When first sighted in 2007, the HTC Touch’s touchscreen interface saw it instantly compared – not always favourably - to the iPhone. This update keeps the same interface but adds faster connectivity that far outstrips current-gen Apple handsets.
The version we tested boasted a sleek black finish – an Orange exclusive - and a less-is- more design aesthetic, meaning that this edition of the HTC Touch 3G outdoes the iPhone’s in the looks department, too.
Weighing in at just 96g, the HTC Touch 3G is one of the most compact smartphones around, and is a good fit in your hand and your pocket. Meanwhile, the aforementioned subtle design touches means that it’s as likely to impress when you’re in a boardroom or a hostelry with your friends.
HTC doesn’t do low-end, one-dimensional mobile phones. So despite its slim dimensions, it should come as no surprise that the HTC Touch 3G is a richly functional handset that brims over with useful features.
Onboard the Windows Mobile-powered device, you’ll find everything from a 3.2 megapixel camera that captures impressive video and still images and an MP3 player with FM radio. And there’s oodles (92MB) of onboard memory to help you make the most of all that it’s got to offer, plus scope to add a microSD card to boost this further.
We were perhaps most impressed, however, by the internet experience offered by the phone. With HSDPA support providing a connection speed of up to 7.2Mb, we were surfing the web and downloading content at lightning speeds.
Meanwhile, the pre-loaded Opera browser combines well with the touchscreen and there’s a handily large scroll bar on offer so you can determine the size of pages.
The pre-installed YouTube application is superb and it's supremely easy to search and view videos. Also built-in is Google Maps, which worked brilliantly in conjunction with the GPS system. And, there’s an additional range of Sat-Nav options too.
Business users, meanwhile, will appreciate the inclusion of Office Mobile. That means that they’ll be able to view, edit and create Excel and Word documents while on the move. Powerpoint is also on offer, but presentations can only be viewed.
The HTC Touch 3G employs a powerful MSM7225 processor, so you'll be able to run a multitude of applications simultaneously with no impact on operating speed.
Ease of use
In keeping with other models in the Touch range of handsets, the HTC Touch 3G teams HTC’s Touch Flo interface with Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro. That means that you get all the benefits of a touchscreen phone without compromising on the power and range of uses that Windows Mobile delivers.
We found that the combination of TouchFlo and the sizeable display made for easy and rapid access to all the phone’s functions.
2.8-inch touchscreen with resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 65k colours
Music player, compatible MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ and WMA formats
Range of internet connection options, including GPRS, EDGE and HSDPA (7.2 Mbps).
3.2 megapixel camera with video recording and still images
Overall mark: 8/10