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HTC Touch CDMA Review


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HTC Touch CDMA Review

We used Spb Benchmark to compare the HTC Touch CDMA system performance with the bigger Mogul and the original GSM variant.

The service indicator would often jump from one bar to full, but we never had any issues placing or holding a call. Callers said that we sounded natural, and on our end they sounded good as well. Unlike the Mogul there were no issues pairing with and using a Bluetooth headset.

Really our only complaint about the Touch is its battery life, an issue that has plagued smartphones from day one. It is rated at 3.5 hours of continuous talk time, and we were able to achieve that, but that number is a bit misleading in everyday life. We set our unit up with one push email account (via Sprint Mobile Email) and one pull email account. Initially it was set to pull every 5 minutes, and with moderate voice and data usage the battery would only last around 8 hours. We scaled the pull back to 15 minutes and noticed a marked improvement, though we were still just getting through the day. Heavy users will most definitely want to invest in an extra and/or extended battery.


Sprint’s HTC Touch is great, there are no two ways around it. The form-factor is amazing, it fits in the hand perfectly and is small enough to fit in a pocket comfortably. The increased memory meant it handled everything we threw at it and kept on chugging. The device strikes the perfect balance between size and usability. The lack of a physical keypad was a non-issue, and there are a myriad of accessories and adapters included with the phone. The flexibility of Windows Mobile means that the user can truly personalize their phone, whether it be as simple as a new look or as advanced as a complete overhaul of the device. We liked this device so much that this reviewer purchased one for himself, and I can’t think of a more ringing endorsement.


  • Great size, without sacrificing usability
  • Extremely flexible operating system allows for infinite user customization
  • Plenty of memory ensures smooth operation
  • Touch screen is based on pressure, not heat, meaning the user can wear gloves or use a stylus
  • Excellent in hand feel and top notch build quality


  • Battery life could use some improvement
  • Camera is sub-par
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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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PhoneArena rating:
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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