HTC Touch HD
HTC's Touch HD boasts a massive screen -- but can this smartphone knock the iPhone off its perch?
- Display, design, HSDPA capable, 3.5mm headphone jack, TouchFLO 3D interface
- Still need the stylus for some functions, typing with fingers takes some time to grasp, entire package is expensive, no included navigation software
The Touch HD is one of HTC's best efforts yet — its superb display in particular looks outstanding. Unfortunately, it's still not perfect and you'll pay through the nose for its features.
Price$ 1,499.00 (AUD)
Boasting a screen larger than the iPhone 3G's, HTC's Touch HD is attempting to steal the limelight from Apple's handset. Although the screen isn't full high definition, it is one of the best on the market. Combined with HTC's TouchFLO 3D interface, the Touch HD is one of HTC's best efforts yet.
The Touch HD offers a sleek and stylish design, but obviously the main attraction here is the display. At a massive 3.8in and with a resolution of 480x800, this is among the best mobile phone displays we've ever seen. It is unbelievably crisp and clear and colours are stunningly accurate. Viewing angles are excellent and the screen performs well in direct sunlight.
The HD's design is similar to the iPhone, though slightly larger. With the display taking up most of the Touch HD's real estate, there are few buttons on the device. A power key and volume controls are the only physical buttons, and a row of touch-sensitive keys sit just below the display — answer and end call keys and dedicated home and back buttons are straightforward to use and offer haptic vibration feedback when pressed.
HTC's TouchFLO 3D interface once again looks superb and its design and layout are excellent. On the Home tab, a large flip-style clock displays the time; swiping your finger upwards allows you to view calendar appointments. For the rest of the functions a row of icons sit in a tabbed interface across the bottom of the screen. You press down on the active tab and slide your finger left or right across the tabs to cycle through menu selections. The animations are excellent, particularly when cycling through music albums and e-mail messages. Unfortunately, the uber-cool weather tab has been removed in the Touch HD and has disappointingly been replaced by a shortcut in the Telstra news and sport tab.
HTC has clearly gone out of its way to push Windows Mobile into the background, but it's ultimately not enough. Despite commendable graphics and the stylish user interface of TouchFLO 3D, once you delve deeper into most applications you'll quickly realise this is still a Windows Mobile handset. As such, when you delve deeper into many functions you'll need to use the stylus. An example is typing — although HTC has redesigned the standard Windows Mobile on-screen keyboard, we still had trouble typing messages and e-mails accurately with our fingers and preferred to use the stylus.
A significant improvement over previous models is speed and performance. Unlike previous HTC devices, we didn't experience too much lag or slowdown when opening and closing applications and selecting menu items.
The design and interface aren't the only appealing aspects of the Touch HD — this device is packed with features. HSDPA capabilities, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP, built-in GPS and a 5-megapixel camera are all part of the package. Multimedia is well supported, too, and the 3.5mm jack is an excellent inclusion. Videos on the screen look superb. Although the included headphones aren't great, you can easily replace them with a better pair. HTC also includes an 8GB microSD card in the sales package.
Running Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, the Touch HD includes all the features synonymous with this operating system. E-mail is easy to set up and configure, while Windows Media Player, Messenger, Office Mobile and Adobe Reader are all present. HTC has also included the Opera browser for mobile Internet use. It is not as intuitive as Safari on the iPhone but it is far better than the standard Internet Explorer Mobile offered as part of the basic Windows Mobile package.
The handset is exclusive to Telstra's Next G network until April 30, and there is a wide range of BigPond content available, including Mobile FOXTEL. It looks reasonable on the Touch HD's large display, but cost is an issue at $4.95 for a day pass or $12 for a monthly subscription. Another disappointment is the lack of GPS software — Telstra will soon make WhereIs Navigator available, but at $15 per month it won't come cheap. Nor is the phone itself — at $1499 outright or available on Telstra's $150 member plan, you'll sadly need to break the bank for the Touch HD.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Latest Spartan sports watches hit the scene
- Early iPhone 7 reviews: You'll miss the headphone jack, but the camera and battery life are tops
- Watch out: iOS 10 install is reportedly bricking some iPhones
- Google's Pixel Launcher leak hints at the demise of the Nexus brand
- It's official: iOS 10 launches with huge improvements to iMessage, Apple Music, Siri, and more
PCW Evaluation Team
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- Hands On: Our first impressions of Sony's a7R III
- Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCWintel EngineerWA
- CCSystem Analyst - AxwayQLD
- FTSenior Change Analyst, Governance & AssuranceOther
- FTPersonal AssistantSA
- FTReporting, Analytics and Insights Analyst - $62 p/hrOther
- TPSAP ABAP DeveloperQLD
- FTSystems Engineer (data centre)Other
- FTProblem Engineer - J2EE - TelcoVIC
- FTSenior Analyst, Technical SupportNSW
- TPContracting Specialist - Procurement AssociateNSW
- CCSecurity/ Penetration Test AnalystQLD
- FTSenior Systems EngineerVIC
- CCData Center Operations EngineerWA
- TPBusiness Process AnalystNSW
- FTMarketing Operations ManagerNSW
- TPIT Business AnalystNSW
- FTSoftware EngineerSA
- FTMICROSOFT DYNAMICS CRM CONSULTANT ? NV1 CLEARANCE REQUIREDACT
- FTSolution Architect - API / SaaSOther
- CCData AnalystQLD
- FTTelecommunications Field Engineer (x2)WA
- FTTechnical Digital Producer | 6 Month ContractOther
- FTSharePoint Admin & Developer- Australian Citizens onlyOther
- FTSenior Systems Engineer (WINTEL)ACT