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HTC Touch HD review | Introduction

Published on: Monday, May 4th 2009                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

HTC smartphone review

T ouchscreens come in a wide array of types and sizes. Naturally, they all serve the same purpose; to operate a mobile phone without using buttons and keys. Yet it is striking to see how they all have a different operation. The main difference is found in press-sensitive and warmth-sensitive touchscreens. In the case of warmth-sensitive touchscreens, the mobile phone won't respond to stylus pens or nails, but only to your finger, provided it isn't ice-cold, of course. Besides this difference, there are hard and soft touchscreens applied to mobile phones. The hard touchscreens, such as the ones integrated in the Samsung Pixon and the HTC Touch HD, don't require you to push hard, since their sensitivity is better. Soft touchscreens are generally found on older HTC models, for example on the LG Renoir. This generally makes you want to press somewhat harder, because it feels like a brief touch alone simply won't do the trick. With these small differences, the operation of a touchscreen either stands or falls.

HTC Touch HD review

 

HTC Touch HD mobile phone

HTC Touch HD mobile phone

First impression of the HTC Touch HD

The matte black package with magnet lock is quite simple yet very well designed. As soon as you open the box, the beautiful features of the HTC Touch HD catch your eye. The mobile phone lies in a foam opening and the first impression is great. If you open the package further, there is another box inside containing the included accessories. The HTC Touch HD handset comes with an 8GB microSD card, a data cable, a USB charger requiring the data cable, a headset, a user manual, a software CD, a pouch, a monitor protector and a twosome stylus pens. If this phone turns out not to work, it certainly won't be because of the accessories; the only drawback I found is that the pouch seems prone to getting dirty easily. It is made of a soft material so that you can also clean the screen with it.

HTC Touch HD review

HTC Touch HD review

Touchscreen of the HTC Touch HD smartphone

The large touchscreen monitor of 3.8 inch has a resolution of 480x800. You will certainly notice this high resolution, and it really adds to the phone, as do the large dimensions of the touchscreen. Whereas in general, Windows Mobile requires a stylus pen for operation; the menu options of HTC Touch HD cell phone are easier to operate with your fingers. The touchscreen is hard and pretty sensitive. Additionally, there are four touchkeys placed below the screen, to start or end a call, to go back one step and to go to the main screen in one click. These keys are the only extra keys on the Touch HD, apart from the volume buttons and the key to activate or deactivate the mobile phone.

 

HTC Touch HD camera

HTC Touch HD camera

HTC Touch HD ear phones

HTC Touch HD ear phones

HTC Touch HD battery

HTC Touch HD battery

 
 
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