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HTC Touch Cruise Review

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The Cruise also runs on Windows Mobile, but the version is 6.0 Professional, unlike Artemis. Since the phone is a representative of the Touch series, it is equipped with a second generation TouchFlо. Characterized by big fields and movement recognition (across the screen), this function aims to facilitate finger operations. However, if you have previous experience with such devices, you will be familiar with features like the phone book, organizer, messages etc.

Home Screen - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Home Screen - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Home Screen - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Home Screen - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Home Screen


Start menu - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Start menu

The home screen is the same as in the Touch Dual. It is divided in two whereas the top houses four tabs, including a Clock, with information for missed calls and messages, Weather forecast for the city of your choice, a Fast access menu with 9 shortcuts and Profiles menu for switching between the separate modes and ringtones. The lower part on the other hand, is standard for a WM6 phone – and here you will find information on future appointments and tasks to be done.

The Start menu is larger, so it’s easier to operate with fingers. Icons of the last five programs activated appear in its upper part. This function, in combination with the various programmable shortcuts allows you to access the application desired by 1-2 clicks only. If you don’t like the way the Start menu looks, you can choose the old one, which is smaller, but includes more icons.

TouchFlo cube - HTC Touch Cruise Review
TouchFlo cube - HTC Touch Cruise Review
TouchFlo cube - HTC Touch Cruise Review

TouchFlo cube

We can’t really skip the TouchFlo cube when talking about innovations. We’ll explain the function in couple of words for those of you who are not familiar with it. By a vertical movement upwards across the screen, a three-page menu opens and you can browse through it by performing a similar action, but this time in the horizontal directions. The menu contains the following:

1) Shortcuts to Email/Messaging/Internet/Organizer;
2) Shortcuts to nine speed dial contacts and phone functions;
3) Music/Photos/Videos;

HTC Touch Cruise Review
Task manager - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Quick list - HTC Touch Cruise Review
 

Task manager

Quick list

Another useful extra is the window that opens, once the small service indicators in the upper right corner have been tapped. It shows the enlarged icons of the applications (battery, communication manager, voice manager, phone status), which are much easier to press with fingers. That’s yet another way to make operating the phone without a stylus easier. In standby mode, the furthest most right icon opens the Task Manager, allowing you to quickly close all or some applications, loaded in the operational memory.

If you press and hold the red receiver for about 3 seconds, a Quick list menu opens and it lets you switch to Airplane mode, Lock device, Terminate data connection, Vibration and fast access to settings.


Phonebook:

The phone book of Touch Cruise is almost identical to the other WM6 phones. The number of contacts that can be added is not restricted and depends only on the memory available. All contacts are displayed as a list; each field consists of the name and the number of the contact, while a letter placed beside them indicates what the type of the number is (w – work; m – mobile, etc.). Pictures are not displayed even if there is one attached to the contact.

Phonebook - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Phonebook - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Phonebook - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Phonebook - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Phonebook


The line displayed at the top of the screen is a search field, which initiates a name and number search on entering a symbol – the more symbols you type, the more accurate the match is – it’s quite useful! This one searches all names entered for the contact, but if you want to find an acquaintance by other field like “company” for example, you have to use the “Search” application. There are tabs with different letters (divided in groups of three) just below it. This way you can arrange the contacts so that only the ones beginning with a given letter are displayed. These two search features are quite handy and they make finding a particular contact in the phonebook very quick.

Letters bar - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Letters bar - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Letters bar


The old tabs, filtering by first letter have been replaced by a vertically positioned bar, with all the symbols possible on it. If you run your finger across it, the letters enlarge as you pass over them so you can easily choose the one you want. This is very similar to the iPhone but is way more comfortable from the other WM6 phones.

Too bad that’s not the case when adding a new name to the phonebook; the device offers way too many capabilities, including multiple work and home numbers, but there’s only one for mobile –something quite inconvenient as that’s exactly where we wanted to add multiple numbers to. The numerous address, e-mail and other address fields confuse you even further – it would have been a lot easier if the most frequently used fields are highlighted in some way. We would choose this to be done with the Name, Picture, Mobile number and e-mail fields and thus finding them would have been easy, eliminating the need to go through the long list.

Personal photos and ringtones can be assigned to each contact; there’s no restriction on the dimensions of the pictures but they are visualized in very small size even on an incoming call – we think they are useless. You can also add a note to each contact.


Dialer - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Call history - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Dialer

Call history

Dialing a number:

To dial a number, which is not stored in your contacts, you’ll have to use the virtual keyboard (it is activated by pressing the green receiver), since the device does not have a hardware one.


Pressing the buttons you will start imputing the digits of a possible number, but at the same time you will search the phone book as if imputing a text by a predictive text input system. So, to call John you can press 5-6-4-6 and the matching contacts will be visualized in the list.


Organizer:

Alarms and World Clock - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Alarms and World Clock - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Alarms and World Clock

Alarms can be accessed through the home screen, by tapping on the clock icon. Three of them are available, and they can all be configured to be active for certain days of the week, assigning names and different sounds to each of them. All alarms can be active simultaneously, and overall they are easy to use and do what they are supposed to. We are rather disappointed that their number is limited to three, as it was in the previous version of the OS.

The next tab in this menu is the clock; there is a field called Visiting next to it, which can be used as a World Clock – select another location and the phone starts using its local time. The clock has an option to be displayed on the title bar of all the menus, which is handy.

The electronic calendar, where you can save your appointments, can be found in the HP Shortcuts menu. You can use options like: reminder (PRIOR NOTICE 1/5/10/15/30/45 minutes, 1/2/3/4/5/6 hour/day/week), recurrence (Once, Every (same-day-of-the-week), Day (same-date) of every month, Every (same date-and-month) for every year, sensitivity (normal, personal, private, confidential). You can also add attendees (required or optional) from your contacts where e-mail addresses have been added and where meeting requests will be sent.

Calendar - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Calendar - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Calendar - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Calendar - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Calendar - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Calendar


Examining the calendar can be done by day/week/month/year/agenda and you can choose starting day for the week and the week duration (5-6-7-day week). The appointments for the day are clearly shown in their time limits, so you can see your free time at a glance.

Tasks - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Calculator - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Tasks

Calculator

Notes - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Search - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Notes

Search

You have Tasks menu, where you can add to-do items. For a given Task you can set subject, priority (normal, low, and high), start/due date, reminder (to be notified if it’s due), category (business, holiday, personal, seasonal) and write a note. The Task can have recurrence (Once, Every (same-day-of-the-week), Day (same-date) of every month, every (same date-date-and-month) for every year and sensitivity (normal, personal, private, confidential). Examining the tasks in a list, you can easily see which of them are finished and which are not. The tasks options can be: sort by (status, priority, subject, start date, due date) or filter (all, recent, no categories, active, completed).

The Calculator is simple but its buttons are relatively big and can easily be pressed with your fingers. Features like scientific calculator and unit converter are still missing.

‘Notes’ are simple notes in which you can input text by the keyboard or by hand as an image. They can be synchronized with outlook.

Search is an application searching in all files in the phone. You can specify certain types of files (calendar/contacts/excel/messaging/notes/etc), but the best option is All Data, which will rummage everything in your phone.

File Explorer - HTC Touch Cruise Review

File Explorer

File Explorer is the mobile alternative of Explorer in Windows environment with computers. We use it to view the phone memory, including the system folders of the device, which feels like working on a PC.

Bluetooth Explorer is very similar to the file explorer mentioned above, but has a different application. It enables you to search for other devices, which have file sharing activated and give you access to their Bluetooth shared folder. You could put in and copy files from it. Once you have activated the Bluetooth file sharing, all the rest of the devices with the same technology enabled will have access to your shared folder. This function can save you time, since, instead of rummaging through files, you can just place them in the shared folder and the other person can get them by him/herself.

The HTC Touch Cruise doesn’t have a good voice commands system but only a possibility for voice dialing of contacts which you have to input in advance. This is quite an inconvenient, clumsy and old system and it’s a pity that the manufacturer has not used something better. The Eten and Nokia smartphones for instance, have a speaker-independent voice commands/dialing system.

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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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