T Mobile Music — an integrated, on-the-go music experience that delivers "your music, your way" by providing simple access to the most robust collection of music content available today, including XM Radio Mobile, which comes pre-loaded on the device and is available for $8.99 a month. The AT&T Tilt also features CV streaming video service. Customers can watch a large selection of video clips of their favorite television shows, sports, news and weather, entertainment and premium content, including hit HBO programs and exclusive mobile content from World Wrestling Entertainment.

Pricing and Availability
The AT&T Tilt is available for $299.99 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate. Unlimited monthly data plans for corporate e-mail are $44.99 with a voice contract and personal data plans for personal e-mail begin at $29.99 a month for 20 MB of data. AT&T also offers an international data plan for the AT&T Tilt — 20 MB in nearly 30 countries — for an additional $24.99 a month. TeleNav GPS Navigator is available for additional monthly charges of $5.99 for 10 trips and $9.99 for unlimited trips. TeleNav Track service plans range from $12.99 to $21.99 for each device. See www.att.com for details.

Conclusion
The AT&T Tilt is a unique and powerful phone with lots of options for connectivity and organization. We particularly liked the build quality and the touchscreen of this unit. Multiple e-mail accounts are easy to set up and all the important information is displayed on the large screen. The QWERTY-style keyboard made the Tilt much more user friendly than some of the others phones we have used. The included GPS made it a great tool for the road. We had great coverage in most areas and the WiFi capability allowed us to use our local network at home. As an alternative to the popular BlackBerry, the Tilt holds its own.

- Kevin Nakano






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Review - At a Glance


AT&T - Tilt™

Features & Benefits

  • 2.8" tilting color touch screen and sliding QWERTY keyboard - input information quickly and easily
  • Windows Mobile® 6 Professional - access your office apps (Word, Excel, & PowerPoint) from anywhere
  • Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA; Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE - connect and work at broadband speeds
  • Integrated Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) support - gain increased coverage and speed with Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Integrated GPS - Find your next destination with voice guided directions, and 3D color maps
  • AT&T Mobile Music, Video, TV and games - take a break with the latest entertainment
  • 3 mega-pixel camera with autofocus and 10x digital zoom - capture life's moments with exceptional detail
  • Enhanced memory and micro SD expansion slot - store even more emails, documents, and music
  • Push to Talk - enjoy instant voice communication
  • Bluetooth™ v2.0 - increase productivity with hands-free communications


Source: AT&T Loan
MSRP: $299.99 with 2-Year AT&T Contract and Rebate
AT&T URL: http://www.wireless.att.com

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