AT&T Tilt aka HTC TyTN II

AT&T Tilt aka HTC TyTN II

Got me a new cellphone 2 weeks ago. I wasn’t able to blog about it right away because aside from being preoccupied with personal matters, I was also busy installing programs, games, themes, transferring contact information, updating contacts, adding ringtones and other stuff on my cellphone.

My previous phone was a Sony Ericsson W810i walkman phone from Cingular and the reason why I got a new cellphone wasn’t because the Sony Ericsson W810i sucked, it was a nice cellphone with good features but it wasn’t enough for me. What I wanted needed was a PDA/Smartphone which I can use as an organizer, planner and let me browse the web, check emails and lots of other stuff. One option was to get an unlocked unit but because it was quite expensive, I decided to get one from my carrier, AT&T’s (formerly Cingular) website.

I chose to get my cellphone online because that way I wouldn’t have to go out and drive, I could take my time browsing through the different cellphones without being bothered by the salesperson and I can check product ratings and reviews on the Internet. Aside from that, I could also avail of certain discounts which are only available online. I ended up choosing the AT&T Tilt which is also known as the HTC TyTN II or HTC Kaiser. Retail price for the AT&T Tilt is $549.99 but with a 2-year contract extension, you can get it for $299 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Technical Specs

  • Weight 6.0 ounces
  • Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.3 x 0.73 inches
  • Talk Time: Up to 4 hours
  • Standby Time: Up to 8 days
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) support
  • Stereo Bluetooth® 2.0
  • Supports up to 6 simultaneous Bluetooth® pairings
  • 3 MP camera with 10x zoom and autofocus
  • Large 2.8″ 240 x 320 64K tilting color touchscreen
  • Powered by Qualcomm MSM7200 400 MHz processor
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3.6 Mbps Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900/2100
  • 256 MB Flash ROM and 128 MB SRAM

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AT&T Tilt aka HTC TyTN II

AT&T Tilt aka HTC TyTN II

The AT&T Tilt is a pocket pc phone that runs on Windows Mobile 6 Pro. Originally manufactured by HTC as the TyTN II or Kaiser but carried by AT&T here in the US and named as the Tilt. It got it’s name from it’s unique feature, the innovative tilt screen. The Tilt is considered as AT&T’s most powerful smartphone and is targeted towards business users. It has Microsoft Mobile Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), PIM tools (clock, calculator, voice recorder, ZIP manager), Microsoft’s Direct Push technology, BlackBerry Connect and AT&T Xpress Mail, a full range of wireless capabilities like WiFi, UMTS/HSDPA support and GPS.

Since this device has a microSD expansion slot and supports microSDHC, I decided to buy an 8 GB Sandisk microSDHC from Amazon. With that much space, I can install more programs and games and also load pictures, videos and my favorite mp3s. Next thing I plan to buy is a bluetooth headset which I can also use as a stereo headset when I want to listen to my mp3’s.

With this new toy, expect some posts about tweaks, freeware, themes and other customization stuff for the AT&T Tilt/HTC TyTN II in the coming days. I’ve just had this phone for a couple weeks so it’s still quite early to do a review. I’ll probably do the review after a couple months of using it which would be enough time for me to test this device and use all of it’s functions.

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  1. @Marlon – Thanks for the compliment! I’m using the PocketNester as my NES emulator for my TyTN II.

    You can download it from Sourceforge using this link.

    Let me know if you get it to work or not and if you need NES games. :)

  2. @Brandon – Honestly speaking, I love my Tilt! I never regret that I’ve bought it. It’s everything that I’ve wanted and expected, but I’d also like to tell you that I spent a lot of time on research and reading reviews regarding the Tilt and other phones and I ended up choosing the Tilt.

    One of the things I like about the Tilt is that it doesn’t require me to subscribe to a data plan, if you have a data plan good if not, you can still use it. It has Windows Mobile on it so I can install lots of programs and do other stuff with it.

    The Tilt is my phone, my mp3 player, my portable video player and gaming system. I have most of my mp3 collection on it, some videos and lots of games. I have a NES emulater installed which I use to play Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, Galaga, PacMan and many other NES classics.

    I also use it to access my emails, browse the web, check my blog and also use it as my GPS device to get traffic details and directions.

    What I don’t like about the Tilt is the battery life. It doesn’t last that long and you’ll have to recharge it frequently. Playing games, videos, mp3s and browsing the web would use up a lot of the battery’s power. But so far, in the past few months that I’ve been using my Tilt, I’ve never had any problems with it.

    Btw, are you planning to use it on AT&T or have it unlocked and use it on a different network? I hope I’ve answered your questions and if you have any other questions just send me an email.

  3. Jaypee,

    I am thinking about going with the Tilt over the iPhone, Samsung Instinct (Sprint) or the LP Dare (verizon). What do you think of your Tilt? I mainly want to be able to browse the internet at will and the Tilt is the only PDA, besides the nonremovable battery iPhone, that has a WiFi feature. SHoot me an email if you have time and let me know how four months with the Tilt has treated you!



  4. @jhay – I was away coz of my busy schedule and having family visiting us and not because of this new phone. But it is indeed a sweet toy! I’ve gots tons of games and other stuff installed that keeps me busy when I’m on the road or when I have spare time. :D

  5. @dimaks – Yeah, I really like the design and correct me if I’m wrong but I believe this phone is the only one with the “tilt” feature. It is my mini laptop. Thanks! :D

  6. looks neat and classy.. and techy! the tilt feature is great too, i think. looks like a laptop :) man, 3mp camera with 10x zoom is awesome for sure. congrats on the new toy jaypee.

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