CTIA 2008 - Live Report
For the first time since the inception of HTC, the company has an actual booth at a major expo. Up until now, they usually had a suite or something setup, where you can get in only with an invitation or a scheduled meeting. If you remember, a few years back HTC did not have a separate brand name and was selling its devices either as carrier branded or was manufacturing products for other brands. Apparently, now they feel their name is known well enough and having a separate booth is worth it.
Another first for the U.S. is the availability of an unlocked device directly from a major retailer. We are talking about the HTC Touch Dual US of course. The device is exactly the same as the European 20 key version (note that there is a 12-key version in the EU as well), with the major difference being the Windows Mobile 6.1 preloaded straight out of the box and of course US 3G support.
For those not familiar with the Touch Dual at all, it is a very sleek WM phone, which unlike the original Touch, features 3G, lacks Wi-Fi and has either a 12 or 20-key slide keypad.
Both EU and U.S. Duals feature second generation Touch-Flo technology. For all of you who are not familiar with it, it is just a fancy word for the interface, which HTC developed to make their devices more one-hand-friendly-operated and of course, not to miss the current trend of "touch" navigation (iPhone, Prada etc).
Talking about the iPhone, the Dual now features very similar touch image manipulations such are the gallery scrolling (same as on iPhone), the zooming in/out, which is activated by drawing a circle on the screen and depending on the direction, it either zooms in or zooms out. The other cosmetic changes concern the HTC Home screen, which is slightly different; the added tabs in the Stop All application with one showing the amount of available memory and when clicked, linking to the Memory application.
Expect to see the device sometime in May or June in Best Buy stores, with selling price of around $500. Before you run out to buy it, be sure to read our in-depth review on the 12-key version. We'll definitely update as soon as we get our review samples from HTC.
The second "major" announcement, again expected, is the XV6900 or the Touch CDMA for Verizon Wireless. In a nutshell, it is the exactly same Windows Mobile 6 device already offered from Sprint for a while, in a new white color. Unlike the GSM version, it does have 3G, but lacks Wi-Fi. The rest of the goodies are EV-DO, GPS and a 2.8" flat QVGA display.
The expected availability is April, and of course you are more than welcome to check out our in-depth review of the Sprint's version (only different color).
1. The Zune Lune (unregistered)
I have read in several places that the unit's GPS will be unlocked and that the device will have VZ Navigator. Any ideas of the GPS will be locked to Navigator?
2. WHY?!?! (unregistered)
How come verizon never gets phones such as the lg shine and other cool phones...with metal bodies all we ever get are cheap crappy plastic bodied phones someone get to me on this ASAP YEAH BOY
3. dan (unregistered)
metal phones can be heavy..plastic can be just as durable in most cases...are you asking verizon to cater to you personally?
They do have a metal body phone the same as the lg shine just flip not slide.
It would have been nice if the Glyde or VX9700 was on display.
6. DMBrazil (unregistered)
7. DeeMan (unregistered)
VZW has the LG-VX8700. The LG Shine is a slide version of the 8700 and the Shine got released way AFTER the 8700.
8. Shannon (unregistered)
I have this bluetooth headset and absolutely love it. It is extremely lightweight, very comfortable, and not to mention affordable at 79.99. It has noice reduction and it also has stereo bluetooth capability so you can listen to music and no one knows that you are. It fits in your ear in a new evolutionary way. The back peice holds the bluetooth headset in your ear, unlike other kinds that just fall off. It is by far the best headset I've owned (and I've owned a lot of 'em).
9. George (unregistered)
Verizon better start announcing cooler phones like the Glyde, Dare, VX8560, Decoy...etc. So far, the only phone that really matters that they hae announced is the enV2.
10. elgee02 (unregistered)
This article states the enV2 is not thinner than the original enV when in fact it is .14" thinner or roughly 18% thinner.
11. shapshal (unregistered)
Ya Ya Me like PLAYBOY PHONE Ya Ya
12. OMG! (unregistered)
Do you find something horribly masculine in those weirdly large mouthed Alcatel models?