HTC Touch Windows Mobile Smartphone - HTC Touch

By Riyad Emeran



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Let’s say for example, that you click the SMS/MMS button with your thumb – you’re then greeted with the standard Windows Mobile SMS screen, and trying to navigate that with your thumb is, as Mia Wallace might say, an exercise in futility. This means that you need to take the stylus out and start stabbing at the virtual keyboard, just like with any other Windows Mobile device – hardly the revolutionary, consumer friendly device that HTC had insisted the Touch was at the launch last week.

I encountered another serious annoyance the first time I closed an application after using it. So, imagine I was checking my calendar and wanted to close that application. The most obvious way to close a Windows Mobile app is to hit the X button at the top right of the screen, but if I do that, it dumps me back to the home screen. If I want to go back to the TouchFLO screen that I had come from I need to swipe my thumb from the bottom to the top of the screen – hardly intuitive. Personally I would expect to go back to the previous page when I close an application, but clearly the TouchFLO skin can’t quite manage that.

The TouchFLO interface does have some functionality in general Windows Mobile apps though. If you access your Contacts list, you can scroll through them quickly by sliding your thumb up the screen. The contact list will whiz up the screen and then slowly come to a halt, like a roulette wheel losing momentum. You can stop at any point by tapping the screen, but is this faster than using the stylus and the scroll bar? No. Is it quicker than tapping in the first letter of the name you’re looking for, then selecting it? No. Is it a useless gimmick that’s implemented to make the TouchFLO skin seem worthwhile? Yes!

Although HTC was quite adamant that the iPhone had no bearing on the Touch, it’s pretty much impossible to believe that Apple’s forthcoming foray into mobile communications wasn’t the driving force behind this product. One of the HTC guys went as far as saying that he’d never even seen the iPhone – yeah, right! The big difference between the Touch and the iPhone, is that Apple has designed a device with an intuitive interface that allows users to access everything with a tap of their thumb, whereas the Touch has a clumsy skin overlaid on a bog standard Windows Mobile OS. Given, I haven’t actually got my hands on an iPhone yet, but even being the most sceptical non-Apple-fanboy, I have to admit that when it comes to great user interfaces, Apple knows what it’s doing.

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July 7, 2008, 8:27 pm

Dear Riyad I am a recreational pilot and have been using a HP-ipod and independent GPS receiver loaded with memory map as part of my navigational aids. I met a bloke in Switzerland this weekend who had it all on a HTC touch mobile phone which was space age stuff to me. I was very impressed and would like something similar. After reading your review on the HTC touch and only understanding half of it could you please advice me on a short list of phones to consider. I am basically PC illiterate and require a simple and user friendly phone. My wish list would be Phone, camera, texting and integrated GPS (only as i assume it would save on batteries). Bear in mind i do not have a clue how to access the internet or send an e-mail using my existing phone. I hope you can point me in the right direction.

Lewis Woodward

December 19, 2008, 9:01 pm

hey andrew

i have a HTC TOUCH, i am 16 years old and i find my phone easy to use. it doesnt take long getting use to and it has all the features you're after. texting and searching the web is easy with the touch keyboard but like i said, it takes some getting use to. the music player is good and there is nothing wrong with the headphones that come with it, they're just as good as any other mobile headphones on the market. the phone comes with a very handy manual that helped me alot. my HTC is easy to use and loads of fun !

Frida Mutesi

November 16, 2011, 5:24 pm

I am Frida living in Rwanda - Africa, have a problem connecting my HTC touch mobile to the computer, and also connecting to internet. Any help? Again, I have never seen anywhere I can buy its accessories, what will happen when I need to buy a battery?

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