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On the outside the HTC Touch looks like a well designed mobile phone, nice shape, comfortable to hold, with a large clear screen. There are some nice features once powered up too: the speed-dial is very easy and quick to use; the weather display is handy, showing a 5-day forecast; 'Active Sync' is fantastic for syncing contacts with your computer (or GMail account); Windows Media player can actually be used to be a fairly effective mp3 player; the voice clarity is very good; and ringtones can be easily heard wherever you are -- this phone is loud! However, for this review, that's about as positive as I can get about it.
I find the Windows Mobile operating system to be overly complicated for a mobile phone. There are an assortment of menus and settings that can be quite baffling sometimes (especially when it comes to manually setting up an internet connection or pairing a bluetooth device). Sure, all of these settings are fully workable and usable once you know how, but I feel that for a phone it should, and could, have been made so much more simpler and user-friendly.
HTC was one of the first, if not the first, mobile manufacturer to rely solely on touch-screen technology. Unfortunately, within the past couple of years since the HTC Touch was released, touch-screen technology has improved tremendously. There's no tapping and sliding your fingers on this phone, instead it's back to using a stylus (or a very well placed finger nail). And using a stylus to open menus and write text messages can be tricky. Not only are you sometimes tapping at very small areas which can be easily missed but the reaction time of taps can either be very slow, or not picked up at all. Good luck writing a text-message on the move, I usually have to wait until a time I can sit or stand for a while before replying to any text messages.
The 2.0 mega-pixel camera is also a let down. I recall my older Sony Ericsson phone having a far more superior camera. Pictures are only effective in very bright lighting conditions, otherwise they will be very grainy and blurry. And did I mention how slow the reaction time of pressing the shutter-release and taking a picture is?
After owning this phone for almost two years, the battery life is now terrible. It needs charging on a daily basis, even if it has not been used much in one day.
As you can see, I'm not a big fan of this phone. My main gripe with it is the fact that it is too complicated for its own good. The iPhone is a great example of simplicity used to great effect. This phone has the potential to be great, but it's cluttered within a badly designed interface, and the same kind of annoyances that can be experienced with Windows XP or Vista on a computer, and that's not what you want on a phone. Also, if you've experienced touch-screen phones made within the past year, then you just wouldn't be able to go back to using such a slow responding stylus-based phone.
Great little phone. Light and easy to use if you have meduium size hands. I upgraded and this was my first Touch Screen flow. The TouchFlo can be tempermental but does work a treat. Being a Wndows device there are 1000's of 3rd party applications that make this a great phone for the gadget geek. Worth every penny and a very strong competitor to the iPhone (Which I also own). In comparison to the iPhone the HTC is slow to boot but easier to upgrade and somewhat easier to use. Texting is a nightmare without the stylus or small fingers. Music quality is good from the included ear phones and call clarity is fantastic even on crowded buses and trains.
The overall design of the HTC is more compact that the iPhone and the included case allows for much easier transportation. The bulkier iPhone can be a nighmare in a shirt pocket. I have dropped the HTC on a few occasions with no ill effects, however the iPhone I would deem "undroppable". Battery life in both devices is excellent with an average 6 days usage (incl wifi). Mentioning wifi, both devices come as standard with Wifi with compatibility for WEP and WPA. I have yet to try them on WPA2. Web browsing is slicker on the iPhone but of good standard on the HTC. Bigger and Flash orientated sites have a significant effect on the HTC with slower page loads. However for quick cinema listing checks or Google Map usage, both are excellent.
HTC's Touch range is a great buy in my book.
And that is my review of ciao too.
I actually won this phone from a Magazine, although when they emailed me asking what phone had i won in what issue, i wish i had lied!
Ok my first comment was abit unfair, this phone at the time for me was an extremely good rival for that darned apple heathen! (sorry not a big apple fan!) being far cheaper, and including a camera for starters i saw the plus sides, plus for me it was free, so how could I moan you all cry?
Moan i did...
Most of my texting to my partner happens when he is at work and im at home/making my way to work/making my way back from work. I found small things like saying 'on my way now x' extremely painstaking. It angered me to the point where I wouldn't text and of course if your partner would like to know where you are, thats not good! Plus walking around with a stylus isn't exactly not going to scream 'mug meee mug meee' is it now? I did research on this phone before it landed on my doorstep emblazened with the magazine logo (This hasn't stopped me from loving my favourite magazine in the whole world, we're all allowed mistakes teehee) The reviews mentioned it had a recognition with where your finger went on the screen and would highlight the closest thing to your finger. I did not find that this was the case. Random things would pop up for me, I would literally end up screaming at the phone and wanting to throw it across the room. I also found that even though i turned ALL predictive text and all that blah off...i STILL HAD PREDICTIVE TEXT! my phone decided it loved the word 'Mahogany' and never failed to include it into a text to which the reciever would definately have a giggle at my expense!
A plus side, the phone never failed to make people go 'wow' it always stopped me from boredom on lunch breaks with games etc; afterall it is basically a computer crammed into a phone, and for that reason it does a good job, i would say it was more user error! haha!
The HTC Touch i must admit is a very smart an classy touch screen PDA. The phone itself is has a Windows Mobile setup (or for all those people who want more information Windows Mobile 6.0 professional), so for all those people who cant live without there computers this is definatly one phone for you.
The phone itself is very stylish and does what all mobiles should do, it actually looks like a mobile phone whilst is in fact a PDA. The phone is very slim and reasonably sized and weighs in at just 112g so is very easy to slip in your pocket without being weighed down.
The phone itself works on TouchFlo technology, this is one of the major highlights that HTC like to brag about with this phone, the simple idea of it is a easy way to access the many different functions such as Email, SMS/MMS, Internet Explorer, Tasks and the Communication Manager in what i must admit is a very stylish menu screen, which are available to people to use. However this was my first form of PDA and i must admit i did not like the whole TouchFlo technology and i feel was the main let down for this phone.
The phone also comes with a 2 mega pixel camera which does come with some very advanced picture editing settings. The only other thing that i feel i should mention with this phone which i found was that it never really did last that long. According the specification of the phone it should last for approxamtly 5 hours on talk time and 200 hours in standbye mode this i did not find and had to charge it up everyday.
It's not an iPhone but for a brief moment in time it lead the field of touchscreen mobile telephones.
Like most people, I wanted an iPhone, but I couldn't justify the big outlay and rediculous monthly fees with O2. T-Mobile offered me the Touch for free and even knocked £5 a month off the monthly tariff. Deal!
The first thing you notice when you compare the Touch with the iPhone is the size. This is a phone sized piece of kit and that's a big plus when you're using it AS a phone. You just stick it in you pocket and forget about it.
The interface is very intuitive and if you've used a Windows PC (who hasn't these days) then you should be able to fairly easily access all of the functionality of your Touch. Now how many people can say that about their Nokia or Samsung phones?
The 1Gb memory isn't huge but you can upgrade it to 2Gb which means you can store a lot more MP3s, MP4s and digital photos. Not to mention all the apps and documents you can squirrel away in memory.
I use mine as a phone, phonebook, SMS, MMS, PDA, Web browser, Email client, MP3&4 player, camera, document reader and Pseudo-Sat-Nav. Having all those functions in one little device is fantastic, even better when you consider it was free!
With only 3 buttons (pick-up, cancel and a cursor) there's a huge reliance on the touchscreen, but the software is reliable, robust and user friendly.
If you're making a call the number pad and phonebook are easily accessed without the stylus, but you do need it for texting. OK so you look a bit geeky but having a qwerty keyboard with superior predictive text* and even handwriting recognition software means you can type very quickly indeed.
(* Predictive text remembers regularly used phrases and offers you words or even phrases to complete the current sentence)
The camera is poor with no flash and a long pause between pressing the shutter button and it actually taking the picture, but for daylight snaps it's not bad.
The sound quality is excellent for calls and good on speaker. The headphones are very good and double as a hands free. Built-in bluetooth for the headset is also a bonus.
The google maps app is brilliant because you can use the mobile phone masts to triangulate your position to within 1500m. That's nowhere near as accurate as SatNav, but in most cases it's good enough to get you around a new place, and you can look up contacts from your phonebook and get directions to their address from your current location. Genius!
I could go on forever about little features, but I won't. I'll just say that for a freebie this has to be the bargain of the decade. Well done HTC and let's hope my upgrade in June is as good as the Touch.