The Htc Shift - the All-in-one Mobile Broadband Solution

By: Matt Sharp

Let's take a look at a new mobile PC, designed to give you mobile broadband right out the box, wherever you are: the awesomely powerful HTC Shift.
Mobile computing made easy
There's no doubt that mobile broadband is a cool thing. I've gone on at great length about how it's changing the world in 2008, and it is. The internet is becoming something we don't just sit at a desk to use, but something that we carry round with us, in our pockets. Well, since laptops are still quite big, nearly in our pockets. Maybe in some kind of bag-type arrangement. The point is, though, that with the advent of mobile broadband, people are finding that they not only can use broadband wherever they are, they want to use it wherever they are.
So, the desire to use mobile broadband is there, but what technologies exist to let people actually use it.

The one that's most prevalent at the moment is, essentially, a case of taking a laptop, plugging in a USB Modem with mobile broadband sim card, and going for it. And that is a very, very simple solution, as the steps are 1) get USB Modem; 2) plug in; 3) enjoy. But some people want a solution even simpler, one that they just fire up, straight out of the box, and go for it.
That's where the HTC Shift comes in!
Essentially, the HTC Shift, if you want to tie it down to one particular category, is a UMPC, and Ultra-Mobile PC. So, think mini-laptop. And it really is, too, because it's powered by Windows Vista. Yes, that's proper Windows Vista, no compromises here! Well... I say that, but there is one... but it's a positive compromise! You see, the HTC Shift is powered by Vista, but it also uses a stripped down version of Windows Mobile. The importance of that is that you can move about with it, in-between working sessions when you have it in full-on laptop mode, you can switch down to low power mode, still check your emails, and so on, but drastically increase your battery life.
It's things like that that make the HTC Shift such a powerful mobile broadband device. There's no two-ways about it, with a spec list like this baby has, it'd be hardly surprising if it conquers the online world. Sure, it has competition from mobile phones like the iPhone and the vast range of laptops on the market, but nothing comes close to providing this level of internet speed with this level of portability. Want to see for yourself? Compare mobile broadband packages with, for example, the iPhone, and you'll see what I mean!

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