My Take – iPhone vs HTC Touch
Well, been playing around with the iPhone for a couple days and I believed I’ve covered most of the applications on-board pretty well. Following is my take between the iPhone and the HTC Touch. Bear in mind I’m not going to delve into the music and PDA elements in terms of the two phones as it would do both phones unjust. The HTC Touch IS a PDA Phone and the iPhone is more of a quasi-iPod with phone capabilities.
Size – OK, to start of with, the HTC Touch been with me since June and I love its small-size form factor so much that I gave up the Dopod 838 pro.
Speed – The on-board CPU is slow but I over-clocked it up to 247 MHz and it’s way better, speed-wise.
Interface – TouchFlo interface on accessing pics, music, videos / speed-dial and other useful applications. Swift in terms of the TouchFlo.
Push-mail – The one application that I use intensively is the Push-mail function, one which I cannot live without especially with the amount of mail coming in from my three other mail accounts. HTC Touch won here thumbs up.
Speed-dial – The speed-dial function via the TouchFlo can quickly access your nine frequent contacts. You can call, SMS, email any one of them in ONE go.
Notes and Inking – You can scribble just any notes in the Notes application or on the OneNote mobile application. Easy to use and no hassle whatsoever.
Calls – Easy access to speed dial or accessing others via the phonebook, again have the options to call, SMS or email in one go.
Today Screen – Fully customizable for one’s different tastes and needs.
Connectivity – Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and WiFi access. Unless you use a Bluetooth stereo headset, dangling the handsfree headphones could be a real pain. Worst thing is that the handsfree headphones have to use a mini USB jack.
Screen – Acceptable readability under direct sunlight but bright and crisp in indoors.
Camera – Hmm…the weak link. If you have a few applications opened, you’ll get that message that in order for the camera to work, you have to force-close all other applications. Quality-wise, mediocre.
Other pluses – Light indicators, orange for mail/message, blue for Bluetooth, green for normal.
Size – This phone is thinner but not smaller than the HTC Touch. Can tuck away easily and comfortably in a jacket or shirt pocket.
Speed – Blazingly fast, a whole lot faster than most WM6 PocketPC Phones.
Interface – Full Touch driven. Smooth.
Push-mail – None as of yet. You can set the mail box for an auto-check for every 15 minutes tho (under settings/mail/auto-check).
Speed-dial - Some of the earlier reviews said the iPhone does not have this function. WRONG. When you tap the Phone applications, you’ll see the “Favorites” button in the bottom left, click it and you can add in whoever you want to add into speed dials. Only calls can make via this screen tho, no SMS or Email.
Notes and Inking – The notes application is really neat, downside is that you just have to punch in every single word… I added the Sketches application from the Installer that came with the iPhone, you can use your finger to semi-ink anything on screen, sketches is the right name and it is really sketchy.
Calls – Again easy access to speed dial or accessing others via the phonebook.
Today Screen – This is the weak link here. I miss that customizable today screen for listings of upcoming appointments, tasks…etc. Hope someone can come up with a third-party application or hack soon.
Connectivity – Bluetooth, well yes but no A2DP, cannot listen to music via the BlueTooth stereo headphones yet. But pretty sure the upcoming patch or next will fix this. (Test: if you call your voice mail and click to use your Bluetooth headphones to receive, then click on iPod off the main menu and play any song, you’ll hear the song over the voicemail message. See they got that Bluetooth link up ability, just haven’t got it right yet, or maybe intentionally as Steve Jobs reasoned why 3G is not incorporated into the iPhone, that being, they don’t want any add-on as of now, that would drain the battery.) As for WiFi access and network connection via EDGE, seems like the connection drops quite often and reconnection is required. iPhone’s deeply recessed headset jack is the major bummer but a 3.5 mm adapter should solve the problem.
Screen – Slightly better than the HTC Touch in regarding readability under direct sunlight, also bright and crisp in indoors. In fact, the screen is gorgeous.
Camera – Love the Camera application, far better than the HTC Touch. Being both 2.0 mega-pixels, the iPhone camera comes out on top in terms of quality.
Other pluses – The Stock, Weather (well HTC Touch got this too) and last but not last, the Map application (real neat, and they don’t have this on the iPod Touch). The balloon threaded SMS reminds me of Treochat, a SMS application I truly missed.
Well, that is for now. Stuill suffering from my toothache. Will update more along the way (updates in italics). If you want to share your opinions, drop a few lines in the comments section.