Hands-on with the HTC Touch HD
Well it doesn’t have television, but let’s watch YouTube – yep, the clips are looking good, but we are wondering why it lags a little when the settings are brought on. Is this a temporary problem? After all this is HD – YouTube isn’t good enough for an 800x480 resolution display, we’ll play our high-def clips. We plugged-in our microSD card (by the way the slot is underneath the battery lid) and began searching for the video player icon on the TouchFLO screen – we couldn’t find it because such is actually missing. Well OK, we have used WM6.1 phones before, so we found our file by hand and tried to run it. Too bad, HD, but plays neither DivX, nor XviD clips straight out of the box… At least we managed to open an MP4/H.264 high-resolution file, delivering some decent quality. The display is huge, making it terrific for watching videos, but the sound was a bit quiet, so we tried to turn it up and realized that the volume rocker is on the left side, i.e. it remains on the bottom when the phone is turned horizontally for watching videos – quite unpleasant. Even after turning up the volume, the sound wasn’t loud enough, but the device has a 3.5mm headphone jack at least.
We spent some more time with the menus and couldn’t find any interesting new features. Maybe HTC are relying on the hardware for the success of this model, or maybe on the hope that someone’s may optimize Android OS for it. However, for now we’re going to test it with the preinstalled OS – Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and will soon tell you if it’s worth it in our review – expect it!