The Touch weighs in at 114g, which is just over 20g lighter than the iPhone. It definitely doesn’t feel heavy in your pocket, and the dimensions of 100 x 58 x 14mm are pretty svelte for a smartphone. Although the Touch is smaller than the iPhone, it’s slighter thicker – plus it’s worth remembering that Apple’s baby sports a 3.5in 320 x 480 screen compared to the Touch’s 2.8in 240 x 320 display.
The screen on the Touch isn’t a bad example, but I really would like to see larger devices like this ship with higher resolution displays. After all, the Samsung D600 shipped with a 240 x 320 resolution 2in screen back in October 2005. The screen is bright and has a good viewing angle, while the screen protector that’s bundled in the box does a good job of keeping it scratch free without spoiling the look of the device.
Below the screen is a very cool looking, square four-way navigation key, with a central Select button, and on either side of this are Call and End buttons – there are no soft keys at all. The tactile, rubberised, black finish that covers most of the Touch makes it pleasant to hold and allows you to keep a good grip. There’s a chrome band that runs all around the edge of the device, and this is where all the hard buttons and controls are located. On the left site there’s a rocker switch for adjusting the volume, while the power button nestles on the top edge. On the right is a dedicated button for the 2-megapixel camera, while the stylus slides out at the top right corner. At the bottom is the mini-USB connector, the reset button and a lanyard loop – should you want to hang the Touch around your neck! You need to remove the back of the casing to access the SIM and micro-SD card slots, but at least you don’t need to remove the battery.
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