HTC's response to the Iphone - not too bad
HTC has unveiled today their response to the Iphone. It is a PocketPC phone with only a D-pad and phone answer and end keys, and a large touch screen, running WM6. Just like the Iphone, it eschews advanced features like 3G or GPS. Its main selling point seems again, similar to the Iphone, a new way to interact with the device.
"The HTC Touch is the first device to feature TouchFLO, the new underlying touch screen technology developed by HTC. Consumers simply sweep their finger up the display to launch an animated, three-dimensional interface comprising three screens: Contacts, Media and Applications. The interface can be spun by swiping a finger right or left across the display, providing efficient access to the features consumers use most. TouchFLO also enhances finger touch scrolling and browsing of Web pages, documents, messages and contact lists."
The HTC Touch features an additional UI layer, much like the recent SPB product, that exposes the underlying apps in an easier to use UI. A look at the video shows how well it really works, which is cool.
It also exposes the underlying problem with the concept - underneath the UI is still the same old same old WM6 UI, designed for styluses, and the transition is pretty jarring.
The HTC Touch is not going set the world on fire (unlike the Iphone) but it will demonstrate that even when it comes to ease of use Apple is not necessarily 5 years ahead, maybe more like 3.
Read more about the device and view these videos to see the UI in action.
- 06-05-2007, 10:37 AM #2
- 06-05-2007, 10:49 AM #3
- 06-05-2007, 11:11 AM #4
Based on the two videos I have to say this really isn't very impressive. Some of the TouchFLO bits look ok but they seem have used it as a licence to remove the OK, Start and softkey buttons so it looks like it will actually be more stylus dependent than most current WM devices. One step forward and two back?
- 06-05-2007, 11:24 AM #5
Engadget speculate that Microsoft's Shift might have something to do with this:
If that's the case, and Microsoft are going to thoroughly implement a finger-based UI (giving full functionality), then things could get pretty interesting. Anyone reckon that Photon will be (fully) finger-based?
- 06-05-2007, 11:39 AM #6
Though some of the layout/design is nice, I still prefer a nice d-pad and it does seem like they took SPB Mobile Shell one-step further. I did enjoy all the "double taps" in that video though to get it to recognize their finger, lol.
- 06-05-2007, 12:57 PM #8
- 06-05-2007, 01:11 PM #9
I wonder if Microsoft are involved? This sort of stuff really should be done at the OS level, if only so it's ubiquitous and the UI consistent. Looking at the videos I pretty much agree with the comment that "It also exposes the underlying problem with the concept - underneath the UI is still the same old same old WM6 UI, designed for styluses, and the transition is pretty jarring."
Still, even though it doesn't look like a complete success, it's good see someone having a go.
I want to get one for my daughter, but she's not interested She's 10 years old, on T-Mobile, and using a stupid pink Razr (because its pink ) I think the ease of use features (simply swipe your thumb up to get access to music, internet and phone) are pretty compelling, but it obviously also needs to be in pink too
- 06-05-2007, 05:13 PM #13
- 06-05-2007, 05:30 PM #14
- 06-05-2007, 05:32 PM #15
- 06-05-2007, 05:32 PM #16
OK, here we go: I'll pretend to be surur.
"No Way! Never be successful!"
"Archie, Archie, Archie. Wrong, wrong, wrong!!!!!"
I mean surur, surur, surur.
$610 — It costs too much!
Camera only has 2 megapickels!
The battery is not user-replaceable!
It is only GPRS/EDGE!
It doesn't have a keyboard with physical buttons!
The screen is too small!
Only has 5 hours of talk time!
You can't use it with only one hand!
Remind you of anything?
Anyway; aside from a few similarities to the iPhone, the differences are many and can only be seen in the user-experience. Well, that and the specs like:
the iPhone's better quality screen at twice the resolution
the iPhone's lower price tag
the iPhone's ability to use AT&T's "Fine EDGE" for data
the iPhone's larger & better keyboard with predictive text entry
the iPhone's thinner body
the iPhone's larger memory capacity
the iPhone's superior browser
etc, etc, etc....
Yes Archie, no-one said this is an IPhone, just HTC's response to the IPhone. Of course it will have numerous advantageous over the IPhone, one of them being that it will be subsidized by the carriers, and probably be free on a contract.
BTW, unlike the Iphone commercials these vids actually demonstrate one-handed usage.
As usual you made many mistakes in your post. You are often so wrong, wrong, wrong. Tell me if you want me to correct you point by point.
- 06-06-2007, 05:08 AM #19
This is a pretty amazing comment from John Wang at HTC:
"This is an inflection point in mobile phone history," John Wang, chief marketing officer for HTC, said at an event in London. "In ten years we'll look back at 2007 as the year when the push button-centric experience transitioned to touch-centric."
Better stock up now if you love both HTC and buttons...
Ive been listening to some interviews on the device, and it appears they have put in a lot more thought than first appears. Apparently when touched by finger the OK area is enlarged, so even an inaccurate stab with a finger will close an app. It also works differently with a finger than with a stylus, e.g. when you drag a stylus across a list it will multi-select, while if you drag a finger it will scroll the same list. Pretty nifty.
I also suspect they have been working on this technology for a long time. The old renders for the HTC Trinity showed the same kind of full-screen, no bezel effect, but I think the technology was not ready in time for them to release it last year. Its a pity people say HTC is copying Apple, as its clear that devices like the LG Prada shows that people have been thinking of new touch interfaces for a while.
- 06-06-2007, 06:48 AM #21
Thus far I much prefer Apple and LG's efforts as these are thoroughly integrated, bottom-to-top approaches rather than HTC's bolt-on, hybrid solution, but credit to HTC for making the progress they have. Perhaps this will give Microsoft a (bit more of?) a push in this direction (if they're not already involved).
Here's another rather snazzy youtube video of the device in use by one of the recipients of the give-away at launch.
It looks very smooth once mastered. I'm definitely getting this device, but not for myself (too underpowered) and with a contract subsidy. This and the SPV E650 shows HTC knows how to make devices targeted at the consumer.
- 06-06-2007, 08:02 AM #23
- 06-06-2007, 10:05 AM #24
This device is not for power users. They will be selling it on the high street in phone stores to normal people who have no idea what 3G is, and only want a cool looking phone. Its for information retrieval and multimedia, not data input.
I would not think its suitable for any of us, but on a coolness scale I would definitely give it a 7/10. There is a good chance the interface will come to most of HTC's smartphones, even the ones with full keyboards. Its unlikely they will try and fundamentally alter the underlying OS, as this will impact third party software compatibility.