Attention! We have news of a PRODUCT! No job cuts here...
Admittedly it isn't a particularly exciting product, but it is a bonefide product nonetheless and involves no revenue or profits figures, no percentages and year ago quarter comparison, no comments about "challenging times" and vitally no lay-offs. Joyous.
So what is it then? Well, it's a shiny new version of HTC's Touch Cruise and it throws in highlights of aGPS, 3G (internationally, not in the US version) and a 3.2MP camera with geotagging functionality. In fact this last feature isn't your standard geotagging either, HTC dubs it 'Footprints' and it also captures 'digital postcards' ie notes, audio clips and more which can also be saved with your geographic data at the time of writing. I'm not sure how useful this is in general but for holidays and the like - or perhaps your typical overworked road warrior - perhaps very.
As for pocket friendliness, HTC has done a particularly good job with the Touch Cruise coming in at 102 x 53.5 x 14.5mm and 103g though it sadly hasn't seen fit to upgrade the 2.8in QVGA resolution LCD (surely 420 x 360 pixels is a minimum requirement these days?) or fit a 3.5mm headphone jack. You'll also have to put up with Windows Mobile 6.1 but HTC skins it as well as anyone and you do get Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, WiFi and a microSD expansion slot to make up for the 512MB ROM/256MB RAM.
Spring is the anticipated release timeframe so we shouldn't be waiting long and yes it isn't overly thrilling but it also isn't another depressing story about poor financial results and redundancies...
...but hold tight, we have more of those coming up in a minute!