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April 2nd, 2009 No Comments

Megs answers my question about the HTC Touch Phone…kinda. I’m still confused.  Do I get the damn thing or not?! ::



Last week my friend lent me a Windows Mobile phone, the HTC Touch-Flo HD. Upon first glance, the most alluring part of this phone was its touchscreen. As you well know, each phone maker has now decided to embark into the area of touchscreen technology. We’ve watched some manufactures fail, while others have the ability to own our hand gestures because of their popularity. Who knew there’d be a monopoly on hand gestures? YIKES!

But I digress. Fast forward to my date with the HTC Touch-Flo HD. I’ll have you know, as a cell phone customer, I’m fickle. As much as I love testing new products, I have a hard time switching over to anything I don’t find user friendly.  That being said, I was somewhat surprised at my response to the Window Mobile phone, the HTC Touch-Flo HD. Below are some impressions of my three day date with this new little black gadget.


Looks: The aesthetics of the phone are sleek! The huge 3.8” screen is simply gorgeous because of the 480×800 resolution. The phone is slightly wider than the iPhone to make up for the larger screen. Photos and movies just look spectacular! The screen also takes up much of the front of the device so it just looks plain swank.

Hardware: The Windows Mobile phone comes with a standard 3.5mm stereo jack. I suggest you use a good headset as compared to the crappy one they give you with the phone.  It also shipped with a 8GB micro SD card, which is nice to be able to put into the phone immediately. This allows you to keep a few SD cards handy and switch them out if you want to keep a bunch of movies or music with you. I like the removable storage component, (unlike the iPhone that doesn’t allow you to remove a darn thing).

Interface: HTC has really taken a consumer-friendly approach with its user interface. It sits on top of Windows Mobile, so the touch-flo works and looks great. My favorite feature (OK-it’s a silly one), is  the weather pane application that animates rain drops on the screen when it’s raining somewhere. This amused me one evening out at a Manhattan bar when I got bored- ha! There’s also a music pane that shows album’s art and keeps your music handy. It also gives you the ability to customize the order of the panes as you see fit.

And now for the CONS…

Hardware: Getting used to the touch screen on the touch HD is a bit frustrating. The iPhone sports an easy to finger (that just sounds dirty) capacitive touchscreen while the windows phone is using resistive touch. While resistive touch allows for great transcribing with a stylus (especially liked in Asia), it does not perform as well with fat grubby finger touching. I think for the future the HTC needs to move to capacitive touch to mimic the touch experience from the iPhone.

Software: While the HTC Touch-Flo interface is nice on top of Windows Mobile, there is not enough of it to keep me out of the sometimes annoying operating system. There were times that I still needed to dig into the Windows Mobile, it just felt out of place with the pretty HTC Touch-Flo on top. The interface is supposed to be getting an overhaul in next release, so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Apps: Who knew that there are thousands of apps for the Windows phone?  Only problem is that I had NO IDEA where to find them. It looks like this problem is being addressed in the next release with Windows Marketplace for mobile. I look forward to seeing MSFT’s developers kick some serious (fingers crossed) iPhone booty in this area.

To conclude my somewhat brief three day encounter with the HTC Touch-Flo, I’ll admit my experience was better than expected, I think that Microsoft  shows promise to where it’s going in the mobile space. I’m not ready to give up my iPhone just yet, but with some little fixes like implementing capacitive touch instead of resistive, I may just make the switch.

As for all first dates, it’s always better to be a bit skeptical initially before taking on any big commitments. I’ll let you chew on that notion as it relates to testing out new technology, be wary, but be open to it. Ok, enough of the dating metaphors. It’s BEYOND how I  always seem to find a way to relate these life lessons to gadgets- HA!