Review: HTC Touch Cruise T4242 aka HTC IoliteMarch 12, 2009
Available Date: 5th March 2009
Fresh Gear Rating: 7/10
- Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz
- ROM: 512 MB RAM: 256MB
- 102 X 53.5 X 14.5 mm (4.02 X 2.11 X 0.57 inches) – 103 gram
- HSDPA – QUAD band
- Internal GPS antenna
- Bluetooth + WiFi
- 3.2 megapixel color camera with fixed focus
- Battery 1100 mAh with Up to 400 minutes for GSM and 330 Hours Standby Time
Un-boxing the HTC Touch 3G
Like HTC P3300, HTC Touch Cruise comes with load of accessories like below!
- Screen Protector
- 2 piece earphones
- Car Charger
- Extra Stylus
- Nylon Pouch
- Travel Charger (Adapter)
- USB Cable
- Manuals + Startup Guide
- Papago Registration Number
- 1GB memory card pre-loaded with Papago maps
The HTC Touch Cruise looks quite small nimble compared to the previous HTC Touch Cruise. It did inherit the scroll wheel found the previous model, but that’s it.
Following the design of Touch 3G, the volume/up down button is just a long sleek line.
A 3.2MP camera sits behind and the back cover is made from a very rubbery type material with gold dust like effect, unlike HTC Diamond.
Top of the PDA is the ON/OFF button
Using the HTC Touch Cruise
HTC Touch Cruise isn’t running on Windows Mobile 6.5. So, there isn’t any much difference compared to say HTC Touch 3G in terms of OS. The Settings Tab however now include an additional “Location”. So what is so special about HTC Touch Cruise?
What is “Footprint”? Simply put, Foot Print is a software develop by HTC whereby additional info can be stored on every photo taken using the HTC Touch Cruise. Information like telephone, audio clip, address, notes, coordinates and categories can be store in each of the picture so you know exactly when and where and why you took those pictures.
The next time you open up your footprint, you can just click on the image and navigate to the place on the image. Easy and straight forward.
Map search function is also new in HTC Touch Cruise. It is actually powered by Google Maps where you can search for nearby restaurant, petrol station and others. It is as accurate as what all other users in the world contributes.
Papago X3 GPS Navigation System
HTC Touch Cruise comes pre-loaded with Papago GPS software. It also comes bundled with Maps of Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Very similar to my previous review on the Papago Z-820 GPS Navigation System, this map also comes with 3D building and landmarks.
More screen shots of the Papago X3 below. Click to enlarge.
Car Kit Mode
Another feature found specifically on Touch Cruise is the Car Kit Mode. Basically when you fix this PDA to the supplied Car Holder kit, it will automatically changes into Navigational Model catering for GPS.
Comparing with HTC Touch 3G
So, the closest PDA (in terms of specification) would be HTC Touch 3G. They both about the same size, weight about the same and have almost the same functionality.
|HTC Touch Cruise (T4242)||HTC Touch 3G (T3232)|
|Memory||ROM: 512 MB RAM: 256MB||ROM: 256MB RAM: 192MB|
|Processor||Qualcomm® MSM7225TM, 528 MHz||Qualcomm® MSM7225TM, 528 MHz|
|Battery||Battery Capacity: 1100 mAh||Battery Capacity: 1100 mAh|
|Size & Weight||102 mm X 53.6 mm X 14.5 mm (96g with battery)||102mm X 53.5mm X 14.5 mm (103g with battery)|
|Camera||3.2 MP (Fix Focus)||3.2 MP (Fix Focus)|
|Additional Accessories||Car Charger + Car Holder + additional stylus + 1GB memory card||
– nil –
|Additional Software||Papago X3 and Footprint||
– nil –
Besides the obvious memory storage and button layout difference, everything between the HTC Touch 3G and HTC Touch Cruise is the same. Both have GPS, Bluetooth and WiFi and both don’t come with 3G camera. With HTC Touch 3G now selling at RM1,899, will the difference in RM300 worth all the additional accessories and software?
Other Screen Shots
- Long battery life
- Light weight
- Comes bundled with all the necessary car holder, charger and additional stylus
- Lack of 3G Video Camera
- Lack of Auto-focus function
- Sensitivity of GPS signal weak compared with HTC Touch Pro
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