For all the analysis of iPhones, Android devices and webOS' suitability for the enterprise market, there's one company already a mainstay and with the smartphone legacy to prove it. HTC have carved a niche for themselves with sturdy, dependable handsets, often running Windows Mobile, and their Touch Pro2 is the latest of the bunch. It's a serious smartphone with a considerable spec-list and considerable bulk to boot; in a world of waifish business/consumer crossovers, is the Pro2 a chunky anachronism? SlashGear set to finding out.
It's only hours since the HTC Magic's announcement, but we're sure there are plenty of people asking the obvious question: iPhone 3G or HTC Magic? The T-Mobile G1 managed to circumnavigate too much comparison thanks to its hardware keyboard, still a sore spot among some Apple-fanciers, but the candybar totally-touchscreen HTC Magic will have no such escape.
Full comparison - plus Vodafone HTC Magic demo video and live photos after the cut
HTC have announced their latest smartphone, the Touch Cruise, which comes complete with an automatic location-based logger called HTC Footprints. The Touch Cruise has a 2.8-inch QVGA resistive touchscreen, quadband GSM, dualband HSDPA (900/2100 MHz for Europe/Asia, 850/1900MHz for North America), WiFi b/g and A-GPS, together with Bluetooth 2.0 and a 3.2-megapixel fixed-focus camera. HTC Footprints, meanwhile, is launched from a dedicated button on the front panel, and allows every photo taken with the Touch Cruise's camera to be tagged with audio and text notes, together with GPS coordinates.
HTC have announced a partnership with Russian carrier Scartel to produce the world's first integrated GSM/WiMAX handset, the HTC MAX 4G. Seemingly using much of the hardware of the HTC Touch HD, it will use Scartel's Yota WiMAX network as well as offer access to any Russian GSM carrier courtesy of an unlocked SIM slot; however, calls between two Yota customers will automatically be routed as VoIP calls over the WiMAX network. Like the Touch HD, the MAX 4G has a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera and runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro with the TouchFLO 3D GUI.
More photos & launch video after the cut
In the first part of our HTC Touch HD review, we looked at the physical design, the display, the touchscreen, TouchFLO 3D, messaging and internet browsing. Now, in the second part of our exclusive SlashGear review, we'll look at GPS and media performance, camera ability and battery life, together with how the Touch HD performs as a cellphone. We'll also tackle the biggest question of them all: is the Touch HD an iPhone killer?
HTC announced HTC Touch 3G and HTC Touch Viva today; a site leaks made HTC to push the announcement one day earlier than planned - Both Touch 3G and Touch Viva sports TouchFLO technology enabling quick navigation and one touch access to messages, contacts, and other information.
The S740 smartphone is a distant cousin of the HTC Diamond, featuring a similar sleek front and faceted back along with a similar feature set. Unlike the Diamond, the S740 does not sport a touchscreen and powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard.
What's in a name? Not much, really, when you're talking about what to call HTC's latest evolution of the Touch. Previously known as the Touch Slide, because of its slide-out keypad, HTC have finally officially announced the HSDPA handset for European markets as the HTC Touch Dual. Rocking an updated (and seemingly more comprehensive) version of the company's iPhone-rivalling TouchFLO gesture recognition, which aims to do away with a stylus and allow use of the Windows Mobile 6 handset with just your stumpy fingers, two versions of the handset will be available: one with a normal 12-button numeric keypad and the other with a 20-key Suretype keyboard.
Check out a video of the HTC Touch Dual after the cut...
We already know that the upcoming HTC Omniis a slick little swine (and let's just leave all the "is it an iPhone beater?" discussion aside, because it's dull and I'm as bored of it as I suspect you are); now new information out of PDAdb.net lathes further lushness on the clamshell smartphone, including some tasty tidbits about the higher-than-ever cellular broadband support.