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HTC’s half-an-inch thick touchscreen phone

Hoping to steal some iPhone thunder from Apple, HTC has launched a half-an-inch thick touchscreen phone that also responds to the sweep of a finger and crams in a two-megapixel camera. Like the iPhone, the Touch has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and is saddled with the same sluggish EDGE data connection when you’re out of hotspot range. But the similarities pretty much stop there. Or do they? One big difference is that this handset is powered by Windows Mobile 6 Professional, as opposed to Mac OS X. Business users may prefer WM6 because of its tight integration with Outlook. At first glance, the TouchFLO technology for the 2.8-inch display seems like a me-too gimmick, but it should come in handy for rotating the onscreen menus to the left or right for fast, intuitive navigation. HTC’s new homescreen was designed to provide one-touch access to e-mail, text messages, calendar entries, contacts, and weather conditions. You can use your finger to scroll through e-mail, documents, contact lists, and songs, and eliminate the cramped view normally associated with Web pages on a phone’s display by panning the screen in any direction. And, unlike the iPhone, the Touch can distinguish between a finger and a stylus input and then respond accordingly. The 3.9-ounce Touch, a triband GSM phone, is rated for up to five hours of talk time. A 1GB microSD Card is included for loading the phone with content. Although pricing and carrier availability are still up in the air, HTC plans to launch the Touch in two color schemes (Soft Black and Wasabi Green) during the second half of 2007. Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions of the device.


June 7, 2007 - Posted by | Mobile news

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