CNET First Look
HTC Touch HD (unlocked)The HTC Touch HD dazzles with its large, high-resolution touch screen, but the smartphone's feature set and performance is average at best. You can get much more for your money.
>> Bonnie: Hi I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor at CNET.com and today we're taking a first look at the HTC Touch HD. HTC never released a Smartphone in the United States and didn't even offer a Northern American inversion but we were curious to see if there is anything we were missing out on so I got an unlocked version of the phone. The reason why the HTC Touch HD is even worth a look is because of its large display it measures 3.8 inches diagonally which beats out other touch-screen phones like the iPhone, the BlackBerry Storm, and the Samsung Omnia. The difference in size doesn't seem that significant on paper but you can definitely notice when viewing Web pages, documents and messages since you can see more on the screen; also it's a WVGA screen so that the resolution is really sharp and colors pop out especially when you're viewing photos or videos. For entering text you get an on-screen keyboard that's similar to in size to the iPhone the keys might be a little bit smaller but I didn't have too many problems typing messages, I didn't have too many errors. Once you get past the big display the Touch HD is like most other Windows Mobile Smartphones it's running Version 6 point 1 and so you get the standard Office Suite and Direct Push technology for Outlook synchronization. Smartphone has the standard Internet Explorer Mobile Web Browser but it also ships with Opera which we think is a better browser. Fortunately because a North American version of the Touch HD was never released it doesn't support either AT&T or TMobile's 3G Network so you're stuck with Edge you do get WiFi at least as an alternative. Our biggest disappointment with the Touch HD isn't the lack of 3G though it's the poor video support the large display makes it a good candidate for watching videos on the Smartphone but it doesn't support a wide variety of formats and performance was mixed. I tried watching high-quality WMV clips on here and the sound and picture stuttered and other times it wouldn't blow up into full-screen mode so it just seems like all this extra screen size goes to waste. Plus the unlocked price of the HTC Touch HD is $700.00 and even though the displays are impressive it's not worth that much to me you're better off going with the iPhone or something like the Samsung Omnia. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your first look at the HTC Touch HD. ^M00:02:16 [ Music ]