A lovely neat and minimalist hardware design, and also small and well built for the hand.
TouchFLO is smooth and works well, but there’s no speedy access to the camera software which could irritate some people.
Pretty much the full works are here including GPS, Wi-Fi and 7.2Mbps HSDPA. Shame about the absence of a 3.5mm headset jack, though.
The processor jogs along nicely and we had no real trouble getting this smartphone to do our bidding.
Battery life was one of the main problems with the original HTC Touch. It is improved here to 400 minutes of talktime and 365 hours on standby.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:54:15 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Small, neat, and easy to use
No front camera, and the screen may not be ideal for some media-rich uses
The original HTC Touch received a mixed reception. It was certainly innovative, and is arguably responsible for the bevy of touch-screen mobiles we see on the market today, from Android to iPhone and beyond.
The first thing to note is that the Touch 3G comes with 7.2Mbps HSDPA capability. Great news for anyone interested in fast data connections for web browsing or downloading, and the pre-installed Opera browser is also a plus.But be warned, this particular HTC smartphone has a small screen. If you really want to make the most of streamed multimedia then the 2.8 inch, 320x240 pixel offering might not be for you. And while we are issuing alerts, note that there is no front camera for two-way video calling. Now, that might not matter to you, but if it does, the Nokia E66 could be a better option for example.
To counteract that negativity, the HTC Touch 3G is small, neat and very pocket friendly. It looks good too. Rounded corners are always welcome, and the fact that the bottom edge is a little narrower than the top seems to help the Touch 3G fit neatly in the palm.Tall, thin call and end buttons sit beneath the screen, and in between them is a large D-pad. That’s all you get by way of front buttons. The sides are stylishly minimalist too, with an on/off switch on the top, a long, thin volume rocker on the right and a miniUSB for headphones, PC connection and mains power on the bottom.If we had one gripe, it would be the absence of a 3.5mm headset jack. We can’t help thinking that this should be standard in every smartphone.There’s no camera shortcut button so you need to launch the camera from the Programs menu.This might mean you miss out on a few candid shots.
HTC has, of course, built its TouchFLO user interface into this Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone, and it makes for pretty smooth running. The web shortcut has a vertically scrollable list of shortcuts to sites like YouTube, Google, and Facebook so getting to any of these is a couple of screen taps away.There’s built-in GPS and Google Maps has been pre-installed. Wi-Fi is here too, ideal for those times when 3G reception is a little iffy.
The HTC Touch 3G is small and neat, and should fit into most pockets. It has plenty of strong features, but its relatively small screen may not cater for multimedia needs.