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HTC Touch CDMA Review

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The Touch is a surprisingly small device. The spec sheet does not do it justice, and you don’t appreciate just how small it is until you hold on. It has a great in-hand feel, and the build quality is top notch. The body is constructed of black soft touch rubber, which makes the phone easy to hold. There is a ring of chrome plastic that goes around the unit. There are only six physical buttons, three of which are integrated into this trim. On the top is a power/sleep button, on the left side is a volume slider and on the bottom right is a multi-function button. The multi-function button has a very understated Sprint logo, a very nice design touch and an indication that even the most intricate detail was considered. Also incorporated into the trim is the miniUSB charging port, lanyard strap and reset button, all found on the bottom of the device.

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The other buttons sit on the front of the Touch, below the display. There is a 5 way directional pad, flanked by Send and End keys. The d-pad is a rounded chrome square, with a flat silver button in the middle. The Send and End keys are black like the body, but are slightly raised so as to be functional. They contain near hidden green and red LEDs which light up when in use. Above the display sits a small earpiece. It has a black mesh covering, which allows for various status LEDs to be hidden yet seen when in use.

HTC Touch CDMA Review

As you might expect the display itself dominates the front of the phone. It is 2.8” and has a resolution of 240x320. Unfortunately it is only 65k colors instead of 262k, but this is a requirement a Windows Mobile so we really can’t fault HTC for that. The display is still crisp and sharp, especially when viewed head on. The vertical viewing angle is good, but at extreme angles it can be hard to view horizontally. It uses LED backlighting, which produces a more even light distribution while cutting down on power consumption. The display is bright enough to be viewed in most lighting conditions.

If you flip the Touch over you will find a 2.0 megapixel camera, again trimmed in chrome, which does not have a flash but does have a self-shot mirror. There is also a small speaker in the back, which is where all ringers, music and various system sounds emanate from. The stylus is tucked away at the top left corner. The entire back of the phone acts as the battery cover, and to remove it the user simply squeezes the device and slides the back off. The microSD slot is on the right side of the phone (when viewing head on) but the back door must be removed to access the slot. The slot is hidden by the chrome trim and it is nice that there is an actual door, as compared to the Mogul’s open design, but removing the back is a small nuisance.

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All in all the Touch is a wonderfully designed device. Its styling is very understated, the build quality is top notch and it has an excellent feel to it. Chances are it won’t grab the attention of someone who is not looking, but once noticed the phone will invoke a wow across the board. Did we mention that it’s small?

Model Dimension (Inches) Dimension (mm) Weight (oz) Weight (Gramms)
HTC Touch CDMA
3.97" x 2.34" x 0.54" 101 x 59.6 x 13.9 3.95 112
Palm Centro 4.22" x 2.11" x 0.73" 107 x 53.5 x 18.5 4.20 119
HTC Mogul 4.33" x 2.32" x 0.72" 110 x 59 x 18.5 5.82 165
BlackBerry Pearl 8130 4.20" x 1.95" x 0.55" 107 x 50 x 14 3.40 96.5

HTC Touch CDMA compared to BlackBerry Pearl 8130 - HTC Touch CDMA Review
HTC Touch CDMA compared to BlackBerry Pearl 8130 - HTC Touch CDMA Review
HTC Touch CDMA compared to BlackBerry Pearl 8130 - HTC Touch CDMA Review

HTC Touch CDMA compared to BlackBerry Pearl 8130


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. PC (unregistered)


Has any used this unlocked with another carrier. I don't have sprint here and want to try to use it on verizon.

posted on 30 Dec 2007, 17:01

2. Payneski (unregistered)


CDMA phones cannot be unlocked like GSM based phones. Sprint and Verizon house a database of ESN numbers that will only work on their network. Because of this, you cannot take a Sprint Phone and get it to work with Verizon's Network

posted on 21 Jan 2008, 14:43

3. Wedro (unregistered)


Because Sprint uses only CDMA phones, is it at least still possible to use unlocked CDMA phones from other carriers on Sprint's service?

posted on 25 Jan 2008, 14:18

4. john (unregistered)


both sprint and verizon are letting other companies cdma phones be activated. They just changed their policies on this.

posted on 10 Feb 2008, 16:09

5. James (unregistered)


I've had this phone on Sprint since November 2007, and I love it! With the future updates for GPS and Rev A and WM 6.1, you can't go wrong. I just hope the video drivers are released to make this a true multimedia powerhorse.

posted on 18 Feb 2008, 15:03

6. Ray (unregistered)


I have had this phone since Nov 07 and Hands down it's the best CDMA phone out. GPS and Rev A updates due by the need of Feb. With a few tweaks and added 3rd party software the Touch is truely the iphone Killer

posted on 05 Mar 2008, 20:32

7. Tremain (unregistered)


Can u send pic and text messages from this phone??? i read a review saying you can't i was told you could is that true? please help!!!!

posted on 21 Jun 2008, 11:34

9. (unregistered)


you can send pics and vids if you have the internet package on the phone. If you do not have the internet package, you will get charged tons in data charges. So you have to block national access. This makes it impossible to send pics and vids. So you can either pay the 45 a month for the internet and have everything that it has to offer, or you can block the national access and just have a phone with a calander and mobile office on it. p.s. I am a manager of a Verizon Store. I can guarantee this.

posted on 21 Apr 2008, 16:30

8. greg (unregistered)


I bought the verizon version of this phone. i dont see the full qwerty keyboard option that is shown in this review. i want a full keyboard with decent size letters, and the ability to see more that one line of text.

posted on 23 Jun 2008, 18:55

10. (unregistered)


HTC can take this phone and shove it. On my second one now in a month, after two weeks this phone develops stress cracks in the outer shell. Even the display model had them at verizon. So i will downgrade to the xv6800 or mogul as others know it in hopes of better duability. Other than that not to displeased with the phone some quriks here and there but its a microsoft o.s so im used to it.

posted on 06 Oct 2008, 20:02

11. Skyler (unregistered)


There is one of these on Ebay that claims it will have full functionality on a Cricket network. Is this possible or just a scam?

posted on 12 Mar 2010, 12:45

12. douchka (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Mar 2010)


No MMS, no Wi-fi, no Flash, low resolution screen. And you rate it a 9.5? SERIOUSLY?

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HTC Touch CDMA

HTC Touch CDMA

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm MSM7500, Single core, 400 MHz
128 MB RAM
Size3.97 x 2.34 x 0.54 inches
(101 x 59.6 x 13.9 mm)
3.95 oz  (112 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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