HTC Touch Windows Mobile Smartphone - HTC Touch

By Riyad Emeran

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

6

Inside the Touch is almost identical to the Orange SPV E650 (or HTC S710 if you prefer). There’s a Texas Instruments OMAP850 processor running at 201MHz, 128MB ROM and 64MB RAM, although there was only 32MB of storage left on my review sample. That said, with a 1GB micro-SD card in the box, storage isn’t really an issue. As I mentioned when I reviewed the E650, this is a pretty modest spec by Windows Mobile device standards, and the Touch does feel a tad sluggish at times.

The Touch is a Tri-band device offering GSM 900, 1800 and 1900 support – again this is quite disappointing, since most handsets are quad-band these days, including the SPV E650. As already mentioned, there’s no 3G support, but the Touch does support EDGE, which does improve data throughput considerably. Unfortunately, EDGE isn’t as prevalent here in the UK as it is in the US. There’s also integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0.

HTC says that the Touch “is a product with something to offer everybody”, but I disagree. I think that the Touch falls between two stools, it’s not feature rich enough to satisfy the power user and it’s not simple and intuitive enough to win over the average consumer. If there were custom applications that made use of the thumb friendly TouchFLO skin, this would be a far better product, but as it stands it’s a feature light Windows Mobile smartphone in a nice case.

Ultimately, HTC should stick to what it’s good at, producing superb power user products like the SPV E650, after all, I can’t see Apple trying to break into the business mobile market anytime soon!

Verdict

The Touch is a terribly flawed attempt at a mainstream consumer product from HTC. There’s no denying that the TouchFLO interface works well, but all it does is take you to applications which then require traditional Windows Mobile stylus input. It may be the prettiest device that HTC has brought to market, but that’s really all it has going for it.

HTC may be denying that it’s going after the iPhone market, but it’s too much of a coincidence to ignore. But despite being first out of the gate, Apple has absolutely nothing to worry about from a device that doesn’t even have a headphone socket!

Overall Score

6

Scores In Detail

  • Value 6
  • Usability 5
  • Features 6
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ANDREW HIGGINS

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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