HTC Touch Dual Review
The various types of messaging options, SMS, MMS and e-mail, are combined in one menu. Adding an actual keyboard, changes the inputting methods to a great extent. If you are a hardcore texter, you will be happy to be able to write single-handedly and delete with the dedicated “backspace” button. But if you prefer to see all symbols on the screen, there are the following touch methods:
- Block Recognizer – handwrite block recognition
- Keyboard – full QWERTY
- Letter Recognizer – handwrite letter recognition
- Touch Keyboard - 20-key on 2/3 of the screen
- Touch Keyboard - 12-key on 2/3 of the screen
- Transcriber – handwrite whole words or phrases on the entire screen using the gesture control to edit (delete, copy, paste etc.)
It is strange that the QWERTY present here, which facilitates imputing text with fingers (similar to that of an iPhone), appears in all system menus, but is not to be found in the messaging one, where it is most needed. In our opinion, it is quite more convenient compared to the on-screen touch keyboards/keypads, which offer large buttons, but require either a predictive text input system or repetitive tapping.
e-mail account (POP3 or IMAP) and to use it on your mobile phone. Very nice extra is that the phone can try to get the email settings automatically from the internet, and so we configured our Gmail Account by entering only the username and password. Windows Mobile 6 already supports HTML formatted e-mails. The client is very similar to the Outlook on a computer, you can filter your inbox to see just some results, reply to message or forward it to other person.
The support for attachments allows you to download or send one, in addition to the text body. The phone can be set to synchronise with your company Exchange Server.
As standard, Windows Mobile comes preloaded with the mobile version of Live! Messenger (MSN). Windows Live account will be added in Messaging when you add your e-mail account. You can add third party application for other popular instant messengers like AIM, Yahoo! Chat and ICQ.
Similar to the first Touch, this one is tri-band also (supports 900/1800/1900 MHz) and is not appropriate for areas that use 850 MHz, which limits its usage in the US. The 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) support, for high-speed Internet (up to 3.6 MB/sec) access, where the network allows it, is what makes the Touch Dual totally different. Unfortunately, there is no Wi-Fi, which is one of the main drawbacks of the phone, since it is one of the functions that every smartphone must have.
At least you have the Bluetooth (v2.0) for local wireless connection. The stereo Bluetooth support (A2DP) allows you to listen to music with wireless headset or with a portable sounbox.
To connect to a PC you can use a standard miniUSB cable. Like the rest of the Windows Mobile based phones, if you are using XP you have to have ActiveSync installed or Windows Mobile Device Center if you are running Vista. The application allows the fast and easy synchronization of your phone (contacts, e-mails, organizer etc.) with Outlook.
Similar to all other WM6 phones, the mobile version of Internet Explorer is used for internet browsing Standard pages visualize but you have to scroll horizontally as well as vertically almost all the time. If you want to read a text, it is almost sure you will not be able to fit the whole row in those 240 (or 320 if you put the phone in landscape mode) pixels. Full-screen usage is almost mandatory when the page has loaded.
There is also One Column View option which eliminates the need for horizontal scrolling but increases the need for vertical scrolling. The page is narrowed and thus it changes its initial look.
As it is a smart phone, you can always use third party software to replace the original one. We prefer using Microsoft Deepfish browser instead of Internet Explorer but unfortunately, it is still in beta mode. Microsoft should update its browsers with better rendering engine and more options, such as panning.