Check out this product: http://www.htctouch.com/
It is by HTC.
Here's the dealio. it is an only touch interface device
It has similar specs as the iPhone (just no iPoding).
It concentrates more on video and photo than music.
touch-gestures for navigation.
It is built on top of Windows Mobile 6 but with significant customization.
Further they show the UI in their commercial on their web site.
The hardware is not nearly as compelling as the iPhone, but still not bad.
Oh! and nothing on the site demonstrates a means for doing text entry
through touch typing or speech or otherwise.
Not too shabby. Slick customization for a Windows Mobile device, although
they did avoid displaying complex interactions on the site. I agree that the
hardware isn't as compelling at the iPhone. Honestly, it's pretty plain
looking outside of the UI (most HTC phones are). I wonder if the lack of
focus on music is an oversight, or a product of MS's stance on media in
There was a long thread on the list talking about the appeal of the iPhone
not being restricted to the UI - I will say that one of the appeals, for me,
of the iPhone is that it definitely isn't boring. I can count on one hand
the list of U.S. available phones that aren't boring, and even they are
still pretty lame. I hope that the iPhone sees serious success, and forces
the U.S. carriers to start providing some decent phones. Seriously, has
anyone been to a Verizon store lately and looked at the phones? I've never
heard anyone say, "Wow a Treo 680p (or 700w)! I want one!"
Josh: "Seriously, has anyone been to a Verizon store lately and
looked at the phones? I've never heard anyone say, "Wow a Treo 680p
(or 700w) ! I want one!""
I'm probably wrong, wasnt the razr or peble or at least that genre
of phones viewed as exciting, only later to be labeled turdesque with
keypad haptic issues and ui inconsistencies?
Either way, I think the design end-goal of building something
'exciting' is short sighted and can be attributed, in part, to the
current mess. Exciting doesnt seem to translate to usable. All show
and no substance. People dont use phones to get excited, unless of
course you amuse yourself with the vibrate mode.
However down I want to be on the iPhone I must admit they're
-promising- the right stuff. The ads arent focusing on the exciting
touch screen ipod form factor coolness. Thats inherent. They're
selling the tasks, the lifestyle, 'Our phone lets you get stuff
done, easily and in style'
Address those traditional UCD requriements, and clearly people are
wary of snazzy exciting promises that fall short, then good things
As for the HTC device. If I may be frank, the promo site looked like
a functional specification poorly reverse engineered with some
e.g. "A microSD(tm) card slot ensures the HTC Touch is versatile
enough to transfer media quickly and the memory capacity of the
device can be expanded"
Who gives a $%^&? I want to make a call without crashing the car.
Can I look up a contact and mail them without referring to the
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>I'm probably wrong, wasnt the razr or peble or at least that genre
>of phones viewed as exciting, only later to be labeled turdesque with
>keypad haptic issues and ui inconsistencies?
I loved the peble. If it had the same capabilities as the RAZR3 I would own one. I am much more interested in my phone's form in how it works and the durability. The peble, being rounded, slide in and out of a jean pocket or back pack pocket much easier than the razr - especially when on a bike or seated in my car. That is may not look as cool while I am using it - far from the highest of concerns.
I also seam to be fairly clumsey and drop my phone a lot. Maybe I need rubber bumper on the corners - but glossy scratch-able phones just look old quickly. The durability of the iPhone is certainly some cause for concern. I suppose if I lived in suits and always reached for my phone in the leisurely manner of a well kept exec, it might not be such a concern.
Somewhere between easy to get out of my pocket, and easy to grip and hold, with a little bit of it not looking like crap after I have owned it for a while... would be perfect.
As a followup here is a hands on review from the folks who put on MEX:
They basically say ... great ideas, good industrial design and
manufacturing, but poor execution on the UX.
Interacting with your mobile device should be as simple as touching a sheet
of paper according to John Wang, Chief Marketing Officer of HTC, and the man
behind the company's new Touch device.
On 6/6/07, David Malouf <dave at ixda.org> wrote:
> As a followup here is a hands on review from the folks who put on MEX:
> They basically say ... great ideas, good industrial design and
> manufacturing, but poor execution on the UX.
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I still think one of the easiest touch phones is the Neonode (
http://www.neonode.com). To bad they seems to have problems financially,
when or if the N2 will come out is a big question.
I have used the small N1, i loved it, simple gestures close to the screen
(the use optical sensors) that make i easy to navigate lists and functions
on a really small device. The idea of putting speaker and mic on the back so
you wont smudge the display is also great (think that Nokia did the same on
one device). One of the problems was that when they finally delivered it was
2-3 years to late.
Interesting quote about using a piece of paper - honestly, I find paper
somewhat difficult to work with. I had to learn how to write, I can't draw
for beans, and origami is definitely not one of my strengths. Also, last I
checked, paper won't answer phone calls or emails.
Any idea where I can find papers on Interactin MODELS for mobile computers? Thanks.