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HTC Unveils iPhone Competitor

HTC Touch

HTC unveiled its hinted-at iPhone competitor (I even talked about it in my video blog last week), the HTC Touch. The Touch is a Windows Mobile device with a touchscreen, fewer buttons, and a gesture-based UI overlaid on Windows Mobile.

It’s TouchFLO system allows users to browse through lists by flicking their fingers, the main screen has information that can be browsed by swiping your finger through it, and various applications will allow you to replace the scroll bar with a simple finger motion, including web browsing, documents, contact lists and messages.

The Touch includes a 2.8 inch QVGA screen, 2 megapixe camera, Wi-fi (b and g), GSM/GPRS/EDGE Tri-band: 900, 1800,1900, Bluetooth 2.0, 200 hours standby and 5 hours talktime, 128 megabytes ROM, 64 megabytes RAM, a free 1 gigabyte MicroSD card. It comes in black and a goldish/green color. It is available right now in England, will be available in Asia and Europe this month, and is coming to the U.S. later this year.

I’d so break my contract to get one of these, if the price is right.

While on looks it doesn’t have the sleekness of the iPhone, it does sport many of the things Windows Mobile users have been jealous of ever since January, and it is good for business users (something the current iPhone will never be). Sadly for Microsoft, HTC has proven how one little company can out-innovate Microsoft on UI design on its own mobile operating system, and HTC has basically shown Microsoft’s failure in creating a stylish UI for Windows Mobile 6. Luckily, we all get to benefit, and maybe this will give Microsoft a swift kick in the butt to start bringing an “A” game on UI coolness.

Check it out in action here.

June 5th, 2007 Posted by | Windows Mobile | 3 comments



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  1. [...] HTC Unveils iPhone Competitor [...]

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  2. [...] has one of the first videos showing how the HTC Touch’s new TouchFLO interface works. Check it [...]

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  3. Just wondering why the iPhone will never be good for buisness users….it has evrything I need and more……I honestly can’t see what it’s missing as far as buisness needs go. I also enjoyed seeing “Microsoft” and “UI coolness” in the same sentence. It’s not something you see every day (or ever).

    Comment by Ken | June 21, 2007

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