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Sneak Preview: HTC Touch HD (T8282)

November 25, 2008

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Added 4th December 2008: View the follow up review of the HTC Touch HD (commercial unit) here.

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It is better to be late than never… The “sneak” preview of much awaited HTC Touch HD (T8282). 

Our local distributor loaned us a unit of the HTC Touch HD unit for couple of days for review. The unit is an engineering set, meaning what you see in this sneak preview might not be the final output in the commercial unit. The software that you see on it might not be final too.

First Impression

HTC Touch HD

HTC Touch HD

The thin bezel on the side makes the screen looks really big and nice. The whole front panel is flat except for the headset speaker therefore minimizing dust built-up. Built quality feels very solid and tough too.

HTC Touch HD front camera

HTC Touch HD front camera

HTC Touch HD - Buttons

HTC Touch HD - Buttons

Behind the HTC Touch HD sits the 5.0 MP camera and a matte finish battery cover. 

HTC Touch HD - Back view

HTC Touch HD - Back view

The 5.0 MP auto-focus camera is slightly protruding from the overall flat surface.

Closeup shot of the 5.0MP Auto-focus camera

Closeup shot of the 5.0MP Auto-focus camera

On the top is the 3.5mm audio jack which is a very good news for those who owns good headphones. Those with large fingers or short nails will find it hard to press the small and narrow power button.

HTC Touch HD - Headphone + Power

HTC Touch HD - Headphone + Power

HTC Touch HD USB Connector

HTC Touch HD USB Connector

Just like HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro, the screen turns on when you pull out the magnetic stylus.

HTC Touch HD - Up/Down button

HTC Touch HD - Up/Down button

HTC Touch HD - SIM and Memory Slot

HTC Touch HD - SIM and Memory Slot

Turning it on

The WVGA 800X480 screen resolution on the Touch HD is just simply amazing! All the words are sharp and crisp and picture viewing is just gorgeous. 

HTC Touch HD main screen

HTC Touch HD main screen

When surfing the internet, you can make the font size the smallest and yet you can still see the alphabets clearly. This is the advantage of a Hi-res screen! Try this on a conventional QVGA screen and you will be struggling to see the words.

HTC Touch HD Program screen

HTC Touch HD Program screen

Software wise, there isn’t much difference in the HTC Touch HD except for an additional software call “ICR” for In Call Recording function and Google Maps.

HTC Touch HD Program Screen

HTC Touch HD Program Screen

As mentioned earlier, this unit is still an engineering set there therefore software found in this current device is NOT final. Potentially there should be more software. If you take a look at the official image below found from HTC.com, you will see the “Stock/Share update” icon. This is however, not found on this particular unit.

Look closely at the Share/Stock icon

Look closely at the "Share/Stock" icon beside the "Camera" icon

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Conclusion

I cannot really conclude much on the software part of it as this unit is still not the commercial unit. The device hangs everytime i tried viewing multiple pictures. The camera also refuses to Zoom in / Out in this current firmware. 

I also cannot confirm the talk time/standby time as the battery in this unit is also an engineering unit. (Yes, the battery is in “beta” phase.)

Pros:

  • WVGA 800 X 480 Screen
  • Nice design and built quality
  • 5.0MP Auto focus camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Fast processor and large memory

Cons:

  • a bit on the heavier side
  • should have more value added software

This baby will be available in the market by early next week at RM3,399. 

You can book your unit now at Fresh Gear by sending us an email at sales@freshgear.com.my

p/s: I will do another review on the HTC Touch HD again once I get my hands on the commercial unit.

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