The HTC Touch Phone looks good, is stylish, elegant and extremely comfortable to hold. However, no attempts have been made to change its appearance. The HTC Touch comes with the same black, shiny exterior. The user interface of this model has been updated and is similar to the one seen in Touch Diamond and Touch Pro.

HTC TOUCH PHONE photo
Photo by Asim Bijarani

The 2.8-inch TIT touch sensitive screen dominates the front panel. Below the screen is the D-pad with calling keys on either side. The back panel has the camera and the loudspeaker. The power key on top of the phone is also used for locking and unlocking the device. The bottom panel has the USB-cum-charger slot, while the left panel has the volume keys.

Experiencethe Touch

The HTC Touch comes with the new TouchFLO 3D and supports finger swipe technology. The finger touch feature is very responsive. However, the screen is inset and the grooves are deep. Hence, a lot of dust gets accumulated around it. This also makes accessing the sides of the screen with the thumb a little difficult. The device supports the handwriting recognition feature for writing messages and e-mails. This feature works better than expected. The phone also has a compact QWERTY keypad.

Lot to Choose From

The HTC Touch is loaded with applications and uses it’s 128 MB RAM to run them. It has almost all basic application that users would wish for in a pocket PC. The phone runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 and comes with an office suite that enables users to view, edit and create Word, Excel d PowerPoint This handset also has the mobile versions of Internet Explorer, Windows messenger, Windows Media Player and supports push mail. The Opera Mobile browser is pre-installed and enhances the Web browsing experience.

The Adobe Reader LE lets users access PDF files anytime, anywhere. Other applications supported by the HTC Touch Viva include Zip, You Tube, JBlend, RSS Hub, streaming Media and Voice commander.

Users can add their favorite applications to the events page. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, GPRS and Wi-Fi. However, GPS and 3G features are missing.

Multimedia Features

The HTC Touch could not meet up to the expectations as far as its multimedia features are concerned. The device has a 2.0-megapixel camera. The clicked pictures and videos didn’t please much. The pictures can be directly uploaded to the Internet.

The phone comes with Windows Media Player, but lacks an FM radio transmitter. Due to the absence of a headphone, the audio quality in the headset mode was not tested. The audio quality in the loudspeaker mode is average. The audio booster feature works only when the headset is plugged in. It boosts the audio quality. The battery backup of the device is very good. A single charge lasts for five hours of talk time without playing music and a little browsing.

TECH SPECS –

Size – 104.5 x 59 x 15.75

Weight – 110 grams

Memory – 128 MB, microSD

Battery – Li-ion 1100 mAh

Screen – 65,536 colors

Talktime/Standby – Up to 8 hours / Up to 270 hours

Bluetooth / Infrared – Yes/ No

Phonebook Capacity – Shared

Speaker Phone – Yes

Camera – 2.0 mega pixel

Freequency – GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Others – Windows Mobile 6.1, Opera Mobile Browser, You Tube

Overview

1. Runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 professional

2. Does not support 3G

3. Comes with 2.0-megapixel camera

4. Has a good battery backup

LOOKS – 80 %

FEATURES – 90 %

PERFORMANCE – 70 %

VALUE FOR MONEY – 90 %