HTC Touch HD Review
In a nutshell: The HTC Touch HD has the biggest screen on any
phone. With a brilliant touchscreen user interface and the Windows Mobile
operating system, this is very powerful but easy to use device. Equipped
with a 5 megapixel camera, video calling, a superb web browsing experience,
GPS with Google Maps, a media player and an FM radio, it's an all-in-one
device that does simply everything. The battery life and memory are
also good, so there's very little to fault on this phone, except perhaps
for its size.
Review: November 2008. Last updated November 2009.
We've become big fans of the Windows Mobile operating system during
2008. Gone are the days when Windows Mobile was slow and bug-ridden.
Microsoft have zapped the bugs and we think that it's a smoother and
more robust OS than Symbian these days. It's starting to feature in
more and more of the latest generation of touchscreen phones, and it's
here in the HTC Touch HD. The Touch HD runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
The Touch HD is an upgraded version of the HTC Touch Diamond. It's
a very sleek-looking minimalist slab of black plastic, that looks very
futuristic. It isn't a small phone, but its slim minimalist design makes
it appear not too big. The first thing that strikes you about the Touch
HD is the size of the screen. It's very, very big! In fact, at a ginormous
3.8 inches across, it's probably the biggest screen ever seen on a mobile
(the iPhone 3G S has a 3.5 inch
screen.) Unlike many touchscreen phones, there are no push buttons on
the phone at all - just a row of touch-sensitive buttons below the main
screen. This makes it very, very sleek and sexy in appearance.
The screen isn't just physically big, it also has an ultra-high resolution:
480 x 800 pixels. Only a handful or other phones can match this resolution.
To put it into context, the Touch HD has 2.5 times as many pixels as
the iPhone 3G S! It's this ultra-high resolution that gives the HD its
name. Now, as we've commented many times before at Mobile Phones UK,
when it comes to touchscreen phones, big is better! The huge expanse
of screen real estate means that you can see more options, more virtual
buttons, more menus on screen at once, and the whole system becomes
much easier to use. The triple combination of Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro
plus the TouchFLO 3D user interface plus the HD screen makes the Touch
HD one of the best touchscreen phones that we've reviewed. It's a joy
to use. HTC are also quick to point out that the HD screen makes the
phone great for watching videos too. The built-in accelerometer lets
you easily switch between portrait and widescreen landscape modes, just
by turning the phone.
The Touch HD is equipped with many features and applications that make
best use of the big screen. But the weakest of these is probably the
camera. At 5 megapixels, it's an improvement on the 3.2 megapixel camera
of the HTC Touch Diamond, but it isn't the best camera around. With
the autofocus we find that the results are adequate, and certainly good
enough for taking print quality snaps in good lighting. In poor lighting
though, the camera suffers from a lack of a flash. The video recording
quality is on a par, with results that are adequate but not exceptional.
A secondary camera is available for making video calls at up to VGA
A feature that works rather better is the web browsing capability of
the phone. With a choice of WiFi or HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, you can be guaranteed
the fastest mobile broadband connection speeds currently possible. Flip
the display into landscape mode and you have a full 800 pixel width
available for displaying web pages. This makes it feasible to display
many web pages in full resolution, without the need to constantly zoom
in and out. The web browser is fast to display pages, and overall this
is possibly the best implementation of the mobile web that we've ever
seen. Top marks to HTC!
Another good feature is the GPS implementation that uses Google Maps.
This is another case where bigger is better. The large screen simply
lets you see more of the map at any time, so you can get a clearer picture
of where you are and where you need to go. The touchscreen navigation
works extremely well with this application, letting you scroll and zoom
just by tapping or sliding your finger.
The audio capabilities of the Touch HD are brilliant. Equipped with
a music player and an FM radio, and with a 3.5mm headphone jack, the
audio credentials of the device are impeccable. The music player is
capable of playing all the main digital formats - MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+
and WMA - and because it uses Windows Mobile, it's easy as pie to synch
the device with Windows Media Player on a PC.
A device this powerful needs lots of memory, and we would have preferred
to see more built-in memory. The phone has plenty of RAM available and
can handle microSD cards up to a whopping 32 GB however. The battery
life figures quoted by HTC are impressive - up to 8 hours talktime and
680 hours standby. But in the real world we don't think that you'll
get anything like these. We haven't tested the battery life scientifically,
so we're reluctant to stick our neck on the block here, but our feeling
is that most users will need to recharge every couple of days. Besides,
with such a feature packed phone, you'll probably want to use it to
its full potential all day long!
This is a brilliant all-round device, and we initially rated the Touch
HD at a full 5 stars. One year on, we've taken another look, and downgraded
the rating to 4 stars to reflect the fact that mobile technology continues
to move forward and the HD now has a few weaknesses, particularly the
camera. It's also large and heavy, but you can't have a large screen
unless you have a large phone to put it on! We love the big screen,
we love the user interface, we love the GPS and the internet. Whether
you use your phone for emailing, finding your way around, checking the
stock market or weather, or simply making old fashioned phone calls,
you'll find most things that you need here in one very smart device.
It's still expensive though!
Features of the HTC Touch HD include:
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus
- Video recording & video calling (VGA resolution) with secondary
- Display: TFT, 480 x 800 pixels (3.8 inches)
- GPS receiver
- Music player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA formats)
- FM radio with RDS
- 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,
Wi-Fi, 3.5 mm audio jack
- Memory: 288 MB RAM plus microSD memory card (up to 32 GB)
- Vibration alert
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) plus HSDPA/WCDMA (900/2100
- Size: 115 x 63 x 12 mm
- Weight: 147g
- Talktime: 420 - 480 minutes
- Battery standby: 440 - 680 hours
HTC Touch HD User Reviews
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Average rating from 97 reviews:
Reviewed by Donald from Ross on 16th May 2011
Worst phone I have ever had - slow and signal drop out... I'll never
buy another HTC again.
Reviewed by Matt from UK on 11th Sep 2010
Got my Touch HD a few days ago & wasn't overly impressed. It was slow,
the apps were pretty dull was generally not very good. I've since flashed
a custom ROM with 6.5 on it & it is now lightning fast & utterly brilliant.
After adding a few apps it is now by miles the best phone I have ever
owned, miles better than my old iPhone 3G
Reviewed by Wanachord from UK on 30th Aug 2010
I just got a used HTC touch hd phone originally Orange locked but has
been opened to all network. I am currently using it on T-mobile. The
internet is extremely slow and cannot open some pages at all. Is it
the problem with the windows 6 ? what could be the the problem? Can
any body help? Thanks
Reviewed by Anas Plakal from Saudi Arabia on 6th
Another great phone from HTC. Goods: Sleek and durable design. Unlimited,All
compatible windows mobile OS. Quality audio and video. Universal usb
port. Fast-Powerful performance. Taking a star for: Touch screen is
not that responsive as Iphone. HTC need to improve their camera technology.
Reviewed by Tushar from India on 2nd Jul 2010
I give this phone 4 out of 5 stars. I see that in most reviews people
ahve complained about the sluggish reponsiveness of TF 3D, jerky playback
of videos etc. MOst of these problems can be easily sorted out by flashing
a ROM from XDA dev site.As a matter of fact, the default operaing system
loaded by HTC is not so good. Once flashed you can get the max. juice
out of yr phone including better reponsiveness, lightning fast GPS fix,
upto 40% extra battery life n tons of other features. So, go ahead n
give it a shot !!!
Reviewed by Toby from UK on 17th Jun 2010
Started on an Orange contract (bad decision) with the Touch HD (even
worse decision). The OS is bugged and is the most frustrating HTC I
have ever used where this is my 6th handset due to my loyalty to Activ
Sync/Windows. To make calls is a nightmare (read previous reviews) and
the dropped calls/grim signal reception is appalling for a so-called
"smart phone". Despite the Orange support being quick of the mark/UK
based (I am on a large tariff), they are unable to answer any of my
questions regarding the many issues this phone has and looking forward
to the end of contract to ditch the handset. Win Mob'7 looks good but
only hope that HTC have not gone excessively into the "consumer"/Android
market where quality control is becoming anh issue.
Reviewed by Osama from UK on 24th May 2010
I got this phone in Feb 2009 and still use it. When buying this phone
I had to choose between Touch HD and iPhone 3Gs and I chose this. I
love this phone and all the features it has got. The best thing about
the phone which makes it a winner compared to iphone is the exclusivity
as I am mostly the only person having this phone and catches most attention
due to its executive and exclusive looks. I am one of those tech guys
who like to troubleshoot my computer and all electronic equipment so
its not too difficult for me to use bu I can tell that it must have
given a tough time to a lot of guys. The only problem I have faced with
the phone is the proximity sensor. I have samsung jet also in which
the sensor always works but in touch hd it depends on the phone's mood
and sometimes the display turns off when I want to use the keypad. I
don't know whether its a problem with my device or a global problem.
Otherwise a great phone and if it wasn't for the proximity sensor I
would have given 5 stars.
Reviewed by Sam from Uk on 29th Jan 2010
i have had the touch hd for about half a year after the post lost my
htc touch diamond when i sent it into repair for something and gave
me one of these for free. i found the phone very good with only a few
problems, these being its quite slow even when the memory is not full.
Speically when wanting to read a text or opening a picture. The other
problem is the camera, to get a good picture you need to have a very
steady hand and good light otherwise it could be blurry and dark. however
i think the goods massivly outway the bad the huge screen for starters
is pretty impressive when viewing pictures and videos, while the internet
is very speedy. Listening to music is also very good, uploading your
music is a piece of cake while the equalizer gives you loads of options
to give a good sound. i am now coming to the end of the contract and
can get an upgrade and apart from the iphone there is not much to upgrade
too thats technically worth upgrading too!
Reviewed by dave from uk on 17th Jan 2010
i have just sold my touch hd. havig first got it i thought what a great
phone with only a few bad features. that was until i got a iphone 3gs!
compared to that the touch hd is rubbish. hard to work, terrible touch
screen facilities, poor camera. generally not a good phone. only saving
grace is the large 3.8 inch screen which is good for web browsing. iphone
Reviewed by Bill from UK on 3rd Jan 2010
Weak phone receiver. Cellular radio crashes regularly and needs resetting
via Comms Manager. Processor grossly overloaded so responses are aggravatingly
slow. WM6 phone functions are total pants. The HTC front end is better
but takes up too much RAM. Hardly ever get enough reception for internet,
so no danger of getting anywhere near my 0.5GB/month on Orange. Tried
downloading the latest ROM but HTC say it doesn't apply to my s/n. Great.
Pluses: Great screen. GPS good.
Reviewed by Pete from UK on 5th Dec 2009
Why do people buy a PDA/phone when they just want a PDA? Next thing
is they complain about it. The guy next to me at work has one. In 9
months he has never used the GPS, videos, mp3s, email, Internet or any
non-standard apps. What a waste of money. This is a great device for
people who have a requirement for it. If you just need a phone, then
buy a phone.
Reviewed by Geoneo from UK on 1st Dec 2009
Please ignore the negative comments about this phone, I assume that
the people who don't like it are not familiar with a Windows mobile
phone and are having trouble getting to grips with it. This phone is
still one of the best Winmo phones available even a year on. It has
a great quality screen making web browsing a pleasure, decent 5mp camera,
wifi, GPS, yo uname it this phone has it. Check out HTCpedia or XDA
developers for custom roms and you'll get a near perfect phone that
looks great and runs well
Reviewed by Dsmas from UK on 25th Nov 2009
Had this phone for a year now and i have throughly enjoyed it. Its a
geeks phone and I love it. Yes its not as responsive as the Iphone but
its a resistive screen Its more than sensitive enough. Loads of apps
available. Battery life is actually very good, depends on what you use
it for, the same as any other phone. If you have the WIFI on all day
that will comsume more battery. If you GPS on all day that will consume
more battery. (Just common sense) If your willing to experiment with
the phone you can change the OS to WinMo 6.5 with 2.5 or 2.1 manila(google
XDA blackstone). There are some very good roms out there. Not to say
the phone does not have its flaws but I had great fun with it and still
enjoying it. Still waiting for something else thats worth upgrading
to from this. (HD2 not fairing too well in the forums yet. Also Too
Reviewed by saravanan from u.k on 15th Nov 2009
i had this phone for 9 months,i never had this problem but all of sudden
my screen went black,when i called HTC they said its microp problem.So
i sent to repair
Reviewed by ross from uk on 13th Nov 2009
I agree with many here that this phone is a bit disappointing. Battery
life is not great, the touchflo software is a bit of an annoyance as
it adds a pointless layer of indirection to all your operations - e.g.
if i go to messages I get a stupid image of an envelope with one message
partially shown, then I have to click which account I want then 'all
messages'. With touchflo switched off I can click directly on the account
I want from the home screen and see all messages straight away. Same
sort of thing with contacts. On the up side google maps is excellent,
although it burns up your battery like there's no tomorrow, especially
with the GPS switched on. The camera is pretty good, but again you don't
want to use the htc interface. Overall this is not a great phone.
Reviewed by William from UK on 11th Nov 2009
I had one of these for almost a year. The large screen is nice but not
the most responsive for touch. Also the battery life was poor for a
telephone and sending sms or emails a pain. In short it was great for
watching video clips and that was about it. I have replaced it with
a Nokia N97. The screen is smaller, but the phone is far faster, and
sending text messages and emails is much much easier. The camera on
the N97 despite also being 5 mega pixels is also much better.
Reviewed by PSiReN from UNited Kingdom on 10th
I've had this PDA now for just under 12-months and in that time it has
only worked fully for about 2-months. During the course of my ownership
SMS-Messaging has failed; on-line video rendering has failed; it has
burned out two MicroSD Cards and required 2-battery replacements. While
the device is primarily intended for a touch-screen market; the sensitivity
of the resistive screen (or lack thereof) can make some interactions
very difficult without having to rely on the provided stylus. But, be
warned - even with the lightest of touches with the supplied stylus;
the screen is prone to scratching and will require the regular replacement
of screen-protectors. I don't doubt there are many delighted owners
who have thoroughly enjoyed having this bright and shiny new toy; however,
it's worth bearing in mind that there remain several question marks
over the performance of some elements of its Operating System and general
functionality. Windows Mobile 6.1 is problematic and while HTC attempts
to mask those problems with their own proprietary interface; only so
much can be done to make a silk-purse out of a sow's ear. When it does
work; it can be a real asset - but its reliability falls very much short
of what one would expect for device in this price-range. Of particular
note is HTC's woeful Customer Support. In each of the faults I've listed
above; HTC's only recommendation is to try a Soft Reset (which failed
each and every time) followed by a Hard Reset, which unless you're very
careful to back-up all your data and personal settings you will lose
and can take in one instance up to 5-hours to reset. HTC seem to regard
the proposition of replacing a clearly defecting piece of equipment
as beneath them (I've been told repeatedly that it is not "policy" to
replace their devices) and have insisted that the device go in for repair.
Each time it has been returned to them it has come back (between 3 to
6 weeks lead-time) with the fault unresolved. What they must imagine
you're supposed to do for mobile telephony while they're supposedly
fixing the problem is anyone's guess. For a device that allegedly thrives
on its adaptability, connectivity and personal customisation; it promises
a great deal... However; over time I have found it singularly one of
the most frustrating pieces of kit I've ever laid my hands on and that
frustration has only been compounded by HTC's ambivalent, incompetant
and, dare I say it, complacent approach to Customer Relations. Buyer
beware - HTC's bid for mobile supremacy with this device has its flaws
and in my experience; that bid comes very much at your expense - both
in terms of money; time and inconvenience. HTC had the recipe for an
awesome meat pie; then made it with dog-meat... A real shame.
Reviewed by J from England on 3rd Nov 2009
I think im going to be one of the first people to admit i regret buying
an iphone 3g =/, the phone is constantly pmsing having no service or
cant connet to this cellular data network because you have updated and
WAIT YOU then have to go update some figures because the updates DO
NOT WORK :@ gah! the phone loses service after 10 months of usage, regularly,
by that i mean at least twice a day. in short the iphone is like a good
looking blonde woman, beautiful, dumb, and after 10 months with you
gets bored and stops responding to you -.- getting the HD ASAP
Reviewed by Sam orgue from italy on 16th Oct 2009
well, its my first time using HTc, i had before Nokia, and SonyEricsson,
simply i thik Nokia is better, on HTC need more time to use, also there
still confused how to send SMS for more than 1 person like Nokia,even
my Sony Ericsson was faster when surfing the internet,both are more
easier than HTC to make calls,send messages,and using other applications
Reviewed by Daniel Keates from Ebgland on 25th
overall a very good phone apart from the signal strength, its stays
very low when you should have full signal, the device does everything
but i would not rely on it for calls and txt.
Reviewed by Paul Kirk from England on 23rd Sep
This is one seriously annoying phone. Why? 1. Really poor battery life
- I've had this handset for less than 2 months, conditioned the battery
properly and yet now I can only get, at best, a day's life out of it.
At worst, it lasts for a couple of calls, a dozen or so emails, about
10 hours - then it needs to be recharged. This isn't acceptable for
a mobile phone. 2. With the TouchFlo software activated, the phone keeps
shutting down by itself. At first, I just thought I wasn't popular.
Then I realised the handset keeps shutting down by itself. Turning off
the TouchFlo interface seems to get around this problem, but then, like
a lot of other people, I bought this handset because I liked the look
of the software. And that ain't good. 3. Something's not right about
the internals - either the CPU is vastly under-specified for the job,
or there isn't enough memory set aside to run things. The software/handset
continually hangs doing the simplest of tasks.....like looking up a
contact, switching between MP3 tracks in Windows Media Player. Just
about every application seems to take forever to load and give you what
you're looking for. 4. The touch screen is crap - there's no other word
for it. Let's say you use a PIN code to lock the handset. When you come
to try unlocking it, the display comes on quick enough, so you start
typing your unlock code - four digits then Enter. Not that difficult
you'd think. Except that by the time your finger has hit the Enter key,
the screen has only registered the last 2 digits. So you have to start
again. In testing, it takes 3 presses of the first digit to register
before you can proceed. 5. The Opera web browser, the default web browser,
is pants. I ended up using IE. And the camera is poor too. The company
I work for provided me with a Blackberry 8900 Curve. And what a fantastic
piece of kit THAT is. Without doubt, the best mobile phone ever made.
The HTC Touch HD looks great and I believed the reviews when I read
it was the best handset out there. In reality however, I have to say
that it is truly the most annoying handset I have ever owned. Never
again will I buy HTC - give me a Blackberry 8900 Curve anytime. Anyone
know where I can trade in an HTC Touch HD? Better still, anyone out
there want to swap???
Reviewed by Rui from UK on 15th Sep 2009
This is my first HTC. I've mostly used Samsung phones before and always
tried to keep to simple ones since I never thought lots of gadgets on
a phone were necessary. This time around I figured I'd give it a try
and after reading up on HTC I decided on the Touch HD. It took about
a day to get use to the menus and where to find settings...etc (first
time using windows mobile and first time touch screen user) but once
I got the hang of it I must say it is an excellent phone and easy to
use. I customized it with all the apps I wanted and it hasn't given
me a day of trouble. Voice clarity is excellent, web browsing is excellent(obviously
good connection speed is needed from your network for this), screen
is excellent and all round performance is good. This phone can keep
you in touch and entertained while waiting at the airport or even while
relaxing on your couch at home. I'm not saying it’s perfect but
there is very little more you could ask for from a phone. Having said
all that if you struggle with simple tasks on a computer, maybe this
isn't the phone for you.
Reviewed by Dan from UK on 9th Sep 2009
I've used many different mobile phone brands - actually, in order in
which i've owned them, there have been Motorola, Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung,
Sony, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Nokia, Samsung, Samsung, Nokia...
and now this. HTC. I thought i'd go for something different. Something
smart. Something challenging. I'm an idiot. Let's begin with the positive
points, shall we? It looks and feels like a magnificently constructed
piece of kit. Aesthetically, very pleasing indeed - with curves and
glossy finishes to bring a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye.
And then, in a fit of madness, you try to make a call, or send a text
message, using perhaps the most user-unfriendly interface designed by
mankind. Living with this phone for four months has been a hellish experience.
Reviewed by clare from yorkshire uk on 28th Aug
Cant wait to go back to a normal phone. This one is driving me mad.
Worst fault is cutting people of in middle of a call cause your face
touches it. Even found it puts people on hold and starts redialing someone
else. Camera is rubbish. Texting is not straight forward. Give me a
Reviewed by chester lee from uk on 21st Aug 2009
well i cannot comment too much on this device as its not arriving till
tomorrow but onething i thing is a little out of order is the fact we
will not get the windows mobile 6.5 upgrade or so ive read anyway and
the internt is not the best place for that. I have the i phone 3g at
the moment and couldnoot wait for my contract to end i mean how many
phone phones have you ever know that are on a 18 month plan and only
just got copy and paste and mms on the come on apple pull your finger
out and all. Yes the app store is good if you feel like paying a fourtune
for all the applications and if i wanted a wanted a media play that
could only run i tunes i would have bought a i pod touch another con
apple dont tell you about. This phone looks ace and trust me in the
past weel ive had alot of them even the htc hero is rubbish or maybe
thats just android not a good operating system trust me on that on.
Yes so many people are comparing most phones to the i phone but just
look at the speck alone yeah its a little slower than the i phone 3gs
but then saying that my i phone 3g is faster than that that was proved
in the o2 store the other day and the sales adviser did not like that
on. Well thanks for the review on this this product most of them good
and seams to be main i phone users that seam to slate it bloody typical
hey. ill give this phone a 4 star rating for now as not really tried
it but from what ive read and on paper it looks alot better than most
phones on the maket nowdays. So what else can i say back but back off
i phone users yeah it looks good and its a i pod but i want to be able
to put all my media on my phone not what i tunes allows me too the other
advantage is you can deleate i items off the handset that you cannot
doo with the i phone so bit on that one apple.
Reviewed by STEVE from GWYNEDD UK on 16th Aug
JUST GOT THE PHONE ON ORANGE FANTASTIC DEVICE DECIDED ON THIS RATHER
THAN THE IAPPLE DUE TO FACT REMOVABLE BATTERY WINDOWS 6.1 5 MEG CAMERA
NOT THE BEST THOUGH FAST INTERNET WELL THIS IS WHAT I HAVE AND NOW STUCK
WITH IT FOR 2 YEARS ALLTHOUGH RESEARCHED IT FOR A WHILE NICE LOOKING
PHONE BUT NOT AS SEXY AS THE BLACKBERRYSTORM BUT RATHER A BETTER DEVICE.
Reviewed by David Jones from UK on 9th Aug 2009
Outstanding phone let down by abysmally poor battery life. The battery
lasts for two days max - assuming you don't actually use the phone for
anything. Make a couple of calls, play with the TouchFlo interface,
send a couple of emails, connect to your Bluetooth car kit - result
= battery out of juice in a day. This phone is fantastic but only if
you are prepared not to use it.
Reviewed by oliver from england on 1st Aug 2009
i love this i couldn't agree more with it it has everything on it tat
Reviewed by Geoff from UK on 28th Jul 2009
I can't believe all the good reviews this phone has got. Battery life
is awful, you get one day if you don't use it much and when the battery
runs down it does so quickly, this is a serious problem for business
users: camera, well even the good reviews dis that and don't even think
about using the camera in anything other than really good light: browsing
is slow, the device crashes occasionally, it's fidley to make a call
or to search thro your contacts (I'm used to Blackberry), It's easy
to cut yourself off during a call if you let the phone touch your face(this
is less likely to happen if you answer left handed because of the position
of the end key): the screen is almost impossible to read in any kind
of outside light: I am a business user and I sync with Outlook and have
to say this is NOT a problem, thank god. I consider myself reasonably
technically minded, I'm not dumb and I really wanted this phone to be
great, but in my view it dosen't even come close.
Reviewed by Asher from Uk on 27th Jul 2009
Htc Touch HD: Let me set it off. Advantages: The phone looks really
nice. Decent image gallery. Decent web browsing. Good screen. Disadvantages:
Screen is poor in sunlight. Screen not that vibrant. Web browsing not
the quickest. Video playback: For me, video has been slow, jerky and
unclear. I'd like to know why, if anyone has solutions, let me know.
Slow processor: I mean, it takes a while just to load the image gallery,
and even then, doesn't load all of the images properly. All in all,
this device has good points, but, for me, has more bad points, with
quizzically poor, jerky slow video playback of movies. Until thats sorted,
its hard to rate the phone highly. If you like web browsing, then i'd
suggest replacing opera with the Skyfire browser, as its faster, a although,
because it doesn't support the high resolutions of devices like the
touch hd etc, the whole web experience is pixlated.
Reviewed by max from uk on 23rd Jul 2009
This phone is for ADVANCED users ONLY. People who are dumb should buy
iphone cos iphone is made for dumb people. HD is loaded with everything
u ever need.
Reviewed by Simon from UK on 21st Jul 2009
I don't honestly know how anyone can say there are no apps for this
phone, there are hundreds upon hundreds! You just have to LOOK harder!
The user interface isn't brilliant, but the more intermediate windows
mobile user will know that it can easily be changed, as well as updating
the OS if you really want to. Windows mobile devices are aimed at the
more advanced users, so I can only assume that the bad reviews for this
phone have come from novice smartphone users. One word to describe this
phone = incredible
Reviewed by Oliver from UK on 20th Jul 2009
The sat nav system is good and works quite well. It looks nice. That
is it! Apart from those things it is terrible. The internet is very
slow. The user interface looks bad. It takes too long to find a person
in your contacts and then start typing the message. There are no apps
for it. The battery life is terrible. It is jerky and can be unresponsive.
I had it for 2 months and had to go back to my old sony erikson it was
Reviewed by boris from england on 17th Jul 2009
no way as good as the Iphone, the touch screen is no way as good as
the iphone. the iphones interface looks better, just look at the screen
on the htc that you text to people with. it looks awful. windows has
failed. this phone is sooo slow sooo unbelievabley slow. i have this
phone n i am stuck with it until next march. the 5 megapixel camera
has to be virtually on a tripod for it to get a good picture, yes the
quality is good but it takes around 4 seconds to take the damn photo
by which time its blurred. video is awful. the iphones is way better
even tho it is like 2 mega pixels. all in all for some reason all the
websites review it as an amazing iphone contender when i wouldnt rate
it higher than a gramophone
Reviewed by scullninio from england on 13th Jul
i liked this phone when i 1st got it, but its far toooooo slow now.
and its not even full. so guna exchange it for the se w995.
Reviewed by matrob from england on 6th Jul 2009
the best mobile phone out at the moment ... better than the n97 and
also the diamond 2 (the hd has a bigger screen :-))
Reviewed by Leah from UK on 21st Jun 2009
A dream phone - would recommend to anyone.
Reviewed by Wido from UK on 3rd Jun 2009
What a phone! Excellent Hardware - yes ppl have said Windows Mobile
but it has not crashed on me! (been about 5 months now!) excellent sound
and video playback, touch interface is excellent (an iphone friend commented
at how good it was) excellent choice with great range of downloadable
Reviewed by pjf from uk on 31st May 2009
I see the iphone brigade have been giving poor reviews of this device
- mainly due to the fact that famous american fruit has lost its crown...the
HD is a class act with everything you could want on board (not an ipod
with a phone add on!) and it looks like the future is looking good for
htc to wipe the floor with anything that steps in its way. i fully recommend
this device to anyone who likes to tweak and mod and likes powerful
features, but a warning to people moving from camera phones or first
time windows o.s users...dont just expect everything done for you...if
you want an easy phone get a nokia 3210...and dont dis the phone because
you cant handle it! get a device that suits your ability.
Reviewed by Alex from UK on 14th May 2009
Love this phone! This is first touch-screen phone that I can actually
recommend to a friend - it is convenient, fast (3G rules!), and I love
GPS functionality and huge screen.
Reviewed by Tim Berry from Solihull, England on
4th May 2009
Had this phone for about 3 months now and honestly would give this phone....
looks 8/10 screen is ace but the phone is BIG internet browzing 7/10
poss 8 practicality 3/10 They have just made simple processes really
long-winded and truthfully starts 2 get on your nerves after the initial
buzz of it is over. honestly wished i got a c905 just to have a mobile
that is primarily a phone and then a multi-media device, not the other
Reviewed by Fone Freak from canada on 2nd May
Great phone~! Nice features, and for only $999
Reviewed by Tony Horrit from Englan on 29th Apr
I had this phone for just short of a month before returning it. It crashed
1 out of 3 times i strated it up and the battery life is terrible, i
had to charge it nearly everyday which isnt what i like as i dont take
my charger everywhere. It is a complex phone to used and took me nearly
two weeks to figure out every feature. If you have a laptop then there
is no need for this phone because the only place i am going to use microsoft
works is at home but i have a computer at work and a laptop at home
so there is no need for all the extra add on's. My new phone is the
LG Arena which has basically all the same features apart from Microsoft,
also the LG is smaller and lighter. So i give the HTC Touch HD 1 star
Reviewed by Bazzer from UK on 28th Apr 2009
Excellent phone. Has so many options. Put Finger Keyboard 2.1 on the
best upgrade you can have. Noticed a ROM upgrade on HTC site. Have Orange
put their version out yet?
Reviewed by HotelTangoCharlie from Uk on 17th
Dwayne, You can download GoogleMaps for the HTC by going to google mobile.
A friend thought the same as you after he bought it, until I installed
it on his phone for him!
Reviewed by dewayne from england on 6th Apr 2009
i cant agree more, but the only let down for is the google maps is not
available in the uk i would like to know when this comes available.
as this was one of the main feature that captured me into getting the
Reviewed by Devi Prasad from Libya on 30th Mar
Perhaps, the only mobile until now... that can beat iPhone...!!
Reviewed by Robert from UK on 28th Mar 2009
Great phone!! Not for the faint hearted though! You had better be prepared
to spend a lot of time familiarising yourself with the many many functions.
But wow!! what a screen!! The phone has a class feel to it. I too have
installed TomTom maps they work great! It connects to my home wireless
internet, one of my favourite things to do are watching uTube videos
(with my headphones on) while my wife watches her rubbish on telly.
It connects to my iPod player in the kitchen. Pros: Quality build. High
def screen. Good battery life.Communicates well with pc's. 3.5mm headphone
jack. Loads of free software. Wed pages can be viewed full screen and
loads of other pros!! Cons: It is a wide phone. Complex operating system
Reviewed by Mark from England on 6th Mar 2009
I struggle to understand some folks' dislike of this phone, which, imho,
is quite amazing. GPS is spot on (I've added TomTom software but can
toggle between that and loaded Google maps). Texting is easy and can
be done one-handed - I have average sized fingers. Adding apps and roms
is fun, not absolutely necessary. Windows 6.1 has its failings but is
still smarter than any normal phone (& 6.5 is due in 2009). Having muliple
apps running at once is great, multiple texting does need a small, free
extra bit of software (same for all windows-based phones). I find battery
life fine, I'm recharging every couple of days despite quite heavy use.
Media viewing - photos or films - is great, this device means carrying
just one item on a trip rather than satnav, dvd player, etc. I'd recommend
pocketshield software, which makes its use as a phone even easier and
more 'fun' - (eg shake the phone to answer a call). I know at some point
someone will trump this and bring out a better phone but for now - and
I've tried several including iphone - no other comes close.
Reviewed by Matthew from U.K on 6th Mar 2009
Received the HTC Touch HD a couple of days and it is impressive. The
only thing i will say is that whilst navigating your way around the
main apps is simple and user friendly, changing the smaller things isnt
so easy. It took me a while to realise that to bluetooth something you
have to "beam" the file. If you press "send file" it only comes up with
SMS/MMS/Email options.My battery has lasted 2 days from first charge
so i think that battery life won't be an issue. Overall a good phone
but not worth getting if you dont plan on using the MS Office apps!
Personal opinion is its put to better use if for business use
Reviewed by billy from uk on 6th Mar 2009
had this phone for almost a month now but its becoming quite clear that
the only thing going for it is the screen. review ratings usually depend
on how people use their phones so the more texts and calls I make, the
more I dislike the hd. as a multimedia device it is awesome. as a phone/communicator?
terrible. windows is great for a lot of things but not for a phone.
sure you can spend your life 'tweaking' and cooking roms and buying
apps etc.. which you need to do in order to be satisfied. a lot will
also bring stability issues so be prepared to hear the advice: "just
hard reset" (see xda developers) Just to send a quick text is painful
in every aspect as is making a call if you lead a hectic lifestyle.
battery life is understandably poor because of screen so budget for
a spare battery or sacrifice brightness and usability. admittedly most
of the drawbacks are from windows 6.1 as things you took for granted
in a s60 or sony ericsson device are missing. group texts and profiles
etc.. also ease of wifi and bluetooth the way they've marketed this
as a 5megapixel device is simply disgusting. the camera is rubbish.
So leave it charging and you have a great web browser,organiser, document
viewer, and video player. just make sure you buy a phone as well.
Reviewed by Kevin from China on 5th Mar 2009
I'm afraid that I had one of these for about 3 months, couldn't wait
to get rid of it. Battery like is so bad, using blue tooth and reasonable
phone usage impossible to get working day out of it, 8 hrs max. The
phone crashed quite a bit and the back up service from HTC virtually
non existant. I was used to Palm and tried this because it read so well,
big dissappointment. Now have Blackberry Storm and recommend highly,
battery 1 1/2 days minimum, veen on heavy use
Reviewed by kevin from wales on 2nd Mar 2009
Reviewed by jenny from UK on 1st Mar 2009
Excellent phone, love it to bits! Especially the design aesthetic!
Reviewed by paul from uk, newcastle on 18th Feb
had this phone for 2 weeks now, and i can say its the best phone i have
owned. not very difficult to use, amazing features and looks amazing.
only draw back is getting used to the touch screen for texting, can
be a bit anoying. everything else thumbs up!!!
Reviewed by Karthik from UK on 17th Feb 2009
One of the main drawbacks I found was that the built-in accelerometer
lets you switch between portrait and widescreen landscape modes only
on few programs like Videos, Web Browsing and not on all screens which
Samsung Omnia allows you to. Other drawback is Camera, it doesn't look
like 5 mp, ordinary quality for such a big screen without a flash and
the poor video quality as well. Positivies are Big Screen, Windows Mobile,
Good touch interface and High resolution screen.
Reviewed by SA from UK on 14th Feb 2009
Got this phone a week ago and really loved it, I think its the best
touch screen available with hd screen it plays videos like no other
phone does. Unfortunately had to return it back to orange as they missled
me by saying I had free international calls on business but I didn't.
Already missing it and trying to find a better deal. I would 100% recommend
if any of you are thinking to buy it.
Reviewed by kk from some where... on 11th Feb
it has a windows os but its not slow like those other junks! killer
interface and a hi res larg screen! how can you go wrong?!
Reviewed by Marguerite Savident from Guernsey (Channel
Islands) on 5th Feb 2009
OMG!!! i love this phone it is absolutely fab:-) Go out & buy it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by chris sly from uk on 2nd Feb 2009
im a gadget freak so after owning all the top smart phones...i phone
, sony xperia , blackberry storm , I can tell you honestly! this is
by far the BEST smart phone...the only downsides are: it runs windows
mobile 6.1.....& slightly sluggish touch screen (when compared to the
apple iphone anyway).... the upsides a are: awesome screen , fantastic
battery life , (for a large smartphone anyway) buy one NOW!
Reviewed by dert from uk on 31st Jan 2009
it is best in world of fones
Reviewed by Canaer from UK on 31st Jan 2009
man is dis der bes fone evver if not iam a fick chav. it is bes fone
Reviewed by Jack from England on 29th Jan 2009
After reading through some of the negative reviews I am compelled to
give my positive review along with the negative. However some advice
to the folk that check and approve the comments on here...Please check
more carefully since some comments are either fanboy related i.e. iPhone
all the way!! Or those that have poor coverage and blame the phone.
Now onto my review. Firstly I spent many months checking what I should
upgrade to and what phones offered what in terms of features, the Touch
HD kept coming out on top even against the iPhone the HTC Touch HD surpasses
the iPhone in everyway albeit it that there is no iTunes on the Touch
HD. The phone can be a bit daunting to use at first with its many features
and even setting up your own ring tone can be very tricky enough to
make you think its not possible but it is. The phone is of superb quality
and feels great, the screen is also fantastic. Apart from the amazing
features this phone has along with very good product support as the
offical HTC website already has some nice hotfixes the HTC Touch HD
is simply the number 1 phone for soo many reasons I would be here all
day. But lets mention a couple of niggles, when texting sometimes the
screen will freeze for a few seconds, I hope a hotfix is brought out
soon for this, and lastly the main issue for me is there is no flash
other than that its the best phone I have owned since the Samsung D900!
Reviewed by Osmond DSouza from KSA on 24th Jan
I have used all kind of phones till date from Nokia, Samsung, Sony,
Imate, O2 & HTC. I ma very happy to say that HTC touch HD is the best,
I used till date. I am fully satisfied with it that, I will not move
to any other phone. It has a good camera. A gorgeous screen. The touch
sensitivity screen is great. It responds smoothly. The pictures from
the 5 mega pixel camera is great. The sound quality is also great. I
love watching movies on it as it has a large screen. Everything of it
is great. I really recomend you go for it. Dont even think of comparing
it with a Iphone. Iphone cannot even come close to it when it comes
to features. 5 stars from me.
Reviewed by Chris from Norway on 21st Jan 2009
This is not a very good cell phone. low talking time (my experiences)
ect. but it is an EXELENT multimedia phone. it has a very fast internet
connection, an outsdanding screen, a fantastic resolution. The only
things i wish the phone had; is a camera light and a keyboard.
Reviewed by Aek from USA on 14th Jan 2009
Reviewed by Nawaraj from Nepal on 12th Jan 2009
Reviewed by Shibu A. Karunakaran from UAE on 11th
Its fabulous moblie with Htc touch
Reviewed by misfire from UK on 11th Jan 2009
i'll keep it short....if you're a simple person, like PROPER simple....then
you won't like the touch hd, go get an iphone. it's a simple phone for
simple people. it looks nice, and it does some stuff. but if you actually
are a bit more complicated than a block of wood, buy this phone. had
mine a couple days now, and i love it. the screen looks gorgeous, and
whilst the resistive screen is never gonna be as sensitive as a capacitive
one (aka iphone), it's bloody close. plus i can use it with gloves on.
useful in -3 weather. ;) touchflo works smooth, looks ill too. browsing
is quick, works well. typing works well, even better than the iphone
in my opinion because of the resistive screen. now like wttdegs said....you're
gonna need to do a bit of tweaking to get the most out of it. for example....the
phone will use wifi OR phone internet as it so needs without asking,
even if u turn it off....so i had to search a little and download "NoData"
and lock it off till my unlimited net comes through! so anyways.....if
u want a phone with everything on the plate for you but not much past
that....buy an iphone. if you want a phone thats a better allrounder,
has a user interface with most of the iphones flair, and something that
rewards your effort, buy this.
Reviewed by WttDegs from UK on 29th Dec 2008
Had this HD phone for a few weeks now, and still love it! Does everything
I need it to do, and then some more stuff too :-) As noted elsewhere,
camera is not fantastic, but good enough - if you want great pics, buy
a camera not a phone! Browsing is fast (especially via wifi), and the
size of the screen makes it easy too. True, you need to tweak things
and set it up properly to get the very best out of it - this is not
a phone for techno-phobes!, but there are a couple of great forums out
there with all the hints and tips you need :-) As to the HD vs iPhone
debate - who cares! LOL If you wants something pretty that works out
of the box, get an iPhone. If you want something to invest some time
and effort into, and aren't scared of tweaking, then the HD is VERY
much worth a go :-) Enjoy!
Reviewed by Dr.Tech from USA on 27th Dec 2008
You people that 'pay out' on this phone, need your heads checked! The
ones that think that Apple's i-Phone is better, u haven't done your
research and just 'slag-off' the HTC Touch. Your just jealous and want
others to go out and buy an i-Phone! I don't care about HD screens;
when r they gonna make a proper one then? This phone is probably the
best I've viewed for a PDA!! Whereas an i-Phone, u can't compare to
it - because it's not a PDA! The i-Phone is just a Tech-gimmick!!!
Reviewed by Bahar from America on 25th Dec 2008
this phone is full of junk battery time is limited crashes many a times
during start up. video camera mode is blurred. internet is slow both
on wi fi and hspda. warning to all don't get this phone at any cost
waste of time and money
Reviewed by SV from UK on 25th Dec 2008
Excellent phone. Great responsive, bright ,HiRes screen.Worth the wait.
Feels a bit delicate compared to the Sony Ericsson P1i that I upgraded
from.loads of useful features to keep me playing with it for a long
while.No flash,though. Still would give it 5 stars.Wanted an Xperia
X1 but I changed my mind at the last minute after reading the reviews
Reviewed by JSZ from Poland/UK on 23rd Dec 2008
A phone so well equipped and with such a magnificent display can only
have a 5 star rating. I was going crazy about the iPhone 3G when it
came out but thankfully kept my head on and never got it, waiting for
this. It's off to the shops for me before the new year! HTC, here I
Reviewed by sean from usa on 23rd Dec 2008
much better than iphone
Reviewed by WJ from UK on 20th Dec 2008
Toyed with the idea of getting an Iphone, but I want to stay with Orange
and therefore opted for the HTC HD Touch. Very impressed, and getting
to know it better each day. Internet, google maps, MS apps all very
good. Have sync'd my outlook contacts and diary without any real problems.
Battery needs charging on a daily basis but I suspect I have too much
running whilst I am in learning mode! Highly recommended, go for it!
Reviewed by Ian G from UK on 16th Dec 2008
After careful consideration I was left with the option of two handsets,
the Samsung Pixon and the HTC Touch HD. Both are very good phones, but
the Samsung is just lacking style. Something the HTC is not lacking.
When the phone arrived I was thrilled to find that HTC had not only
designed a great phone, but also designed a great way to present it.
It comes in a very stylish box with all the usual accessories including
a padded cloth cover, something all manaufactuors should include. The
phone itself is one of the best looking phones on the market, and it's
only rival would be the Iphone. Now they are both touch screen and have
all the applications you could possibly think of, but the Iphone is
branded with the Apple logo which seems to give them the right to print
money. HTC seem to have their heads screwed on as this phone does it
all, GPS, touch screen (3D) Games, a 5 Meg camera and so much more.
So the plus sides. Well, stylish, touch screen, Windows Mobile 6.1,
GPS with Google Maps, stylus, amazing applications, superb web browsing,
video calling, FM radio, very big memory On the minus side. Possibly
a little large, and the camera could do with being slightly better but
not the end of the world.
Reviewed by Busewa from Denmark on 14th Dec 2008
Brilliant device, very little to fault. Have crashed the software once
(fiddling with music while it was receiving an sms - locked the phone
up and I had to restart it) Works brilliantly with Tom Tom 7, all in
all- hats off to HTC, this is the ultimate tablet phone, makes my Touch
Dual seem positively old, although it wasn't a bad phone right up until
I unpacked the HD!
Reviewed by Jason from UK on 14th Dec 2008
THIS PHONE IS AN iPHONE KILLER! On the iphone you cant bluetooth, you
only have 3g (being ripped off if you bought the first iphone) and it
doesnt have WIFI! The HTC Touch HD does far more than iphone. It has
WIFI twice as many data connections, the screen is far more vivid and
a higher resolution than iphone and you can bluetooth anything to anyone!
The camera is better by 3 milion mega pixels too! iphone is a Chavs
phone. The touch interface on iphone is a little more fun but HTC have
developed a phone for those who want it all. also on iphone you cant
expand memory or record video!
Reviewed by Graham from Scotland on 12th Dec 2008
This is an excellent device. Other people have had problems with signal
strength and dropped calls but I have had no such problems, with excellent
clarity and volume on both my end and the other persons end (in south
and west Glasgow). Syncing the HD to my work Exchange account was very
quick and easy and I now get notices of new emails whenever the HD is
connected over Wi-Fi or the HSDPA is turned on. Text input took a bit
of getting used to but I've never had a touchscreen before so they may
all be the same. I'm a pro now. The camera is good for well-lit shots
with decent quality pictures and the whole screen becomes the viewfinder
which is quite nice. Simply touching an area on-screen focuses on that
spot which is also quite cool. But don't get this phone for the camera.
But I think one of the biggest plus points for this phone hasn't even
been mentioned here in that the HD comes with an 8GB miscroSD card as
standard (with Orange anyway). This is a great addition because the
audio and especially the video playback on the device are brilliant.
Windows Media player can play basically any audio format as well as
wmv, mp4 files and you can download DivX mobile and play DivX files
all in full screen. I've been able to rip DVDs to my pc that I own,
convert them straight to DivX and put them straight onto the phone to
watch on the train and the quality is excellent. It can play more file
types than the iPhone so, with a 16GB miscroSD card, or even the included
8GB one, this is a great Personal Media Player + phone. The internet
is good too and, being an amateur software developer, I like the ability
to easily install and run home-made Java programs on such a big screen.
Battery lasts a couple of days of moderate use but about a day with
lots of Wi-Fi and video playing but that's the same of most smartphones.
So much more than a phone, the HD is highly recommended if you're after
the above features.
Reviewed by sangamesh from india on 5th Dec 2008
i am verh happy to inform that i saw and i stuied about HTC TOUCH ,
it has huge sreen and 5 megapixel camera however its very easy to use
and aplanned to buy this
Reviewed by eachel from uk on 3rd Dec 2008
i luvvvvvvvv this phone!
Reviewed by rachel from uk on 3rd Dec 2008
love it takes getting used to especially with browsing on the internet.
all in all pros outweighs cons hence 4*
Reviewed by Joe from UK on 3rd Dec 2008
This phone is excellent. It has every single feature under the sun..
the new way of texting has taken a little getting used to, but I do
love this phone. The widescreen is great for using Opera and tomtom/google
maps.. I am very pleased with it. Got a great deal on orange too, so
my missus also has a HD handset. :)
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 1st Dec 2008
Got as a 'free' upgrade from Orange. Used it for a 3 days and then returned
it... Ok so it packs all the right features, but it looks like HTC never
really tested out the phone in real every day world. I have no idea
why they put a huge volume button that doesn't lock when you lock the
rest of the keys, meaning you left it on silent mode but by the time
you've put it in your pocket and moved around it's now on loud. Very
annoying when in the office. Typing text is also very fiddly. Whereas
I can usually bang out the "hi honey, I'm running late and i'll be home
in a couple of hours" message in a couple of seconds flat, I found myself
giving up and making phonecalls. However, maybe that's just the way
with touch-screen phones? Also I found the scrolling slow, and once
a few aps are open the whole things slows right down. I'll miss it as
a PDA, and the stock function keeps you checking back to see if you've
lost any more money but as a phone I'm back on my old W910i waiting
for someone to bring out a slim phone that does the basics very well.
Also if you're buying this for the 'weather' feature, I suggest looking
out the window will give you slightly better results! Sorry HTC, you've
still got a lot of work to do with this one.
Reviewed by Tihomir from Croatia on 30th Nov 2008
After 3 days I discover Touch HD is the best mobile ever seen. The iGO
8 works better than in original GPS HW, the GUI interface is perfect
replacement for WM 6.1 and all the relevant phone features works perfect.
What you have to is just to learn how to use it. The phone does excellent
job in every functionality included but battery should be better (at
least 1500 mA) which should be understand if you use Wi-FI, bluetooth
all the time. Rating ***** Outstanding
Reviewed by David Sims from UK on 27th Nov 2008
After 4 days I have returned this to Orange Gorgeous screen - quite
slim I found it quirky to operate e.g. Physical volume button is always
being touched when in landscape a PITA The keyboard does not rotate
unless you use extra software and difficult to type with fingers despite
trying 2 other software keyboards Screen does not always respond to
commands and not repeatable Sluggish operation which did improve somewhat
with registry tweaks The real deal breaker for me is the poor signal
compared to other phones e.g. G600
Reviewed by tom R from scotland cuz on 26th Nov
dis fone is mash-up cuz it lyke comes wit everything even lyke a touch
screen, i maen , bruv, how nang is dat!
Reviewed by d from uk on 26th Nov 2008
rubbish, pixon all the way
Reviewed by ted from uk on 26th Nov 2008
brought HTC diamond prior to this but sent it back as camera was shocking.
HD much better quality, really pleased with it except for the size as
impractical to carry around.
Reviewed by Tom G from UK on 24th Nov 2008
Great PDA. Lousy phone. Reason - sensitivity. I'm on Orange, and on
3 other phones I get between 3 and 5 bars (out of 5) around the house.
The Touch HD gives me between 0 and 2 bard (out of 4). It consistently
fails to register on the network and drops calls when the other phones
hang onto the calls and give me coverage. Even in my '5 out of 5' bar
zone of the house the Touch HD only just hangs onto the call with some
dropouts (and 2 bard on its signal strenth meter). I've tried two of
them now, both identical, so if you're in an 'off the scale' coverage
area fine, but if your coverage is marginal, with regret, I'd advise
Reviewed by RedKipper from England on 19th Nov
Hmmm... Seems some people can't read?! 'The Screen (on the iphone) is
better'? I see, you'll be watching your 480p FULL HD TV as well then
will you? D’Oh!!
Reviewed by RFG from UK on 17th Nov 2008
If you want a standard phone that is only available with one supplier
then iPhone is for you. BUT if you want a mobile office that can be
used with any supplier and has a battery that you can replace and extra
storage space (micro SD cards) then the Touch HD is the phone to go
for. The touch flo does a good job of hiding windows mobile flaws, the
screen is responsive and the quality (480x800) is excellent. The build
quality is good it is the same size as the iPhone but with a bigger
screen and I use it for my satnav in place of a dedicated unit. It all
depends on what you want from your phone!!!
Reviewed by Ultdm, from UK on 16th Nov 2008
Great Phone. This is much better than Iphone 3g. I'd recommend this
phone... Features + Style = PERFECT.
Reviewed by josh from england on 15th Nov 2008
terrible iphone 3g much better
Reviewed by Feastronics LTD from UK on 14th Nov
Hi recieved my Touch HD from Orange yesterday and so far it has been
amazing - i upgraded from my 20 month old Nokia N95, and it was a choice
of this or the sony xperian X1 - the larger screen on this device one
me over. Id did not feel any other phone except manybe the Samsung Omnia
(which i nearly bought). The touch flow-3d interface is really nice
and fluid - some functionality however could be improved on tho - i
still haven't figured out how to save photos and videos onto the 4GB
memory card supplied by orange. But the mobile internet is really fast
and nice to use - this is the main reason i got the phone - its also
very easy to setup push stlye emailing if you have googlemail like i
do :-) The google maps feature works really well with the built in GPS
- i was impressed at the speed of location and accuracy. So far in these
early days i am very happy with the device, the screen resolution is
actually very good - even small text is readable and clear. Battry life
is hard to comment on at present - but if you ensure your screen is
set to lower brightness and ensure you turn off all applications rather
than just minimising them (as often occurs on windows mobiles) and turn
off wifi and bluetooth when not in use and i expect i should get 2 days
moderate use out of it. The only slight dissapointment i can find with
the phone so far is the lack of a flash for night time shots - but day
shots appear good on the screen and the touch screen focus is a great
feature (focus in on any area of the viewfinder by touching the screen
in that area). Overall i would give this phone 5 stars, this phone certainly
equals if not betters the iphone.
Reviewed by Randy from UK on 10th Nov 2008
This phone is ok, but lacked some features such as fast networking and
also i'm not sure where they get HD from because the screen on mine
didnt look HD at all, in fact it was like an ordinary 256K screen, i
was very dissapointed, so instead i sent it back and got an Apple iPhone
3G Much better and i am satisfied as the screen is better, plus its
faster and i love the app store!