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HTC Touch CDMA Review

HTC Touch CDMA 9.5

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The Touch runs Windows Mobile 6 Professional, which means it can do just about anything. Out of the box the phone has a great Today screen. The main plug-in (HTC Home) has four tabs: Home, Weather, Launcher and Sound. The Home tab features a large digital clock, and a graphical representation for emails, text messages and missed phone calls. The Weather tab is a two-stage tab that gives you current conditions, and if you touch it you will be shown the four day forecast. The Launcher allows for nine user-assignable shortcuts, and the sound tab lets the user quickly change the ringer profile between Normal, Silent, Vibrate and Automatic. Simply put, this home plug-in is wonderful.

Home screen - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Home screen - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Home screen - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Home screen - HTC Touch CDMA Review

Home screen

Also on the Today you will find HTC Home Sprint plug-in, which is a simple launcher bar for the phone, Sprint Music Store, picture album, Live Search and Sprint TV. These shortcuts cannot be changed. Lastly is the calendar, which shows upcoming events and appointments.

Touch Cube - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Touch Cube - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Touch Cube - HTC Touch CDMA Review

Touch Cube

The beauty of Windows Mobile is that you can do what you want with it, so if you find the HTC Sprint Home plug-in redundant (which we did) you can simply go into Settings->Today and change what plug-ins are displayed. In our case we decided to place a link to the picture album and Sprint TV on the HTC Home launcher and the Live Search plug-in to the Today screen. Some of the other available plug-ins are Date, Voicemail, Tasks, Messaging and several others. Furthermore, there are countless third party plug-ins available that offer just about anything you can imagine. As you can see, it is very easy to make the device your own.

HTC has added a unique twist on Windows Mobile with their TouchFLO interface. The user simply slides their finger upwards, starting at the Sprint logo and the three sided Touch Cube is launched. Two sides act as launchers, one with three icons (Sprint Music, Sprint TV, and On demand) and the other with six (Software Store, IM, Internet Explorer, SMS, Comm Manager and Mailbox.) These are preset by Sprint and HTC, and cannot be reassigned. The third side offers 12 visual speed dials that can be customized with pictures. The bottom of the screen has a shortcut to the phone, recent calls, contacts and speed dial removal. While TouchFLO does not have the “wow” factor on the not-rival iPhone, it is a cool and functional feature that makes the device easier to use.


Being a PDA device the Touch has a robust phonebook. The user can store as many contacts as the memory can hold, and given the small amount of data needed for a contact the storage is basically unlimited. Each contact can hold 11 numbers, which includes items such as Work and Home Fax. There is a multitude of extra information that can be stored, such as Company, Department, Job Title, Customer ID, Spouse, Children and many others. There is a space for 3 email addresses and IM names, and the user can be assigned a unique ringtone and picture for caller ID. There is a tab where notes can be stored, as well as a spot for birthday and anniversary information. Suffice it to say that anything you need to store about a contact can be stored with Windows Mobile. Contacts are searchable and it will partial match items, meaning searching “oma” will return “Thomas,” and users can search both first and last names. Of course, all this information can be synced with your home PC via the included ActiveSync software.

HTC Touch CDMA Review
HTC Touch CDMA Review
HTC Touch CDMA Review
HTC Touch CDMA Review


Alarms - HTC Touch CDMA Review


Calendar - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Calendar - HTC Touch CDMA Review


Just as with the phonebook, the Touch has a full-featured personal organizer. This includes a calendar, task list, notes and alarm. The calendar, notes and tasks will all sync with Outlook, and a trial copy of Outlook 2007 is included with the Touch. The calendar offers just about any feature you would need, including recurring appointments, reminders, attendees, location, notes and the option to sort the appointment by user-definable categories. Notes and Tasks are simple programs that do exactly what they say.

Voice dialing - HTC Touch CDMA Review

Voice dialing

The user can set up to three alarms. Each alarm can be set as one time or to recur in any pattern, for example the user can set an alarm for 7AM that goes off Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, or simply an alarm for 5PM every Friday. Alarms can be named, and are turned on and off by simply checking the box next to each alarm.

Voice dialing out of the box is a disappointment. It uses Cyberon Voice Speed dial which uses recorded voice tags instead of true voice recognition software. The user does have the ability to set voice tags for advanced items such as applications, but when you have several hundred contacts in your phone book recording voice tags for everyone is impractical to say the least. To add true voice recognition we purchased Microsoft Voice Command 1.6, and the $40 price tag is worth every penny. Again, the flexibility of Windows Mobile allows us to customize the device to our liking.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. PC (unregistered)

Has any used this unlocked with another carrier. I don't have sprint here and want to try to use it on verizon.

posted on 30 Dec 2007, 17:01

2. Payneski (unregistered)

CDMA phones cannot be unlocked like GSM based phones. Sprint and Verizon house a database of ESN numbers that will only work on their network. Because of this, you cannot take a Sprint Phone and get it to work with Verizon's Network

posted on 21 Jan 2008, 14:43

3. Wedro (unregistered)

Because Sprint uses only CDMA phones, is it at least still possible to use unlocked CDMA phones from other carriers on Sprint's service?

posted on 25 Jan 2008, 14:18

4. john (unregistered)

both sprint and verizon are letting other companies cdma phones be activated. They just changed their policies on this.

posted on 10 Feb 2008, 16:09

5. James (unregistered)

I've had this phone on Sprint since November 2007, and I love it! With the future updates for GPS and Rev A and WM 6.1, you can't go wrong. I just hope the video drivers are released to make this a true multimedia powerhorse.

posted on 18 Feb 2008, 15:03

6. Ray (unregistered)

I have had this phone since Nov 07 and Hands down it's the best CDMA phone out. GPS and Rev A updates due by the need of Feb. With a few tweaks and added 3rd party software the Touch is truely the iphone Killer

posted on 05 Mar 2008, 20:32

7. Tremain (unregistered)

Can u send pic and text messages from this phone??? i read a review saying you can't i was told you could is that true? please help!!!!

posted on 21 Jun 2008, 11:34

9. (unregistered)

you can send pics and vids if you have the internet package on the phone. If you do not have the internet package, you will get charged tons in data charges. So you have to block national access. This makes it impossible to send pics and vids. So you can either pay the 45 a month for the internet and have everything that it has to offer, or you can block the national access and just have a phone with a calander and mobile office on it. p.s. I am a manager of a Verizon Store. I can guarantee this.

posted on 21 Apr 2008, 16:30

8. greg (unregistered)

I bought the verizon version of this phone. i dont see the full qwerty keyboard option that is shown in this review. i want a full keyboard with decent size letters, and the ability to see more that one line of text.

posted on 23 Jun 2008, 18:55

10. (unregistered)

HTC can take this phone and shove it. On my second one now in a month, after two weeks this phone develops stress cracks in the outer shell. Even the display model had them at verizon. So i will downgrade to the xv6800 or mogul as others know it in hopes of better duability. Other than that not to displeased with the phone some quriks here and there but its a microsoft o.s so im used to it.

posted on 06 Oct 2008, 20:02

11. Skyler (unregistered)

There is one of these on Ebay that claims it will have full functionality on a Cricket network. Is this possible or just a scam?

posted on 12 Mar 2010, 12:45

12. douchka (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Mar 2010)

No MMS, no Wi-fi, no Flash, low resolution screen. And you rate it a 9.5? SERIOUSLY?

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OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.0
view full specs
Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Qualcomm MSM7500, Single core, 400 MHz
0.1 GB RAM
Size3.97 x 2.34 x 0.54 inches
(101 x 59.6 x 13.9 mm)
3.95 oz  (112 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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