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HTC Touch Dual and Touch Cruise

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 December, 2007, 12:00am

Despite its sexy user interface, HTC's original Touch PDA phone didn't set the mobile phone world alight.

The problem was that, in designing the Touch, HTC somehow forgot to put in any 'next generation' features, such as fast data downloads via 3G, or a processor fast enough to run beyond the Windows Mobile operating system.

But these issues seem to have been addressed by two new members of the HTC Touch family, which have been given a much needed upgrade.

Both the HTC Touch Dual and Touch Cruise come with HSDPA 3G connections with a maximum download speed of 3.6Mbps, as well as a faster 400MHz processor.

The Touch Dual adds a slide-out keyboard that should come in handy for email while the Touch Cruise is equipped with a built-in GPS navigation module and TomTom mapping software for.

The Cruise is very similar to the original Touch in shape and size, but has less-rounded corners and a frame around the main 2.8-inch display. The Touch Dual, on the other hand, is thicker, with a slightly smaller 2.6-inch display and no Wi-Fi.

Both models, of course, come with HTC's TouchFLO interface, which allows you to access a rotating cube menu by sliding your finger across the screen.

The Touch Dual is listed at HK$4,680, while the Touch Cruise is expected to be in the same price range when it is launched in Hong Kong.

Pros: 3G, HSDPA support, built-in keypad (Dual), built-in GPS (Cruise), faster 400MHz chip

Cons: No Wi-Fi, smaller display for the Dual

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