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HTC Touch CDMA Review

HTC Touch CDMA 9.5

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Camera interface - HTC Touch CDMA Review

Camera interface


The Touch features a 2.0 megapixel camera and camcorder. The camera has several shooing modes, including fun frames and 3, 5 and 30 multi-shot modes. There is also a setting to take a picture specifically designed to set as a contact ID. The user can adjust the resolution, white balance and brightness, and at lower resolutions digital zoom is available. Effects such as Sepia and Negative can be applied, and there are adjustments for metering mode and flicker adjustment. The camcorder features mostly the same options, although as you would expect the self-timer is only available in camera mode.

Camera performance was ok, but not great. Colors were rich, but the pictures were decidedly soft bordering on the edge of blurry at times. Indoor pictures were yellowed. Camcorder resolution is a paltry 176x144, and we see no reason why it should not be 320x240 or even 640x480. Load times were quick, and a from the Today screen a picture can be captured in about 4 seconds. However, after an image was captured it takes another 4-5 seconds to save and be ready for another picture, assuming the user sets the review time to none in the settings menu.

Outdoor images - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Outdoor images - HTC Touch CDMA Review

Outdoor images

Indoor images - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Indoor images - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Indoor images - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Indoor images - HTC Touch CDMA Review

Indoor images

The picture album takes advantage of the touch screen, though not to the point that the iPhone does. Users can zoom in and out, rotate and go to the next and previous pictures all with finger gestures. The gestures, especially zooming, worked better with a stylus than a finger. Tapping on a picture while reviewing it brings up a context menu that allows the user to email the picture, set it to a contact, begin a slide show, delete the picture, get picture info or return to the album.


Media Player - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Media Player - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Media Player - HTC Touch CDMA Review

Media Player

MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, WAV audio formats are all supported, and Windows Media Player 10 is the default player. The Sprint Music Store can be used to download files over the air, as well as for playing MP3 and AAC/AAC+ files. It is a shame that HTC and Sprint did not include the HTC Audio manager found on the P3450.

Video playback is also handled by Windows Media Player. It can be viewed in either normal mode or full screen, which rotates the device 90o. It supports several codecs, but if WMP won’t play the file you need there are several other video players available, such as TCMCP, which will play more file types.


The Touch features 128MB of RAM and 256MB of ROM, making for a decidedly smoother experience than previous models such as the Mogul and P3450. It supports microSD expansion up to 4GB (though we speculate that any microSDHC class 4 card will work, including the newly released 8GB ones) and comes bundled with a 512MB card.

There are countless programs available for the Windows Mobile platform, but there are some of note which ship with this device. Office Mobile gives the user the ability to view and edit Word and Excel docs, and also allows for Power Point viewing. Adobe Viewer compliments Office Mobile by allowing for PDF viewing. Windows Live Search is a great program that offers local search, movie times, maps and directions. In addition to ones we have mentioned earlier, in our opinion other essential add-ons are Google Maps, Resco File Explorer, One Touch Organizer and a registry editor for advanced users. Personally we prefer the freeware PHM but Resco also makes an excellent editor.

HTC Touch CDMA Review
PowerPoint presentation - HTC Touch CDMA Review

PowerPoint presentation

MS Word - HTC Touch CDMA Review
Excel sheet - HTC Touch CDMA Review
PDF document - HTC Touch CDMA Review

MS Word

Excel sheet

PDF document

A Java Virtual Machine is included with the touch, meaning Java midlets can be loaded and used on the device. Though we’ve seen it with Windows Mobile phones before, we were very happy to see this inclusion on the Touch. Importantly, this means Opera Mini 4 can be used for web browsing.

We tried to load the Skype mobile application the Touch without success. The CAB file would say it installed successfully, but when we tried to use the program it gave us a missing file error. Reinstalls and soft restarts did not resolve the issue, and we experienced this on two separate units.

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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
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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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