The original HTC Touch was one of HTC’s best sellers during its heyday as it was small, powerful and most of all runs HTC’s Touch interface on top of Windows Mobile. There have been a few rebirths of the HTC Touch but the newest version, the HTC Touch Viva is one that will re-ignite the original Touch’s status. Built just like the original Touch, the Touch Viva is equipped with a 2.8 inch touch screen with QVGA resolution. Its design is simple and nice with no hidden hanky-panky on it. The only button is visible is the Call and End Call buttons, as well as the five way directional pad.
The Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia smartphone runs atop of version 6.1 of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Professional operating system, and is intended for the Asian and European markets. It supports quad-band GSM/EDGE as well as 2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) network connectivity, with WiFi thrown in for good measure. Highlights of the Omnia include a large, 3.2″ WQVGA (240×400 pixel) touchscreen display with stylus support. The display supports auto-rotation for apps and there is a TV-out function for when 3.2″ is just not large enough.
The Samsung A517 is a mid-range phone which meet all the basic requirements of a mobile phone but does not claim to have any new features. This is a slim mobile grab measuring 95 x 48 x 16 mm and a weight of only 82 grams, it is so easy to push and keep in your purse or even your jeans pocket. Those who are usually on their cell phones for the time would not be disappointed, because the external screen has a very large numbers which tells you the time.
The Nokia N81 comes in 2 types, an 8GB version and a smaller version but with a MicroSD slot to increase memory should you so wish. The phone itself brings nothing new to the world of mobile phones but what it does do it does well. Most noticeable about the phone is the Navi-Wheel in the bottom centre of the handset which can be set to work as a kind of small touch panel making navigation through the phones menu far easier and being especially useful if you have a lot of multimedia to flick through. Around the Navi-Wheel are the controls for your media such as play/pause etc. The phone is not light at 140g and measures 102mm x 50mm x 17.9mm which is rather large for a mobile phone but makes use of a sliding keypad to keep it as compact as possible.