Messaging:

Different message types are placed in a single menu - SMS, MMS and e-mails. There is nothing unexpected here. Entering text is done by one of the following touch display methods:

  • Block Recognizer
  • Keyboard
  • Letter Recognizer
  • Transcriber

We think that the on-screen keyboard is the fastest and most convenient way to do it, but if you train the other methods, they can also be quite handy! Combined with the T9 predictive system, entering text with the phone is really quick. Still, it must be done with the stylus, as the keys are very small in order to press them with fingers. We are disappointed that Touch doesn’t offers new way to enter text with fingers.

Just a few steps away is the option to add your 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.

Connectivity:

Untypically for a HTC phone, Touch is a three-band model instead of four-band, which restricts its use as a global phone. Supporting 900/1800/1900 MHz, it will work on the 1900 MHz band in the USA, which excludes the areas where only 850 MHz is used. (The North American version (most probably 850/1800/1900) has been announced for the second half of the year)/For Internet via the operator it has EDGE data; like iPhone and PRADA it does not support the third generation (3G - UMTS/HSDPA) which would offer much higher speeds.

Standard for a smartphone, WiFi and Bluetooth are available. Bluetooth is mainly used for connecting to other nearby devices, as accessories (earpieces, car-kits, multimedia devices) and for data transfer (transfer of files to/from another phone/PC). The technology helps wireless connection and the data transfer speed we achieved was about 40KB which is quite slow compared to the wire connection by a cable which was 8 times higher – 320 KB meaning that a song in MP3 format with average size of about 5 MB will be uploaded in 16 seconds. Like all other Windows phones, you need to have ActiveSync installed on the computer to connect to it. The program will let you easily synchronize the phone (contacts, emails, organizer) with Outlook.

With WiFi you can connect to a wireless LAN network covering you, use it as an Internet source and view the shared documents (input \\name-of-computer in Internet Explorer and you will see what is shared). In our test the connection was 50KB/sec.

Internet:

The mobile version of Internet Explorer is used for internet browsing; loading standard pages in full size is not a problem, because of the relatively high resolution (320x240 pixels) of such devices 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 Pocket PC, 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.

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3 Comments

1. abjeroen unregistered

Hi people, I totally agree that the new interface of the touch is really usefull. also i think the negative side is that underneath it all, you're still opening standard microsoft tools. very unhandy to write a sms or e-mail without a proper qwert keyboard (even the tiny virtual one doesn't work with fingers, you need a smaller pointer like a stylus.) overall i think the phone gives a whole new way of user interface, but I really need a phone wich is nice AND fast, which the touch is'nt.

2. Jon unregistered

I really liked this phone for JUST over the 1 month period. Now the phone will not ring on incoming calls when the screen goes blank. The forums are filled with this same issue. Sprint will not do ANYTHING to try to resolve the issue, simply saying the I have to deal with HTC directly. Sprint CS/TS sucks. They simply say that it is in need of a firmware upgrade and that HTC will release one - SOMEDAY. In the meantime, I have to guess when I have an incoming call - totally unacceptable - BUYER BEWARE!!!

3. unregistered

This phone is garbage. When talking on the phone it will go into Comm manager mode and turn phone off. It will also make phone calls and answer incoming calls when you have locked the key pad. While talking on the phone it will also start taking pictures. This is the worst touch phone ever. Although, the internet is fast, sending an email or text is horrible. Save your money!!! Don't buy this phone. Also Sprint will do nothing for you if you have this phone and hate it.
Touch
  • Display 2.8" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Processor TI OMAP850, Single core, 201 MHz
  • Battery 1100 mAh(5.00h talk time)

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