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T-Mobile MDA Touch Plus - T-Mobile MDA Touch Plus

By Riyad Emeran

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Summary

Our Score:

8

The really confusing thing about the Touch Plus, is that although it has the addition of 3G/HSDPA support, it has lost the Wi-Fi functionality that was present in the original Touch. This is something of a disappointment, and I can't understand why HTC would take such a route. I love having Wi-Fi in a smartphone, as it means that as soon as I get home or to the office it connects, and if I want to quickly look something up online I can do it via my phone. This is especially useful at home, where I'm not sitting in front of a computer all day - if I want to check something online, I simply whip my iPhone out of my pocket and check using a fast Wi-Fi broadband connection.

Wi-Fi may be missing but at least Bluetooth is still there, so you'll have no problem using a Bluetooth headset or an in-car hands free kit. You could also use Bluetooth headphones like the Etymotic Research ety8s that I reviewed last August. In fact, investing in a pair of ety8s would be a good idea, since yet again HTC hasn't seen fit to include a 3.5mm headphone jack.

In the box you'll find the Touch Plus, a wired hands free set, a carrying pouch and a mains charger. However, charging this device won't be a problem since the mini-USB connector means that you can charge it from any computer using a simple USB to mini-USB cable. Personally I think that everything should employ a mini-USB connector for charging, meaning that you only ever need one kind of cable or charger for all your devices. Unfortunately there's no bundled micro-SD card, but considering you can pick up a 1GB card for around £5 these days, that's not a major problem.

T-Mobile's Flext tariffs are widely regarded as some of the best available, and it's good to know that if you go for the £30 Flext 30 tariff, which gives you up to £180 of credit each month, you'll get the Touch Plus for free. And for an extra £7.50 you can get unlimited data on top of that, to make use of that fast HSDPA download speed. Being able to pickup the Touch Plus on a reasonable tariff for free makes it a pretty compelling proposition, and should attract a lot of buyers.

Verdict

Despite being completely underwhelmed by the original Touch, the Touch Plus rights so many of those initial wrongs. The slide out keypad is a great addition, making it easy to bash out text and email messages without the need to resort to the stylus. The addition of 3G/HSDPA support is also a major bonus, and highlights the fact that this should have been there in the first place.

The tweaks that HTC has made to the TouchFLO interface are nice, but not overly important. More useful are features like the shortcut menu when you slide the phone open, which is bound to save users time. Yes, the lack of Wi-Fi is a definite annoyance, but I still feel that this is probably the most universally attractive Windows Mobile device yet to rear its head. It's as much as great looking and easy to use phone as it is a fully featured mobile device, and that has to be a good thing.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 8
  • Usability 8
  • Features 8
  • Design 8
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richard murphy

September 22, 2008, 3:20 pm

this phone blows...or sucks, depending on where you are from. It's poorly thought out and designed-you have to use a fiddly little pointer stick to access most of the on screen menus-they proide you with a spare as they know you're going to lose it! It's ridiculous. How many people would use an iPhone if they had a pointy stick? When I was in America, I turned the alarm on (which is an effort in itself as you have to visit two different programs to activate it!) and the phone off, as I didn't want to be woken up by people calling me in the middle of the night. After sleeping in and missing my meeting I found out that the alarm doesn't go off if you turn the phone off! hahaha what a joke, other than I had flown over to America for the meeting! So the joke was on me.


This phone is great if you want to look like someone with no friends and a hygiene problem, poking away at the screen with a metal prod. If you want a PDA then get one-this won't work. If you want an alternative to the iPhone then you may as well buy a pet cat as get this one. Blackberry? A can of baked beans is more useful than an MDA. Mobile phone? Just open your window and shout out, it'll be less frustrating than using this hunk of junk.


If you want something 'different' wait for the google Android phone coming out Christmas 08, cos if you get this it's just YOU that'll be marked down as different. and not in a good way.

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