So I’ve just had a pretty typical working day with the HTC Touch handset, and thought you might like some initial impressions. First off, it was in use from 5am in the morning (catching an early flight) until 10.00 pm at night (long day!).
- Battery life remaining at the end of the day = Around 25%.
- Applications used = Mobile Word, Destinator 6.0 GPS navigation software, default MP3 music player, phone (3 calls + SMS), camera (one shot), WiFi (failed), games (a lot in airport terminals)
- Overall impression = Yeah nice. The battery life was a very pleasant surprise, which leads me to believe that the power management has been improved considerably on Windows Mobile 6.0 Pro. Which is definitely a good thing.
- Cautions = My short time trying to connect (and failing due to no suitable networks being available) seemed to suck out battery life. WiFi looks like a battery killer all right.
- Minuses = The camera quality sucks. 2 megapixel? Hah, I’ve seen better from a 330,000 pixel camera.
- Pluses = The GPS software worked perfectly, Bluetooth hooked up instantly each time (after initially setting the right port), and the voice was loud and clear during the journey at all times.
- Deliberations = I need more fun games. The default Solitaire and the free Microsoft 9 Hole Golf games are not enough. Flight mode is good!
- Deliberations II = Need a better set of earphones, and a decent eBook reader for Pocket PC. Mobile Word sucks for eBook reading, but we all knew that didn’t we?
- Deliberations III = it’s really nice to have a super skinny phone in my pocket rather than a lumpy lump. Great form factor.
Overall I’m really quite surprised by how well the thing worked. Long time readers will know that I’m a Symbian fan, but this phone is the first time I’ve been able to say that the Windows platform actually worked well under pressure. Of course there’s still the kludgy Windows menu switching performance to contend with and those dodgy touchscreen issues to boot (esp. extreme smearing and a bit of glare), but in the end the kid did all right.