Getting to Know the HTC Touch Cruise

The Iolite,  a.k.a HTC Touch Cruise, is definitely not a bashful device. It seems everywhere we turn, pictures of this little gem keep catching our eye. Today is no different. Mobile-Review.com has gotten their hands on this sucker and posted a fantastic preview of this driver. We at mspoweruser.com feel it is our duty to share it with you.

Also known as the HTC Touch Cruise, this handset has the resemblence of the original model and some similarities of the HTC P3300. The most noticeable difference, and improvement, of the original Cruise is it’s more compact size which will undoubtedly make this handset more pocket friendly. Better materials also seem to have been used in it’s construction making for presumably higher build quality. Good stuff.

If manufacturers of smartphones regularly had a product that was their “flagship” device in terms of navigation, the Iolite would be just that for HTC. Mobile-Review.com has stated that any bugs on the previous version seem to have been addressed, and do not have anything to complain about in regards to this devices navigation capabilities. Definitely good to hear.

While on the subject of navigation, let us not forget about Footprints. This device will help you leave them wherever you choose, with what looks to be a simplistic way of geo-tagging with just a few keypresses, allowing the user to share the daily adventures of life with whomever they so desire. Hopefully the lack of auto-focus on the 3MP camera does not make this nifty feature a waste.

Many folks have been speculating on the display and the UI that this phone has got. Mobile-Review makes it perfectly clear that a QVGA screen is present accompanied with TouchFlo 2D. Sorry everyone, but if you were clinging to the hopes of something more spectacular in this area, we apologize for bursting your bubble. Here are a few more specifications to consider:

  • Class: communicator
  • Form-factor: candy-bar
  • Rivals: Glofiish X900
  • Materials: plastic (soft-touch), metal
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, TouchFLO 2D user interface
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz, EDGE/GPRS, UMTS/HSDPA 2100
  • CPU: 528 Mhz (Qualcomm MSM7225A platform)
  • ROM: 512 Mb
  • RAM: 256 Mb
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (A2DP), proprietary ExtUSB (USB 2.0) for charger/data cable/headset, microSD memory card slot (with SDHC support
  • Display: TFT 2.8” with QVGA resolution (320×240 pixels), capable of up to 65K colors
  • Camera: 3 MP with fixed focus
  • Navigation: Qualcomm’s gpsOne chipset (with A-GPS support)
  • Battery: removable 1100 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • There is no doubt that HTC is turning out quality products, and the Cruise is no exception, despite it’s average spec sheet. There will always be the top of the line devices, mid-range handsets and very basic lower end products out there. While this device falls in the category of mid-range offerings from HTC, it still offers a strong feature set, is a good looking device and will probably do very well for those folks who don’t want to drop a weeks pay on a mobile handset.

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