HTC Touch HD
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - Ehud Rattner
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Like most sophisticated mobile phones, the new HTC device offers much more than calls and text messages. Featuring a large 3.8-inch wide-screen WVGA (800x480) display, the HTC makes quite a large smartphone, thus enabling easy usage of most phone-based applications and features, running on the provided Windows Mobile 6.1 platform. However, this size (115 mm x 62.8 mm x 12 mm) entails weight that reminds us of old-school phones: 146.4 grams. In comparison, Apple’s iPhone weighs 133 grams, and Samsung’s OMNIA weighs only 127 grams.
The new device contains a Qualcomm MSM 7201A processor with 528 MHz speed, and 288MB RAM memory. Combined with the 512MB ROM memory it could perform most of the common PDA actions, although there are devices with better specifications. In order to expand memory users could use the HTC Touch HD microSD slot (SDHC compatible).
The multimedia features include audio support of the various AAC and AMR formats, as well as the more common MP3, WMA, and WAV formats. The camera installed has a 5-megapixel resolution, which is higher than most phones have (equivalent to Nokia’s N95 and Samsung OMNIA). Moreover, it has an autofocus option, which is good news for those shaky-handed photographers.
The HTC Touch HD also features HTC’s TouchFLO 3D user interface, installed in all of this latest line of models. It offers quick and intuitive access to people, messages, and mobile content. Furthermore, the widescreen display complements well with the fast download speed of the phone’s mobile browser, thus enabling almost instant access (when no reception problems are encountered) to various internet services, such as Google Maps and YouTube. If users are having trouble navigating, they can also use the provided GPS.
Similar to the HTC Touch Diamond, the phone is 3.5G and supports HSDPA, WCDMA, GSM, GPRS and EDGE. Furthermore, it can communicate with other devices using Bluetooth (2.0) and it can use enhanced data rate and A2DP for wireless stereo. Besides using Bluetooth, transfer of data between phone and PC could be also accomplished using mini-USB 2.0 (11-pin).
The announced battery life (Li-Ion 1350 mAh) depends on the type of network used; using GSM (common in Europe) the standby time is 390 minutes and talking time is 310 minutes, and using WCDMA (common in North America) the official standby time is 450 hours while talking time is 390 minutes. The announced video call time is 120 minutes. Assuming the published battery life is true, it gives the phone a small advantage over other devices.
As noted before, TFOT has also recently covered HTC's flagship phone, the HTC Touch Diamond, which offers the innovative touch-screen based interface called TouchFLO 3D, and Samsung's OMNIA, which has a stylish new interface and design. Other related stories include HTC’s S740 SmartPhone, which offers advanced interface and a full keyboard, and Sony Ericsson's C905 Cyber-Shot, which offers an 8.1-megapixel camera. You can also read about Reverse Phone Lookups which can help users prevent unwanted calls.