HTC Mogul 6800 Review
The mogul is a sleek, stylish, business minded phone. Its intended audience is the business class but has gained popularity in the power user sector. I am in both.
When I first received my Sprint Mogul, I was very excited. Excited to go to a new platform and excited to get a new PDA phone. Upon opening the Moguls box, I found I was very impressed with the included accessories.
In the box I found the following Items.
- The 6800 Sprint Mogul
- Wall Charger
- Stereo Headset
- 2 stylus ( this was a plus to me for the fact that I tend to leave them on my desk)
- Mini USB splitter adapter to two mini USB
- Mini adapter to allow USB and stereo headset
- Memory card (512MB microsd)
- Screen Protector
- Leather Carrying Case
- Standard Sprint manual, documents and software
Upon opening each individual item and laying them in front of me. I realized Sprint provided a great deal of accessories with this phone. This is the first phone that I have purchased through sprint that after activating I could walk out the door and be ready to go. That was a major plus for me as a customer.
Ok, now onto the Mogul itself. The phone is a nice sized phone. Not to small and not to large. Laying it side by side with my Treo 755p I did not find it to be any larger to be of concern. The color of the phone itself is a nice gray/gunmetal finish. It gives the impression that it is metal but in reality is a high polymer plastic.
Upon inserting the battery I quickly realized it had about a 5% charge which is to be expected, so I quickly hooked up wall charger using the provided mini USB adapter and the AC charger. I donít know if this will become a pain in the future or not, having two separate items to be able to charge the phone but that will remain to be seen.
After powering up the phone, I noticed the sleek HTC loader and Sprint splash screen. So far I was very impressed. Once the phone booted up and loaded windows mobile you have to go through a basic set up to get the phone to the Windows Mobile today screen. The stock Sprint today screen is what I would expect, heavily branded.
Drum roll pleaseÖÖ.the next item on my list, the slide out keyboard. Definitely different from my former Treo but really nice and very well layed out with backlighting. The keyboard has a spring loaded mechanism that is nice for the fact that it aids in opening and closing. Its adds a very nice touch to the design of the phone.
This keyboard is a for sure two handed keyboard. I tried with one hand and found it very hard to do. This is only a slight drawback I feel.
After calling Sprint and getting the phone activated, the real experience of the Mogul began. The next thing I did was to install the provided software. The first thing that was setup was Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5.0. The CD will then give you the option to install some Microsoft demos which I quickly passed on (For those wondering it was Outlook 2007). After installation was complete I then went back to the figuring out the Mogul. After looking at the layout of the Today screen, I proceed on to scan the loaded programs on the phone which I will list. Not to bad, but for the power user this will most definitely change.
- Games(just basic Solitaire and bubble breaker)
- Adobe Reader LE
- Audible(book reader)
- On Demand
- Get Good
- Sprint Music
- Sprint Software Store
- Windows Live
- Window Media Player
- Office Mobile(Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, Word Mobile) This pack I will use a great deal
The Mogul also has a good amount of standard PDA software of which I feel was a nice start.
- File Explorer
- Messaging(Outlook Mobile LE)
- Pictures and Video
- Voice SpeedDial
- Internet Explorer
I quickly found myself syncing my phone to active sync to start downloading my schedule and contacts from my pcís MS Outlook. Note: This took a little bit of time the first time running.
From there, I found myself going through the functions on the phone. My itchy finger hit the ever popular Windows Start button first. The drop down was instant and smooth. The Start menu really reminded me of my home computer and was easy to navigate. The start menu can also be easily modified to include the programs you use more than others. All the programs ran smoothly and were familiar if you are a windows user.
While I was manuvering through the screens, I found myself needing to be acclimated to the layout of the Moguls buttons and button layout. The phone has 13 buttons on it, which in turn took some time to get used to. On top of that it also has a 5way pad and a scroll wheel on the top left side of the phone. I find myself still looking at the buttons to make sure Iím hitting the correct ones.
The screen on the Mogul was nice and bright. That reveals a negative of the phone, its stock battery. After playing with the phone on a fully charged battery, making a few phone calls, surfing the web and checking email. I found the phone alerting me that it needed recharged after about 4.5 hours of use. I would most definitely recommend a longer lasting battery.
I have to be honest and say at first the Mogul was very quick but as I started more programs it started to slow down. (Note: the new HTC/Sprint ROM update helps this by adding a task manager to close out programs you are no longer running. I have also noticed much better memory management with it as well)
I thought maybe I would have issues with memory but overall I am not and I am impressed with how stable this phone is. The Mogul is a keeper for me and I have already started to modify all the settings. The only thing I wish Sprint would have done is included more RAM.