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Ask WMExperts: Sprint Touch Edition

The voting came in on our “Pick Out Next WM Smartphone” contest and the winner was the Sprint Touch by a wide, wide margin. Actually, the real winner was blue4shizzle, who was picked in a random drawing from amongst the votes for the Touch. Congrats Blue - email coming shortly with your prize.

It's actually no surprise to me that the Sprint Touch was chosen to take the place of the Motorola Q9h. Our comparison of the iPhone and the original HTC Touch, lengthy-video-style, is still amongst our top articles.

So! I'll be rocking the Sprint Touch for a couple weeks, forwarding my text messages because I still can't find a service that offers universal phone and text forwarding (Dear Google, Please Fix This, Love WMExperts). If you've got questions, the Sprint Touch currently sitting in my hand has answers. Ask 'em in this thread and I'll answer them.

If your first question is “How's all that TouchFLO 2 action?”, let me answer that right here, right now: Sprint ruined it by putting their own apps on it, apps I don't want. Time to get registry hacking.

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  • WHOO! I WON HAHAHAHA, well i never thought i'd see MY name on the head of this website but that's awesome hehe, maybe i should start a thread on what i should get with the coupon :-)
  • -by the way, i posted that and this from my sprint touch :-P
  • :thumbsup:
    My first vote would def. be a screen protector. This screen feels like it wants to be scratched.
  • I'll be busy customizing the Cube tonight when I get my hands on my new Touch Cruise. :)
  • Septimus how are you liking the Sprint Touch so far?
  • Ok so this is my first post my first question would be is there a way to get the naviagtion working on the Sprint version and my next question would be where can I get touch flo 2????/
  • Ok so this is my first post my first question would be is there a way to get the naviagtion working on the Sprint version and my next question would be where can I get touch flo 2????/
    No internal GPS hacks yet and TouchFlo 2 is already installed in the sprint touch is just the updated verison.
  • No internal GPS hacks yet and TouchFlo 2 is already installed in the sprint touch is just the updated verison.
    Well that's the thing like I said I am very new and bit of a novice at this, but where do I get touch flo two to install on my phone. I hear that it isn't all that great but it would be different though :confused:
  • Well that's the thing like I said I am very new and bit of a novice at this, but where do I get touch flo two to install on my phone. I hear that it isn't all that great but it would be different though :confused:
    Simply put there is nothing to install. You are already using TouchFlo 2.
    TouchFlo I believe only gave users the cube interface, the home screen plug in and a few other things like memory managment .
    TouchFlo 2 (which you have) adds the more features like the picture viewer w/ the finger gestures to zoom in and out.
  • Well that's the thing like I said I am very new and bit of a novice at this, but where do I get touch flo two to install on my phone. I hear that it isn't all that great but it would be different though :confused:
    Do you have a Sprint Touch? As doc said, it is technically touchFLO 2. If you're looking to install it on another phone, that can be done with a bit of hackery -- you'll have to google around for it.
  • Septimus how are you liking the Sprint Touch so far?
    So far, it's much better than the GSM HTC Touch -- that extra processor power and extra RAM really makes a big difference.
    The keyboard is an improvement too, but it seems to be somewhat random as to when it pops up a QWERTY or an XT9... and not as kind about covering up elements as it ought to be. In other words, I think I'm still a TouchPAL man.
  • So far, it's much better than the GSM HTC Touch -- that extra processor power and extra RAM really makes a big difference.
    The keyboard is an improvement too, but it seems to be somewhat random as to when it pops up a QWERTY or an XT9... and not as kind about covering up elements as it ought to be. In other words, I think I'm still a TouchPAL man.
    LOL Touchpal was the first add-on I installed. The updated verison is even better minus the spell check thing
  • Hey this is a serious rookie question but Ive never seen the Touch Contacts list. Did Sprint modify it at all? On your smackdown of the GSM Touch vs. iPhone the PIM looked like standard WM PIM. What about the contacts list?
    Thanks
  • yeah touch pal is the ****.. i swear i can text WAY faster than any mogul OR treo owner :-)
  • Hey this is a serious rookie question but Ive never seen the Touch Contacts list. Did Sprint modify it at all? On your smackdown of the GSM Touch vs. iPhone the PIM looked like standard WM PIM. What about the contacts list?
    Thanks
    Not a rookie question at all, Cherry. HTC DID update the contacts app - there's a bar on the right now you can scroll to quickly to get to letters - somewhat sim. to the iphone.
  • Septimus, I've been wondering about the screen, is it glass? I'm assuming its not, but is it tougher than the standard plastic that have come on all pocket pc's up to this point? When I get mine I plan on getting a screen protector anyway, but I haven't heard which would be the best option...
  • Not a rookie question at all, Cherry. HTC DID update the contacts app - there's a bar on the right now you can scroll to quickly to get to letters - somewhat sim. to the iphone.
    Sweet! You gonna rip it let us have it?
    J/K...... well......... :)
    You hack the registry yet? If so, what did you do?
  • Septimus, I posted a separate thread with this question but really didn't get an answer so I'll ask you: how fast/responsive is the UI? After playing with a Touch for about 5 minutes in a Sprint store, I came away feeling disappointed after reading lots of reviews raving about how quickly it switched apps, etc. Navigating around the home screen was OK, but definitely not what I would call fast or quick. The dialing in the phone app was embarrassingly slow.
    To me, it really felt no faster than my Treo 700wx. Thanks for any feedback!
  • Septimus, I've been wondering about the screen, is it glass? I'm assuming its not, but is it tougher than the standard plastic that have come on all pocket pc's up to this point? When I get mine I plan on getting a screen protector anyway, but I haven't heard which would be the best option...
    Nope, not glass, it's plastic over glass and I won't lie - the plastic feels very "soft". Definitely a candidate for scratching and I definitely recommend a screen protector.
  • Sweet! You gonna rip it let us have it?
    J/K...... well......... :)
    You hack the registry yet? If so, what did you do?
    I'm not *quite* l33t enough to go ripping cabs, but I know who is... ;)
  • Septimus, I posted a separate thread with this question but really didn't get an answer so I'll ask you: how fast/responsive is the UI? After playing with a Touch for about 5 minutes in a Sprint store, I came away feeling disappointed after reading lots of reviews raving about how quickly it switched apps, etc. Navigating around the home screen was OK, but definitely not what I would call fast or quick. The dialing in the phone app was embarrassingly slow.
    To me, it really felt no faster than my Treo 700wx. Thanks for any feedback!
    Yeah, the phone app is MYSTERIOUSLY slow at dialing. Very strange. The rest feels about average, which is to say about at the level of the Treo 700wx. I guess I have to admit that I'm actually happy with "about average" on WinMo devices, since so many of them are slow.
    ...honestly, the only WinMo Pro device I'd call above average right now would be the Mogul.
  • Yeah, the phone app is MYSTERIOUSLY slow at dialing. Very strange. The rest feels about average, which is to say about at the level of the Treo 700wx. I guess I have to admit that I'm actually happy with "about average" on WinMo devices, since so many of them are slow.
    ...honestly, the only WinMo Pro device I'd call above average right now would be the Mogul.
    Thanks for the confirmation - it wasn't just me then. My guess is that it probably does seem lightning fast as compared to most other non-Palm WinMO devices. My old 6700 was such a sluggish dog that I swore off anything HTC for a while...
  • Yeah, the phone app is MYSTERIOUSLY slow at dialing. Very strange. The rest feels about average, which is to say about at the level of the Treo 700wx. I guess I have to admit that I'm actually happy with "about average" on WinMo devices, since so many of them are slow.
    ...honestly, the only WinMo Pro device I'd call above average right now would be the Mogul.
    Wooo Mogul above average! I think the Touch out performs it.
    The dialer sucks :shake: ; turn off the tones and it will stop the delays.:D
    It?s funny when coming to WM from Palm you have to judge performance differently. People go crazy complaining about the white screen before an app in POS open but WM has the same or longer delay you just don't get the white screen.
  • Wooo Mogul above average! I think the Touch out performs it.
    The dialer sucks :shake: ; turn off the tones and it will stop the delays.:D
    It?s funny when coming to WM from Palm you have to judge performance differently. People go crazy complaining about the white screen before an app in POS open but WM has the same or longer delay you just don't get the white screen.
    You know I noticed that recently with my Touch... I turned off the tones cuz I didn't want the world to hear me searching thru my contacts before dialing someone. Now I've noticed it dials quite a bit quicker.
    That's a funny comparison you made to POS. I guess cuz we're used to the snappiness of POS and the sluggishness of WM :p
  • Dieter,
    How does the cube start up on the touch? Of course you swipe up to start it but when you reset the device is the cube "running" or does it have to be started like a program (via an up swipe) and if so how long does the it take to run the cube the first time after a soft reset? Im asking cause I run a cube on my mogul and it takes a couple seconds to start the first time then you minimize it and it runs in the background. Is the touch cube the same?
    Thanks in advance. BTW, posting from my mogul :)
  • It starts automatically, if you soft reset and then swipe up as soon as the phone ends booting up, the Cube will be already available.
  • It starts automatically, if you soft reset and then swipe up as soon as the phone ends booting up, the Cube will be already available.
    Man. I wanna Touch now. :(
  • :-( i havent gotten any e-mail about the 100 dollar coupon... blue is sad lol
  • :-( i havent gotten any e-mail about the 100 dollar coupon... blue is sad lol
    I PM'd it to ya, check there. :D
  • Dieter, how's the Touch doing as your daily driver? Missing the thumboard yet or can you live w/o it? Is it living up to expectations? Recommended tweaks? Whats the scoop?
    Please let me know as I have a serious case of Touch envy.
  • Dieter, how's the Touch doing as your daily driver? Missing the thumboard yet or can you live w/o it? Is it living up to expectations? Recommended tweaks? Whats the scoop?
    Please let me know as I have a serious case of Touch envy.
    Just thought I would chime in on this one (if you don't mind). I came from a Treo 750 and now I have the Touch Cruise. Awesome device! As far as missing the thumboard, I would have to say that I really don't miss the physical kb. I have installed Cootek's TouchPal Pro and it more than suffices. In many ways it surpasses the physical kb in terms of special character entry, input strings (ie. www.site. com, http:\\), xt9 or precise entry, etc. Of course there really is no substitute for a real kb, but it also depends on the kind of user you are. I do texting and data input in spurts. So for myself, I haven't really missed the 750's kb.
    With regards to tweaks, the TouchFlo and Cube interface is highly customizable thru reg hacks. There are several apps out there that make it easier by offering better interfaces to make those changes.
    I have said before, I have had my share of WM devices in the past and the TC is the first WM device that actually is FUN to use. Fun and WM are two words that usually don't go together when talking about WM. :)