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Review: HTC Touch Cruise T4242 aka HTC Iolite

March 12, 2009

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Price: RM2,199

Available Date: 5th March 2009

Fresh Gear Rating: 7/10

Specification:

  • 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
HTC Touch Cruise - Box

HTC Touch Cruise - Box

Un-boxing the HTC Touch 3G

HTC Touch Cruise - Content

HTC Touch Cruise - Content

Like HTC P3300, HTC Touch Cruise comes with load of accessories like below!

  • Screen Protector
  • 2 piece earphones
  • Car-Holder
  • 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

First Impression

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. 

HTC Touch Cruise - Front

HTC Touch Cruise - Front

HTC Touch Cruise - Back

HTC Touch Cruise - Back

 

Following the design of Touch 3G, the volume/up down button is just a long sleek line.

HTC Touch Cruise - Side Profile

HTC Touch Cruise - Side Profile

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. 

HTC Touch Cruise - 3.2 MP Camera

HTC Touch Cruise - 3.2 MP Camera

Top of the PDA is the ON/OFF button

HTC Touch Cruise - Top

HTC Touch Cruise - Top

Using the HTC Touch Cruise

Touch Cruise Home Screen

Touch Cruise Home Screen

Touch Cruise Weather Tab

Touch Cruise Weather Tab

Touch Cruise Setting Tab

Touch Cruise Setting Tab

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?

Footprint

Foot Print Tab

Foot Print Tab

Footprint by HTC

Footprint by HTC

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.

Step 1 - Take a picture

Step 1 - Take a picture

Step 2 - Set a Category

Step 2 - Set a Category

Step 3 - Add a Coordinate/Location

Step 3 - Add a Coordinate/Location

Step 4 - Enter additional info

Step 4 - Enter additional info

Done!

Done! Picture appears in Footprint

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

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.

Searching for Japanese Food

Searching for Japanese Food

Found "Momo Japanese Restaurant"

Found "Momo Japanese Restaurant"

Momo Japanese Restaurant on Map

Momo Japanese Restaurant on Map

Papago X3 GPS Navigation System 

Papago! X3

Papago! X3

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.

Maps of different countries

Maps of different countries

Very similar to my previous review on the Papago Z-820 GPS Navigation System, this map also comes with 3D building and landmarks.

Simulation Screen

Simulation Screen

More screen shots of the Papago X3 below. Click to enlarge.

htc-touch-cruise-t4242-papago-111 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-papago-131 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-papago-121 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-papago-071 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-papago-061 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-papago-041 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-papago-031 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-papago-021 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-papago-011

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.

Lets compare!

  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

htc-touch-cruise-t4242-settings-11 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-settings-21 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-settings-31 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-settings-41 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-location-settings1 htc-touch-cruise-t4242-location-settings-11

Conclusion

Pros:

  • Long battery life
  • Light weight
  • Comes bundled with all the necessary car holder, charger and additional stylus

Cons:

  • Lack of 3G Video Camera
  • Lack of Auto-focus function
  • Sensitivity of GPS signal weak compared with HTC Touch Pro

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20 comments

  1. Wau…It is very detail and informative.Must be putting a lot of hard work in it…


  2. Thank you professor qool… learning from you also🙂


  3. hey, just wanted to ask.. i know the Cruise 2 does not have a front camera, but can it make a video call?


  4. Jen,

    Nope. Touch Cruise do not have 3G Video call button…


  5. SIR,

    i am from INDIA(kerala) ,i want to buy CRUISE T4242
    cell phone please let me know the procedure


  6. Question, how is text input done on this device? There is no slide out keyboard and no screen shots that show text entry.


  7. Andy,

    Text Input is done via a stylus and touch screen keyboard. You can write the words or basically just tap on the keys on the on-screen keyboard.


  8. Can anybody please tell me from where I can get a FREE map of North America to download on my phone ?


  9. Can anybody tell me from where I can get maps of Europe?


  10. HELLO ,
    VERY NICE INFO ON THIS SITE..

    BUT THE REAL PROBLEMS COMES WHEN U BUY AN HTC T4242 LOLITE FROM CHINA AND U SEE THAT EVERYTHING IS ON CHINISE.. MENUS … SETTINGS ..

    CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP HOW I CAN CHANGE THE ROM OR JUST UPDATE FIRMWARE SO I CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING TO ENGLISH?! I DON’T CARE ABOUT WARRANTY…

    LOOK FORWARD 4 AN ANSWER…
    THANK YOU.


  11. This is the best review on my new HTC Touch Cruise 09 which I bought on 30/8/2009.
    My 2 cents worth… owner must installed a NODATA cabinet program in this phone to turn off unwanted 3G over GPRS traffic from this phone. Incidentally after installing NODATA, the battery of this phone can be prolonged from <1 day to 2.5 days b4 charging.


  12. Jack,

    Thanks for the feedback!


  13. Hi,

    I am curious how that phone is performing as GPS device. I want it to be my main navigation – and wondering if it is accurate enough


  14. I have bought an HTC T4242+ from china and found an old software on the ROM, and the phone is not working Properly! so, anyone can tell me how can I change the ROM software on this phone????


  15. For whatever reason, I suspected that the Footprint features of Touch Cruise is very bandwidth hungry ! My mobile operator in Singapore (StarHub) could not explain 20MB worth of data usage in my Sep2009 bills. StarHub suggested that I cancel the GPRS service while they investigate. The reason why I suspected it is due to Footprint was because without GPRS, the Footprint is not working anymore. This is very weird because I thought Footprint only required GPS to work. Perhaps Kenneth Lim… would you help me to relay this issue to be discussed in a more apporopriate forum. Appreciate if you could keep me inform via my email: jackchan66@yahoo.com


  16. Jack,

    Thank you very much for sharing. I have alerted HTC representative on this issue.


  17. my htc touch cruise 09 stuck at smart mobility..can not start windows. how?


  18. PROBLEMS COMES WHEN U BUY AN HTC T4242 LOLITE FROM CHINA AND U SEE THAT EVERYTHING IS ON CHINISE.. MENUS … SETTINGS ..

    CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP HOW I CAN CHANGE THE ROM OR JUST UPDATE FIRMWARE SO I CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING TO ENGLISH?! I DON’T CARE ABOUT WARRANTY…

    LOOK FORWARD 4 AN ANSWER…
    thankyou


  19. this phone can be summed up in one word CRAP i am now on my 3rd would never have another as this is my works phone never works properly !!! dissapointed to say the least


  20. this phone can be summed up in one word CRAP i am now on my 3rd would never have another as this is my works phone never works properly !!! dissapointed to say the least by good as a sat nav !!



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