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|Enjoy music videos, films and streaming like you never thought possible on a mobile device. Experience Internet browsing so exhilarating... it feels like you never left your laptop at home. It's all delivered to you on a pixel-packed 3.8” WVGA screen and seamlessly tied together with touch-responsive TouchFLO 3D.The ultrafast 3.5G technology lets you surf and download at true broadband speeds. On HSDPA networks, the Touch HD delivers downlink speeds of up to 7.2Mbps - there is no need to slow down while you work or play.The added stock tab keeps you informed of the latest stock quotes, while the connected home screen puts e-mail, messages and calendar only a finger-stroke away.Get directions, view satellite maps and find your location using Google Maps. The maps are bigger and crisper thanks to the expansive screen. Tap the onscreen controls to zoom in and view more detail. This is navigation taken to a whole new level.|
|Family Line||HTC Touch|
|UPC||4710937326833, 4710937326857, 4710937326918, 4710937328066, 723098523595|
|Storage Capacity||512 MB|
|Network Technology||GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)|
|Band||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 HSPA/WCDMA (UMTS) 900/2100|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSD|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery|
|Battery Capacity||1350 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 480 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 680 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Diagonal Screen Size||3.8 in.|
|Display Resolution||800 x 480 pixels|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||No|
The HTC Touch HD boasts a spacious and sharp 3.8-inch WVGA touch screen, and offers integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The Windows Mobile smartphone also includes the Opera Web browser, YouTube app, and a 5-megapixel camera.
The Touch HD doesn't support U.S. 3G bands. The smartphone can be sluggish at times, and the video performance is disappointing. It's also expensive.
The HTC Touch HD dazzles with its large, high-resolution touch screen, but the smartphone's feature set and performance is average at best. You can get much more for your money.
Average review score based on 110 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
One of the challenges faced by Windows Mobile 6 manufacturers (in particular, HTC, that dominates the market) is enhancing the user interface and increasing screen size--two key features that have made the iPhone popular.
The HTC Touch for Sprint does both and more. It gives users easy access to most smartphone functions by touching, tapping or swiping your finger on the TouchFlow screen. For example, one touch of your finger gets you to your email, check the weather, see what Mobile 6 apps are running, then select them and more. Because most of the Touch's real estate is the screen, like the iPhone, users have greater Web page and program visibility. This differs from Samsung's Blackjack and other mobile phones with a keypad. (Half of the phone is taken up with keys.)
That, naturally, is the biggest challenge today in mobile devices. Most manufacturers are integrating touch screen technology in their phones to compete with Apple. This challenges users to move from keypads to touch, difficult because most users still prefer controlling their mobile phones with keyboards. This accounts, in part, for Nokia's 40% share of the smartphone market and RIM's dominance with its BlackBerry's for email. I've yet to test a mobile device using pop-up QWERTY screen keyboards that beats physical keyboards. However, the Touch, offering several touch interfaces, plus handwriting recognition, comes close. Zoomboard, working only in portrait mode now, is an inexpensive software program providing a larger keypad, not as large as the iPhone's but useful.
Like the iPhone, the Touch let's you swipe your finger across and up-and-down on the screen, giving you immediate access to Sprint TV, On Demand, a handy information resource for news, weather, sports and other content. When updating content on the Touch, Sprint's EVDO network downloads info quickly, while the iPhone sucks air on AT&T's EDGE network.
HTC added voice control to the Touch, making it stand out head-over-heels against the competition. By holding down the camera key for a few seconds, users can place phone calls and open virtually any application within Windows Mobile 6. Using voice, you are only one step away from controlling bluetooth, accessing your calendar, to do list and notes or running other programs.
Add full synchronization with Microsoft Office, including Outlook, a decent 2mp camera with zoom and other controls, streaming video and a decent music player--and you're using a state-of-the-art Windows Mobile 6 touch screen device. When I reviewed phones on MarketingBeyond, my blog focusing on mobile technology, I rated the HTC Touch as the best example of an Google Android-enabled phone.
For Mac users, you're in luck. A company called Mark/Space sells a program called The Missing Sync. You can sync iCal, Address Book, Contacts and more on your Mac, using either a USB or Bluetooth connection, although Bluetooth synching didn't work when I tested the software.
Finally, one of the tests I always apply to a mobile phone is how it feels in your hand. The Touch is a half-inch shorter than the iPhone, but has a rubberized backing making it easy to hold. The iPhone is all metal, clumsy to hold and easily dropped.
2008 is going to be an important year for mobile phone development. The Open Handset Alliance and third-party programmers are hard at work, producing an explosion of innovative, functional--and fun--devices and applications. Until then, the HTC Touch is worth a look.
It is a great smartphone. Who has used HTC HD2 will find no problem with this Smartphone except the new Windows Phone 7 OS. Windows Phone 7 is a one step far far away with Windows Mobile 6.5 , great performance, cool features, but still missing some features like : Multi-task, Copy n Paste...(will be updated in the Update of Windows Phone 7 on January 2011 that Microsoft said before) And Microsoft need to fill up their Marketplace with tons of Apps if they want to beat up Apple's iOS.
HTC HD7 is really beautiful phone, i find something is alike the Leo (HD2) when holding it my hand. Big screen, for sure, good quality of picture on the screen, but one step back with AMOLED Technology Screen which could be found on Samsung Focus, but that is not a big deal with me.
The Battery is some kind of weak in my opinion. Fully Charged on the morning and still need to recharge in the late afternoon if i turn everything on this phone on and use it like normal : Web Surfing, Listen to music, writing note, send/receive e-mail with both 3G and Wi-fi.
The 5.0MP Camera HD-record ready make me disappoint a little bit. The color is not really "true" and "fresh" and the FPS of the 720p video record on the phone is kind of low.
The battery Cover is made by Hard Plastic, feel nothing like plastic but i think you should be nice with it. Plastic is still plastic, breakable.
The power buuton is a nightmare. I find it so hard to turn my phone on through the button at the right top of the phone.
The Zune Software now is used as a software to sync data on your phone with the Computer. It is great, you can buy apps on the Zune OS and install it on your device through your PC.
It is great phone to use, and for me, it is better than the iPhone 4.
The big 4.3” high resolution screen gives an epic cinematic experience. Just flip out the kickstand, kick back and catch all the magic of your favorite movies and videos.
Gaming anytime, anywhere
Put the power of Xbox LIVE® in the palm of your hand. The large 4.3” screen makes the fastest action come to life. Play with friends, share scores, and earn recognition for your achievements. There's a huge range of game titles available plus the option to “Try Before You Buy” so anyone can be a major player.
Make your own movies in HD
The HTC HD7 comes with an 720p HD camcorder which allows you to capture film with incredible quality and detail. It’s ideal for turning your friends and familThe screen that just keeps on going meets the OS that refuses to fit on a single display. Yes, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, like Windows Mobile 6.5 and Android before it, is getting treated with a 4.3-inch display from HTC for its launch party. The aptly titled HD7 is, by virtue of Microsoft's stringent hardware requirements, mostly just a stretched-out version of its WP7 contemporaries: it offers the standard 800 x 480 res, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, 576MB of RAM, and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a 720p movie mode. So what sets it apart? HTC will have you believe its Hub enhances the buttery smooth WP7 software, while outside the shell there's a handy kickstand for landscape lounging and you do of course benefit from an enlarged canvas for your finger inputs. Join us after the break to discover how much that matters in day-to-day use, along with the rest of our thoughts on the HTC HD7.
The first attraction about this phone was the screen size as I love the multimedia/functionality mix of smartphones. I own an iPhone 3GS. I love the outward design of this phone especially the touch back home and search keys.
However, I have been trying very hard to understand the motivation behind HTC tile display on the screen. A friend has an HD2 which made me think twice about HTC otherwise I would not have looked at this phone. The HD2 has a better layout, I might be biased due to the iPhone addiction. However, the HD7 would have been better with an HD2 type screen layout. The tile system makes this phone look cheap and basic. The tile system has no wow factor makes the phone flat. The options for changing the theme are also rather disappointing as this limited to just changing the background between a white and black and also the option from changing the font colour and the colour of the tiles.
The camera defaults to 5MP although there are options to change the resolution depending on the use. However, the camera has a flaw in that white or bright white images are given a lemony tinge when the picture is taken.
I do not know why the Zune software is so big. I downloaded 120MB only to be asked to download over 200MB. It is ok for one with fast connection. But other solutions for other phones like iTunes are under 100MB. Since this is a Windows Phone I thought there was seamless connectivity to Outlook. I expected to simply sync my contacts from Outlook to this phone but alas, unless through Windows Live. By the way if you do not have a windows live ID you can not install the cool free apps.
I liked the fact that I can not only view my MSOffice attachments but I can also create them or edit them right on the phone. This is a plus. However, other features like the extremely huge font makes the phone look like it has a virus which is disturbing the font. I do not understand why such a high-end phone has been made so simple. This is evident when one selects People tile. In my case I had both Win Live and Facebook but the display was rather untidy.
The huge 4.3" screen and the 1GHz processor has a marked effect on the battery life. Using the phone for what its designed hurriedly deplete the battery. So this is not the phone for those expecting a couple of days of battery life.
Memory space is not an HTC strength it would seem. I failed to understand why such a phone which also records 720p video could be given only 16GB max storage internal! What was HTC thinking?
The phone has a cool FM radio functionality which I enjoyed using. Other functionality include the ability to remotely control the phone from WindowsPhone Live with handy tools such as erasing the phone remotely, making it ring with a special tone and making it display a message. This is cool and innovative.
I would give this phone an excellent rating, but only with a new ROM.
To star off with, this is one of the most resilient phones I have ever owned. I have dropped it several times even on concrete, and it still works great.
The screen is quite bright, the touch screen is very responsive. The phone features are well rounded and it gets good reception.
Here is some of the issues though.
The first thing you should do after getting this phone is look around for the leaked Sprint ROM 3.03.651.4. The ROM that comes on the phone has some issues. If you have no tech background you may have some issues, but if you got to ppcgeeks.com there are step by step instructions on how to flash the ROM.
The second thing you should do is to get an extended battery. The battery will last 3 to 4 hours max, and If you are spending the money to buy a powerhouse phone you want to be able to use it.
With the upgraded ROM you will get GPS, Sprint Navigation, EVDO internet speeds, and Windows Mobile 6.1 with threaded text messaging. After that the only other annoyance is the sluggish dialing on the phone pad. The two ways to fix that are to disable key tones, or install a keypad vibrator hack (also available at ppcgeeks.com). The other thing I really don't like is the placement of the camera button. If you are like me you will find that you are always pressing it on accident, and frustrated when thew camera comes on. I could go on forever, but here is the short of it...
Great indoor/outdoor screen
When you upgrade the ROM you get GPS, EVDO, Sprint Nav and threaded SMS
Good Bluetooth connectivity
Comes with a junk ROM
Camera button placement
Over all I would recommend this phone to anyone who is comfortable doing a ROM update and wants an extremely versatile and well built phone. If you are not comfortable doing ROM work, you should probably shy away from most Windows Mobile devises as I have found them all to be lacking when first released.
Current Phones: PPC 6600 custom ROM, PPC 6700 Custom ROM, PPC 6800 Custom ROM, HTC Touch Custom ROM, and 1900 WM6