The HTC Touch HD changed my perception of Windows Mobile phones, from the extreme hate (and i-so-don’t-want-to-use-it) to the other extreme and now I’m saying “oh-i-can-really-live-with-this!”

The first look

The phone fits nicely into my palm and I’ve a good grip of the phone too. Screen size is bigger than the iPhone and takes up most of the surface as there wasn’t a big button like the one on the iPhone. Instead, there are the call, home, back and hang-up button that takes up only a small portion at the bottom of the phone surface. The wide screen is also great for catching up on all the funny youtube videos on the move. With a earphone of course. Cause the sound isn’t loud enough when you’re commuting. Specs: 3.8-inch wide, WVGA (480 X 800 pixel) display offering a cinema experience on the go

Loving the User Interface

I’ve used Windows Mobile phones before and I’m totally not a fan. Due to the constant lagging on the phone and the not so friendly interface that can be quite a pain in the ass. Sony Ericsson did try to hide the Window Mobile UI with their own on the Xperia X1, but that didn’t quite make the cut for me (nor Abang). But with HTC’s Vibrant TouchFLOTM 3D user interface, responding perfectly to your finger gestures when scrolling through contacts, browsing the web, and launching media, it seems so much more fun and intuitive. When I use the HTC Touch HD, it doesn’t make me think about what it really was built on. The phone still lags at times, but its forgivable. (Yap! I’m illusive. Hurhur!)

And what’s a touch phone when I can’t touch and interact with it? With the 3.8-inch screen, I’m a happy toucher. I loves how I can flip through my contact list, my emails, my SMSes and my photos too. The touch is so good that I totally forgot that there’s a stylus for the phone! They also allow users to customised what goes on to the program panel on their UI. (So iPhone-y right?) But I like! If only they’ve a comprehensive app store for this phone too!

This phone would have taken over my almost undying love for my Samsung Innov8 if not for the camera feature. How can Claudia live without her kickass camera phone!!

Although packed with a 5megapixel auto-focus camera, the quality and speed just isn’t up to my standard yet. And the lack of a shutter button also make cam-whoring too difficult. The only capture buttom is to touch on the on-screen shutter which is right at the bottom of the phone. How to hold the phone with one hand and camwhore? Not possible! Yes! I’ve tried and tested and failed.

The HTC Touch HD has been a great content consuming phone for me for the past few weeks. I wonder if the Nokia E63 will make a good replacement for this while I wait for something better on the android platform. I wonder how long will that dream phone take to come!

Daniel from Tech65 loves the phone lots too! Find out why.