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What computers have really become.
wonderful screen, amazing feature list, a verifiable power house .
gets warm under heavy use, a tad bulky, poor legibility of screen under direct sunlight
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Now before i begin this review I must confess to being a technophile. I love all things technical and modern which means that i tend to gravitate towards high end devices. I had been looking for a new device and I began the intensive process of seeking a new ~ahem~ assistant.
Upon seeing the HTC touch HD i was immediately impressed by its looks. I had considerd HTC before with their tytn II but was put off by a device that didnt have any style whatsoever. Not with the Touch HD. The device is simply gorgeous to look at and has a look and design that will age very well indeed. I always demand both power and looks. I purchased it there and then. Now lets look at the device in a little more detail.
The HD comes in a very simple box which when opened has the device out on the top waiting for you to look at. All its accessories are underneath in a well constructed and thought out manner. Everything was there from an extra stylus to a nice cloth pouch to protect the HD when in your pocket.
Now the HD is an attempt to marry the functionality and power of the Windows Mobile OS with the prowness of a multimedia titan. And for the most part it succeeds.
We have a 5 megapixel auto focus camera. 800x480 WVGA screen (touch screen interface) 528mhz qualcomm CPU 3D accelerator with 64mb dedicated memory 300mb free space (varies according to market) 3G/HSDPA at 7.2mbps 8gig Micro SD memory card (varies according to market) Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Intergrated GPS Wifi Bluetooth
and the list goes on and on...
As you can see the HD is certainly not short changed in the features department. lets see how it all adds up in its perfomance
HTC are attempting to lure more than just the technophile with this device. They are trying to appeal to business types as well who after working hard also like to play hard and the features point that out. I used this device extensively for email and word processing as well as viewing various documents and for its music player and camera and more!. No matter what task I threw at it the HD managed to complete it without any fuss or complaints. It seamlessly accessed my remote desktop, pop email, played my 720x480 movies (DVD resolution! at 1.5mbps bitrate), guided me home with its gps (Navigation software sold seperately) captured my overseas trips with its camera and because its running windows it has literally thousands of add on programs that can truly tailor the device to your needs. The device is also easy to navigate using HTC's touch Flo 3D but occasionally you need to delve into windows mobile which i think will be complicated for the uninitiated. Its battery should give you two days of intensive use. Its video capabilities are rather poor compared to other devices in this class but they are adequate and will get the job done. Overall. It impressed in this department.
*look and feel*
The HD supposedly has a scratch resistent screen but time will tell how it fares. The screen however is a fingerprint magnet and you'll find yourself wiping it constantly. I recommend that one uses the screen protector which comes in the package. The back of the device has a soft touch high quality plastic back cover which is almost immune to fingerprints. The matte black finish on the device its prone to scuffing, scratching and peeling so build quality in some cases isnt the best. keeping it in the carry pouch is best. The HD is a wide device and rather tall but is thin and has rounded egdes to make it more comfortable. I have very large hands so i find it easy to use but people with smaller hands will struggle, typing can be a problem as holding the device and inputing text though possible can be difficult with one hand. Overall. A solid device.
All in all I find the Touch HD to be a brilliant device and very competant at what it does (which is everything, except make you tea..) its price though high is well worth it if you truly want a device that can intergrate into almost every part of your life. Whatever you need from technology the touch HD will provide it and more. Its is fast, efficient and looks very good. It also has a surprisingly good camera (no flash) but a poor video camera (low resolution) and an amazing spread of abilities both when in the office and beyond. I own one. And I love it. highly recommended to those who need a powerful device for both their work and play. this is mobile computing at its very best.
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