Review: HTC Touch HD (T8282)December 4, 2008
Note: This is a follow up of the previous Sneak Preview of HTC Touch HD done previously.
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?
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
At the side of the screen is a list of all the stock & indices portfolio which you can manually set.
Click on the “View All” button and you will be greeted with all the indices or stock portfolio.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
You can also set to give a slight vibrate when the data connection is established.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sample Camera Picture
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.
- 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
- 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