Unbiased HTC review

, posted: 25-May-2012 14:41

10 Years ago I purchased a Pocket PC. It was a Toshiba e570. Chuffed with my purchase I returned home to play with my new piece of kit only to find after about an hour, it really didn't do anything.

Leap forward 10 years and I am once again presented with another handheld device, The HTC touch2 here is a photo of it. 

When you look at this photo you immediately think, this is a swish looking piece of kit. Don't be fooled. This androidesk interface merely disguises the woeful OS I found 10 years ago. Personally I have turned off what ever this is called as it hinders more than helps. I have spent 18 months with this gem. Here is what I have found.

Making calls
This phone is great at pocket dialling. What is also great is if you dial a number by accident it won't stop calling the displayed number. If you choose a number from you phone book and hit dial it dials the number you called previously, not the number you selected 

Answering calls
This phone is excellent at answering calls when you don't want it to. Not only that it does a great job at dropping calls when ever you touch it. 

Ending calls
In some cases I have hit the end call 15-16 times and it still holds the call, great fun. 

This is quite awesome. Say some one calls you and you want to txt them back, you can't unless you add them to your address book! There is a button to send a txt to the displayed number but it does absolutely nothing. 

Well it goes without saying the browser is going to be terrible. But an added feature is the browser will actually hang and brick the phone until you pull the battery out. 

The buttons are pretty good, I have thumped the end call button literally dozens of times in a row to end a call and they show no sign of wear. The volume buttons are positioned perfectly to mute the volume every time you put it in your pocket.

This is actually pretty good it will go for a day and half if you make no phone calls.

The phone comes with a USB cable. Don't loose it as for some strange reason they have put a proprietary plug on the phone so you are screwed if you loose it. The headphones are also proprietary so if you damage or loose them, again your not in a good situation. 

Unless someone has given you this phone and they pay for every aspect of it, I would avoid it at all costs.  

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Comment by freitasm, on 25-May-2012 16:01


Comment by lxsw20, on 25-May-2012 16:35

A standard mini usb cable actualy fits the socket - you reckon?

Comment by tchart, on 25-May-2012 20:33


Actually HTC did something clever there and you didnt realise! A standard mini (not micro) USB cable will work for charging and syncing. However their proprietary plug allows audio as well as data via a single cable.

Or would you prefer 2 sockets?


RE The Rest

You obviously didnt realise what you had when you bought your e570. A computer in your hand that was more powerful than the one that sent man to the moon. It wasnt locked down, it had free development tools and was mostly complient with Windows code. Whats to not like.

It was way ahead of its time but sadly MS didnt invest in keeping it slick, pretty or include multi-touch. Had they done that then perhaps the iPhone wouldnt be where it is today.

BTW WinCE/PocketPC/WinMob still beats any modern mobile OS on true multi-tasking.

I do however agree that many of the handsets were very poor, just ask me I have an iMate JAQ! I recently brought it out of retirement for a small work project (some WinMob stuff) and the funny thing is that as bad a WinMob was, it ran a heck of a lot better on a 266mhz CPU than any Android Ive seen running anything less than a 1GHZ CPU.

The FX-82 was better than Apollo's computer I think. 

Comment by Technofreak, on 26-May-2012 21:10

Re the Pocket PC, in that era the Palm products took a lot of beating. and they had a lot of very usful apps compared to other platforms, especially when you compare to many of the "Fart" apps we have today.

I still use my trusty old Palm T3, while not using it to the same extent I used to, it still gives good very reliable service.

Your experience with the HTC reminds me of my experience with the Samsung 480, that had some major deficiencies inflicted on those unlucky enough to own one.  Like no sensor to detect when the phone was beside your ear so the person on the other end got bombarded with DTMF tones as the phone rested against your ear.

I have a similar experience with my Huwai X5 (HTC is wk ph). Answer the phone put to your head and either hang-up, put the speaker phone on, put on hold or DTMF. $170 phone that does quite well otherwise so I can't complain.  

Comment by Frankiee, on 28-May-2012 23:36

I have used many HTC's and I have found the same problems as above! 

HTC likes to think your pocket has a social life.

Even with my S2 now it is still very slow at ending calls when i hit the end button.

Comment by BlueToothKiwi, on 29-May-2012 12:50

There was a time the iMate (HTC) used to lead the technology curve by about six months. So their device (when you compare it feature by feature) always looks good on paper.

During the same 10 year period, I switched from Palm to iMate Pocket PC to Nokia (E90) to iPhone and now back to Windows Phone (Samsung Omnia W)

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Jason Mumby is a developer for Smartorder an on-line menu system that uses M2M technology to deliver orders to satellite sites. This blog follows the trials and tribulations of trying to get a low budget tech start-up off the ground.