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Review: HTC Touch HD (T8282)

December 4, 2008

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Note: This is a follow up of the previous Sneak Preview of HTC Touch HD done previously.

HTC Touch HD Box Front

HTC Touch HD Box Front

As mentioned in the previous sneak preview, the unit we had was an engineering set and therefore lots of software was missing and the unit is just down right buggy. Yesterday we just received the commercial units and boy are we excited about it!

What is in the box?

HTC Touch HD Box Content

HTC Touch HD Box Content

You get a cloth pouch, 8GB memory card, extra stylus, wired headset, A/C charger and USB cable with some manuals & CD. 

What is so different about HTC Touch HD compared to other HTC Touch family?

1. Stock Tab

Turn on the HTC Touch HD and you will see a new feature at the TouchFlo 3D. The “Stock” Tab

HTC Touch HD - Stock Tab

HTC Touch HD - Stock Tab

At the side of the screen is a list of all the stock & indices portfolio which you can manually set.

HTC Touch HD - Stock Main Screen

HTC Touch HD - Stock Main Screen

Click on the “View All” button and you will be greeted with all the indices or stock portfolio.

HTC Touch HD - Market Summary

HTC Touch HD - Market Summary

HTC Touch HD - Stock Portfolio

HTC Touch HD - Stock Portfolio (HTC Taiwan Stock down 3.23% yesterday)

Adding a new stock code is very simple! Just click on Menu –> Quote and you will be greeted with a Search Screen. Type in the name of the stock, click the “+” and you are done!

HTC Touch HD - Stock Menu

HTC Touch HD - Stock Menu

HTC Touch HD - Stock Search

HTC Touch HD - Stock Search

HTC Touch HD - HTC Stock (Taiwan)

HTC Touch HD - HTC Stock (Taiwan)

However, I found a “bug” in the Stock tab. It is not life threatening but still a bug nevertheless. Look below and see if you can spot the problem.

HTC Touch HD - KLSE Indices

HTC Touch HD - KLSE Indices

If you can’t spot the problem, the answer is this: The Blue line (indicator) does not correspond with the value “Y – axis” of the graph. The High of KLSE was “850.64” and the Low was “843.32” but the Y-axis value is showing “910.54”. This however seems to be limited to KLSE indices. Other indices seems to be showing correctly.

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2. Weather Tab

HTC also updated the “Weather” tab to show a bit more information. Because HTC Touch HD comes with a super big hi-res screen, they manage to squeeze in 4 more days of weather forecast!

HTC Touch HD - All new Weather Tab

HTC Touch HD - All new Weather Tab

3. Heptic Feedback (Vibration)

Just like Samsung Omnia, HTC Touch HD also have a “vibration” feedback mechanism whereby every single key press on the “BUTTON” and selected programs will give a slight vibration to let you know the button is pressed. 

HTC Touch HD - TouchFLO settings

HTC Touch HD - TouchFLO settings

You can also set to give a slight vibrate when the data connection is established.

HTC Touch HD - Call Settings

HTC Touch HD - Call Settings

 4. Customizable TouchFLO tabs

The new updated TouchFlo 3D (1.3.35590.0_1630.38) now comes with “Customize Tabs” function in the Setting Tab. You can choose to remove certain tab which you think is not necessary and also re-arrange tab which are more frequently used at the front!

HTC Touch HD - Customized Tab

HTC Touch HD - Customized Tab

HTC Touch HD - Customize Tab

HTC Touch HD - Customize Tab

5. Auto Volume Control

A new feature found in the Settings Menu. It automatically adjust the volume of voice input when recording and also the volume during video playback.

HTC Touch HD - Auto Volume Control

HTC Touch HD - Auto Volume Control (Top)

HTC Touch HD - Auto Volume Control (Record & Playback)

HTC Touch HD - Auto Volume Control (Record & Playback)

6. Integration with YouTube

HTC is now more tightly integrated with YouTube service. It has a default program in the Program Tab, and now have 2 more programs to integrate with YouTube; Uploader & Account Manager.

Account Manager

Found in Settings –> Connection menu, this program basically just stores your UserID and password for YouTube. It doesn’t seems to allow me to add other UserID and pasword into it. 

HTC Touch HD - Account Manager

HTC Touch HD - Account Manager

Uploader

Found in Settings –> Systems Menu, this program basically uploads video taken using the in-built video recording function into YouTube. The video you are trying to upload will showup and you can re-try or cancel them here.

HTC Touch HD - Uploader

HTC Touch HD - Uploader

Sample Camera Picture

Picture taken under bright sun-light

Picture taken under bright sun-light

Close up shot - Click to see the details (Auto focus)

Close up shot - Click to see the details (Auto focus)

Conclusion

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There aren’t much difference in terms of built quality/finish between the engineering and commercial unit. Software wise, it is much more stable. I didn’t encounter any problems with taking pictures or freeze during picture viewing. Everything seems to work fine except for the bug I mentioned above on the KLSE indices screen. 

I personally love the stock application! If only you can put in notification alert and shares bought/sold, it would be perfect. Guess we will have to wait for the next release perhaps.

One handed operation on this device is almost not possible due to the size of the device. Unless you have a long thumb, reaching the “Start” button is difficult. Thumb typing is manageable as the on-screen buttons are pretty large. The Hi-Res screen is a feature to die for!

Surfing the Internet using Opera is clear, precise and fast. Only problem is lack of flash support.

HTC Touch HD - Opera

HTC Touch HD - Opera

Pros:

  • Large WVGA 800 X 480 Hi-res Screen
  • Nice design and built quality
  • 5.0MP Auto focus camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Fast processor and large memory
  • New Stock Tab
  • Tight integration with YouTube
  • Heptic (Vibration) Feedback
  • Updated version of TouchFLO 3D

Cons:

  • a bit on the heavier side
  • No flash
  • Lacking a D-Pad navigation button makes navigation difficult
  • Reset & Memory card slot hidden behind the battery cover
  • Super small status LED at the Power button (Not really a con, but I almost miss this!)

This is now available for sale at our online store here

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16 comments

  1. Thank you very much! very useful information, it is useful for my work on the Internet! +1


  2. John,

    Noticed you sell software online?


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  4. must get this phone!!!

    thanks for the review!

    …but will it work on att?


  5. Sidney,

    Yes, it will work on ATT


  6. Your blog template is not correctly displayed in the window of my browser! Please fix! I really liked the article, I will read this blog always! I am very interested in software))) +1


  7. Thanks! Whats wrong with the display? Will try to fix it.


  8. Are there any free bundle software installed by which is not from manufacturer ?


  9. Wan,
    All the software are standard installation from factory/manufacturer.

    What software are you looking for?


  10. Thanks,
    I means such as Garmin, BackUp & etc…


  11. If you get it locked to an specific phone operator and you want it to work with AT&T you have to sim-unlock it first, you can do it here: http://blackstone.sim-unlocker.com/


  12. Please how do i download my pictures.No softwear included in my box.
    many thanks,
    Rob


  13. How do i download my pictures to my computer. No softwear supplied in my box.
    Many thanks


  14. Dear friends,
    I have a Blackberry (Storm) and it is not user friendly compared to Microsoft Mobile. Recent I was given a HTC HD PDA phone. Can I configurate this HTC HD so that I can make read and send e mail using the BES system?

    Please help?

    Thank you.


  15. guys, just bought it, but disappointed that I can’t see landscape view for my excel files. sad.


  16. how can i change the language in this phone in which menu i have to go



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