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HTC Touch Cruise : trace your favourates ‘Footprints’ from your best picture on gps

By • Mar 20th, 2009 • Category: ! Daily Info & Reviews, Mobile Phone

HTC Touch Cruise : trace your favourates ‘Footprints’ from your best picture on gps

The HTC Touch Cruise is intelligent enough to help you navigate from point A to point B, but that is just the beginning. With the introduction of HTC Footprints, you have a mobile phone that lets you grasp all the precious details of the instances that make up your life.
Your Life Chronicles
We all strive to capture and hang on to the moments that touch our life. The HTC Touch Cruise does just that. Take a picture and the HTC Footprints automatically saves your location. Embellish your instance further by adding the thoughts that surrounded that special moment. You can even grab the sound of your friend’s laughter to go along with your memory.

The best part about HTC Footprints is that you can use them to find your way back to the hidden little café you visited last year, or the elm tree under which your loved one popped the big question. And if you want, you can simply flip through your collection and laugh about the times that helped create who you are today. HTC Footprints is like a journal of your life’s highlights, making them always within your reach.

Your Travels, Now Made Easier
The navigation software of the HTC Touch Cruise makes it a breeze to get around town. The cool thing is that it now comes with a car kit that helps you get even more out of your smartphone while you’re on the road. Simply put the Touch Cruise in the car kit holder and it automatically changes to NaviPanel mode. NaviPanel offers you a convenient one-touch interface to all the travel tools you need like GPS navigation shortcuts. Tap Go Home and the included software efficiently guides you to your destination. It even helps you locate services or avoid traffic jams on the way. But most importantly, it will never, ever let you get lost.

HTC Touch Cruise price :tawaran harga RM2,199 with free give microSD 1gig(GB)and map PAPAGO X3.
Processor: Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz
Operating System: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
Memory ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 256 MB
Dimensions: 102 X 53.5 X 14.5 mm (4.02 X 2.11 X 0.57 inches)
Weight: 103 grams (3.63 ounces) with battery
Display: 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with QVGA resolution
Network:
*HSDPA/WCDMA:
Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
Up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

*Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control: HTC TouchFLO™
4-Way Navigation Wheel with Enter button
HTC Footprints™ button

GPS:Internal GPS antenna
A-GPS capable (service provided by Google)

Connectivity: Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for stereo wireless headsets
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB and audio jack in one), full-speed USB 2.0

Camera:3.2 megapixel color camera with fixed focus
Audio supported formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, AWB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI
Video supported formats WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, AVI

Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1100 mAh
Talk time:
Up to 375 minutes for WCDMA
Up to 400 minutes for GSM
Standby time:
Up to 400 hours for WCDMA
Up to 330 hours for GSM
(The above are subject to network and phone usage)
AC Adapter:Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A

Expansion Slot: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)

Special: Features Includes proprietary in-car holder and Photo geotagging

HTC Touch Cruise : trace your favourates ‘Footprints’ from your best picture on gps

Sales Package:
HTC Touch Cruise comes with a bundling typical to most PDA phones; there are no nice extras like a memory card that came with the original Touch or a cradle that came with P3300. The sales package also includes a USB/HTC ExtUSB data cable, a wire stereo headset (suited to fit the ExtUSB standard), a battery, a software disk, a printed manual and a case to carry the phone in.

As it was already mentioned the model enjoys moderately small dimensions, that’s why it sits in hand rather comfortably. The Ext USB slot is put on the bottom edge unlike with Dual (which had it on the left edge of the body) it is way more convenient – nothing interferes when the headset is plugged in. By illustrations one can think that the navigation block is touch-sensitive, but it is not so – the stylization deceives (as with 8800 Arte). The keys are ordinary with a good stroke but they are only four in number, HTC refused the habitual OK and Start.

Above the screen there is a front VGA-camera for video telephony and a speaker with two indicators. The left burns green, yellow and red – a signal, an event and a charge. The right – blue, green and yellow – Bt, Wi-Fi and GPS.

The Touch Cruise device offers the user a unique software solution for data input – the trademark virtual keyboard , being an alternative to the regular keyboard. Unlike the standard Windows Mobile keyboard, it supports stylusless text input – as long as you have at least one finger, you’ll be fine with it. It’s not a critical point though; it allows using keypad without opening the device.

A significant improvement over touch is the heavily updated TouchFLO. Now the system behaves in a much more correct way, even an inexperienced user can easily handle the 3D HTC interface – unlike the earlier models that could confuse the novice. A number of software additions took place; we’ll dwell upon it in a more detailed way in the following part of the article. There’s the temptation to compare the device to iPhone, but there’s still the huge difference in the concept, design and dimensions, Touch Cruiser being much smaller.

Communications
HTC Touch Cruise right after Touch Dual and TyTN II is constructed on Qualcomm platform having considerable potential, particularly in the matter of communications. As a result to find fault with something here is rather difficult, everything is perfectly realized indeed, there is even an FM-tuner. The devices are designed to be used in GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS 850/1900/2100 networks; they support GPRS and EDGE, as well as HSDPA and HSUPA. Wire communication is achieved through USB2.0 that makes use of the exclusively designed ExtUSB slot (analogous to the common microUSB).

Display
The screen is powered by the TFT technology, its diagonal is 2,8’’ and the resolution is 320×240 quite in accordance with the QVGA standard. The color depth is 65K colors, a solution typical of Window Mobile, the screen diagonal is on a level with Touch, and exceeds Dual’s 2,6’’. The image quality is high, yet the maximum brightness is not as high as one might want. The image dearness is better in comparison with the Artemis, the view angles are much better.
User interface
Unlike the TyTN II model, Touch Cruise enjoys a full-fledged TouchFLO support, including a 3D interface – the same with Touch, but boosted with a number of minor improvements and addition – almost the same with Touch Dual.

The virtual control block looks like a prism that can be rotated by moving the finger sideways, each of its facets acting as customizable quick call shortcuts – contacts (up to 9 frequently called ones can be associated with them), multimedia folders (music, photo, video), PIM functions. It’s hard to say how actually convenient this weird thingie is, but it goes without saying it does look cool.
The upper line is used for displaying service indicators like the battery life meter or signal quality, the clock and the telecom protocols availability, Bluetooth visibility, GPRS/EDGE availability in the area, 3G, Wi-Fi, a list of launched application. The lower line contains info about context button functions.

The main part of the desktop can be varied to your liking. By default it shows current day, the service provider info, the owner personal data, messaging stats, the tasklist and schedule, and the indicator area (battery charge, display angle, wireless module manager and backlighting level). The user can customize the order in which these fields follow or remove some of them from the screen completely. Today Desktop can feature a custom picture or a photo.

HTC Touch Cruise : trace your favourates ‘Footprints’ from your best picture on gps

The extended functionality of HTC Home comes in handy. That’s the brand Today screen which offers short stats. It shows the time and three sections showing new messages and missed calls, favorite contacts, weather, launcher and ringtone settings. The lower part hosts the instrument panel which allows switching between the two components. Let’s have a look at each function separately:

Main Menu
The tab shows current weekday, the date and local time. When you receive messages or calls, the tab also shows the number of unread e-mails, SMS/MMS messages or missed calls. If the reminders are set, a warning symbol is also displayed here.

Weather tab
This tab shows info about the current weather (through the AccuWeather sevice) and the weather forecast for the four next days.

Another addition to the functionality of Touch Cruise is the Task Manager, displaying a list of running applications that allows to switch between them quickly or shut any running task. Unfortunately this is only available in the Today screen.

There are two kinds of menus in this phone: the quick access menu and the main menu. The former is activated on pressing the Start button and essentially is a vertical list that contains 7 items, info about the 5 recently launched applications as well as grants access to the main menu and settings. The main menu is a list of applications very much similar to a regular Windows-styled window with icons and application names below them. A maximum of 12 icons per screen is allowed.

The window interface has also been changed – the elements got rearranged and mixed with a bunch of nice effects, contributing to the overall style. Now the interface looks more logical, but the functionality is almost the same (besides the above-mentioned feature of the contacts book).

The System Tab
TouchFLO, Mic, Keypad block, Device Block, Exterior GPS, Task Manager, Information, Quick Tasks Keypad, Error Log, Purge Data Storage, Memory, Backlighting, Certificates, Application Removal, Windows update Server, Time Settings and Alarms, Encryption, Display, Power Supply, Language and Standards.

Connections Tab
Bluetooth, HSDPA, Connection Setup Wizard, Comm Manager, GPRS Settings, USB to PC, Transfer, Connections, Wireless Lan, SMS System, CSD Communication Manager.
Phonebook service
Conversations are in charge of the Phone application, which can be activated either by pressing the Call Button or by activating the corresponding menu item in the Start menu. The main screen of the Phone application hosts three tabs – Calls, Quick Dial and Phone Settings.
PIM
The Calendar application is used for planning events and meetings, this day’s schedule can be displayed on the Today screen. If your PC has a copy of Outlook installed on it, you can synchronize the schedules. Reminders can be set in the form of sound signals or screen flickers.

The Calendar can also be used for arranging meetings via e-mail with the users of Outlook or Outlook Mobile. If the recipient accepts the proposition, the meeting is automatically added to their schedule.

The Tasks application is used for scheduling events which can either be set to be one-time or recurring.
Multimedia
HTC Touch Cruise is compatible with the following graphic file formats: *.bmp, *.jpg, *.gif, *.png. A simple Photo Manager is preinstalled to help the user make simple changes to the files, like rotation or trimming.

The preinstalled Windows Media Player Mobile allows for executing video and audio records, both local and networks playback is possible.

Streaming Multimedia allows for 3GP and MP4 files to be played. It also handles SDP (or Session Description Protocol) files.

The voice recorder serves, quite expectedly, for talk recording. The records can be further sent via MMS or e-mail, or transferred through a wireless connection.

An important improvement with Touch Cruise over the predecessors (except for Dual) is the photo and video gallery. It’s not the dull WM application found with other devices (and looking hopelessly inferior as compared to trademark dedicated applications used in other platforms), but a very handy and nicely looking file manager with an adjustable slide show. This reminds of latest Samsung handsets, and the G600 model in particular.
The Audio Assistant applications added acts as an enhanced equalizer which allows for bass and tremble adjustment.

Windows Mobile Opera
HTC Touch Cruise together with Dual came to be the world’s first WM-based PDA phone to feature a preinstalled Opera browser application (X 7500 and some other brands had it at their disposal before).
Camera
This option is one of the key features of HTC Touch Cruise; the model is supplied with a powerful camera which is quite a match to the camera phones of the previous generation like Nokia N73, Sony Ericsson K790i and Samsung D900, which is a significant achievement for a PDA phone. This devaluates the element, a top model could have done along better with a solution like that of Samsung F700 (or the N95 Nokia smartphone, Sony Ericsson K850i and Samsung G600) – 5 Mpix.

As it has been already mentioned, Cruise doesn’t have a protective cover for the camera, so it’s highly advised to use the camera as carefully as possible – the grease that sticks to the lens is able to cause serious photo quality degradation. No flashlight is present as well as there’s no mirror for self shooting. The shooting aspect is horizontal; a large touchscreen is used for controls and settings. The button is two-positioned; the exponometer settings are very flexible. The phone is able of taking pictures at resolutions up to 2048×1536 and shoot video clips at resolutions up to 352×288. A 4x digital zoom is available. The scroll wheel has no binding to the camera, it is used only as HTC gallery zoom management.
The Autoshoot menu
Shooting interval.
Direction.
The number of stitches.
Automatic stitching.
The white balance settings include ‘Daylight lamp’, ‘Night shooting
Shooting modes.
Resolution. The resolution of photos taken and clips shot.
Camera. Choose the active camera here – the main camera, the 2nd camera or 2nd camera in horizontal aspect.
Shooting quality. Varies from the lowest to ultra high.
Exponometer. The name says for itself.
Timestamp. Available in Photo, Sport and Series modes.
The shooting mode.

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