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My Gears – Some Quick Pics on the HTC Touch Diamond – Day 1

Still spending much time trying to get familiar with the Diamond. Took some side-by-side comparison pics for now, review will have to come in a bit later.

From left to right, HTC Touch; the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Cruise and the iPhone. Noted the glare off the phone screen, the HTC Touch Diamond still have the best readability from the lightings flare, I assume similar results from outdoors.

From top to bottom, the HTC Touch, the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Cruise and the iPhone on the bottom.

HTC Touch Diamond and Cruise on side-to side. Notice the screen a lot more crisp and sharp, tell you what, the VGA screen on the Touch Diamond rocks.

A side pic comparison with the HTC Diamond in front, and the HTC Touch Cruise at the back, the Diamond is so much thinner and sleeker. Pure art.

My Day 1 conclusion, the Touch Cruise is gonna go.


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June 2, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, iPhone, Mobile Phone, My Gears, Pics, PocketPC | , , , | 9 Comments

My First Week with My HTC Touch Cruise

Got the all new HTC Touch Cruise for almost week and instead of doing yet another unboxing piece on the phone, I want to look at the phone in another perspective, one from a power user.

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As you all remember, I lost my iPhone on Christmas Eve and the one great thing I missed about the iPhone is the ultra-fast user interface and the iPod functions on it as podcasts takes up a big chunk of my daily life. For the month without the iPhone, I have to go back to my HTC Touch, which I found to be sluggish in terms of speed and even with the TouchFlo interface. One thing that I appreciates is having the instant sync capabilities with my Microsoft Exchange account and that is the thing that I truly missed while using the iPhone.

Okay, on to the HTC Touch Cruise. For HK$5,580 (US$715), I bought the HTC Touch Cruise the second day after it was launched. The outlook is sweet, the mirror finish on the surface is stylish and elegant (unlike the HTC Touch’s cheap plastic feel).

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The buttons and the jog wheel are very sensitive and gives a good feel when pressing or scrolling. Onto the processor, in terms of speed or movie playback, one can feel the lag, not much, but enough for one to wonder why HTC can’t offer a better processor for this top-notch phone. However, when compare with the HTC Touch, the HTC Touch Cruise is considered much faster and it is acceptable. The second generation TouchFLO is a bit smoother and faster than the previous version and the incorporation of the technology to the picture album is just awesome, I just love how the pictures can be zoomed in and out and rotates.

The phone comes with a FM radio and the headphone, which function also as an antenna, would be needed in order for it to work. However, the radio reception and sound quality of the headphones that came with the phone are just purely unacceptable. Couple posts on the local forums indicated that previous HTC headphones of older phone models (those with the mini-usb jack) gives better radio reception and produce much better sound quality. Another solution is to look for those generic headphones with a mini-usb jack, chances are, they’re still better than the one that came with the phone.

As for the battery, well, disappointing is all I have to say. I can easily half drain the battery (1,350 mAh) within a 24-hour period with no Bluetooth and no WiFi on, 20+ short phone calls, 40+ incoming mail and messages, and without accessing any other programs. Can’t imagine what it would be like if I start listening to music on it or reading my RSS feeds off it.

The 3.0 mega pixels camera is weak, don’t expect to take any great pics off it. However, the VGA CMOS camera on the front gives very crisp picture during the video calls. I tested it with my Motorola and LG video phones and the video quality off the HTC Touch Cruise is very good, not much lag at all.

All in all, the HTC Touch Cruise is a decent upgrade to the HTC Touch (much along the same line as the HTC Touch Dual), but in terms of value for money, I would say not. For almost US$100 more than the HTC Touch Dual, I don’t see much extras the HTC Touch Cruise really had to offer. Of course WiFi, FM radio and video call capabilities are cool to have but only if deemed necessary. If I get to choose again, I might just go for the HTC Touch Dual (that one have a pretty nice keypad).

Check out the following pics for more.

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February 13, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, My Gears, PocketPC, Review | , , , | Leave a comment

Video Review – HTC Touch Cruise (Polaris) by MundoPDA

Source – MundoPDA

January 26, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Review, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

News on HTC Touch Cruise Release in Asia

According to a post from MSMobiles, “ The HTC Touch Cruise will be available from early February at all authorized resellers at a suggested retail price of SGD $1,198 (inclusive of 7% GST).” [that’s for Singapore]  I suspect the release date will be around the same time for Hong Kong.  

January 22, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC | , , | Leave a comment

Unboxing Video – HTC Touch Cruise

According to our latest sources, the launch is within these two weeks, so stay tuned.  For the time being, enjoy this unboxing video from leodee.

January 21, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Video | , , | Leave a comment

HTC Touch Cruise – Unrepsonsive Screen?

Well, you be the judge.  I think the reviewer just new to the Touch interface as I had that same problem when I first have my HTC Touch.  Once you’re used to it, the TouchFlo should work pretty swiftly.  News on the local forum indicated that it’s coming out end of this month here in Hong Kong and ExpansysHK had pulled the phone off their list (another indication that the phone is launching soon).

Source – ssmoviles

January 13, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Video on HTC Touch Cruise Jog Dial & Video Playback

January 7, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Review – HTC Touch Cruise

Review on the HTC Touch Cruise up on CoolSmartPhone, link here.

November 23, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Review, Video | , , | Leave a comment

First Look – HTC Touch Cruise

Nice hands-on review on the all new HTC Touch Cruise over at CoolSmartPhone, initial specs revealed a  Qualcomm MSM7200 CPU (400MHz); 256MB ROM/ 128MB RAM; Quad-band 3G/HSPDA connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11 b/g WiFi.

Check out the full report here.

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Review, Video | , , | Leave a comment