Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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HTC Touch HD: Great Phone in 2008 but is outdated in 2010
HTC Touch HD
Member Name: A13x
HTC Touch HD
Advantages: Can be upgrade unofficial at xda to run later OS and has a big developer community
Disadvantages: Poor camera performance and is outdated in the mobile world
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.
Summary: thumbs up and well worth having if you are on a budget.
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