HTC Touch 3G Review
In a nutshell: The HTC Touch 3G is a compact touchscreen smartphone
equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera, MP3 player, FM radio, GPS, HSDPA,
WiFi and Bluetooth. It's a very lightweight smartphone, but we feel
that the display is too small and the battery life is poor.
Review: April 2009.
The HTC Touch 3G is the most compact version of HTC's touchscreen smartphone
range. It's very compact indeed and weighs just 96g, making it one of
the lightest smartphones currently available. But it's small size means
that it has a small display, and this is bound to be bad news for a
The Touch 3G isn't light on features. It includes most of the features
of its big brother, the HTC Touch HD.
The list includes the Windows Mobile operating system, GPS, MP3 player
plus radio, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and plenty of memory. The compromises that
have been made to fit everything into the small form factor are threefold:
the display, the camera and the battery.
The display is disappointingly small. At just 2.8 inches across and
with a lowly resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 65k colours, it just
isn't quite big enough for either the touchscreen UI or the web browser.
The camera is a let down too, being 3.2 megapixels and fixed focus.
It's really just a toy camera.
The battery life isn't the worst we've seen - not by a long way! But
it certainly isn't the best, and it isn't really enough to power the
features of this phone. If you use the WiFi, the Bluetooth and the GPS,
you'll drain the battery rather quickly.
Don't get us wrong - the Touch 3G isn't all bad. The TouchFLO 3D user
interface is a great UI, but you'll need to be careful and patient to
use it on this screen size. We also like the Windows Mobile OS. Web
browsing is fast, using either the HSDPA 7.2 Mbps connection or the
WiFi, but again, it's compromised by the screen size and resolution.
It's the same story with the GPS and Google Maps.
The audio capabilities of the Touch 3G are good however. It's equipped
with a music player capable of playing all the main digital formats
- MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ and WMA - and is easy to synch with Windows
Media Player on a PC. The phone comes with plenty of built-in memory
and can take microSD cards too.
HTC have tried hard to produce a feature-packed yet compact device,
and they have succeeded. But having used it, you understand why most
smartphones are so much larger.
Features of the HTC Touch 3G include:
- 3.2 megapixel camera
- Video recording
- Display: TFT, 65k colours, 320 x 240 pixels (2.8 inches)
- GPS receiver
- Music player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA formats)
- Stereo FM radio
- Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, Email
- Ringtones: 40 voice polyphonic ringtones / MP3 ringtones
- Internet: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate, mini-USB 2.0,
- Memory: 192 MB RAM plus microSD memory card
- Vibration alert
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) plus HSDPA/WCDMA (900/2100
- Size: 102 x 54 x 14.5 mm
- Weight: 96g
- Talktime: 360 - 400 minutes
- Battery standby: 365 - 450 hours
HTC Touch 3G User Reviews
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Average rating from 34 reviews:
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 28th Dec 2011
Our consultants all use these, they are the worst phones our company
has ever issued. We have used them for 18 months. Screen is slightly
raised, so it gets scratched. They all have a crack from the green button
to the side of the case. If not restarted every 2-3 days the phone hangs
up mid-conversation after a few minutes and will not redial without
a full reboot. Difficult to type and the camera is very poor indeed.
Also a major problem with the battery which keeps failing, producing
a slightly raised side to the battery as if it's internally exploded
which results in it hardly holding any charge, enough to stay on doing
nothing for a few hours, but try and use it and there is only 30 seconds
to a minute of use in it. We are on our 6th battery for our "fleet"
of 6 phones in 18 months. Not good at all
Reviewed by JOHANNES ROS from PHILIPPINES on 19th
THE HTC TOUCH 3G PHONE IS NICE AND ANY TIME YOU CAN USE THE FEATURE
BUT THE PROBLEM IS SINCE WINDOWS SOME LATEST UPDATE CAN'T COPE UP BY
THE SOFTWARE. HOPE I CAN UPGRADE THE OS OF THIS WINDOWS 6.1 THIS PHONE.
Reviewed by Pug from Dubai on 8th Oct 2011
i buy 2008 now currently the phone not working and battery too much
heat and shutdown automatically restart automatically still from the
beginning i used in very good manner ultimate i lose my money. i don't
like htc brand.
Reviewed by Mitto Akhtar from Scotland on 14th
I got a htc touch 3G last year and to be honest I think it's actually
balls. The cameras rubbish, the touch screen is very annoying, the speed
is rubbish, the stand by battery life is 20 hours, it vibrates every
5 minutes for no reason and automatically types random words in the
middle of texts. Overall this phone is poo. (I was not drunk when I
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 29th Oct 2010
You have to know what you are buying into here! It's small and perfectly
formed, it does everything you could want within it's remit. I work
shifts and it syncs between work and home calendar and gives me alarms
and email alerts. the audio is superb for it's size even without headphones.
I have it paired with my parrot hands free and use voice commands with
the little phone in my shirt pocket. I run Tom Tom 7 no problems. I
also have a laptop and a PC so all angles covered. The camera is rubbish.
Reviewed by Alison from Manchester, UK on 25th
This phone is total bobbins! It glitches frequently. The maps application
decides to cancel or freeze if someone happens to call you when it is
in action. I find it really difficult to use and I am a mobile phone/gadget
junkie! The battery lasts only a few hours if you are running maps or
the internet. The camera is naff and reminiscent of the earliest phone
camera you can imagine. Was impressed with the reviews but didn't actually
go into the shop to try before I signed into a contract. Worst phone
I have ever ever had - total waste of money. Top tip - always sample
the phone in the shop before you commit. Never again! On a positive
note - I have 'dropped' this phone on numerous occasions and it still
looks in good condition
Reviewed by M T from uk on 12th Sep 2010
The screen is proud looks like scraches will be hard to avoid. new opperating
sysem not as good as old a very good rule of thumb is IF IT ISNT ODVIOUS
ITS WRONG ! why reinvent the wheel if its right 1st time leave it alone.an
inprovement is suppossed to mean better THE SAT NAV IS POOR WORKS FOR
A WHILE THEN DECIDES U R IN A FIELD AND CANNOT BE BOTHERED TO CATCH
UP. give me back my old phone
Reviewed by CYT from Singapore on 11th Sep 2010
I owe one now and it makes me boil! I just want to denotate it now!
Reviewed by kerry from scotland on 28th Aug 2010
When I saw it was awarded 4 stars my jaw dropped. This phone is literally
unusable! It's the least intuative phone Ive ever had (and Ive been
through a few!) It constantly crashes, your contacts are either disappear
or are listed 5 times each. Orange have replaced it 3 times and the
same problems come back within a day. The touch screen is so dreadful
Ive completely given up texting people. 1st chance I get Ill be buying
a budget £5 handset because at least this does a phones primary function
ie. make and recieve calls. Shame you can't give 0 stars.
Reviewed by Richard Ingham from United Kingdom on
10th Aug 2010
This phone is rubbish
Reviewed by Reza from Iran on 3rd Jun 2010
I bought an HTC Touch 3G last month. The phone is working very bad when
I try to move info from storage card to PC. The connection between the
phone and PC is very bad and I have to unplug it from PC and plug it
again frequently until I do what I want.
Reviewed by chloe from UK on 2nd May 2010
I love this phone it is awesome if i could choose to have a phone i
would so pick this one and i have only had it for 2 days.
Reviewed by Darryll from UK on 28th Apr 2010
Worst phone ever bought. Why?: 1.Battery life is one day if I'm lucky
and don't use it! 2.Decides itself what time to tell I constantly need
to change the time! 3. Due to the time thing my alarm does not go off
when I want it to. 4. How do you use the bluetooth?! 5. touch screen
is appalling! The only thing I find GOOD about it is the fact that it
breaks if thrown hard enough against a hard surface. Good times!! :D
Reviewed by chris from uk on 6th Feb 2010
Im sorry but who ever reviewed this made the mistake like me when buying
this phone of reading the box and thinks this phone has fm radio. THERE
IS NO FM RADIO ON THIS PHONE. Its running system is a bit strange, maybe
me being used to sony's . Would not buy this phone if i knew how difficult
it would be to get used to, much prefere a phone with an actual keyboard
rather than touch screen as this activates when your on the phone. Also
very little storage on phone so you have to buy a card for the phone
and can only use the headphones supplied with the phone due to mini
usb . These head phones are not great. compared to the set i had on
my sony .
Reviewed by James Tetley from UK on 4th Nov 2009
This phone is the biggest Pile of junk iv ever used in my life, thank
you very much for the amount of money you have made me loose, thank
you very much for the amount of stress you caused me just trying to
senda simple txt message, thank you for all the times it crashes and
i loose my contacts and then have to make a face book page to get them
back. thank you for all the times when i charge it over night and it
runs out of battery 4 hours later. Thank you for the amazing cammera
that takes pictures that are black and pixilated. If i ever get my hands
on the phone developer I will make him eat this phone. I recon there
should be a minus star system cos I hate it so much
Reviewed by indybones from uk on 18th Oct 2009
I wish I could put zero stars, this phone SUCKS SO MUCH.. There is not
one good thing to say about it apart from the fact that I look forward
to the day my contract ends and I can dump this awful phone into the
darkest deepest lake where it belongs. Please please if any one is considering
getting this then DONT, it has almost seen the hard side of numerous
concrete floors and brick walls on many occasions. It doesn't deserve
the time spent for me going through all the pros and cons because there
are no pros what so ever... IT ALL JUST SUCKS AVOID LIKE A BAD CASE
OF EBOLA! Two plastic cups tied together with string would be better
Reviewed by Jack from india on 20th Aug 2009
-NOT user friendly -Connectivity issues & complications with bluetooth
-Nokia PC suite makes life so simple, HTC's active sync sucks -terrible
battery life -GPS good on google maps -hangs -voice reception bad -prefer
E71 or 63 as its so so so user friendly and useful, can store sms, send
sms using pc suite, it ROCKS... HTC SUCKS!!!
Reviewed by KJ from UK on 14th Aug 2009
Great phone from HTC BUT (and its a big one) this phone (from Orange)
DOES NOT allow you to connect to your own wireless router at home to
access the internet. In Orange's own documentation (once you buy it)
it says: "When you browse the internet on your phone, your service plan
data charges will apply, even if you are connected using the Unique
service. Unique is designed to boost your mobile call coverage and wont
connect you to the internet through your home broadband" Orange have
basically disabled the standard Windows Mobile WIFI programs and replaced
it with their own "Unique" software. Great phone from HTC but BADLY
let down by Orange's own software. On top of that the TouchFLO weather
applet is very disappointing since the choose of cities/town to select
is very very limited. They could easily have written the selection list
as an XML file and given out that information so it is easy for most
people to amend it and add their own place when we know the Accuweather
supports all places. This issue has been outstanding for YEARS. So many
great things but very let down by extremely poor thoughts to the TouchFLO
and Orange Unique software.
Reviewed by Peter from London on 12th Jul 2009
This is a rubbish phone. Does not work as advertised.
Reviewed by Loosekonnection from UK on 24th Jun
richie, How the hell does it kick the iphones bum????? have used both
exstensively and the iphone by far one of the best devices on the market,
granted a little expensive but still far more advanced. Being an MCP,
every day I'm being drawn towards Apples technology more & more every
day!! Oh no theres a problem??? Microsoft's answer: lets create an app
that appologises for this problem.. Apples answer: lets fix the problem..
Reviewed by Jason from England on 5th Jun 2009
Best phone ever made.
Reviewed by JR from Belgium on 2nd Jun 2009
Unfortunate the reviewer did such a poor job on this fantastic phone.
Where did you get the FM radio from? If you want all the WM functionality
and not to have to travel with a clunker (like the Omnia i900 I also
have) get this beauty.
Reviewed by chris from cyprus on 26th May 2009
buy yourself a couple of spare batteries cos these guys drain in no
time at all. I was getting about a day out of the battery with normal
useage. Good looking compact phone but the virtual keypad is a bit on
the small side so you will need to use the stylus most of the time.
Reviewed by Andy from UK on 10th May 2009
Great phone. Unfortunately on Orange the Unique software cripples the
WiFi and orange refuse to provide any technical support because Wifi
(advertised feature) is only supported if you are connecting to an orange
brand router. (p.s. wifi works fine if hard reset and connected through
normal windows network connection manager)
Reviewed by rob from England on 19th Apr 2009
I agree with Tim on the ear touching the touch screen cutting you off
from your call and putting it into flight mode, highly annoying. have
had 7 already, thanks to my network for having cheap insurance. Cant
wait to upgrade. lots of geeky features rubbish camera and not user
friendly especially after a few drinks when you trying to type in a
random girls no.
Reviewed by Vishal from UK on 16th Apr 2009
I've had the phone for a week on orange as a free upgrade. Great phone
feels and looks good. Got all the essentials, Wifi, gps, windows mobile
etc. Used to have a brick in the htc tytn ii which messed up all the
time but this seems more robust. So far so good!
Reviewed by Tim from UK on 13th Apr 2009
To Bod, The flight mode problem was a major fault I found with the original
Touch, it's your ear touching "comm manager" and then pressing the flight
mode button during a call. Sad to hear that the 3G is plagued by the
problems of the original touch.
Reviewed by S from UK on 12th Apr 2009
A good phone for the price, having email on the move is great and easy
to set up. Touch screen can be a bit hit and miss at times when texting
but is generally ok with a choice of full qwerty, compact qwerty (like
blackberry) or standard phone keyboard. Google maps can be downloaded
which is useful, then if you have the address in your contacts from
the menu you can select 'locate in google maps' and even get directions
to take you there. Camera is adequate but not great, but overall I would
Reviewed by bod from wales on 10th Apr 2009
just couldnt stand the thing! im always on the move so texting was a
pain, signal strength very poor , dropped 8 buisness lead calls in a
week. also kept switching to flight mode while in a call. il stick with
a less techi thing that works as a phone first with gadgets later. by
the way with bluetooth on battery life was just a working day if not
Reviewed by Polly from Scotland on 7th Apr 2009
Can't handle this phone, maybe just me but rather slow and not as slick
as it was made out to be. Temprementle to the touch and stylus. What
phone next? Don't really know? Applications work well but slow to save,
store and move between programmes. Not a bad phone just not as great
as it was made out.
Reviewed by Tom from uk on 30th Mar 2009
What! U still use an iphone and its last century tech? ROTFLMAO :D:D:D:D:D:
haven't you heard the HTC Touch 3G is now available with todays most
cutting edge tech THAT ACTUALLY WORKS as stated !!!!
Reviewed by richie from uk on 25th Mar 2009
this kicks the iphones bum.
Reviewed by Andreas from CH on 23rd Feb 2009
Great phone. Love it.
Reviewed by kk from somewhere on 4th Feb 2009