HTC Touch CDMA Review
The Touch supports email and SMS messaging, but does not support MMS. Thus far Sprint has not released a Windows-based phone that supports their Picture Mail service, so while this was a disappointment it did not come as a surprise. All of your mailboxes are displayed on the main messaging screen, including text.
Email setup is quick and easy, the Touch supports POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Lotus Domino as well as Microsoft Direct Push when connected with an Exchange Server. When setting up a new email account the device will attempt to automatically obtain the email account settings based on the entered email, and if they cannot be obtained the user will be taken through step-by-step to input the proper servers and choose options. The device supports push email for Exchange servers, or the user can set up one personal account with Sprint Mobile Email which serves as push. Otherwise, the user can select a pull interval from every 5 minutes to once a day.
The lack of a physical keypad will be the biggest sticking point for many buyers, but after a few days with the device we had no issues at all. While it would have been nice to have haptic feedback confirm key presses, unless we were really flying the keypad had no problems keeping up with us. There are several great third party keypads that will make you even more efficient. We recommend SPB Full Screen Keyboard for users looking for a full keypad, or TouchPal for users wanting an advanced SureType keypad.
Connectivity and Data:
The HTC Touch has the Qualcomm MSM7500 chipset, meaning it is capable of EV-DO rev A data. At launch, however, it only supports rev 0. When the device is upgraded to rev A it will be capable of upload speeds approaching 500kB/s, and more importantly to the consumer it will support GPS services. Real world download speeds with both rev 0 and rev A are around 1MB/s.
ActiveSync 4.5 ships with the Touch and is responsible for data synchronization with the PC. The device synced contacts, appointments, notes and tasks flawlessly with Outlook. Officially there is no support for a Mac, but as always there are third party applications that allow for this.
The GSM variant features Wi-Fi, but that has been removed (via hardware, not software) in the CDMA-one in favor of a 3G cellular radio. In general we feel this is a good move, as EVDO offers greater coverage than Wi-Fi, though in a perfect world both radios would have been present.
Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate is on board, and the HSP, HFP 1.5, DUN, FTP, OPP, A2DP, AVRC, PAN, HID and BPP 1.2 profiles are supported. Also supported is FTP file transfer. We had no problems pairing the Touch with other devices to both send and receive files. Unlike the Mogul before it, we have experienced no issues with the Touch and Bluetooth headsets. We quickly paired the BlueAnt z9 with the touch and audio quality was good. We used the Motorola S9 to test the stereo Bluetooth and again came away satisfied, although advanced users may want to do some Googling for A2DP performance tweeks.
The included browser for the Touch is Pocket Internet Explorer. It is a full HTML browser and overall performance was good. However, even though the screen is large by phone standards, it is still tiny compared to a computer monitor so you will still find rendering issues here and there. Due to the Java VM we were able to load Opera Mini 4 and found the browsing experience to be much more pleasant, although we did have some midlet error issues when using the onscreen keypad. The error can be ignored and the program does not crash, so it serves as only a minor annoyance rather than a deal breaker.
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.
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
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?
4. john (unregistered)
both sprint and verizon are letting other companies cdma phones be activated. They just changed their policies on this.
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.
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
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?