HTC Touch Dual Review
The operational speed has been improved a lot in Touch Dual, thanks to the fast processor (400 MHz), used in most of the 3G phones of the manufacturer. There is a little bit of lag in the menus and the latest Symbian S60 OS based phones (N95, 6120, N82 etc.) are still better.
We are happy to be able to install Skype – a well-known application. Thanks to the upgraded processor, aside from the small lag, you can switch between different menus and chat while having a conversation. The loudspeaker can be used for voice calls and the quality is not bad. Consider the fact that if you use this function in an area with 3G coverage, there will be considerable lagging while you talk.
It’s the same with Fring, the application that combines Skype and GoogleTalk, except that it loads slower and overall is sluggish. In order to get installation file for Fring, we had to choose the phone model from the Fring's webpage. Dual was not listed, so we selected HTC Touch.
We used Spb Benchmark to compare Touch Dual system performance with other PocketPC's of the manufacturer. As we expected, in most tests it performed better than its predecessor, but was behind the top-model TyTN II.
HTC Touch Dual left us with mixed feelings related to the sound while talking. The sound is clear, but the voices are somewhat muffled. The insufficient volume and monotony makes it hard to use the phone in a noisy atmosphere. As we mentioned above, using the loudspeaker is not recommended, since a terrible noise is heard at maximum volume.
It is better on the other end of the line. Very loud and clear – not the best we’ve heard, but is way above average. When testing it, there was a hissing sound, but strangely, we didn’t see a neither snake nor an apple.
HTC Touch clears the path for the WM6 Professional line of fashion smartphones. Dual is another way to say “slimmer-faster-newer.” The manufacturer should be given credit, not only for adding a slider, but for developing most elements of the interface too. TouchFlo marks serious progress making the phone more similar to the cult iPhone. We should not forget the HSDPA support either, which provides extremely fast internet, wherever there is coverage.
The serious drawbacks have multimedia character – a weak camera, terrible sound, lack of MPEG4/H.264 support. Wi-Fi would give a better flexibility to the model and broaden its market options.
HTC Touch Dual remains the beautiful face of the Windows Mobile 6 Professional phones. If you want the elegant smartphone with that OS, but you are a beginner in the area or you are simply used to operating a regular phone with a real keyboard, this is a good choice.
- Beautiful and elegant design
- Effective TouchFlo function
- 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) support
- Mediocre playback quality
- Lack of Wi-Fi
- Not a global phone
1. sheri (unregistered) posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 0 0
when is this phone schdule for release on the sprint network ? and are there any additional features on the phone!
2. fwaits (unregistered) posted on 16 Feb 2008, 21:31 0 0
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)
3. Robert (unregistered) posted on 21 Feb 2008, 11:53 0 0
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.
4. sandeep (unregistered) posted on 25 Feb 2008, 02:25 0 0
i hope the rf performance has improved from the htc touch.