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HTC Touch Cruise Review

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HTC Touch Cruise Review
HTC Touch Cruise Review
Camera interface - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Camera interface - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Camera interface

HTC Touch Cruise disposes of a 3-megapixel camera with autofocus. This should not impress you, since the manufacturer has not emphasized on that feature. You can snap a picture of an interesting moment or loved ones, but do not expect something with a really good (even for a cameraphone) quality.

The camera interface is the same as in Touch Dual. The startup time is about 3 seconds after you press the button. Getting “focused” will cost you another 2, and the actual picture taking, plus saving are another 6-7 seconds. Having in mind that’s not only a camera phone, this result is acceptable.

As we already mentioned, do not expect spectacular pictures. The ones made in broad day light are characterized by blurred details and badly saturated colors, which make the picture monotonous. The quality is worse if the light is artificial and the details are even more unclear.

You can record videos with a maximum resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, and depending on the light, they can be vary from 4 to 20 frames per second. Their quality is quite low and they are more suitable for an MMS or an e-mail.

HTC Touch Cruise Review
HTC Touch Cruise Review
HTC Touch Cruise Review
Outdoor samples - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Outdoor samples - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Outdoor samples - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Outdoor samples


Strong light - Indoor samples - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples



HTC Touch Cruise sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution
* Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.


Multimedia:

Windows Media Player - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Windows Media Player - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Windows Media Player - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Windows Media Player

As with the rest of the phones from the Touch series, here we also have the standard Windows Media Player, whose main purpose is to play video. It supports MPEG4/H.263, WMV and 3GP. As we expected, they are viewed in full screen with good quality and without any lag in picture or sound. Because of the small buttons, irrationally located on the screen during audio playback, we (and HTC) recommend using the Audio Manager of the manufacturer. It is intended as the main music player and you can add MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, AAC+ and AMR-NB file formats in its library. The interface is specifically made so it is convenient to use with fingers on the screen. You can sort your music collection in play-lists, by artist, album, genre and composer.

Audio Manager - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Audio Manager - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Audio Manager


The PocketPCs have always had a weak side – listening to music. Cruise does not change that, because the speaker is on the back of the phone and in order to hear better, you’ll have to turn it around. Not only that, but the sound quality is very low and if you try to increase the volume to more than 80%, a very annoying crackling noise is heard. You can change that by putting on the beautiful and comfortable headphones on, but again, do not turn the volume to the max. Unfortunately, the Audio Booster option (software equalizer) is available only when they are plugged in. The same goes for the FM radio, since it uses them as an antenna.

If you are looking for a music phone, you should try the Walkman series by Sony Ericsson, which have been especially created with that purpose.


Software:

Touch Cruise disposes of 256 MB ROM and 128 MB RAM, and you can upgrade the memory via a microSD card.

WM for PPC provides unlimited capabilities for installing software. The only restrictions are the memory available and the hardware of the phone. The first problem is easily solved by getting a memory card, as there are microSD cards with capacity of up to several GB.

Every WM6 Professional phone comes with programs that are modified, “pocket” versions known PC applications. Such programs are the mobile versions of (Microsoft) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Explorer, Media Player, etc. The Office applications allow you to view and edit documents of the most-used types and the phone opens them without any error. Even a complicated Excel document with a few sheets is not a problem. Touch also has Adobe PDF Reader preloaded, which like the Office works flawless. We opened a big document (1.5MB) and scrolling through pages, when zoomed to 100% is almost immediate. Many more programs could be downloaded from third party sources.

Excel sheet - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Word document - HTC Touch Cruise Review
PowerPoint presentation - HTC Touch Cruise Review
PDF document - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Excel sheet

Word document

PowerPoint presentation

PDF document


There are numerous programs created for this platform, almost as much as the ones intended for PCs with Windows operating system. The most popular are the various utilities for personalizing the PPC, multimedia players, file explorers, Instant Messengers, etc. You can download third party applications to be used instead of the preloaded ones.


GPS:

As a direct successor to Artemis, HTC Touch Cruise has a built-in GPS. The helpful navigation system comes accompanied with TomTom 6 Navigator, a program, which is very helpful and popular. Unfortunately, they are no preloaded maps, but when you start the system for the first time, you get the option to download a free map for a specific city. Once this is done, you get a discount code for any future purchases. If you don’t like this software, they are others such as iGO, Mapopolis, CoPilot Live GPS, Google Navigator etc.

QuickGPS - HTC Touch Cruise Review

QuickGPS

TomTom 6.0 - HTC Touch Cruise Review
TomTom 6.0 - HTC Touch Cruise Review
TomTom 6.0 - HTC Touch Cruise Review

TomTom 6.0


The built-in GPS chipset is gpsOne, used in almost all CDMA phones, and if you want to “help” it, you can use the Cruise program QuickGPS. It downloads the latest satellite coordinates from a server, and the positioning is done faster than usual. Some of you might ask why not Sirf Star III, which currently, is known to be the best on the market. Despite of that fact, gpsOne performed unnoticeable weaker than its rival, getting our position under 1 minute for a cold start and almost instantaneously (3 seconds) with the hot. These results are very close to the performance of the Sirf Star III chipsets.

The only drawback gpsOne had when compared to them, was the poorer coverage. However, this does not make it less precise from its opponent, so there should not be any problems.

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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
view full specs
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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