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HTC Touch 2 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 299
with £30 per-month, 18-month contract from Carphone Warehouse; £270 from Play.com

Small and light with a good interface and plenty of apps, but the touch control lets it down, and the screen and camera aren't the best here.

Specifications

Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional, 2.8in 240×320 display

http://uk.insight.com

The Touch 2 runs Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC’s own TouchFlo interface over the top.

Running a finger along the icons at the bottom of the display scrolls through various screens. Useful information, such as a clock, the current weather and your next appointment, are displayed on the Home screen. The Contacts screen lets you add favourite contacts from your address book, although you’ll have to add a photo for each manually. Screens for text messages, email, photos and music can be browsed with a flick of your finger, and you can fill the last screen with favourite apps.

Integration with desktop Office applications is Windows Mobile 6.5’s forte, and the new Windows Phone service is clever. Your phone data is backed up to your Windows Live! Account, and can be browsed online. The only problem is that synchronising with Outlook or an Exchange server is a separate process, and all that data transfer will eat into your monthly allowance unless you do it manually over WiFi.

The phone itself is one of the smallest here, although it’s not the lightest. It feels well built and is easy to grip. The screen has a low resolution of 240×320 and pixellation is noticeable. Colours aren’t wonderful, either.

The touchscreen is hit and miss. It’s smooth on the home screens, but with applications running it tends to judder, and trying to hit checkboxes is frustrating, even if you use the stylus. The display’s orientation doesn’t change when you tilt it, although pictures and movies are automatically displayed in landscape mode. Battery life is reasonably good, but with GPS, synchronisation and WiFi usage, you’ll be lucky if it lasts more than a day on a single charge.

Unfortunately, we were unable to test the new Marketplace, but we’re sure Microsoft will have a wealth of third-party apps available. Windows Mobile 6.5, although superficially more finger-friendly than previous versions, still relies on a stylus for fiddly menus and checkboxes. The Touch 2 is a decent enough device, but HTC also makes more user-friendly Android phones, which we prefer.

Details

Price £299
Rating ***

Hardware

Main display size 2.8in
Native resolution 240×320
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 3.2-megapixel
Video recording format MP4, 3GP
Connectivity Bluetooth, WiFi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 256MB
Memory card support microSDHC
Memory card included 0MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless data EDGE, HSDPA, HSCSD
Size 104x55x13mm
Weight 110g

Features

Operating system Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional
Microsoft Office compatibility Word/Excel/PowerPoint editors, PDF viewer
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, M4A
Video playback formats WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, AVI
FM Radio no
Web Browser Internet Explorer, Opera
Talk time 6.2 hours
Standby time 20.8 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 17h 4m

Buying Information

SIM-free price £299
Price on contract Free on £30-per-month, 18-month contract
SIM-free supplier uk.insight.com
Contract/prepay supplier www.carphonewarehouse.com
Details www.htc.com

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