Excerpt: Almost a month before the Apple iPhone will be released, the first touch-sensitive finger-oriented-user-interface mobile phone was released by HTC. It's called the HTC Touch and builds upon Windows Mobile 6 Professional with some new touch screen technology and finger gesture recognition software.
Summary: The Touch is currently offered SIM unlocked and not yet available for a service provider in the US. The phone is available through countless retailers across the internet for around $500 without a service agreement.
Summary: On the whole, we like the TouchFLO overlay on the HTC Touch handset, but HTC has missed a trick by leaving out 3G â€“ and it should be more straightforward to make calls. This is a handsome, well-constructed keypad-free handset but, for all its touchiness, is it's basically a WM6 handset. It's not an iPhone.
Conclusion: We remain with mixed feelings about Touch – the Touch Flo technology is a good idea, but poorly realized and its actual functionality is quite limited opening only one shortcut menu and scrolling through long pages. To be competitive to what iPhone will be, a number of new extras should probably be added, such as a new way of imputing text with fingers, a more innovative display locking/unlocking, menus handling (back/forward), photos handling (zoom in/out,...
Pros: Great 2.8-inches bright QVGA display, Smallest Windows Mobile 6 Professional device, Beautiful design in either green or black color, Cool looking TouchFlo technology, Usable with Skype
Cons: Tri-band GSM only, no 3G, Sometimes the menus lag, Mediocre music playback quality
Summary: The device does well on the reception front, standing up to the competition. Both the earpiece and the loudspeaker produce more than sufficient volume, which is decidedly a great thing, since even in call-unfriendly environments you will be able to adjust the volume bar to the level when both ends are satisfied with call quality.
All up, this model has quite odd design, which will appeal to some outright, though will put the rest off.
Summary: The release of HTC Touch is, without vanity, even if not a revolution in the world of Windows Mobile, then decidedly, a remarkable event. If it gets proper advertising campaign and concept development, HTC has what it takes to inject new life into the market.
In the next installment we are taking a closer look at the commercial unit, painted in black, which will be available in Russia.