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The HTC Touch HD, gives you the best touch phone experience to date. Whether it be playing music or videos, downloading emails or navigating from A to...

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published 08/12/2008 | yb415
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Pro Neat screen and features
Cons Lacks the ease and range of other similar devices
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"iPhone watch out...?"

HTC has been always reminded me of Apples iPhone. After all the company even managed to sneak out the original Touch before Apple had time to get the first version of the iPhone to market. But now HTC has got even more competition on its hands with the likes of the Samsung's impressive Omnia on its trail. Its response to this is the Touch HD, a phone with a screen that's so crisp and sharp that it is head and shoulders above the displays on rival devices, leaving them looking blurry and out of focus. Is the HTC capable of holding its own against the iPhone and the Omnia?

First of all, the Touch HD looks terrific. The styling is quite minimalist, partly because the front of the phone is almost completely taken over by the big screen. However, other details such as the four control buttons beneath the display are nicely suited and even the stylus tucks neatly away at the bottom edge of the handset. Unlike the iPhone, the back of the gadget slides off to reveal both the replaceable battery, and also a microSD card slot for improving on the 288MB of onboard RAM.

However, it's the screen that everyone notices on when they first lay eyes on this. And what a screen it is. It's a huge screen taking up almost the whole length and width of the handset. At nearly 4 inches, it's larger than the iPhone's (even though both devices are almost identical in size). Colours look rich and powerful, and this combined with the high resolution nature of the display means that films and pictures really seem to leap out at the user.

However, as good as the screen is, it's not all fautless. As with other HTC devices the company has had to go with a standard touch panel, rather than the alternative type used on the iPhone. The reason for this is that the HD has to be able to deal with the stylus as well as your hands when it comes to control and capacitive screens simply don't work with a stylus. However, a standard touch panel just isn't as responsive as a capacitive screen when it comes to finger control and the effect is easy to see.

I would recommend this to buyers, not necesarily at a hiked price as now, but if you have the cash, a good buy in my opinion.

Anyone who's used the iPhone will find the HD's screen hard to use and not nearly as reliable. Sometimes you have to touch it several times to get it to register what you want it to do, while other times it selects an area of the screen slightly off where you were actually pointing at. You get used to its foibles over time and can adjust the way you use it to make it more reliable. However, the point of a good user interface is that you shouldn't have to get used to it - it should just work without any problems and that's not the case here.

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  • mattydalton published 08/12/2008
    Hi and welcome to Ciao! Not a bad start, I look forward to reading more.
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Product Information : HTC Touch HD

Manufacturer's product description

The HTC Touch HD, gives you the best touch phone experience to date. Whether it be playing music or videos, downloading emails or navigating from A to B, the HTC Touch HD is ultimate in Windows Mobile PDA Phones.

Product Details

System / Handheld Type: Smartphone

RAM / Installed Size: 288

OS Provided / Type: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

Display / Diagonal Size: 3.8

Input Device / Type: Touchscreen

Processor Type: Qualcomm MSM 7201A

Battery / Run Time (Up To): 16.25

Display / Technology: LCD

Weight: 146 g, 147 g

GPS Navigation: GPS

Manufacturer: HTC

Phone Design: Slate

Communications / Wireless Interface: Wifi; Bluetooth

Cellular / Phone Form Factor: Slate

Cellular / Type: Smartphone

CE Input Device / Type: Touch Screen

Long Name: Touch HD

Height: mm

Cellular / Operating System: Windows Phone

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

Service Provider: Not specified

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, MIDI

Talk Time: Up to 480 minutes, Up to 390 minutes

Display: LCD display - 3.8" - TFT

Standby Time: Up to 680 hours, Up to 450 hours

Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, FM radio, digital player, GPS receiver

Form Factor: Touch

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Product Description: HTC Touch HD - 3G GSM - smartphone

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Dimensions (WxDxH): 6.3 cm x 1.2 cm x 11.5 cm, 63 mm x 12 mm x 115 mm

Product Type: Smartphone

Supported Memory Card: Micro SD Card

Wireless Interface: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Localisation: Norwegian, Italian

Phone Features

Additional Features: TouchFLO 3D touch-screen

Sensors: Accelerometer

Phone Functions: Call timer, conference call, vibrating alert

Media Player

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, MIDI

Navigation System

Navigation: GPS receiver

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Power adapter

Also Included: microSD - 8 GB

Connections

Connector Type: Video out / hands-free microphone connector - 11 pin HTC ExtUSB ¦ Headphones - mini-phone 3.5mm

General

Width: 6.3 cm, 63 mm

Depth: 1.2 cm, 12 mm

Height: 11.5 cm, 115 mm

Weight: 147 g, 146 g

Product Type: Smartphone

MPN: 99HHC014-00, 99HHC024-00, 99HHC025-00, T8282, 99HHC021-00, HTC TOUCH HD 8282 I

Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, FM radio, digital player, GPS receiver

Form Factor: Touch

Localisation: Norwegian, Italian

Messaging & Internet

Cellular Messaging Services: MMS, SMS

Battery

Run Time Details: Talk - up to 480 min ¦ Standby - up to 680 hrs

Capacity: 1350 mAh, 1340 mAh

Technology: Lithium polymer

Display

Diagonal Size: 3.8"

Technology: TFT

Display Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels

Type: LCD display

Processor

Clock Speed: 528 MHz

Type: QUALCOMM MSM7201A

Communications

Communication Features: Mobile Email client, Internet browser

Data Transmission: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA

Wireless Interface: IEEE 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Cellular

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

Service Provider: Not specified

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Input Device(s): Touch screen

Digital Camera

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards: Micro SD Card

ROM: 512 MB

RAM: 288 MB

Organiser

Personal Information Management: Calendar, reminder, alarm clock

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