HTC Touch HD Review

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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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?

45. tromto

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 31, 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

19. unregistered

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

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.

25. Johncar435

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 16, 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?

26. janne303 unregistered

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

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

35. unregistered

or it could be bribery...

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

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?

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.

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.

43. unregistered

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

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?

37. Vic unregistered

Works great with mobile Divx.

39. crewmeal unregistered

Thanks Vic - much appreciated

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?

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.

44. Azriel

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

48. Suatae

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 01, 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.

49. cheapcellphones

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 05, 2009

52. Sven

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 19, 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!!!!!!!!

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