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.
Excerpt: Following HTC's earlier HTC Touch announcement and the introduction of TouchFlo, here we go with an exclusive video walkthrough which shows it better what TouchFlo is and can provide. TouchFlo is definitely groundbreaking for Windows Mobile devices since it offers a new and unique way of controlling touch screen-based devices by recognizing and responding to the sweep of a finger across the screen.
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
14 March 2011
Excerpt: I think most of you, who are interested into HTC's recently launched HTC Touch , have seen and read everything about this new Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone. Nevertheless, thanks to HTC Europe from which I've recently received a device for playing and testing, I want to add my view of the device as well - again as a photo view.
Conclusion: Right now, the HTC Touch is the closest Sprint or Windows Mobile users will get to an iPhone. And though it's far clunkier than Apple's paragon of elegance, it might also be more compatible with the way you work and play.
Pros: Most finger-friendly Windows Mobile device by far. Sleek and attractive. Fast. Excellent battery life.
Cons: Text entry at the bottom of the screen is obscured by keypad. No GPS application currently available. Wired headphones require a clunky adapter.
Excerpt: Pocket PCs have always been more about functionality and cared less for design. Bulky and heavy, they did their job well, but they were very unlikely to earn design awards. HTC Touch comes to challenge the PDA landscape and prove that Pocket PCs can compete with what some would call 'fashion phones'.
Conclusion: There is a lot to like about the HTC Touch. The size is great, it feels wonderful in the hand, the screen is gorgeous and their Touch Flo interface is fun and works well. Throw in all the multi-media content from Sprint and this is quite a bit of phone for the money. The biggest ‘black mark’ against this phone is not the fault of HTC or Sprint – it is Windows Mobile.
Pros: Great size, great build quality, nice screen, Touch Flo interface is fun
Conclusion: The HTC Touch is a beautiful, very small PDA phone, something we just about never get to say. It's the perfect phone for style conscious buyers who need a PDA's features and advanced functions, but don't want to carry an ugly brick. However, those who text or email frequently won't be happy with the tiny on-screen keyboard and (very functional) handwriting recognition.
Pros: Beautiful, very light and very small. Touch screen is a step in the right direction. Excellent music playback quality through the included wired stereo headset and through stereo Bluetooth headphones. Very good battery life by Windows Mobile Professional standards. Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi 802.11b/g keep you connected and WiFi helps with the lack of 3G.
Cons: Touch interface doesn't extend far, no 3G and no 850MHz band for the US, have to remove battery cover to access the MicroSD card slot.