The HTC Touch 3050 is a capable newcomer to the newly popularized touch-screen PDA market.
The Touch is unique in that its overall dimensions are small, only 10.1 cm x 5.9 cm x 1.4 cm, however it has a wonderful, 2.8” high resolution screen that practically fills the entire face of the device.
Running on Telus and Bell CDMA networks in Canada and AllTel, Sprint and Verizon in the US, the Touch is high-speed data (EVDO REV A) capable and features email via Microsoft’s ActiveSync, instant messaging with Windows Live, text messaging, speakerphone and more.
Additional features include:
- - Speed dialing with quick contact look-up
- - 2.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom, adjustable resolution, image capture and video playback
- - Can be used as a modem to connect your laptop to the internet (required cable included)
- - Bluetooth Wireless Technology for hands-free headset
- - MicroSD slot allows for up to 4GB
- - Mini-USB accessory port
- - Synchronize Contacts, Calendar Events, Tasks, etc., and able to access Microsoft Outlook
- - Pocket Express Services: Pocket Express allows users to customer news feeds, including sports, weather and more
- - Edit Microsoft Word and Excel document and view PowerPoint documents
- - MP3 and video playback via Windows Media Player 10
- - More
The Touch has a customizable “Today Screen” and uses HTC’s TouchFlo technology to provide the user with a wonderful interactive experience much like the iPhone.
This TouchFlo user interface, however, does not extend much beyond the “today screen”, where Windows Mobile 6 soon takes over. One moment you are interacting with the device almost exactly like an iPhone, but for everything else you are relegated to the Windows operating system.
Unlike the iPhone and Prada, the HTC Touch did not have its operating system and user interface developed in tandem, so it does lack a seamless, uniform user experience. The end result is somewhat schizophrenic; it hints of what could be but ultimately is Windows driven.
To be fair, Windows Mobile 6 does grant the user entry into the well-heeled and popular MS operating universe, which also includes numerous third party applications which can be added.
What’s in the Box:
- - HTC Touch smartphone
- - AC Charger
- - Battery
- - 1GB microSD card with adapter
- - Wired stereo headset
- - Carrying Case
- - Extra stylus
- - Screen protector
- - USB Data and charging cable
- - Mini USB splitter
- - Companion CD with ActiveSynce and Outlook software
- - Quick Start Guide
The HTC Touch is a powerful, full-featured smartphone and comes with everything you need to get started enjoying it right away. But be aware that due to the incongruous OS and UI, you will be effortlessly interacting with TouchFlo one moment, and tapping with a stylus the next.
Reviews (6.4/10 Avg. rating)
Good passive messaging and data consumption device
While its finger based controls still feel a bit like an "add-on" in much of the system, the Verizon XV6900 for Verizon is still quite an improvement over the original GSM device, a device that I am very fond of. I miss the WiFi connectivity, but Verizon's EV-DO network is very fast and more conv... More
While its finger based controls still feel a bit like an "add-on" in much of the system, the Verizon XV6900 for Verizon is still quite an improvement over the original GSM device, a device that I am very fond of. I miss the WiFi connectivity, but Verizon's EV-DO network is very fast and more convenient to use. I've never been a fan of Pocket PC devices for a number of reasons. Some practical, such as not being able to clean their sunken displays, which are prone to collecting dust in their corners. Others convenience and usability related, like having to use two hands so that I can whip out a stylus to complete some task.
For me, the Verizon XV6900 addresses these problems. I rarely need the stylus at all in typical use. The XV6900 turns out to be a good passive messaging and data consumption device. It has the power to get information to the user, and present it in a usable fashion, but lacks some of the practical aspects of other Pocket PC devices, like full QWERTY keyboards, that allow users to edit documents or create new messages easily.
So while it is not going to be the perfect solution for power users and other road warriors that need to edit documents and create dozens of emails in a day, it could well be the perfect device for people who generally just need to keep on top of their appointments and manage their lives. HTC certainly has a lot more work to do with their TouchFLO system, but in its current state it is still overall useful and powerful enough to earn itself a "Highly Recommended" rating.
most fabulous phone I've ever seen, much less used; I won't settle for less
When I went to find a cell phone, I was looking at the ones with keyboards. The salesman pulled out the HTC Touch 6900. It didn't look like much, but WOW! He showed me all of things the HTC Touch does, and I was instantly interested only in the HTC phone. I had never loved a cell phone before, but I love this one. It converts talking or handwriting to text, easily gets me on the Web, keeps track of 3 email addresses (and there's room for more), keeps my contacts, is the #1 calendar (altho I do have a paper one too), plays my music, gets me current weather & radar quickly, has a drive large enough for all of the Google Apps, and navigates them quickly. I LOVE THIS PHONE! And in October, when I can upgrade, or December, when my contract is "up", I will not settle for anything less than an HTC. I'm very satisfied with Sprint. I wish the prices were lower, but when I have a customer service issue, I know exactly who to contact, and my problem is quickly solved, saving me money each time. I don't know of any other company that would be able to match that level of customer service.Less
Pro: HTC Con: HTC Very handy en functionel phone Best phone for now.Less
Some people must work for the company
Pro: Looks cool Con: Battery life, needs to be reset all the time I work with a group of people and we travel together so it's all about looking good on the cell phones and other things. So when this phone came out 3 of us jumped on it and we look like suckers, this phone sucks. You make a call in the middle of the call it will drop and not just drop it will reset. Get on the web and you freeze, when its not freezing or resetting which is rare then its cool but you can do yourself a favor and buy a phone that works and to the people with stock in this phone or whatever don't hop online and lie. Again 3 of us have this phone and its the same problem I cant say anything about battery life because it does not work that long.Less
HTC Touch p3050
I have had similar problems with the battery overheating when charging. I usually check the temp after the first few minutes. If it starts to get hot I unplug, remove and reinstall battery. this seams to work. The phone locking up, unable to access the internet or power down etc. I just do the same thing. Its operating system is Windows so what do you expect? If you use Widows on your home computer you know what I mean! All in all I enjoy my HCT Touch and can use the internet almost anywhere. I give the phone 7/10, even though sometimes I have to wait a couple of minutes rebooting. The WiFi missing I assumed Telus had this removed so they can get all the airtime they can.Less
Love the HTC Touch
Pro: Windows Mobile Con: No Accelerometer for tilt screen view change Only problem I have with this phone is the small keyboard for text and typing for web pages. I bought a new phone for my wife (Verizon) LG Dare and was told that I could upgrade to the Dare for only 29.00. So I jumped on it and was getting rid of the HTC. After a day of playing around with the Dare, I called Verizon and went back to my HTC. Now I use my Dare as a MP3 Player.Less
Pro: Ligh Weight Con: Issues with phone Had 2 new phones in less than a year. Issues with charging phone and then phones locks up. Went with new palsm treo.Less
Pro: Easy to use Con: Not easily repaired I bought this HTC phone in October and I am on my third one. The batteries have had to be replaced twice. Two previous times the phone froze and the company had no idea had to repair it and just replaced it with yet another one. It frequently looses the ability to connect to the internet and has the be reset. Also, it will not bluetooth with many phones in order to transfer data.Less
Pro: small fits in pocket Con: none a great phone this phone can do it all with ease,nice size screen you can make out all the little things online where you couldn't on most phones...a 5 star phone.. the i phone is just too big you have to have a nerd hip holder.Less
i have used this phone a little more than a year without any problem. you can add tons of things/ features to it. runs and works just fine. i would say it is the best phone i had so far. there is only one thing that is missing, WIFI. however, you can connect thru USB cable or blutooth to your pc and internet works... dont worry what people say about this phone, i recommed this phone for everyone...Less
Replaced phone three times
Pro: Slide features Con: Low battery life This phone is horrible. I believe this is the worst phone Sprint has ever made. I had to have the phone replaced three times. The phone dropped calls consistently. Calls people when your face touches different buttons. The battery life will not allow you to use it for more than an hour. You must keep your charger car/wall with you at all times. After my third HTC messed up I got the HTC Touch Diamond and I must say that one is not any better and the battery life is worse. There phone uses too many applications at one time and you have to consistently close all of them after you touch the phone or they will keep going and cause the battery to die even quicker.Less
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