HTC Touch

Anthony Caruana
10 December, 2007
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The HTC Touch runs Windows Mobile 6, the most recent version of Redmond’s mobile OS. The hardware specs don’t reveal anything too earth shattering with just 128MB in the ROM and another 64MB of DDR SDRAM for storage. Fortunately, you can give that a boost with the microSD slot. The Texas Instruments OMAP 850 CPU is clocked at 201MHz. Screen taps and applications responded without delay.

One of Windows Mobile 6’s new features is the Internet Connection Sharing application. To share the connection from your smartphone to your Mac, pair the devices via Bluetooth, launch the sharing application and follow a few simple prompts. The only problem is that the Touch is limited to EDGE for communications rather than 3G or HSDPA — a significant limitation for a mobile communicator.

The 2.5” touchscreen is very clear and at just 99.9mmx58mmx13.9mm and 112g with the battery the HTC Touch is pocket friendly. Battery life is excellent, with trips to the charger only needed every couple of days. My testing involved light use of WiFi and Bluetooth as well as making and receiving several calls per day.

HTC has created its own Today screen plug-ins to minimise the need to grab the stylus. Large on-screen buttons are brought up by dragging a finger up the screen. However, accessing the Start menu, the hub of all Windows systems, is nigh on impossible for someone with average-sized fingers. That can be worked around — putting commonly used apps in HTC’s application launcher — but there will be times when you’ll have to reach for the plastic stick.

As Windows Mobile devices aren’t natively supported on Macs you’ll need to factor in some third party software. The Missing Sync has been my preferred application for this but PocketMac was recently updated.

Australian Macworld’s buying advice.
The Touch is a compact smartphone with a great screen and excellent battery life. The lack of 3G capability and need for Mac users to buy extra software for syncing need to be considered but, overall, the HTC Touch offers good value.

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