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HTC Touch Dual Review

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HTC Touch Dual Review
You are always on the move and need a beautiful, small and comfortable office to fit in your pocket?

HTC Touch Dual Review
HTC Touch Dual Review
HTC offers you a solution. About six months ago, Touch appeared on the marked and everyone was impressed by its compact size and innovative options. In other words, it revealed the elegant image of the modern PocketPC, utilizing the design and functions of the widely popular models such as, iPhone, LG’s Prada & Viewty, Samsung’s F700 and Armani.

The subject of this review is the development of the slider concept with a 3G support (UMTS/HSDPA), a processor twice as fast (400MHz), more memory (256MB ROM and 128MB RAM) and the Windows Mobile 6 Professional OS. We will discuss the HTC Touch Dual.

The set includes:

  • HTC Touch Dual P5500 Phone
  • NIK160 Battery
  • ADP-5FH Charger
  • Data Cable
  • Handsfree
  • Suede Pouch
  • Stylus


Design:

The phone’s appearance catches the eye extremely easy. If you pull the phone out of the suede bag, included in the box and people around you don’t start asking you questions like “Is this Prada?” or “Is that a new model by Samsung?", then most likely, you are surrounded by individuals, who have spent the last year in a Buddhist temple. Confusion like that could be explained, by the large display, which when inactive, offers extremely beautiful mirror-like effect. The TFT display has a 240x320 pixel resolution and supports up to 65k colors. Its high contrast, providing good visibility in daylight, as well as the easy to clean surface, leave us with a very good impression. Just over its upper right corner is the video calling camera.

HTC Touch Dual Review
HTC Touch Dual Review
HTC Touch Dual Review

Overall, the phone is designed so it can be used single-handedly, and the annoying play, seen in the N95 for example, when sliding the phone, is not present. The body has dimensions of 4.2 x 2.2 x 0.6 inches (107 x 55 x 15.8 mm) and weight of 4.2 oz (120 g) and is very well balanced. It is slightly longer and narrower than the Touch. When extended, the phone offers a very convenient shape, close to the one of a regular receiver and extreme comfort during a conversation.

HTC Touch Dual Review

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The silvery line, which encircles the whole body, also contributes for the confusing similarity with LG’s fashion phone. The camera button and the volume control key are located in it, respectively on the right and on the left, as well as the charger and accessory connector. All of them have a relief and shape allowing easy operating. Luckily for us (and for you), Touch Dual uses the universal miniUSB standard. Over it is the microSD slot. The power button is on top of the phone.

Right, Left and Top sides - HTC Touch Dual Review
Right, Left and Top sides - HTC Touch Dual Review
Right, Left and Top sides - HTC Touch Dual Review

Right, Left and Top sides


Once you open the phone, the similarities with Prada are gone. This gives you access to the keyboard. We tested the model with the 12 standard keys, plus four functionality ones. The manufacturer offers a 20-key QWERTY version also.

HTC Touch Dual Review
HTC Touch Dual Review
All buttons are transparent, with mirror-like effect similar to the display. The presence of a “back” button instead of an “OK” one, is not typical for a Windows Mobile 6 Professional. It is used to delete symbols, input through the keyboard. The Internet Explorer one is located under it. On the other side of the numeric keypad is located the standard start menu shortcut and one for direct access to SMS and e-mail writing. Overall, this part of the phone is made very well fitting the design of the device. The keys are in relief and can't be felt by touch, but are large and easy enough to press, which makes writing with them convenient. The keyboards white colored illumination eases its use at night.

The D-pad and the accept/reject buttons are located in the upper half of the slider. After holding the latter, the phone goes to programming mode. The two buttons are easy to press, but are too small and are probably victims to the clear design. On the other hand, the navigational pad is very convenient, and the bulge easing the sliding up/down, is slightly above it.

HTC Touch Dual Review
HTC Touch Dual Review
The lack of software buttons and of one, which to correspond to the “close the window” function” or an “OK” button makes the utilizing the touch screen necessary. In order to take advantage of full functionality of the PocketPC, you still have to use your fingers or the stylus included in the set.

The main 2-megapixel camera and the speaker are located on the back. The back panel is fully covered by the lid of the battery, which has to be removed in order to install a SIM card.

Currently, the model is only offered in black. Considering the audience it targets, we expect it to be offered in other colors.


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. sheri (unregistered)


when is this phone schdule for release on the sprint network ? and are there any additional features on the phone!

posted on 16 Feb 2008, 21:31

2. fwaits (unregistered)


The Verizon Touch is the HTC Vogue which is nearly identical to the current Touch CDMA for Sprint. It has the same processor, memory, and TouchFlo interface as this one. (Upgrades from the original Touch)

posted on 21 Feb 2008, 11:53

3. Robert (unregistered)


No, the Touch Dual does not have Wi-Fi. HTC Dropped wi-fi in the dual for a faster and better data connection. I've had this phone for a couple weeks now, and i cant put it down. I love just playing with the screen, and sliding my finger around and just playing with the features. The 20-key keyboard is much better (in my opinion) compared to the 16-key. Coming from a blackberry pearl, the 20-key is almost identical.

posted on 25 Feb 2008, 02:25

4. sandeep (unregistered)


i hope the rf performance has improved from the htc touch.

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HTC Touch Dual

HTC Touch Dual

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
view full specs
Display2.6 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (154 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm MSM7200, Single core, 400 MHz
128 MB RAM
Size4.21 x 2.16 x 0.62 inches
(107 x 55 x 15.8 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1120 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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