Conclusion: The Touch Dual couples HTC's TouchFLO interface shell with a fast processor and enough RAM for running third-party programs. But at this price, the handset's lack of Wi-Fi, GPS, and a decent software bundle are troubling.
Pros: Unlocked. 3G-capable. Good video playback performance. TouchFLO interface looks good and speeds up common tasks.
Cons: No Wi-Fi or GPS. Weak software bundle. Cumbersome Windows Mobile 6 interface lurks just underneath the TouchFLO surface.
Summary: If you’re a world traveler looking to avoid a contract, you’ll appreciate the HTC Touch’s voice quality. However, while the TouchFLO interface itself is smooth, overall this Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional phone is slower than we’d like. If you loved the HTC Touch, you’ll appreciate the Touch Dual and its added keyboard.
Pros: Smooth TouchFLO UI, Fast video streaming from YouTube, Beautiful handset design, Excellent call quality,
Cons: Noticeable lag when opening and closing apps, Not a full QWERTY keyboard, Camera occasionally freezes, No 3.5mm headset jack, ,
Summary: In the meantime, some good news: this GSM HTC Touch Dual comes unlocked, so you aren't held hostage by any one carrier. The bad news: That freedom comes at a high price - Â£399 to be precise. Fans of the
's tiny keypad might consider this alternative, but if you're a keyboard junkie, we recommend waiting for the recently announced
HTC Touch Pro
Excerpt: Released in Europe late last year, the HTC Dual Touch has become one of the most anticipated smartphones for 2008. It still isn’t available via an American carrier, but Dynamism.com let us test drive the unlocked device. The Dual Touch is a space-age combination of touchscreen, stylus and slide controls. A few quirks keep it from phone nirvana, but those looking for a powerful, albeit complex unit will be pleased.
Pros: Lightweight; multimedia friendly; easy keyboard to use
Cons: Tricky touchscreen; average music capabilities; too many options
Conclusion: HTC Touch clears the path for the WM6 Professional line of fashion smartphones. Dual is another way to say “slimmer-faster-newer.” The manufacturer should be given credit, not only for adding a slider, but for developing most elements of the interface too. TouchFlo marks serious progress making the phone more similar to the cult iPhone. We should not forget the HSDPA support either, which provides extremely fast internet, wherever there is coverage.
Pros: Beautiful and elegant design, Effective TouchFlo function, 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) support
Cons: Mediocre playback quality, Lack of Wi-Fi, Not a global phone
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Touch Dual 12-Keys Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
17 December 2007
Excerpt: While O2 Germany's version of the HTC Nike , the O2 Xda star , follows the design of the Xda nova , HTC's Touch Dual follows the design of the HTC Touch . With a slightly different D-Pad and smaller call keys, HTC has released the HTC Touch Dual in two different keyboard versions : a kind of traditional 12-keys phone pad and a 20-keys SureType-like QWERTY keyboard.
Excerpt: OK, so here it is – the HTC Touch Dual. We’re lucky enough to have this handset way before it’s release and long before other websites. It’s the evolution of the original HTC Touch we reviewed earlier.
Excerpt: The High Tech Computer Corporation (HTC), which is one of the fastest growing companies in the global mobile device market, recently declared the introduction of its new HTC Touch Dual. Being positioned as a fresh and more powerful constituent of the Touch family, the HTC Touch Dual incorporates 3.5G wireless connectivity together with a really chic and original sliding keypad design. The HTC Touch Dual can be bought from all leading authorized retail outlets at Rs.
Summary: The HTC Touch Dual 850 sports a QWERTY keyboard rather than the standard nine-key layout. An improved TouchFLO interface, HSDPA capabilities over Telstra's Next G network and a fast processor combine to make this an excellent smartphone.
Pros: Improved TouchFLO interface, Next G HSDPA capable, stylish design, upgraded processor and memory, QWERTY keyboard
Cons: No Wi-Fi, proprietary headphone and charging jack