HTC may want to just call it the Touch Cruise, but new's new and so we'll call is the Touch Cruise 2. What we have here is a surprisingly good phone: today's low-end is definitely yeterday's high end. The phone itself is lighter than you might expect, but the body doesn't feel cheap and the OS is very responsive -- probably because this is the "light" edition of TouchFlo 3D and at the end of the day, HTC has it specced as a QVGA (read: 320x240) device. It sure is the best QVGA screen we've ever seen, after handing the device we double-checked to make sure HTC's site really did have it at QVGA. The device could stand to be a little smaller, but judged on its own merits as a simple GPS phone, we've got no complaints. The Touch Cruise 2 is a significant step up over the original Touch Cruise, which felt a little boxy.
We also played with Footprints a bit, HTC's custom-built GPS-tagging system for photos. It's more than just throwing coordinates inside the EXIF data, you can jump right to maps (or even directions) for any photo with a tap. The Touch Cruise may not be one of HTC's flagship devices, but it definitely holds its own in their line up.
We'll rehash the specs after the break as well as present you with, what else? More photos.
- Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
- Size: 102 x 53.5 x 14.5mm. Weight: 103 grams.
- Qualcomm MSM7225 528 MHz processor.
- WCDMA/HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps (the U.S. version also will sport the 850 and 1900 bands).
- Display: 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen.
- Camera: 3.2 MP, with fixed focus.
- 512 MB flash ROM, 256 MB RAM.
- Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR.
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g.
- 1100 mAh battery.