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HTC Touch HD Review

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Nov 2008, 07:23

Let’s analyze its name – Touch HD. The first word shows that the device belongs to the Touch series, known for its optimized interface in order to be finger-friendly. But what does HD stand for? HTC doesn’t explain it but we know it very well - High-definition, i.e. high resolution images/videos. This is the key feature of the Taiwanese monster. The large 3.8-inch display...

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posted on 14 Nov 2008, 13:51

18. (unregistered)

Sorry, i checked the review but i though it reffers to HD ( 720p ) video. It really sucks if this device can not play normal divx xvid tv shows and movies. HTC realy got it very wrong here .. and they are going to lose big becouse of this. A lot of devices play divx / xvid... totally disapointed about this. How about Mobile Divx ? did you tried with it also?

posted on 31 Jan 2009, 10:07

45. tromto (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jan 2009)

OMG! There SHOULD be somewhere on the net a place for noobs in the WinMobo world! Every new forum I'm registering to has one and same question - "how to play DivX/XViD in WM devices". The simple answer is one-and-only - get the FREE media player called TCPMP (short for The Core Pocket Media Player). Does the name ring a bell? Oh, yes - it sounds _almost_ like "The Core Player" about which it had already been told (regarding the HTC HD device) the is does NOT perform quite well. OK - "The Core Player" is a _commercial_ spin-off of TCPMP, built by _almost_ the same time, where the _almost_ makes a difference! The Core Player has only limited support to video acceleration and no support for subtitles. It's just the opposite - TCPMP support almost all kinds of video accelerator chips available today on the PocketPC market, plus supports SMI, SRT and SUB subtitles, plus - it's an open source _modular design_ project which is constantly developed and modified to suit to its best to the new hardware. Right at this moment the TCPMP modification for the HTC HD device is ready and performing charmingly well with ALL kind of HD videos in DiVX/XViD format. Just download it from: http://www.araxbg.com/download/index.php?dir= Touch%20HD/&file=TCPMP-0.72RC1-ARM-PPC-recomp-03.CAB

posted on 14 Nov 2008, 18:20

19. (unregistered)

how about the quality of playing H.264 movie in window media player?

posted on 15 Nov 2008, 14:39

22. gzafiro (unregistered)

Hei guys at PhoneArena, when you used the CorePlayer, did you use only Direct3D video mode, or you switched to other video modes as well (for example GDI)? Because I have seen many devices which do not perform well in Direct3D but with the other modes they ar just fine.

posted on 16 Nov 2008, 15:07

25. Johncar435 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Nov 2008)

I would of expected a higher rating in the Christian Dior rank, because don't get me wrong, this device look nice. The only thing holding it back is the size, but it has such a large screen, who wouldn't like it?

posted on 17 Nov 2008, 09:32

26. janne303 (unregistered)

WHAT??? Doesnt play movies? So whats the mediaplayer for?

posted on 18 Nov 2008, 11:10

27. (unregistered)

Ok phonearena team it seems that you are the only one with the coreplayer problem. You need to play with the settings! According to pocketnow review, coreplayer was used and the video playback is 'super smooth, and the clarity is fantastic'. Checkout now!http://pocketnow.com/index.php?a=portal_detail&t=reviews&id=1111&p=1

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 06:59

35. (unregistered)

or it could be bribery...

posted on 19 Nov 2008, 23:49

29. Maxence (unregistered)

Hey guys, Some buddies said the video quality could be dramatically improved by turning on the option "Raw Frame Buffer" in Core Player. Can you please confirm that ??? Thx

posted on 24 Nov 2008, 12:05

32. Big Daddy (unregistered)

Its not a comment rather a question... Iam asking all experts opinion which is much better to buy HTC HD or Samsung Omnia?

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 06:00

33. (unregistered)

I'm thinking the Omnia will end up better. For all the questions about divx, i read omnia will support it along with other formats. But yeah after a long wait I gave up on the Iphone and am now debating between this Htc HD and the Omnia.

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 06:16

34. (unregistered)

I dont really understand why everyone is talking about the HD not playing videos well. I installed coreplayer and i can play all my favorite shows, i watch them in the train all the time, without any chopyness. I just put the standard DIVX dvd rips on it, which have a reso of something like 620x380. Everything works perfectly! and it uses very little battery while watching a movie, very nice.

posted on 10 Dec 2008, 15:40

43. (unregistered)

Hi Can you post an example to prove there is no choppyness on Xvis /Divx playback....please.... Thanks

posted on 27 Nov 2008, 01:37

36. crewmeal (unregistered)

I currently have a Nokia N95 8gb and am considering buying an HTC touch HD. Is the quality of the video playback better than on the Nokia as this is important factor when buying a phone? Can you actually download a video player to compensate for the one that's already on the HD?

posted on 30 Nov 2008, 02:37

37. Vic (unregistered)

Works great with mobile Divx.

posted on 01 Dec 2008, 00:04

39. crewmeal (unregistered)

Thanks Vic - much appreciated

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 14:06

40. (unregistered)

I'm having a hard time understanding why iphone 3g gets an 8, G1 gets an 8.5, LG dare get's a 9, and this phone only gets an 8.5. Not to say those other phone are bad but c'mon. And to say it doesn't play video well while other sites clearly show, it plays video very well says too much about the integrity of this review. But you didn't stop there. This phone has been shown to out-perform all of those other phones I've mentioned from video, internet, camera and a bunch of other things... but yet all those great things are mentioned as being just mediocre here. While the Dare get 10 for camera res and quality, this phone get an 8 for res and a 3 for quality dispite the fact that the HD pics are clearly bigger and clearer. Even the iphone gets an 8 for cam quality... WTF? What's the pay-off for this bias whack review?

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 14:58

41. (unregistered)

AND dispite having a 5 mp camera like the OMNIA, the OMNIA get a 10 rating for resolution and the HD get 8.

posted on 12 Dec 2008, 16:05

44. Azriel (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

It amazes me how much this review completely disagrees with the 10 or so other full reviews of the HTC Touch HD I've read. The PocketNow review even goes as far as saying "Video playback is super smooth, and the clarity is fantastic. ... The clarity of the video is breathtaking. ... This is where the Touch HD really excels as a multimedia device..." Soon a custom version of CorePlayer will be released for the Touch HD to take full advantage of the hardware acceleration. Anyway I signed up to this website just to point out that I think this review is a load of bull.

posted on 01 Mar 2009, 04:55

48. Suatae (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Mar 2009)

I agree, this is the only review that I have seen, in the past few months, that has such a negative review on the HD's performance and quality.

posted on 05 Mar 2009, 09:01

49. cheapcellphones (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Mar 2009)

nice phone.http://www.iccellphone.com

posted on 12 Dec 2010, 07:34

52. Sven (Posts: 10; Member since: 19 Feb 2009)

i have an HTC HD for few months now and i can confirm that it's totally the opposite of the phone you're talking about here in this review, i'm using wm 6.5.3 with sense 2.5, it's really smooth and velocity is great. ah yeah, the video playback is awesome, never seen this before on such a mobile phone!!!!!!!!

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 04:32

53. HR Webinars (unregistered)

Thanks for providing such useful information. I really appreciate your professional approach. I would like to thank you for the efforts you made in writing this post. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well.

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