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HTC Touch Review

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HTC Touch Specifications:-

  • General:-
    Announced:-2007, June
  • Size:-
    Dimensions:-99.9 x 58 x 13.9 mm
    Weight:-112 g
  • Display:-
    Type:-TFT touchscreen, 65K colors
    Size:-240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches
    – TouchFLO finger swipe navigation,- Handwriting recognition,- 5-way navigation.
  • Ringtones:-
    Type:-Polyphonic (40 channels), MP3
  • Memory:-
    Phonebook:-In shared memory, Photo call
    Call records:-Yes
    Card slot:-microSD (TransFlash), 1 GB card included.
    – 64/128 MB RAM, 128/256 MB ROM,- TI OMAP 850, 201 MHzprocessor.
  • Data:-
    GPRS:-Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
    WLAN:-Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
    Bluetooth:-Yes, v2.0
    Infrared port:-No
    USB:-Yes, miniUSB.
  • Features:-
    OS:-Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional
    Messaging:-SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
    Browser:-WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (PocketIE)
    Colors:-Soft Black, Wasabi Green, White, Burgundy
    Camera:-2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels, video
    – Pocket Office(Word, Excel, Outlook, PDF viewer),- Java MIDP 2.0,- Voice memo,- MP3/AAC player,- Video/audio album,- Built-in handsfree.
  • Battery:-Standard battery, Li-Ion 1100 mAh
    Stand-by:-Up to 200 h
    Talk time:-Up to 5 h
  • Price:-449.99$ approx Rs 18,000 – 22,000/-
  • Introduced several months ago, the innovative HTC Touch is the device, after which the world of Windows Mobile will probably never be the same. Chic, smart and versatile, the HTC Touch brings together an array of communication, entertainment and business capabilities enabling mobile consumers to balance work and fun. HTC Touch initiates an intriguing line of smartphone devices to feature the innovative TouchFLO technology with finger sweep control, making full use of the HTC Home application add-on. One of the smallest Windows Mobile devices is up to every standard with the package including Wi-Fi, 2.8″ touchscreen TFT display, 2 megapixel camera and rich business applications. Since Apple managed to move a cool one million iPhones in some two and a half months, HTC Touch strikes back with officially reported 8,00,000 units sold in Europe/Asia since the launch of the device on July 5th.
  • Key features
    HTC TouchFLO technology allows smooth finger scrolling and panning
    HTC Home application
    Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
    2.8″ 65K color touchscreen TFT display of QVGA resolution
    2 megapixel camera
    Sturdy build, quality casing and compact dimensions
    Bluetooth v2.0
    Large and comfortable D-pad
    SIM card accessible without removing the battery
  • Main disadvantages
    No 3G support
    Inadequate 201 MHz processor and insufficient 128 MB ROM
    No FM radio
    Hard to clean casing
  • Smart both ways
    The surprisingly compact HTC Touch is the smallest PocketPC, measuring the respectable 99.9 mm in height, still keeping its slimness to 13.9 mm. The 112 g weight is the only indication of the load of features this gadget is carrying. Neonode N1 is the only Windows-based smartphone to beat the Touch in height with its 88 mm, but this comes at the expense of the significant 21 mm thickness. Stylish exterior and rounded edges make HTC Touch a contemporary device, somewhat of a crossover between conservative Windows Mobile smartphones and design-centered handsets. The HTC Touch is pretty comfortable to hold in hand and working with it was a pleasureLike most of the brand’s recent models, the 201 MHz TI OMAP 850 is the power plant of this Pocket PC. The hardware specs reveal the meager 64MB of RAM and 128MB of ROM.
  • Windows Mobile traditionally offers customization through themes but they only change the color scheme. You can of course change the wallpaper on the Home screen too, but that’s pretty much all you get. In order to apply some more advanced customization, you would need a third party application. Those kinds of applications however usually eat up your RAM.The built-in file manager of the HTC Touch is the standard Windows Mobile variety. It does a good job finding the files you are looking for. The file manager can create new folders, copy and move files, set tracks as ringtones or simply send files to other devices.
  • The Picture gallery of Windows Mobile is an application called Pictures&Videos and, as the name implies, you use it to browse the multimedia files in question. As far as pictures are concerned, you can zoom in and out, as well as preview them in landscape mode. The files are shown as either thumbnails or as a plain list. There’s a shortcut that allows you to turn on the camera directly from this application. You can even do some basic editing on the images.The primary multimedia player of all Windows Mobile devices is the preinstalled Windows Media Player. Besides music, it allows watching video and streaming TV. You can sort tracks by artist, album or genre and you can create custom playlists.HTC have additionally installed the Audio Manager music player. It is a strange name for a music player but it does allow you to manage your music files easily – you can sort tracks by artist, album, genre, or composer. You can create unlimited custom playlists and the interface is optimized for finger operation.
  • Downed by the camera:-
    PocketPC are probably bottom of the ladder when it comes to camera performance. It’s not about the megapixel count. It’s just that their photos are really nothing to speak of. Regrettably, the no autofocus 2 megapixel camera of HTC Touch produces poor photos, compared to other phones with the same megapixel count.
  • Data transfers
    Now, back to what PocketPCs are really about – connectivity, both wired and wireless. The HTC Touch has enough to offer in that department. The miniUSB connectivity allows seamless synchronization with MS Outlook. However you can also use Bluetooth 2.0 for that purpose. Speaking of wireless communication, we should mention there is no Infrared port, but you have Wi-Fi at your disposal. There are also GPRS and EDGE, so you always have data connectivity options available.
    HTC Touch comes with the Internet Explorer Mobile web browser. It falls behind most of the third-party browsers out there and a few PocketPC manufacturers even ship their devices with an alternative web browser preinstalled.
    The Internet Explorer has several interesting view options. You can have it fit the text to the screen, show everything in one column or show the website as it is. Landscape mode and fullscreen mode are also available.
  • Conclusion:-
    HTC Touch is a surprisingly compact and stylish device with ample display and above average functionality. The full-fledged touch navigation through TouchFLO provides for very friendly handling and makes the device seamlessly usable as a phone, regardless of the fact that it features no hardware keyboard at all. Among the downright drawbacks are the anemic processor and insufficient RAM. The touch experience is well below the iPhone and the TouchFLO interface doesn’t completely rule out the need for a stylus.
    With a price tag of about 420 USD, HTC Touch will no doubt be enjoying a good level of demand. The appeal of the smallest PocketPC is likely to reach beyond the core of Windows Mobile Professional admirers to attract many new fans, who have abstained from buying Windows Mobile devices until now due to their large size.

Siddartha is a Blogger from India. He is currently working as a Java Front End developer and he loves writing about tutorials, technology, algorithm, etc. You can follow him on Twitter | Facebook | Google+. You can subscribe to GadgetCage RSS Feed or Email Notifications.

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