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HTC Touch Cruise Review

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The Touch Cruise runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional skinned with HTC’s TouchFLO 2D interface, first found on the Viva and Touch 3G.  It’s not as polished as TouchFLO 3D, but functionality remains almost the same.  The tabs found on TF2D are Home, People, Messages, Mail, Footprints, Internet, Photos and Videos, Music, Weather, Map Search, Settings and Programs.  For a more in-depth look at the tabs check out our Diamond review, we’ll only examine the new ones- Footprints and Map Search- here.

Home tab - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Map Search - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Home tab

Map Search

Footprints - HTC Touch Cruise Review
Footprints - HTC Touch Cruise Review

Footprints

Footprints is a new feature by HTC that integrates geotagged photos into the device features.  We’ll take a more in-depth look at it under the software section.  Map Search is a pretty simple but incredibly handy integration with Google Maps.  Its function is similar to the homescreen plugin found on the Treo 800w, but since it uses Google Maps it is more functional.  We’re hoping the ROM chefs out there will find a way to add this to TF3D because we’re jealous that our phone doesn’t have it!


Beyond these TF2D tabs there isn’t anything new to say about the interface.  Windows is still Windows, and even those who are only familiar with TF3D will feel right at home on the Cruise.  While the pretty animations may be gone, TF2D is incredibly snappy especially on the well-powered Cruise.


PIM and Messaging:

On-screen keyboards - HTC Touch Cruise Review
On-screen keyboards - HTC Touch Cruise Review
On-screen keyboards - HTC Touch Cruise Review

On-screen keyboards

The PIM functions remain the same as well.  The dial pad and in-call screen is laid out exactly like the Diamond and the Pro.  Everything else is WinMo stock, including messaging options.  The Cruise supports SMS and MMS, and text messages are threaded like any other WM 6.1 device.  The user can set up several personal email accounts as well as connect to an Exchange account for managed email.  The TF2D interface lets the user read text messages and preview emails without opening the messaging application.  It has the same keyboard options and layout we first saw on the Diamond.


Connectivity and Data:


The Touch Cruise is a global device, offering quad-band GSM.  The Asian/European version features UMTS on the 900 and 2100 bands, and the upcoming US version will have 850 and 1900 MHz support.  It allows for high speed cellular data with HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s and features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 on the local side.  It has GPS and utilizes aGPS when available.  Of course, ActiveSync/Mobile Device Center is used for data syncing with your PC.  As with recent HTC offerings, Opera Mobile 9.5 is included as the default browser and is as good as ever.


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HTC Touch Cruise

HTC Touch Cruise

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225, Single core, 528 MHz
256 MB RAM
Size4.02 x 2.11 x 0.57 inches
(102 x 53.5 x 14.5 mm)
3.63 oz  (103 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 6.66 hours talk time

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