I heard about HTC Touch Phone from my brother when he returned from Taiwan. When we stopped by a shopping mall we even had a check on the HTC Touch in a mobile phone shop.
However due to the unavailability of a demo phone, we were not able to get a good overview of this touch phone and hence decided to defer the purchase until we had good knowledge of its features and shortcomings.
I came back and had a look at all the HTC videos uploaded on YouTube. It did look cool. After reading reviews including the one from MobileBurn I came to the conclusion that HTC Touch was a worthy replacement for my 2 year old Sony Ericsson T630. And at 20000 INR, its probably one of the cheapest slimmest smallest smartphone available in the market.
Here is my quick take on HTC Touch !
The packaging is an extremely sturdy all black box is contained inside a logo sleev; Opening the top flap reveals the Touch staring you in the face with the two earphones on either side.
The other package contents include:
- User Manual – I was also surprised to see a color manual
- 1 GB Micro SD Card
- Power Adapter
- USB Cable – To connect the device to the PC.
- Extra Stylus
- 1 CD Containing ActiveSync 4.5 and Outlook 2007 Trial Version (3 Months)
- Another CD containing GPRS Monitor and Sprite Backup Software. These 2 application setup files use only 10MB on a 600MB CD !!
- TI’s OMAP 850, 201 MHz Process- The processor is probably on the slower side;
- Windows Mobile 6 OS
- 128MB ROM and 64MB SDRAM
- 112g with Battery
- 240 X 320 dots resolution – With the removal of the hardware keyboard, you now have more space for the display.
- Supports Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth
- 2MP camera
- Rechargeable Li-lon battery with an estimated Talk Time of 5 hours
- Micro SD Expansion Slot – The device can support a maximum of 2GB memory cards on this slot.
HTC Touch is supposed to be first touch phone released and I have seen in many places where this device is compared to Apple iPhone. Mac Fans even have accused HTC of copying features from iPhone.
However going by iPhone’s announcement date, I wonder if HTC had time to come up a phone design and release it before Apple released iPhone.
One of the features highlighted in HTC’s marketing is the TouchFLOW feature. TouchFLOW features the Touch Cube which is a 3 Dimensional interface that gives you one touch access to your messages, Internet , Contacts and more.
The home screen also looks stunning. It features a instant local weather widget along with a customizable program launcher.
The home screen also features a shortcut via which you can easily stop the running programs.
The phone feature worked pretty well. The phone pad is large and hence I faced no trouble in typing the phone numbers.
However the Speakerphone doesn’t work that well. There is a shrill noise along with the audio output. I still have to test the camera !
To get a quick overview of other features, check the following video.
The below video is my first directorial venture :). YouTube seems to have screwed up the video while processing the uploaded WMV file. I suggest you to view the video in the Full Screen mode. If it still looks odd, have a look at the original video here 🙂
The software used to capture the actions does not capture the touch navigation clearly and the screen changes might get confusing at times.As you can see from the Video, the UI is rarely sluggish and even if you did observe few, they were due to the simultaneous video capture.
My Initial 2 days with HTC Touch
As with any HTC Touch owner, I first tried out the TouchFLOWfeature. I immediately got used to it and had no trouble in bringing the cube to the foreground. I switched on the Wi-Fi via the communication manager. The weather widget immediately refreshed with the latest weather update. The Bluetooth pairing also went fine with my notebook.
On the applications front I tried out mobile versions of GMail and Google Search and yes I didn’t forget to download a Sudoku game app :). I even synchronized all my Plaxo/Outlook contacts onto the handset.
Typing SMS was troublesome with the small keyboard and hence I installed the HTC T9 Phonepad (Usage of same can be seen in the above video). If any of you are using a smartphone/Pocket PC let me know if there some “must have” mobile applications.
At my workplace we do develop and test handset applications and till now HP iPaq was the popular choice. In terms of build/size and features I should say that HTC Touch does beat HP iPaq by a huge margin. The same even applies for the pricing. As of now I am happy with my choice and hopefully this phone would last for another couple of years 🙂