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!
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!