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HTC Touch Dual review

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5.9/10
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The HTC Touch Dual currently has an Informr score of 5.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows Mobile
Processor
400 MHz
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Cnet

The HTC Touch Dual offers more functionality and ease of use with the addition of Windows Mobile 6.1 and a tactile keyboard to make it one of the most compact and powerful touch-screen smartphones...

- Bonnie Cha, Cnet
MobileBurn

The original HTC Touch received a Highly Recommended rating from us, and most deservingly so. Our main gripe with the original was its lack of an adequate text entry system, which the Touch Dual has addressed. While it still might not be ideal for road warriors looking to get through vast amounts of...

- Brad Kellett, MobileBurn


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Common Questions


HTC released the Touch Dual on October 1, 2007.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC Touch Dual user manual here.


HTC backs up the Touch Dual with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Touch Dual has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
Unknown

The HTC Touch Dual's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
400 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM 7200 400 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
256 MB

Internal memory is 256 MB. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. HTC's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time.

Touch Dual Specs

Overview
Release date October 1, 2007
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm MSM 7200 400 MHz
Internal Storage 256 MB
RAM 128 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.2 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 5.5 x 1.6 cm (4.2 x 2.2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 120 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Multi-shot, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
CIF
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps Windows Media Player
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC P5500, HTC Nike

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Critic Reviews


Cnet

One of the most compact and powerful touch-screen smartphones

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THE GOOD: The HTC Touch Dual features a slide-out 20-key QWERTY keyboard. Its also the first smartphone to ship with Windows Mobile 6.1 in the States and supports HSDPA and Bluetooth 2.0. THE BAD: The Touch Dual lacks Wi-Fi and GPS. Theres no standard audio jack, and its pricey. THE BOTTOM LINE:...More

THE GOOD: The HTC Touch Dual features a slide-out 20-key QWERTY keyboard. Its also the first smartphone to ship with Windows Mobile 6.1 in the States and supports HSDPA and Bluetooth 2.0. THE BAD: The Touch Dual lacks Wi-Fi and GPS. Theres no standard audio jack, and its pricey. THE BOTTOM LINE: The HTC Touch Dual offers more functionality and ease of use with the addition of Windows Mobile 6.1 and a tactile keyboard to make it one of the most compact and powerful touch-screen smartphones, but wed still like to see the inclusion of Wi-Fi or GPS, especially for the price.

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MobileBurn

Maintains all the things that made the original great

from MobileBurn

The original HTC Touch received a Highly Recommended rating from us, and most deservingly so. Our main gripe with the original was its lack of an adequate text entry system, which the Touch Dual has addressed. While it still might not be ideal for road warriors looking to get through vast amounts of email or editing of documents (though the SureType-esque semi-QWERTY version goes far to help here), the addition of a keypad makes the Touch Dual much more usable overall...

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The original HTC Touch received a Highly Recommended rating from us, and most deservingly so. Our main gripe with the original was its lack of an adequate text entry system, which the Touch Dual has addressed. While it still might not be ideal for road warriors looking to get through vast amounts of email or editing of documents (though the SureType-esque semi-QWERTY version goes far to help here), the addition of a keypad makes the Touch Dual much more usable overall.

Another gripe we had with the original was its lack of 3G data, which again the Touch Dual has addressed. This is offset, however, by the removal of WiFi access. For users that are predominately in 3G areas, this may be the perfect trade-off, but personally I don't think this really helps the situation from the original.

Looking past those two areas, the HTC Touch Dual maintains all the things that made the original great, including the easy to use touch scrolling and menu, the intelligent touch screen to make small items easier to hit, and the great foundation of Windows Mobile 6. This is a business device at heart, but is a device that will easily bridge the work-personal divide, especially with the great gallery and camera applications, and be a handy addition to anyone's organizational arsenal.

There is nothing about the HTC Touch Dual that would prevent me from giving it a Highly Recommended rating. It is everything that was wonderful about the original and then some.

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User Reviews


Horrible phone

This phone was always slow and only 2 months after my one year warranty was over, it started working horribly. It was always slow and would freeze but it literally started calling people when ever, without me even touching it, and not responding to commands. The touch screen just stopped working! Hor...More
This phone was always slow and only 2 months after my one year warranty was over, it started working horribly. It was always slow and would freeze but it literally started calling people when ever, without me even touching it, and not responding to commands. The touch screen just stopped working! Horrible horrible phone! And not user friendly if you want to lend it to anyone so they could call. Less

crapy phone

this phone is a piece of junk , it freezes all the time and now it wont turn on , i should of kept my old phone . i know a couple other people that have the same phone and they have the same problems , so save your money , dont buy it .

HTC Touch Dual Good Phone!

The Touch Dual is a very capable, fun and solidly performing phone. The touch interface does not hold a candle to iPhone's (is not meant to) but is responsive and very user friendly once you're used to it and tweak it the way you'd like it. (Windows Mobile phones can be tweaked by a great many third pa...More
The Touch Dual is a very capable, fun and solidly performing phone. The touch interface does not hold a candle to iPhone's (is not meant to) but is responsive and very user friendly once you're used to it and tweak it the way you'd like it. (Windows Mobile phones can be tweaked by a great many third party programs that can make their UI almost anything you'd like them to be - from calendar/contact apps to home screen interfaces to media players to dial pads and keyboards. You name it. Do some Google searching). The phone itself (including speakerphone) is very good, callers had no problem hearing me, and earpiece volume is good. Setting up email accounts is easy, and it syncs very well with Windows Mobile Device Centre on Vista. I have not used it with an exchange server. It works very well as a media player (see below) and connects very well with my Motorola Ht820 bluetooth headset for both music and calls. With an 8GB card (cheap now) you will have more than enough room for music, and data. The browsers are both very good (again, not an iPhone experience, but on the 2.6' screen is still a good internet experience). Battery life is quite good for a Windows Mobile phone, lasting the day easily with moderate mixed usage (talking, texting, light surfing and listening to music), It has all of the same applications that the original Touch had, with a few extras. First is a program called Telus Quik Find. Upon extending the 20 key suretype keyboard, you can type the name of almost any file (including contacts, applications, songs, photos, calendar items) and it will call up a list from which you can access any file or even open an application. The best shortcut program I've ever seen on a smartphone (and it is very fast), As well, there is a new music player program, skinned like a very user friendly mp3 player (very nice). It also comes with Opera as well as Internet Explorer. Also, the hard keypad is excellent for messenger and composing emails, as you no longer lose most of the screen real estate to the on-screen keyboard). Form factor is good, a smallish sized smartphone that fits nicely in hand or pocket. Covered with a rubbery textured paint that wears very well and provides good grip. The Touch Dual (like the Touch) is a very well rounded multi function phone. It has all of the advanced functions of a powerful business phone, with a more casual user interface and appearance. You will have your Outlook calendar, tasks, one-note and contacts (and connection to your exchange server if you like), all of the things that can come with a smartphone (calculator, google maps, voice recorder, notepad, mini camera (with video), games, etc. etc.) as well as a fully functioning media player (with a third party media player program you can even play audible books over bluetooth) all in your pocket. Oh, and a phone as well! :) Less

Not user friendly!

The HTC touch may have some neat features, but to simply find the numbers to make a phone call is the most difficult thing to do! This phone is so frustrating to use- I do not recommend it to anyone! It's also so difficult to send a text message. You have to use the stylus, and if you don't place it in...More
The HTC touch may have some neat features, but to simply find the numbers to make a phone call is the most difficult thing to do! This phone is so frustrating to use- I do not recommend it to anyone! It's also so difficult to send a text message. You have to use the stylus, and if you don't place it in the exact right place, you're screwed. Sending a text message is like performing surgery; it takes a long time and has to be done just perfectly. I am young professional, have had the phone for one year, and curse it every single day. Less

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