HTC Touch?

PowerFullMac

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Anyone else noticed "similarities" between the iPhone and HTC Touch UI? Is HTC now copying Apple as well?

Also, a bit off-topic but this is the first HTC phone in the UK that has been advertised with its original name and not SPV or XDA or whatever.
 

D1G1T4L

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Anyone else noticed "similarities" between the iPhone and HTC Touch UI? Is HTC now copying Apple as well?

Also, a bit off-topic but this is the first HTC phone in the UK that has been advertised with its original name and not SPV or XDA or whatever.
I think HTC did a good job NOT making an iPhone clone. We are sure to see tons of touch type phones coming seeing the success of the iPhone and the Touch at least has it's own look.
 

PowerFullMac

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Yes, physically the HTC looks different but the UI has iPhone written all over it.
 

wako

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The only thing I think the HTC Touch has copied off of the iPhone is the scrolling...


other than that I think the GUI has its very own look:confused:
 

kwood

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Although HTC touch has some similarities to the iPhone it is a far shot from being a copy. The GUI is very different from the iPhone, way too different to say HTC touch is copying the iPhone.
 

kdarling

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Anyone else noticed "similarities" between the iPhone and HTC Touch UI? Is HTC now copying Apple as well?
Actually, no. I think it's far more likely that the iPhone will have to copy the Touch in the future.

That is, if the iPhone ever ends up with lots of third party apps. Clearly Apple wants control over that, but it's too late... there will be apps available, and as people get less afraid of customization (how sad is that, anyway?) then the simple one-page menu system starts to suck. You need organization.

You can just scroll through lots of apps, but it makes more sense to organize them by major type.... programs, utilities, and multimedia. Now you start to look more like the Touch's cube paradigm (also used roughly by many other launchers).

Then there's the niceness of a customizable homescreen with personalized information.

The iPhone is simplistic, which is fine for new users. But as users grow more comfortable, or for power users, the interface will need to beef up.
 

thechris69

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hey..... does anyone know if the HTC touch is compatible with MAC? i doubt it cuz its a windows interface, and we all know how microsoft likes to get back at apple buy not making their products compatible... see the ZUNE for more info...

maybe a 3rd party way to connect the HTC touch and a mac perhaps... any suggestions?
 

PowerFullMac

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hey..... does anyone know if the HTC touch is compatible with MAC? i doubt it cuz its a windows interface, and we all know how microsoft likes to get back at apple buy not making their products compatible... see the ZUNE for more info...

maybe a 3rd party way to connect the HTC touch and a mac perhaps... any suggestions?
The HTC Touch is not made by Microsoft, although it has Windows Mobile on it.

From another forum:
'm not familiar with the htc Touch, but from your above comments it
looks like a pocket pc device. That said there are 2 products allowing
pocketpc's to sync to macs. One is the missing Sync by Markspace and the
other is PocketMac. I think Missing Sync is the most robust of the 2.
 

Bad Ash

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With a lot of people saying the Touch is a iPhone clone it's kind of funny because the Touch was out before the iPhone... (not in the US thought) But having a Touch before switching over to a iPhone I can say they are nothing alike and the iPhone clearly comes out on top with the exception of 3rd party apps. Which was never that big of a deal to me. I'm glad I made the switch to the iPhone.
 

PowerFullMac

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Never siad that, just saying its weird how this thread is suddenly getting all this attention because someone dug it up...
 

onegirlcreative

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Could not be farther from the truth... nothing like the iPhone. (and that's a good thing)
Yes, but some of us have no choice in the matter. I currently have a 2 year contract with Sprint, and obviously I am unable to go to AT&T—which the iPhone is exclusive to (for now)—so I cannot get the iPhone, as much as I'd love to.

So I purchased the htc Touch instead. And I must say, I love it. Even though it has a Windows OS, it's still awesome. However, per the earlier question regarding whether or not we can sync the htc Touch with a Mac, can we? So far, HTC doesn't have a download for it. Sucks!
 

Bad Ash

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Yes, but some of us have no choice in the matter. I currently have a 2 year contract with Sprint, and obviously I am unable to go to AT&T—which the iPhone is exclusive to (for now)—so I cannot get the iPhone, as much as I'd love to.

So I purchased the htc Touch instead. And I must say, I love it. Even though it has a Windows OS, it's still awesome. However, per the earlier question regarding whether or not we can sync the htc Touch with a Mac, can we? So far, HTC doesn't have a download for it. Sucks!
I'm not saying the Touch is a bad phone at all. I'd say it's the nicest phone with WM on it today. I just get bored with my phones pretty quick. It was time for something new.
 

onegirlcreative

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I'm not saying the Touch is a bad phone at all. I'd say it's the nicest phone with WM on it today. I just get bored with my phones pretty quick. It was time for something new.
That's funny, I'm the same exact way. That's why I got the Touch. I was so bored with the same, boring interface with my Treo (Palm really needs to update) that I wanted something more spectacular in a smartphone. When I saw the Touch had the same idea as iPhone, I jumped at it.

However, I must admit, I'm still getting used to the virtual keyboard. :rolleyes:
 

psywzrd

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Yes, but some of us have no choice in the matter. I currently have a 2 year contract with Sprint, and obviously I am unable to go to AT&T—which the iPhone is exclusive to (for now)—so I cannot get the iPhone, as much as I'd love to.

So I purchased the htc Touch instead. And I must say, I love it. Even though it has a Windows OS, it's still awesome. However, per the earlier question regarding whether or not we can sync the htc Touch with a Mac, can we? So far, HTC doesn't have a download for it. Sucks!
You can sync your Touch with a Mac using Missing Sync (I just did it myself yesterday). I downloaded and installed the program and it worked fine, although it did create some duplicates in ical and address book. Luckily it's very easy to remove dupes on a Mac (address book has a "remove duplicates" function built right into it and there's a free script available that takes care of it for ical). Just make sure you do a full backup of your Touch before you sync it to your Mac so that you can restore it in the event that something gets really screwed up (should be ok though). Also, you might want to go through your info once it syncs up just to make sure everything came through ok. Because WM6 and address book handle things a bit differently, you get some weird messages and some of your contacts' email addresses may be out of whack (this is because address book has work, home, etc. where WM6 has email1, email2, etc.). My Touch actually syncs much quicker with Missing Sync than it did via ActiveSync on my Windows PC too.

I'm definitely going to purchase the full version of the program (I think it's like $40) but you should give the 14-day free trial a shot first.
 

onegirlcreative

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You can sync your Touch with a Mac using Missing Sync (I just did it myself yesterday). I downloaded and installed the program and it worked fine, although it did create some duplicates in ical and address book. Luckily it's very easy to remove dupes on a Mac (address book has a "remove duplicates" function built right into it and there's a free script available that takes care of it for ical). Just make sure you do a full backup of your Touch before you sync it to your Mac so that you can restore it in the event that something gets really screwed up (should be ok though). Also, you might want to go through your info once it syncs up just to make sure everything came through ok. Because WM6 and address book handle things a bit differently, you get some weird messages and some of your contacts' email addresses may be out of whack (this is because address book has work, home, etc. where WM6 has email1, email2, etc.). My Touch actually syncs much quicker with Missing Sync than it did via ActiveSync on my Windows PC too.

I'm definitely going to purchase the full version of the program (I think it's like $40) but you should give the 14-day free trial a shot first.
Thanks for your advice, but I had already downloaded (and purchased) the full version of Missing Sync. You're right, it's effortless! I love it. Thanks for the suggestion on the duplicates in address book. I hadn't known it was there, so after I read your thread, I merged them. Thanks!

I think it sucks that we have to pay $40 because HTC is behind the times and doesn't have a Mac sync version free with the $500 phone, but oh well. I guess they're still in a PC-world, unfortunately.

Regardless, I love Missing Sync and hadn't even heard of it if it weren't for this thread. So thanks for the suggestions. I love it!!! Now I don't have to worry if I lose my information on my phone.