I bought this T68 on Ebay, it is the version with WIFI and it came togheter with a 2GB Micro SD card. The unit was brand new and came with all the accesoires such as spare battery, 5-pin USB cable, headset, charger and mini CD with Acticsync. I asked the seller to repack it in a smaller box and remove the Chinese manual. By using a small box I wanted to avoid import tax and VAT, it worked because I had to pay nothing, hehehe.
The first impression from the unit is very good, the build quality is very good, all the parts fit very nice, no misalignment or whatsoever. The color is matt black with some nice chrome details arround the display and camera. The shape is very good, the device hold perfect in my hands, it is thin and very light. The size is about the same as the iPhone 3G except that it is a few millimeter smaller and a little bit lighter.
There is one minus, there is no 3.5mm headset connection but only a mini USB connection. I tried to connect a mini USB to 3.5mm adapter that was made for HTC units but it does not work. Anyway, I can use a A2DP bluetooth stereo headset if I want to use it as a music player.
The Micro SD card sits under the battery, so hot swapping is not possible. You will need to turn of the device if you want to change the memory card. Before I had the T68 I had a Dopod 828 and hot swapping the memory card was very convenient.
The OS is Windows mobile 6. It is a good and stable OS that does not need any introduction. The interface is standard WM6 but they added the HTC rotation cube. It is a nice feature but it is strange that they did not installed the HTC today plugin, that would make it more complete. You can allways download and install the HTC Today plugin by yourself, it only takes 5 minutes. I installed the HTC today plugin and also SPB mobile shell that is completely skinnable to make it to your own taste. Now I can switch when my mood changes
At this moment I use SPB mobile Shell with Gsmart skin. There are many software programs to change the UI in a radical way, contact managers, keyboards etc etc...
The stylus is stored in the right hand side bottom of the device. The stylus itself is telescopic and the extra lenght is a bonus.
I used the WIFI and it is very easy to make a connection with my home network. It is too early to give excact battery life, but my feeling is that the battery does not drain very fast. 1500mAh is more than the average PDA so I don't expect any problems at all.
A device running on Windows mobile is perfect to install a zillion application that are downloadable from the web. I like to install GPS navigation programs so I installed Route 66, TomTom and MioMap. They all work perfectly, only the voice commands from MioMap stutters sometimes. Route 66 is basicly the most easy way to have navigation, it does not require any installation, just copy all the files to the memory card and run the .exe file. During startup the program search automatic for the GPS receiver and then you are ready to go. Before starting Route 66 you should not forget to start the bluetooth. When you use TomTom the program will start bluetooth automatic.
The T68 has no internal GPS receiver so you will need to use a external bluetooth GPS receiver.
My verdict is 8/10
-form factor, weight
-WM6 to install extra programs
-standard numeric keyboard
-extremely high value for money
-no 3.5mm headset connector
-no hot swap for the memory card
-no "image booster"
-poor picture quality
The verdict: if you don't care about the poor picture quality then get it, you will not be dissapointed.
Here are some detailed pics from my T68, it is the raw material, they are not edited or modifed (except the serial and IMEI number)
This was in the package:
2 batteries with 1500mAh capacity:
The battery charger with USB connection :
Here are some pics of the T68:
The telescopic stylus, good length, easy to use:
Compared to the Dopod 828:
Compared to the Meizu M6:
In my 3.25 USD leather cover: