T-Mobile released an update to their successful T-Mobile MDA/HTC Wizard device that has an updated sleek form factor and significantly improved keyboard. The T-Mobile Wing is a Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition device that comes in a cool blue color and offers T-Mobile customers a very nice alternative to the Apple iPhone.
Opening the box, step 1
After opening the top lid you find the T-Mobile Wing (note plastic wrapping has already been removed).
The retail box contains a thick user manual, Quick Start Guide, Tips and Tricks pamphlet, warranty card, screen protector, extra stylus, carrying case, and extra stylus.
Bottom box contents
The USB sync cable, A/C adapter, extra stylus, and wired stereo headset can be found in the bottom part of the box.
Open T-Mobile Wing
The T-Mobile Wing with display up revealing the QWERTY keyboard.
Bottom half of the front
The round directional pad is very easy to use and is well sized for navigation.
Front top of the Wing
The phone speaker is found along the top with indicator lights present behind the screen.
Upper right side of the Wing
The upper button launches Voice Command 1.6, the next button launches Messaging and voice recordings. They can all be reassigned as you desire for quick launching.
Stylus and silo
The stylus is found on the lower right side and is securely held in the device. The stylus is solid and has a decent heft to it.
Bottom of the Wing
A rubber cover hides the headset connector/miniUSB port with the microphone just next to it. A lanyard loop is located on the far left of the bottom.
Left side of the Wing
A microSD slot with rubber cover, soft reset button, and volume control slider are found in the middle of the left side.
Wing upper left side
The camera button is found along the upper left side of the Wing.
Left side of QWERTY keyboard
The Wing uses the new HTC design keyboard that has very comfortable, flat keys to make text entry a pleasant experience.
Soft keys above the keyboard
The two soft keys can be found at the top of the keyboard. The numbers are arranged in keypad formation in the center of the keyboard.
Alt and Cap indicator lights
The indicator lights let you know when a special function key was pressed and are very helpful for text entry.
The Wing and MDA
The Wing is on the left and the T-Mobile MDA/QTEK 9100 in open keyboard modes.
The Wing and MDA in closed mode
The Wing offers a sleeker and more modernn design compared to the MDA.
Thickness comparison of the Wing and MDA
The Wing is not as thick as the MDA as can be seen in the picture.
Back of the Wing and MDA
You can see the cameras are in different positions and the Wing has a more ergonomic design. The entire back cover slips off on the Wing to access the battery and SIM card slot.
Back of the Wing
The back of the Wing feels great in your hand.
The Wing in your hand
The Wing is quite compact for a full blown Pocket PC and is very "caressable".
T-Mobile top logo
The T-Mobile Wing labeling
End and right buttons
The End button is surrounded by the right soft key and OK button.
Send and left buttons
The Send button is surrounded by the left soft key and Start menu button.
Backlit left keys
The front hardware buttons have backlighting, but the directional pad has none.
T-Mobile Wing Today screen
There are several utilities and functions accessed by tapping icons found in the lower right of the Today screen. For example, device lock, battery status, music player plug-in activation, communications manager, and t-zones.
Start menu and 3rd party applictions
You will find a customizable Start menu along with the ability to load up 3rd party applications on the Wing.
T-Mobile HotSpot login utility
The simple mode lets you enter your username and password to get connected.
Advanced HotSpot login
There are some other settings that can be customized with this utility.
You can manage and control connections for the phone, bluetooth, WiFi, direct push, data connection, vibrate/ringer, ActiveSync, and IR beam.
The Today screen has a shortcut to t-zones for those interested in accessing these functions.
HTC Task Manager
HTC includes a Task Manager so you can selectively choose to close applications. You will need to close most apps to use the camera.
Task Manager settings
You can select how to use the Task Manager on your device.
Voice Command 1.6 settings
You can manage and optimize your Voice Command 1.6 experience on the T-Mobile Wing.
Making a phone call on the Wing
The dial pad is easy to access and the Wing has the excellent SmartDial functionality that lets you spell the name of a contact with the keyboard to filter contacts quickly.
In call display
You can manage calls using on-screen buttons.
Portrait Start menu
You can customize the Start menu with your favorite applications.
More memory is needed
Unfortunately, there is a weak area of the Wing and that is the available RAM that limits how many applications can be run at once.