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The Touch is a surprisingly small device. The spec sheet does not do it justice, and you don’t appreciate just how small it is until you hold on. It has a great in-hand feel, and the build quality is top notch. The body is constructed of black soft touch rubber, which makes the phone easy to hold. There is a ring of chrome plastic that goes around the unit. There are only six physical buttons, three of which are integrated into this trim. On the top is a power/sleep button, on the left side is a volume slider and on the bottom right is a multi-function button. The multi-function button has a very understated Sprint logo, a very nice design touch and an indication that even the most intricate detail was considered. Also incorporated into the trim is the miniUSB charging port, lanyard strap and reset button, all found on the bottom of the device.

The other buttons sit on the front of the Touch, below the display. There is a 5 way directional pad, flanked by Send and End keys. The d-pad is a rounded chrome square, with a flat silver button in the middle. The Send and End keys are black like the body, but are slightly raised so as to be functional. They contain near hidden green and red LEDs which light up when in use. Above the display sits a small earpiece. It has a black mesh covering, which allows for various status LEDs to be hidden yet seen when in use.

As you might expect the display itself dominates the front of the phone. It is 2.8” and has a resolution of 240x320. Unfortunately it is only 65k colors instead of 262k, but this is a requirement a Windows Mobile so we really can’t fault HTC for that. The display is still crisp and sharp, especially when viewed head on. The vertical viewing angle is good, but at extreme angles it can be hard to view horizontally. It uses LED backlighting, which produces a more even light distribution while cutting down on power consumption. The display is bright enough to be viewed in most lighting conditions.

If you flip the Touch over you will find a 2.0 megapixel camera, again trimmed in chrome, which does not have a flash but does have a self-shot mirror. There is also a small speaker in the back, which is where all ringers, music and various system sounds emanate from. The stylus is tucked away at the top left corner. The entire back of the phone acts as the battery cover, and to remove it the user simply squeezes the device and slides the back off. The microSD slot is on the right side of the phone (when viewing head on) but the back door must be removed to access the slot. The slot is hidden by the chrome trim and it is nice that there is an actual door, as compared to the Mogul’s open design, but removing the back is a small nuisance.

All in all the Touch is a wonderfully designed device. Its styling is very understated, the build quality is top notch and it has an excellent feel to it. Chances are it won’t grab the attention of someone who is not looking, but once noticed the phone will invoke a wow across the board. Did we mention that it’s small?

Model Dimension (Inches) Dimension (mm) Weight (oz) Weight (Gramms)
3.97" x 2.34" x 0.54" 101 x 59.6 x 13.9 3.95 112
Palm Centro 4.22" x 2.11" x 0.73" 107 x 53.5 x 18.5 4.20 119
HTC Mogul 4.33" x 2.32" x 0.72" 110 x 59 x 18.5 5.82 165
BlackBerry Pearl 8130 4.20" x 1.95" x 0.55" 107 x 50 x 14 3.40 96.5

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