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Getting the Right Touch - A Touch Screen Phone Feature

Getting the Right Touch - A Touch Screen Phone Feature


Have You Got the Touch?

No, we aren't talking about the iPod touch here. Think of something that's almost indispensable to your daily life. That's right, we're talking about mobile phones.

Continuing with our earlier touch screen mobile operating system (OS) feature where we explored the major players in the market, it's time we moved on to their supporting devices. Touch screen devices, in general, can be simply segmented into two specific categories: resistive and capacitive touch capabilities. Our earlier ZoneOut episode gave a quick explanation of what it means when it comes to resistive or capacitive devices, and who will benefit greatly from either one of these. Moving one step forward, we now give you a more in-depth breakdown of some of the best touchscreen smartphones out there. Let's get you acquainted with the following devices we've put together in this feature article:

Touch Screen Mobile Devices Round-Up
Model Display Camera Connectivity Memory
iPhone 3G
  • 3.5-inch WQVGA
  • 480 x 320 resolution
  • 2-megapixel
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS
  • 8GB/16GB internal storage
HTC Dream
  • 3.2-inch HVGA
  • 480 x 320 resolution
  • 3.2-megapixel with autofocus
  • Wi-Fi, HSDPA, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD expandability
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
  • 3.0-inch WVGA
  • 480 x 800 resolution
  • 3.2-megapixel with autofocus
  • LED flash
  • Wi-Fi, HSDPA, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD expandability
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
  • 3.2-inch QVGA
  • 640 x 360 resolution
  • 3.2-megapixel with autofocus
  • Dual-LED flas
  • Wi-Fi, HSDPA, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD expandability
HTC Touch HD
  • 3.8-inch WVGA
  • 800 x 480 resolution
  • 5-megapixel with autofocus
  • Wi-Fi, HSDPA, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD expandability
Samsung UltraTOUCH
  • 2.8-inch AMOLED
  • 400 x 240 resolution
  • 8-megapixel with autofocus
  • LED flash
  • HSDPA, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD expandability

If you noticed, we've included a myriad of devices that covers a wide spectrum of functionality. You want music phones? We have it, with the Apple iPhone and the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. Are you a movie buff? Once again, the Apple iPhone 3G and of course, the 3.8-inch HTC Touch HD. Fancy yourself to be a web savvy person who wants that 24/7 connection? The Google Android phone, HTC Dream, could be that perfect device for you. But if you want to be seen as a fashion trendsetter without sacrificing features, how about the Samsung UltraTOUCH?

Regardless of which phone you'll be taking home in the coming weeks, we'll be scrutinizing each device according to the following core features found commonly amongst these devices:

  • User interface - User-friendliness, intuitiveness and speed of usage in accessing the myriad of features within the device.
  • Multimedia - Audio and visual delivery of music and videos with the device's functions and features.
  • Productivity - Usefulness of the device's features in enhancing the user's daily duties such as emailing, messaging and scheduling.
  • Connectivity - Ease of getting connected onto the web, ease of usage of web-based features and applications on the device.
  • Performance - Speed at which the device performs and its battery stamina with a combination of features used.

Each core function will be rated accordingly on a scale of Good, Fair, and Below Average to give you a better understanding of how the device fares in each of the important aspects above and as a result, to give you a more holistic view of the phones' capabilities.

Ratings Legend
Below Average

Whether or not these phones are the right ones for you, we'll be giving you a blow by blow analysis of each device's strengths, and the limitations that might come with it over the following pages. So hop on to start this journey of discovery with us.