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I didn't think too highly of this phone when it was my main phone, but funnily enough, although also a HTC, I am tempted to go back to using it instead of my current phone, which I recently reviewed.
Compared to my current phone, this one is lighter, a little smaller in length and width, thicker and has a smaller screen space. I prefer that this phone is a little lighter, even if this implies a lower quality. Though more chunky, I still think it looks nicer and I do prefer its surface materials. The back is softer and more rubbery, rather than the metal finish of my current phone and much nicer to the touch. The whole phone remained scratch free during my use of it, but one of the problems I did find was that it got a lot dirtier than my current phone and the surface you hold to your ear often requires cleaning. For protection, a screen protector and a pouch are provided, though when I was using it I did not keep the protector on for that long. The pouch gave me a better sense of security putting the phone in my bag, where my current just goes in loose. Unlike my current phone, this one comes with a neatly tucked away stylus, which is meant to be used rather than fingers on the touchscreen.
The 'on button is located at the top, and must be pressed and held to actually switch on and off, otherwise it operates to switch off the screen and lock the phone. The headphones port is also on top, which makes sense to me. The charging/connecting port is located appropriately at the bottom. As with my current phone, the volume button is on the side, awkwardly where I hold the phone normally, so that I often accidentally adjust it. On the back I can see where the camera point is located, with its main features mentioned.
The front of the phone is not a bad design, with the htc logo and symbols for connecting and ending calls, home and go back clearly shown at the bottom. There is a light indicator at the top for charging.
The casing is nice and easy to remove, once you know how to, and the SIM, memory card and battery storage are very easy to find, and just a little fiddly to use.
The background was quite plain when I first bought the phone, but you can customise this to make it nice and lively. I chose one of the background options that came with the phone and this was nice enough for me. To unlock the phone you press the on button, and I actually bothered to set a PIN for this phone, which can be annoying as everytime you unlock it you have to enter it, but it was a comfort when I lost my phone briefly!
The time, date and alarm status are shown clearly, as well as a line of icons to indicate different statuses, like battery level and notifications. There is also a Start button, as this phone operates on Windows Mobile.
It is possible to scroll along a bar at the bottom of the screen to look at different items, like Messages, Internet, Weather, Stocks etc. This is fairly simple, but I preferred the windows style programs icons, which, this being a Windows Mobile phone, can be accessed from a Start Menu.
The features are not as elaborate as my current phone, a little simpler and tend not to be animated (like the weather is just simple symbols). On the other hand it is very functional and depending on what you want you can choose and easily access information.
Although to some extent you can technically use your fingers, the touch screen requires the attached stylus, which can be frustrating when you are out and about and want to quickly write a message but don't have both hands free. Also there is the risk of losing it, although it is fairly secure in its place, it's easy to forget to put it back.
On the good side, I find the precision a real comfort. It is much easier to get it right first time with the stylus and so messaging is easier for me, whereas with my current phone I'm constantly pressing the wrong buttons.
You can use sliding motions to switch from screen to screen, or tapping to select items. It is quite user friendly and when I'm sat comfortably and not in a hurry it is a pleasure to use. It's just not so enjoyable when you are trying to do more than one thing.
I preferred making calls on this phone. Although if you need to use the keypad you would have to take the phone away, unlock it and enter your PIN first, at least you could sit comfortably with the phone against your ear secure in the knowledge that nothing weird would occur while you are talking! Of course if you use those annoying automated telephone services a lot, this phone could add to your frustration, as the voice on the other end of the line starts to nag at you to enter your choice or could well just put you straight through to the 'sorry I can't help you' operator.
The call clarity is not bad but not great either, and at times a little quiet, with volume settings being limited. It is possible to use speakerphone but obviously you would not then have the phone held to your ear and on occasion I have had people tell me that they can hear themselves while using it.
With this phone, my data plan was not unlimited, so perhaps this is why I barely persevered with using the mobile Internet. I found it to be extremely slow, and my boyfriend, using a different phone to mine, would often have already run a search and found the information I was looking for before my page had even loaded. Part of this could be blamed on my network, but I do think the actual pages loading were slow because of the system too.
Unlike my current phone, which is an Android, this HTC phone uses Windows Mobile. This proved to be a particular annoyance on upgrading, because of course the two cannot be easily synchronised. In fact, in spite of being Windows, same as my computer, a lot of data like text messages cannot just be transferred to another location at all. This was something of a problem when messages needed for legal reasons could not be copied or saved anywhere because that means keeping the whole phone just for those messages.
The phone was always very slow, and that I partly blame on Windows too, though of course I don't know for sure and can't prove it. For example, entering the PIN, it can take ages for the little stars to show up indicating you've entered a digit. This means I often re-enter them by mistake.
I was really keen that this phone has the Microsoft Office software for mobiles installed on it, although if I'm honest, I barely used them. Nonetheless I can see how they would be handy, at least for accessing documents, for professionals and some students. For editing, I still think working on a small phone would quickly get uncomfortable, but the fact it is possible has to be a bonus.
There are just three games on the phone, Teeter, which is like a labyrinth type game, Solitaire the card game and Bubble breaker, another simple game that I find rather addictive. This for me is enough, but it's not much for someone that wants really up to date gaming on their phone.
There are other standard features, like a calendar, calculator, music player, messenger, task list and so on. Another feature that might be important is the camera in the phone, which has a decent, though not great 5 megapixels and is not too bad. In the dark, it is not so great, however, as it does not have a flash. It is also a little bit slow, and has a loud clicking sound to indicate a photo is being taken, so you might want to change this setting before using on certain occasions!
The phone has an external 8Gb memory stick, although you can buy a 16Gb stick if you want. The phone also has a very small amount of internal memory, so it can somewhat function without the memory stick and before I briefly lost my phone I had not even bothered to install it and had used the phone fine (a small number of songs were stored on it at that point).
The battery life is not too bad considering the number of functions this phone can perform. It can last several days without too much use and a good few hours of talk-time. Also, there are options to save power and keeping the screen switched off helps to conserve power. The charger uses an older HTC style connection (before they started making them universal), which is a bit of a pain, as it looks terribly similar to that of my current charger and so I get them confused and have accidentally packed the wrong one! It is relatively easy to connect however, and the wire has a USB connection that goes into the plug or your computer for synchronising etc.
I did actually read the guidance information for this phone when I first bought it, as this was my first proper smartphone. As a new user, I found it clear and fairly helpful, but I quickly got to a point where I no longer needed to look at any of the information provided, which is even better really.
As a smartphone, this is now very out of date and lacks many of the fancy features of newer phones. However, it also is easier to use and a little simpler than some of them. I'm not happy about having to use a stylus and this was my biggest complaint, although as I admit, I just don't have the thumb technique or small enough fingers for finger touch screens!
I decided on a HTC HD2 and, the screen really is excellent; and, it has a lot of facilities; it displays the web site mycall.mobi well. (recommended)
Plenty of apps, and good camera. The buttons click positive (tactile) and there generally is a nice "feel" to the phone. Those are the good points.
But.. the down sides are - a short battery life (about 1 day with light use) and the regularly (annoyingly) insensitive touch screen are making me wish I had chosen a different phone. Another niggle is there is no where to store a stylus. Not serious, but with fairly large fingers I would sooner use a stylus than be without it, and, it has to be carried separately. Also some of the apps. e.g. the weather, etc. are not really that useful.
Would I buy it again? No; I think not; I should have tried more phones before buying. (then maybe found something to moan about that one?)
As a business mobile phone, its comes with high marks, the sleek HTC touch flow interface is pretty cool, beyond the interface though is Windows mobile, which in all fairness looks old and outdated. The settings are hard to find, although HTC do provide a simple page of settings on the interface.
The camera is pretty decent but does no come with a flash which is always helpful.
The GPS on this mobile makes a perfect Satnav with a nice car holder for around a fiver, I personally used this as a satnav for over a year using TOM TOM.
The apps for the phone are a little hard to find on the internet and the ones available are generally pretty rubbish.
I once dropped this phone down a toilet (I know!!) and it kept going for a further 5 months!!
If you are after a cheap, second hand business mobile then this is for you, after something a little more fun and updated? Get the HTC desire.
Overall, a decent phone for its day
I LOVE THIS PHONE!!
The HTC Touch HD is a Windows based smartphone with a gorgeous sleek 3.8" LCD Flat touch sensitive screen (800x480) pixels, with HTC's user interface, Touch FLO 3D, giving you an amazing viewing display, (very crisp and clear), even slightly larger than the raved about iPhone.
Applications are easy to use, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, and the built in GPS reciever, all of which i have no problems with. The large screen on the phone makes the HTC into a brilliant mobile video player, it also handles streaming audios well too. I have watched many a film on my HTC!
The speakers on the phone are pretty good also, making Windows Media Player a very likeable feature.
The expansion slot takes a micro SD memory card and i have in mine a 16GB one, which enables me to store everything i need , more than adequate for most people.
There are a couple of down sides though, I am not terribly impressed with the 5x camera, it is slow to get going and unless the conditions are perfect, the quality of the pictures are not going to be great!
Another very annoying fact is.....NO keypad lock! Very frustrating when you go to make or receive a call and by the time you have your phone out of your pocket or bag, you find that you are already calling someone that you probably dont want to speak to, also ending a call can be a bit tricky, as the screen is very sensitive and when you press end call, sometimes it starts to dial again. There is a built in phone lock, but this means you have to type in your pin each time you want to use your phone, not satisfactory at all.
Battery life is very good, i usually only have to charge mine twice a week, i have had phones in the past where i have had to charge them every day!
On the whole the HTC Touch HD is a beautiful looking phone, incorperating most of the features that you could ever want from a phone. It hasn't got the same amount of Applications that the iPhone has, but Hey!! it's less than half the price.
Overall, a very good phone for the price tag, although it could do with being updated to Windows 7.
Even with its few downsides, i love this phone!!
When my contract was due an upgrade last year, I spent ages looking around for the best touchscreen phone. I had never had a touchscreen phone before, so had spend a considerable amount of time, to find the best phone I could get at the time. It was a toss up between the HTC Touch HD and the iPhone, however, back then, the iPhone was only available on O2 and I cant stand O2, (Orange all the way) so I plumped for the Touch HD.
The Design and layout of the phone. 4/5
The Touch HD is made of black plastic, which results in it not looking or feeling as smart and sophisticated as the iPhone, which lets face it is the phone to beat these days. It has four buttons on the bottom which are, make a call, home, back and end call. These allow you to make calls, go back and go to the home screen quickly. There is a stylus hidden away in the left side of the phone, it's held there by a little magnet and it really needs a good pull to get it out. Which means that it's harder to lose, though the phone does come with a spare. There is a little button at the top left of the phone, which allows you to turn the screen off and there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you can plug any headphones in, unlike other phones where you have to use their rubbish own headphones. There is also a volume button on the right side of the phone, which allows you to adjust the ringer and call volume. The only criticism I have about the layout of the phone is the volume button. When the phone is locked you can still adjust the volume, so when you get your phone out of your pocket, naturally you hold it by the sides, which can turn the ringer volume up or down!
The screen. 3/5
The screen is a large at 3.8 inch wide and has 480 X 800 pixels. Which really does look brilliant! I don't think it's quite as crisp and colourful as the iPhone screen, however the difference is so tiny that you can't really notice! The HTC Touch uses a pressure sensitive screen, which means that it detects where the majority of the pressure is and presumes that this is where you are clicking. This means that the Touch does not support two finger clicking, like the iPhone, although it doesn't make that much difference in all honesty, as to zoom you just double tap.
However this does affect the sensitivity of the screen. The overall sensitivity is good, you can use a tap of your finger for the vast majority of the time, but if you need to do some fiddle little taps, such as highlight text to copy, you will need the stylus. Comparing the screen's, between the HTC touch and the iPhone, the iPhone wins hands down every time.
The camera 4/5
The camera is a 5mp with auto focus and while it's not the best camera on the market, it's by no means the worst! The pictures look very good while on the screen, however does suffer a bit when put onto a computer and enlarged. The zoom works ok, but as you zoom more and more the picture quality does decrease. There is also no flash, which means that the picture suffers if there isn't enough light. And, if like me, you used to use the flash to light the stairs up on a Saturday night, as you crawl back from the pub, you will really miss it. I also couldn't find a zoom option when viewing pictures that I'd taken or pictures that I had put onto my phone, not sure if it's just me not being able to find it thought.
The HTC Touch operates on Windows 6.1 and HTC have installed their own interface called TouchFLO. While it's not the easiest phone in the world to use, due to it using Windows, it does offer you the option to change almost everything and that's something I like about this phone! Most of the day to day operations are within a tap or two and if you uses something more often than something else you can move it so it's easier to access. Typing on the screen is very easy, maybe not quite as easy as the iPhone, but not far off at all. The load time when turning it on is horrific, it takes well over minute in order to be ready to go, however loading pictures or contacts is fairly quick, as quick if not faster than the iPhone 3g. The battery life is ok, I have to charge it every other day, which beats the iPhone, however playing music and using the GPS does seriously drain the battery! The Touch is charged via a USB2 connector socket at the bottom of the phone, which means that as long as you have a cable, and most cameras uses USB2 cables I found, you could charge it almost anywhere. Which is brilliant as it means that you don't have just the one charger and if you loose that then you're in serious trouble as you can't charge the phone.
Sound quality. 4/5
Overall the sound quality when on a call is very good, there is very little background noise and the signal holds well. The speaker on the phone is fairly rubbish for playing music out loud, but when listening using headphones it was very good.
Ok, it was never going to be an iPhone killer, Windows just isn't on the same level of user friendliness as the iPhone. But other than that and a few little bugs, this is a very good phone. I like the size of the screen, even though it's sensitivity let's it down it's still a good screen. The ability to change almost every aspect of windows for me is a big plus, however it's not enough to beat the brilliance of the iPhone. Don't get me wrong the iPhone has its flaws, like being unable to run multiple programs, which the Touch does brilliantly. However the iPhone is just on the next level and while the Touch isn't a bad phone it's not on the same level, if they can improve the screens sensitivity, lock the volume button when the phone is locked and improve the usability of windows, then this would be the much sort after iPhone killer.
I have been using this phone now for over a year now and i thought i would write a few things about it. Firstly this is a windows mobile phone, it is no iphone and may not be as fluid and as fast however HTC have done an amazing job with their TouchFLO which basically puts a whole new skin (look) to the phone by masking the Windows Mobile interface. This means that all the options and settings you need are easy to find and access.
The build quality of the phone is good, the battery is somewhat average, 3G on the phone will run the battery down fast! It has excellent Wifi support and works well with bluetooth devices.
What is even more impressive is that this phone can be upgraded from Windows Mobile 6.1 to 6.5 and there are signs that it will also be able to run Windows Mobile 7. The change between 6.1 and 6.5 may impact performance (not as fast etc) but that is a small price to pay for a few cosmetic extras.
The phone can also run GOOGLE Android (from xda) so you can switch between WM and Android to your choosing. This is however a open development project and will not corrupt or damage your WM OS as it runs from a microSD card.
When i purchased the phone it came with a microSD 8GB card, this can be increased, at the moment i have a 16GB card and it still works perfect. It is great for watching movies, listening to music etc on but be warned the battery will drain and HTC have not released an extended battery. If you use your phone a lot you may find yourself charging it everyday!
The screen size is huge but still the older games do not take full advantage, the applications however such as tom tom sat nav work perfectly fine. The tom tom software can actually work faster than a device (Which i found shocking). The results of this may vary on what software you have installed on the device and if you plan to upgrade it 'unofficially' with xda firmware which works a lot faster and better than the original HTC.
This phone is truly amazing and i would recommend it to anyone (if they asked me 6 months ago). This is however an old phone, its been out since 2008 and there is a HD2 out which has a much faster processor and 578MB of ram capable of fully running windows mobile 7 when its released with no performance hit.
The only down side to it which really annoys me at times is that the camera with the phone is really bad quality, its slow and not that good at tracking. there are a bunch of tweaks you can do to the phone to make it function a little faster but the camera cannot be tweaked to the point where it is as good as 'any other' phone.
If you use a windows operating system such as xp, vista or 7 the active sync will allow you to sync your contacts/ notes/ calendars with outlook. It works without any problems. The phone also along with mayn other new phones has great facebook integration, you can link your phonebook names/ numbers to your facebook. So all contacts who are in your phone and also on facebook get the same picture etc. you can see updates, check weather etc it truely is a very nice phone.
If you would like further enhancements the community as mentioned before at xda allow you to run the additional features of the HD2, Android etc.
I personally am use to computers and technology, for someone who is not use to the touch screen typing and windows mobile/ htc they may get overloaded with the features and functions. Unlike many other phones iphone, nokia, sony etc you can multitask on this phone, its VERY easy to leave applications open and forget to close them. Without closing them you will start to use masses amount of memory.
My girlfriend types text messages and does a lot of calling, if you text a lot this phone may not be for you and you need to be comfortable using touch screens. This phone has no phyiscal buttons but there is a sensor feedback (you feel it vibrate when you press something).
This phone would not work well with my mum or dad who like the feel of buttons and can easily get baffled by all the extra features.
Easily the best looking HTC phone to date with its glorious 3.8 inch screen. I have been using this since its release and it has proved to be reliable and generally a pleasure to use.
Build Quality: The phone was well packaged and on opening the device seemed to be sturdy and well built. The charger however was adaptive meaning it wasnt purpose built for the UK market, instead opting to have a standard charger with changeable connections depending on the country you are located in. The phone came with a little pouch where the phone can be placed for protection however I never found this useful as it made answering unexpected calls a bit of a faff. The phone also came with 2 stylus's, one located in the bottom right corner (held in using a mild magnet to avoid it dropping out). The second stylus was simply a spare. The phone felt weighty and solid. The front is in black gloss surrounding the TFT screen and the back is a matt black, textured finish. The setup within the phone for the sim card, battery and Micro SD card is uncluttered and easy to navigate.
Using the Phone: On turning the phone on the boot up takes a while, more comparable to PC's than the mobiles of 5 years ago. The user interface that HTC have created (Touch Flow) to tac over Windows 6.1 was a suprise and a pleasure to use. Windows however is still difficult to use when you enter the start menu with small buttons and even though the phone has one of the most responsive screens I used outside of the Iphone, its still not accurate enough to easily navigate the fiddly windows menus. Using the keypad can also be fiddly and still hasnt quite caught up with the seemingly untouchable Iphone on usability. Windows 6.1 also seems to suffer from an application drought with very few available. Whilst it is hard for me to fault the phone itself, I question whether this phone would be a lot better using as operating system like Google Android.
Overal I would say this was an amazing piece of hardware simply let down by poor software. Whilst this is the best Windows Mobile powered phone available it still trails behind other competitors when it comes to 3rd party software and usability.
The Touch HD is a great phone, but to get the best out of it you need to be a little bit techie - happy to spend some time tweaking settings and customizing the device with apps to get it running the way you want it.
If fiddling with your device for hours isn't your cup of tea, something like the iPhone is probably better for you, as it is a lot simpler to use and doesn't need any major tweaking to get it set up.
The Touch HD has a massive 3.8" high res screen which blows away almost every other phone on the market.
Unlike with the iPhone, you can change the battery in the Touch HD, and this means you can carry a spare - very handy for long trips, especially if you are using the Touch HD as a GPS, media player, camera, calendar and phone!
The camera lacks a flash, but is ok in good light conditions. Once the phone has been tweaked to perfection, it is very hard to beat!
Ive had this phone for about 7 months now. I waited for my upgraded until the phone was released as I was looking to stay on orange but have a decent phone that was touch screen and could connect to wifi (basically the equivalent of the iphone)
The phone looks great and is roughly the same size as the iphone. Everyone always asks me if it's a blackberry; don't know if that's a good thing or not though.
It comes with all the normal bits and bobs you would expect with a new phone. The small velvet like carry case/pouch comes in useful to protect the screen from keys or change or what ever you happen to have in you pocket.
A feature that I think is cool is the way the touch pen slides into the phone so it's no dangling about like on some of the Samsung phones.
The phone has all the features you would expect and even though its windows based it works great. It can sometimes take a while to do something but then as we will all no it is no different to any windows computer at work/home.
The best feature I my eye has to be the screen. As it has a HD screen it means pictures and watching videos on YouTube come out in perfect quality. At first I didn't notice but compare it to any other phone and you will soon see the better quality the touch HD has to offer.
Bad side is as far as I no there aren't any applications like you can get on the iphone. And I would say that is the only aspect where the iphone comes out on top
Overall excellent phone and would recommend it if your not wanting iphone like apps.
I got this phone a few months ago on a contract and have found it to be really good. You don't have to always use the stylus when operation the device. The buttons that are presented on screen are a good enough size for you to just use your fingers. It has only frozen once about a month or two ago and has never acted up again, thank god. lol! I find the camera a bit trick to hold the mobile still whilst touching the screen to take the picture. My advice is to make sure the backlight is completely off before you put this phone in your pocket or it will start calling the last number you dialed by accident. apart from that i like this phone. It's a big adjustment from having a phone that you have to flip open. All in all it's a good phone that makes txt'ing alot faster and your conversations easier to keep track of. For everyone who has a bad memory :)
I have to say that I am not completely in love wit this phone, but maybe that is because I am a bit of a tecnophobe. I chose it because I travel a lot and it was an advantage to have a phone, mp3, internet, podcasts etc all in one device.
I don't find it that intuitive to use (I still haven't worked out how to load films for example)
It often freezes when I'm texting
It will scratch and dent horribly if you drop it
the free carry case is RUBBISH
It is often unresponsive when I answer calls so I often end up missing them
The user interface isn't very pretty and you can't customise it easily
no app store
Nice looking and feels nice (much better than the diamond that came before)
easy to set up email
Good internet (when you've got good coverage)
Usually relatively quick to move between programs
good standard memory
USB charger is great because you can charge it anywhere there is a computer, so you don't need to carry around a bulky plug
Sound is good for calls as music
HTC Touch HD
HTC (High Tech Computer Corp.)Technology company from Europe. HTC launched series called Touch. If we look at design, HTC touch HD looks simple. For the extremely you can say not too interest. With black and gray for navigation in the bottom of the screen. We can called HTC touch HD is smartphone. The show that black is the only color that the HTC touch HD. But the black color for this smartphone really impressed elegant. The design size is 115 x 62.8 x 12 mm and weight 146 grams.
For the screen, this smartphone using non TFT screen with 3.8 inch size and 480x800 pixels. Wide enough for the size smartphone. So that the images and words that display seem big enough. From the size of pixels, the display colors and pictures are so sharp and clear. Equipped facilities accelerometer lets you change the position when the landscape to portrait or vice versa. With the memory capacity 288 MB RAM and 512 ROM. Memory large enough to store all data. Operation of the system using the windows mobile version 6.1. For the processor, using the 528 Mhz processor qualcomm.
Actually quite easy to operate the windows mobile 6.1. But with the qualcomm processor 528 does not help speed up access to the selected menu. When you want to open a file, it will feel slow. Sometimes once is not enough just to open a file in, but to many times.
Perhaps it is not a major problem, You can open an important file. Do not worry if you overwrite it. Because you are consoled by the internet service. With the use of opera mobile 9.5 give satisfaction when you send or read email, browse sites that you like and enjoy the social networking service you prefer. With features WAP 2.0 / HTML X, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSPU 2 Mbps, Wi fi version 802.11 b / g are supporting you to do the activities in the virtual world. To transfer data, mencapi speed of 7.2 Mbps. Also included is a facility provided by youtube. The spoil you for the activities in the virtual world. Of course, this smartphone is equipped with GPS and AGPS by disupport. You do not need to worry if lost in a place that you do not know. You can enjoy this service to navigate and find the way out.
Features 5 MP camera and autofocus will take the pictures look good. And use the standard batterai mAh Li-ion1350, hold up to 450 hours. So it is good to use a smartphone battery. Additional services that can be obtained on youtube this is a smartphone, pocket office (word, excel, powerpoint, one note, pdf, viewer, voice memo, FM stereo, MP3). 3.5 mm audio jack makes compatible with most audio equipment available. Vibrant Touch Flo 3D user interface, responding perfectly to your finger, when browsing the web, write email and everyting you on this smartphone.
(It also published on helium.com under the same name Ratrik)
I bought this phone last week as I had to change my contract. I have to say this is one of the best phones I have had. I usually buy a more simple set up but this phone seemed to be calling to me.
The phone is set up as though it is a windows computer with a start button on the top of the screen. It has office mobile, calender, Contacts, internet explorer, messaging, programs, settings and Help.
The internet is really good and because it is 3G I can use it anywhere practically. Which I think is brilliant.
The phone even comes with 3 free games including solitare. Loves it.
It also has a great mp3 player, the usb connector is a part of the phone charger, which means you will always be carrying it around with you. Which is great if your friends have some songs you like on their computer. It is really simple to put the songs on there the phone comes up like a usb stick so u dont need to download a disk onto the computer to make it all compatible.
You also have fast buttons for, stocks, weather, contacts, messages, mail etc.
Msn is on the phone when you buy it too :)
It also includes excel, word and powerpoint. Great for businesses.
What more can I say I love it, the only down fall is that the phone does need to be charged every night as there are so many applications on the phone. But if you travel a lot it is great for organising your time.
HTC Touch HD
Taiwanese smartphone developer High Tech Computer (HTC) debuted its biggest threat to the iPhone 3G yet earlier this week, the HTC Touch HD.
Model ID 99HHC021-00 / HTC Touch HD - Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional - MSM7201A 528 MHz - RAM: 288 MB - ROM: 512 MB 3.8" TFT ( 480 x 800 ) - camera - 802.11b, 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0
hope that wil sound for any thing friends.. great configaration that speak for it self.
the best thing is like is With such highly advanced technological devices camera specification is often compromised, not so with the HTC Touch HD. Incorporating a fantastic 5 megapixel camera.
Other notable features include WiFi connectivity, Pocket Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF viewer and OneNote), EDGE, HSDPA and GPS Receiver. Supported by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional the Windows experience.
HD will no doubt provide the iPhone with some stiff competition.
.............cool one to have in hands......................................
Before purchasing this phone I had the Samsung Tocco, although I really liked the Tocco I had grown tired of it as I do with most phones after having them around 6 months! I went into a few phone shops & at first I was considering getting either the Samsung Omnia, the LG Renoir or the iPhone 3G. I asked about these phones in quite a few shops & I was recommended not to get them, instead I was recommended the HTC Touch HD phone.
To begin with I was sceptical as I mainly go for brands that I know which would be Samsung, I've had many Samsungs before & have been extremely pleased with them. I had heard of HTC before but wasn't overly familiar with them, the only HTC phone I had seen was the Diamond which I must admit I didn't & still don't like at all.
However I thought I've got nothing to lose in looking so they got the phone out & showed me, I was extremely impressed straight away just by the look of it, it was a lot nicer than so many other touch screens I'd seen before including the iPhone. I told them that I was interested in the iPhone & one of the shops sold it however they told me of it's many faults & all the shops I went to told me the same thing, they also told me that the HTC Touch HD phone is by far the best phone on the market & I wouldn't find anything better out there. Five shops telling me exactly the same thing couldn't be wrong could they?
Turns out they weren't! After having a play on the iPhone, to my surprise I was actually quite disappointed, after all the hype I was expecting something that would take my breath away. Yes I suppose I did have high expectations, probably too high but even with my high expectations I was extremely disappointed. So many people had raved about how amazing this phone was & I seemed like the only person who didn't like it... apart from the phone salesmen obviously & maybe I'm a bit naïve but I do trust them more than I would trust one of my mates when it comes to phone choices. I did think that because the HTC is so much more expensive than the iPhone that maybe they just want to steer me into parting with more money... but no, sim free there's a big difference in price, the HTC is about £200 more expensive than the iPhone but on contract I could get the same amount of minutes & texts for the same price. 600 minutes & unlimited texts for £30 a month, that's not bad is it?
The man in the shop handed over the HTC phone to me so I could get a proper feel for it & I was immediately hooked & impressed. It was actually all men in the shop & the shop was pretty empty so all the men were in a discussion together about how much they love the phone, two of the men actually owned the phone so I don't think they were just acting!
The first thing that hooked me with this phone is the pen for the touch screen... yes I know what you're thinking, loads of phones have PDA pens but the thing about this one is that you store it in the phone. It has a little slot on the bottom right of the phone where the pen's stored. It's magnetic & when you slide the pen in it immediately attaches to the phone. Maybe I'm easily amused but I was mesmerized by it! On all other phones I've seen that come with pens you have to carry them around & as they're so small they can be easily lost, which means you either risk it & take the pen out with you & very likely lose it or you don't take it & get finger prints all over the screen, either way you lose! My friend has a pen for her phone & after using hers I found that her touch screen isn't very responsive at all but this was different, the touch screen was extremely responsive both with the pen & with fingers. At one point the phone had a hard case on it & even then the touch screen was immediately responsive to the slightest touches which I found fantastic & I definitely wasn't expecting it.
One thing that made me a little reserved about purchasing this phone was the camera, it has 5 mega pixels. Yes this obviously is good for a phone but other phones now like the LG Renoir & the Samsung Pixon have 8 mega pixel cameras & the Tocco that I had had a 5 mega pixel camera & to be honest I wasn't overly impressed with it. However the HTC was different, I had a quick look at the camera & took a few pictures & WOW, it's crystal clear. The salesman also showed me the camera on the Samsung Pixon with the 8 mega pixels & you really can't tell the difference, if anything I was actually more impressed with the HTC camera even though it had 3 mega pixels less. It was so clear, as clear as any camera I've ever had. The only thing is that the salesman didn't mention was that the camera has no flash, something which if mentioned to me in the shop wouldn't have bothered me but I was more bothered by the fact that it wasn't mentioned to me before purchasing it. Ultimately this actually didn't bother me though, if I want to take pictures in the dark I've got a proper digital camera for that which I carry around with me a lot so it makes no difference to me although if you're a person who doesn't own a good digital camera with a flash then I'd think carefully before buying this as you could be disappointed when taking pictures in the dark. The second camera, located at the front of the phone is for video calling & is only VGA quality however I feel this is enough for video calling as I don't know anyone that uses the video calling feature that much anyway, I certainly don't however I do find it a nice feature to have.
This phone uses Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. I've heard lots of negative things about this service, when I was looking into buying the Samsung Omnia I was told to avoid it & the main reason was the Windows Mobile accessory that it includes. I must admit I was worried about this however one of the great things about my contract was that I had a 7 day cooling off period where if I brought back the phone within 7 days of the purchase I could cancel my contract with no charge, this made me feel at ease so I went ahead & brought it & within 10 minutes of getting it home & out the box I knew that I had no intention of taking it back to the shop. All my reservations about the Windows Mobile service disappeared as soon as I accessed the internet. The internet on this phone is simply phenomenal, I've got friends who own the iPhone & the iPhone's internet capabilities do not even compare to that of the HDC Touch HD phone. As soon as you open up the internet from the phones menu it loads up within seconds & you can set your own homepage, mines google! The browser is just like any Windows browser, if you've got a Mac computer then you may not be too familiar with it but it's easy to get used to. The internet is extremely fast, all the pages load within seconds & the great thing about the contract I took out is that I have unlimited internet usage, something which I was very keen on having.
This phone also has a youtube link which is separate to the internet icon. I'm aware that the iPhone has the same feature but I'm not familiar with the iPhone's version but what I do know is that the HTC's version is absolutely brilliant. Youtube loads within seconds & upon loading, the screen changes so you can view youtube in a landscape view where the phone is on it's side instead of the usual portrait viewing feature. This is very good as it allows you to view a clearer picture. Upon loading youtube you can then search for any video you wish to view or log into your account, you basically just use it as if you were at your laptop or computer & it's just as fast.
The memory on this phone is brilliant, it comes with an 8GB memory card which is around 4000 songs. You can also add, if necessary a 32GB memory card, this would only be for people who store hundreds of songs, pictures, videos & films though. I have an iPod so I don't really use the memory card for songs. I think it's great for picture storage as I take a lot of pictures. It's also brilliant for video storage, you can store up to around 80 music videos in HD quality & you can store about 5-10 full length films which is simply fantastic & again these will be in HD. The quality of the picture is amazing, I was extremely surprised. This is the first HD phone (for any of you that don't know, HD means high definition) so I was expecting there to be a few faults as usually the first model always needs tweaking, however I have absolutely no faults with this phone whatsoever.
Another great feature that comes with this phone is the handwriting recognition on text messages. I know a few other phones use this application so it's nothing new or groundbreaking but I had never used it before & I was surprised at how accurate it was. You will really need the pen to do this though as it's extremely difficult using your finger! It took me a while to get used to texting on this phone (by a while I mean an hour or two!) however this was true with my last touch screen phone. When you get the hang of you it you will find that texting is extremely simple & you may even be able to text quicker on the touch screen than on a normal keypad on a mobile phone.
The sound quality is excellent. If you're still reading this then I image you're quite bored as I keep stressing about how brilliant everything on this phone is! Believe me if there were faults I would say but I honestly can't find any! Making a phone call is simple, scrolling down the list is quick & easy & of course you can just input the first letter of the person's name if you prefer. The sound is very crisp & clear, this was one of the faults on my Samsung Tocco & something I wasn't prepared to put up with again so I was relieved on making my first phone call to discover that the problem doesn't exist on this phone.
The screen size is very impressive, it's 3.8 inches wide. Some people have said that it's a bit too big but in my opinion I wouldn't mind even if it was a bit bigger. The quality of the films & videos on this phone is so good that you require a large screen to take it all in.
The talk time is up to 480 minutes which is brilliant however I have found that the battery does recede pretty quickly, with so many features that's to be expected though. The battery life is apparently 18 days however if you use a lot of the features & spend quite a lot of time texting & on the phone then you're probably looking at 3-4 days maximum, but like I said, with a phone with so many features this is pretty good & the same as what I would get with my Tocco which had less features.
The Bluetooth on the phone is great & extremely simple to connect to a headset or another phone, it only takes a couple of seconds to connect & then you're away!
One of the main reasons that I was so interested in this phone was the GPS application, it's so simple to use. You simply input an address or a postcode & it will show you on the map exactly where to go, it also gives you spoken instructions which is great if you're driving. When I was looking up accessories for this phone on the internet I actually saw a windscreen mount where you can place the phone sideways to use as a Sat Nav, granted it will be a bit smaller than an actual Sat Nav but when you're driving all you need is the spoken instructions isn't it?
Before buying this I looked this phone up on the internet & if you're planning on buying it sim-free as it's not out on pay-as-you-go as of yet, my only advice would be... don't! You'll be looking at paying around £530 for the sim-free version which is awful. I do love this phone & don't regret getting it in any way but I would never pay that much for a phone, I'm so glad I got it on contract. I pay £30 a month & that's for an 18 month contract. You get 600 minutes, unlimited texts & unlimited internet usage which I think is fantastic & you definitely shouldn't buy this phone without the internet package. This phone is exclusive to Orange however you can unlock it. I was sceptical about going back onto Orange as I've had a few problems with them in the past & was perfectly happy with my 02 contract but I couldn't resist when I saw this phone.
I've also looked on the internet for cases & I've seen numerous cases on play.com for as little as £3.99 although for a decent one I'd recommend you pay about £10-£15 to make sure your phone is completely protected.
In the box you will have;
HTC Touch HD Smart Phone
Genuine HTC Touch HD Battery
Genuine HTC Mains Charger
USB Data Cable
Genuine HTC Stereo Headset
Overall I would recommend this phone to anyone, however by anyone I mean anyone that will use it to it's full potential as there's no point in buying this if all you want is simply a phone to receive phone calls & receive texts. This is a real executive phone & although I'm no executive I'm completely smitten with it & have no regrets at all about buying it. This isn't as well known a brand as say Nokia or Samsung however don't let scepticism about popularity hold you back, I feel this phone in the up-coming months will become very popular, especially when the price reduces. The iPhone should be very worried!