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HTC Touch Cruise Review

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HTC Touch Cruise Review
Introduction:

Did you ever get lost going somewhere? If you answered yes, HTC has a solution for you and not only. The new Touch Cruise, successor to the P3300 Artemis should make you feel like a discoverer wherever you go. It not only offers a built-in GPS with TomTom Navigator 6 software, but WiFi, FM radio and a 3-megapixel camera. Aside from that, the phone is a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) with a tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz), which makes it usable anywhere in the world.

HTC Touch Cruise Review
In the box you will find:

  • HTC Touch Cruise phone
  • Suede pouch
  • Additional stylus
  • miniUSB cable
  • Charger
  • miniUSB stereo headset
  • Protective screen film
  • Getting started booklet
  • User manual
  • Applications CD
  • Getting Started CD

We were kind of surprised that there was no car charger in the box, since you will mostly need the GPS while driving. We recommend buying one of these for about $20 (15 Euro).


Design:

There are some modifications in the design of the Touch Cruise, which makes it a valued member of the family. Its overall appearance has changed, making the phone much more beautiful and classy compared to the last model. The quality plastic used to make the phone’s body, which is gentle to the touch and feels like rubber coated, contributes for that as well. Its weight has remained the same (130 g/4.6 oz), and it has dimensions 4.3 x 2.3 x 0.6 inches (110 x 58 x 15.5 mm) , slightly smaller than those of Artemis.

HTC Touch Cruise Review
HTC Touch Cruise Review
HTC Touch Cruise Review

HTC Touch Cruise Review

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Display - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Display - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Display

Cruise has a new front vision, which looks very impressive. This is mainly because of the shiny glass, covering the 2.8” TFT display – the flat surface is very convenient for taking advantage of the touch feature, but is a fingerprint-magnet. It has the same specifications (240 x 320 pixels, 65k colors) as the previous model.

On a flat metal surface, positioned under the screen and fitting the design of the phone, we have the two call/end buttons and two shortcuts leading to GPS and Internet Explorer. Here, we still have the 4-way, rotating navigation wheel with the enter key in the middle, but their form has been change to make them easier to use. The manufacturer has removed the OK and Start buttons, which were facilitating the single-hand use, making it obligatory to take advantage of the touch screen when operating the phone.

HTC Touch Cruise Review
HTC Touch Cruise Review
Navigation wheel - HTC Touch Cruise Review
  

Navigation wheel


The volume slider and the voice command button are on the left where we are used to see them, but the Reset key has been moved next to the miniUSB and the connection slot on the bottom of the device. The hard to press camera key has also remained at the same place accompanied by the regular stylus. The manufacturer has moved the microSD slot, on the same in order to make it easily accessible, and not under the lid as in the Artemis. The power button has been relocated on the top of the phone, which seems logical for a WM device.

Left side - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Lower part - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Right side - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Power button - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Left side

Lower part

Right side

Power button


The camera with the small mirror, the loudspeaker, and the slot for the additional GPS antenna, are to be found on the back of the phone. Even the design of the back is nice, but still comfortable, because of the rubber coat.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Jim (unregistered)


BUT the screen is still too small. When will some manufacturer come up with a 4 inch screen like my hx4700 that includes GPS and phone?

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HTC Touch Cruise

HTC Touch Cruise

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm MSM7200, Single core, 400 MHz
128 MB RAM
Size4.33 x 2.28 x 0.61 inches
(110 x 58 x 15.5 mm)
4.58 oz  (130 g)
Battery1350 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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