Hong Kong Tech Phooey

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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.

HTC Touch

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.


Apple iPhone

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.

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September 27, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, iPhone, Mobile Phone, My Gears, PocketPC, Review | ,

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  3. I have a question concerning how you overclocked the HTC Touch. I’ve put up a small website (http://www.htc-touch-info.com) giving HTC Touch beginners a good start and I would love to write something about overclocking as well. So if you’re willing to share your knowledge, I’d love to hear from you.

    Cheers, Chris

    Comment by Chris | October 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

    Comment by Idetrorce | December 15, 2007 | Reply

  5. How do i crack the iphone so that i can use it in HK thanx?

    Comment by Ron | February 26, 2008 | Reply

  6. Very helpful… thanks a lot! One question: Touch comes with CE Star and can download Bible, concordance, and other study helps. Can iphone do that too?

    Comment by Laura | March 6, 2008 | Reply

  7. Check out the 3rd party apps from Installer, think I see some bible softwares before.

    Comment by hongkongphooey | March 6, 2008 | Reply

  8. does anyone knows iphone can supports office docomments and can edit as well?

    Comment by ryan | April 11, 2008 | Reply

  9. Presently, no.

    Comment by hongkongphooey | April 13, 2008 | Reply

  10. I have a threaded sms chat just like the treo on my Touch. I would take the Touch over the iphone anyday because every problem you can think of aslready has a hack out for it.

    Comment by Danny Anderson | May 2, 2008 | Reply

  11. I’m visiting HK in early July 2008 – from Australia. Where can I buy the “HTC Touch Pro” in Hong Kong? And how much should I pay? Thanks. Geoffrey

    Comment by Geoffrey | June 8, 2008 | Reply

  12. Dear HKP,

    Can you suggest a suitable video converter for my smartphone with windows 6?

    I am using the free version of winavi.com but the banner asking me upgrade is really an irritant.It blocks the video almost.
    A suitable freeware without this problem is what I am looking for.

    Comment by silverspoon | August 2, 2008 | Reply

  13. I still like my Iphone 3G more than HTC touch! Iphone is more user friendly, my 2 years old niece know how to turn on the iphone and use her favor app, It was amazing to see how user friendly and simple the iphone can be. If a 2 years old can use it, it is user friendly.

    Comment by houstoncondo | November 9, 2008 | Reply

  14. Travelling over to Hong Kong at the end of the month, where can i buy a HTC Touch Pro mobile phone from? and how much would it cost? Cheers

    Comment by Rise1 | March 11, 2009 | Reply

    • The rice been dropping quite a bit lately. The best is to check it out over at Sincere Podium, just search for it under my old post at the bottom of the page.

      Comment by hongkongphooey | March 11, 2009 | Reply

  15. i think the htc touch is better then iphone becuse its really fast but not that friendly touch thats one thing i hate about it but i still think its better then the iphone

    Comment by elijahmilw | May 18, 2009 | Reply

  16. I think Iphone 3G is amazing and really hard to compete with. Aside from its quality, what i love most about the iphone is its applications and all gadgets and merchandise compatible with the phone.
    all the games makes it that much more fun to have. Plus there are some really cool headphones i found on 100milligrams.com that go with the ipod, PLUS all the JBL speakers and everything is so creative with the iphone

    Comment by Bonnie Wong | June 12, 2009 | Reply


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