HTC Touch Dual Review
The subject of this review is the development of the slider concept with a 3G support (UMTS/HSDPA), a processor twice as fast (400MHz), more memory (256MB ROM and 128MB RAM) and the Windows Mobile 6 Professional OS. We will discuss the HTC Touch Dual.
The set includes:
- HTC Touch Dual P5500 Phone
- NIK160 Battery
- ADP-5FH Charger
- Data Cable
- Suede Pouch
Overall, the phone is designed so it can be usedsingle-handedly, and the annoying play, seen in the N95 for example,when sliding the phone, is not present. The body has dimensions of 4.2x 2.2 x 0.6 inches (107 x 55 x 15.8 mm) and weight of 4.2 oz (120 g) andis very well balanced. It is slightly longer and narrower than theTouch. When extended, the phone offers a very convenient shape, closeto the one of a regular receiver and extreme comfort during aconversation.
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The silvery line, which encircles the whole body,also contributes for the confusing similarity with LG’s fashion phone.The camera button and the volume control key are located in it,respectively on the right and on the left, as well as the charger andaccessory connector. All of them have a relief and shape allowing easyoperating. Luckily for us (and for you), Touch Dual uses the universalminiUSB standard. Over it is the microSD slot. The power button is ontop of the phone.
Once you open the phone, the similaritieswith Prada are gone. This gives you access to the keyboard. We testedthe model with the 12 standard keys, plus four functionality ones. Themanufacturer offers a 20-key QWERTY version also.
The D-pad and the accept/reject buttons are located in the upper half of the slider. After holding the latter, the phone goes to programming mode. The two buttons are easy to press, but are too small and are probably victims to the clear design. On the other hand, the navigational pad is very convenient, and the bulge easing the sliding up/down, is slightly above it.
The main 2-megapixel camera and the speaker are located on the back. The back panel is fully covered by the lid of the battery, which has to be removed in order to install a SIM card.
Currently, the model is only offered in black. Considering the audience it targets, we expect it to be offered in other colors.