HTC Touch Dual in-depth review -

Look and feel

As with the original HTC Touch, the Touch Dual feels great, with a wonderful black rubberised finish that looks and feels great. Meanwhile, the slide out keypad adds no unnecessary bulk to the device.

Ease of use

Although, the TouchFlo touchscreen interface is a bit hit and miss, its better than all touchscreen competitors except the iPhone. The user interface is simple to master.

Features

A significant improvement on the original, with HSDPA amd a sliding keypad now on board the HTC Touch Dual.

Performance

A great smartphone performance, with rapid internet speeds and an okay camera.

Battery life

Middle of the road battery life that just about does the job, but keep your charger handy.

 HTC Touch Dual Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:50:46 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

8

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

8

out of 5

Features

6

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

With a cool design and the TouchFLO system, this new Touch is quite a looker.

Cons:

3G it may be, but the lack of Wi-Fi stands out like a sore thumb.

A good smartphone isn't all about looks, but they do matter. In this case, HTC has retained the black, rubber-feel outer casing and rounded edges of the original Touch. The former helps make the Touch Dual comfortable to hold, while the latter looks distinctive. It brings the smartphone away from the staid old world of professional businesspeople and into consumerland.

The Touch Dual is a slim-format mobile and it feels comfortable in the hand, albeit a little tall. The slider format hides a numberpad until it is needed and when you slide it out, the Touch Dual can feel a bit unwieldy in smaller hands.

By introducing the slider, HTC has been able to hide various Windows Mobile shortcut buttons, so the front of the casing only has Call and End buttons and a navigation key. This makes things look pretty sleek.

One other thing to note about the general look and feel of the Touch Dual is that the screen is quite small. At 2.6 inches corner to corner, some might find it a bit squint-inducing.

TouchFLO who?

The TouchFLO system made its first appearance on the original Touch and we still marvel at its cleverness. With a series of finger swipes, you can call up menus that switch animatedly as if you were spinning a cube. Applications, music and contacts are all available this way.

You can also swipe the screen to do things like scroll through webpages, contact lists and the Windows Mobile applications listing. It is all pretty clever and so much cooler looking than the standard Windows Mobile screens.

Of course, you do get back to the standard Windows Mobile screens pretty soon - TouchFLO is not a complete overhaul. As soon as you want to create an email or browse the web, you are back to ordinary Windows Mobile stuff.

Communications capers

If you are looking for a Windows Mobile device with everything, then this isn't the place to be. The Touch Dual runs Windows Mobile 6, which means it's bang up to date as far as the operating system is concerned, but as we've said, Wi-Fi is absent. Also missing is GPS, which is becoming a lot more common in smartphones.

3G is here though, and the front-facing camera allows you to make video calls. Bluetooth is on board and you also get all the usual gubbins to connect the Touch Dual to a PC to sync contacts and diary and to add extra software.