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HTC Touch Review

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By appearance Touch does not look like a product of HTC as its design language is completely different. The HTC models are like of a single family sharing common features and resembling one another, but Touch is different in appearance and typical features are missing. It is one of the smallest Pocket PC (Windows Mobile 6 Professional) phones, convenient to hold in hand when talking, but is thin and at the same time broad and for some people it will be hard to hold it tight and use it (press on the screen) with the same hand.
HTC Touch Review
HTC Touch Review
HTC Touch Review
HTC Touch Review


Model

Dimension (Inches)

Dimension (MM)

Weight (OZ)

Weight (Gramms)

HTC Touch

3.9" x 2.28" x 0.54"

99.9 x 58 x 13.9

4,0

112

Apple iPhone

4.5" x 2.4" x 0.46"

115 x 61 x 11.6

4,8

135

LG PRADA

3.89" x 2.1" x 0.47"

99 x 54 x 12

3

85

HTC P3300

4.3" x 2.3" x 0.7"

108 x 58.4 x 17

4,6

130


HTC Touch compared to T-Mobile MDA - HTC Touch Review
HTC Touch compared to T-Mobile MDA - HTC Touch Review
HTC Touch compared to T-Mobile MDA - HTC Touch Review
HTC Touch compared to T-Mobile MDA - HTC Touch Review

HTC Touch compared to T-Mobile MDA



Its construction is very solid and there is no even minimum play. The typical weak point of almost all phones – the battery lid – has been designed as a whole one, covering the entire back panel and it never budges.

HTC Touch Review
HTC Touch Review

Logically, the front panel is dominated by the screen with a size of 2.8” and QVGA resolution – by specification this is the completely standard screen of almost all HTC phones but it can actually surprise us. The front part of the screen is leveled with the front panel, everything is smooth as a single surface, whereas with the other HTC (and Pocket PC) phones the screen is always sunken and surrounded by an edge of several mm due to the specifics of the touch matrix. The screen of PRADA phone looks similarly, too, but there another type of matrix is used activated by the fingers’ electricity. With Touch you can use both your fingers and a stylus or another object to press on the screen to be activated by the physical pressure.

The principle of operating the display is absolutely the same as with the other touch screens but the feeling is different since it is harder and when pressing it with a stylus there is almost no tactile feedback which is more palpable with the softer screens of other models. We were surprised by the fact that the screen is hard to stain or even when stained it does not show too much and the screen remains visible. And since it is flat, it is easily cleaned by a single movement, also when putting the phone in/taking out of the case. Because the screen is flat, the scroll in the right part of the screen is easy to use directly with a finger – with the phones with an edge you have to bend your fingers to reach it.

The screen is untypically bright for a touch screen of PocketPC phone and put next to another current model (Cingular 8525) is literally several levels better – it is quite brighter, white is really white and the colors are saturated. Its dynamics are high and the dividing line between the various levels of black is clearly seen.


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Backlight ON - HTC Touch Review
 

Backlight ON

A keyboard is out of the question with Touch because it has none. Generally, the devices with touch-sensitive displays do not have a full digital keyboard but the number of keys has been recently increasing. With Touch we see an opposite tendency – as less buttons as possible like with iPhone which has only one button on the front panel; thus the user’s attention is focused on the display to be used not only when necessary (insufficient functionality of the buttons), but always.

The convenient shortcuts and buttons activating the software keys have been removed, and only the unlit d-pad and the small answer/rejects which are palely lit, are found on the front panel. The 5-direction d-pad is conveniently pressed inside, but the four directions are hard to hit due to their small size and are hard to press. In almost all cases you will use the display for navigation what the manufacturer’s idea actually is.

Volume slider - HTC Touch Review
Camera key - HTC Touch Review
Power button - HTC Touch Review

Volume slider

Camera key

Power button

The sound volume control slider which is hard to use, is on the left side and the camera shutter key is on the right side. The slider is hard to feel and you have to look at it, and the camera button is hard to press. The power button which switches on/off the display is on the left upper part. We find a location in the middle, just behind the speaker/LEDs more suitable, so that you don’t have to ‘look for it’. We are a little bit disappointed that it has not been replaced by the specific movement over the display as with iPhone.

Earpiece - HTC Touch Review

Earpiece




As we have already mentioned, the two LEDs are placed behind the speaker guard, in the middle of the display. The same type of guard is used for the loudspeaker on the back side and according to us, in combination with the green-yellow color, it reminds of a military outfit and gives Touch a more aggressive appearance. The stylus, which is very short and non-extendable, is the same color. Touch is offered in another color version, too, where the green-yellow is replaced by the classic black.




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microSD slot - HTC Touch Review
miniUSB port - HTC Touch Review
 

microSD slot

miniUSB port

When you remove the battery lid you see that its capacity is 1100 Мах and it is Li-Ion type. Now you can open the right side of the phone which is in fact a lid of the sim card and microSD card slot. If you try to remove the first one, the phone will shut down immediately, but you can replace the memory card since Hot-swap is supported.

The miniUSB port used as all-in-one cable/charger/earpieces connector is on the lower side.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. abjeroen (unregistered)


Hi people, I totally agree that the new interface of the touch is really usefull. also i think the negative side is that underneath it all, you're still opening standard microsoft tools. very unhandy to write a sms or e-mail without a proper qwert keyboard (even the tiny virtual one doesn't work with fingers, you need a smaller pointer like a stylus.) overall i think the phone gives a whole new way of user interface, but I really need a phone wich is nice AND fast, which the touch is'nt.

posted on 20 Mar 2008, 16:32

2. Jon (unregistered)


I really liked this phone for JUST over the 1 month period. Now the phone will not ring on incoming calls when the screen goes blank. The forums are filled with this same issue. Sprint will not do ANYTHING to try to resolve the issue, simply saying the I have to deal with HTC directly. Sprint CS/TS sucks. They simply say that it is in need of a firmware upgrade and that HTC will release one - SOMEDAY. In the meantime, I have to guess when I have an incoming call - totally unacceptable - BUYER BEWARE!!!

posted on 11 May 2008, 09:01

3. (unregistered)


This phone is garbage. When talking on the phone it will go into Comm manager mode and turn phone off. It will also make phone calls and answer incoming calls when you have locked the key pad. While talking on the phone it will also start taking pictures. This is the worst touch phone ever. Although, the internet is fast, sending an email or text is horrible. Save your money!!! Don't buy this phone. Also Sprint will do nothing for you if you have this phone and hate it.

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HTC Touch

HTC Touch

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP850, Single core, 201 MHz
64 MB RAM
Size3.93 x 2.28 x 0.54 inches
(99.9 x 58 x 13.9 mm)
3.95 oz  (112 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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