July 26, 2014

HTC Touch HD Has Me Dreaming of Better Things to Come

We’re possibly weeks away from the next step in the mobile revolution and fans are clamoring for more Android goodies by the day.  With HTC working on the hardware side of things, I’ve felt very confident all along that what we get to hold in our hands will be something powerful and yet at the same time, sexy.  As the videos and pictures started trickling online, we’re starting to get a sense for what is waiting around the corner.

Don’t get me wrong at all.  I couldn’t be more excited about Android.  I’ve been saying for as long as I can remember that Android will be known for what it does, not how it looks.  The problem is though that looks will play a factor in many people’s decisions whether to purchase or not.  I can’t help but get the feeling that I am not the only one who felt a slight bit of “really?” when I saw the still shots of a white version of the handset.

I know exactly why this is.  For almost a year now, we’ve done nothing but imagine what devices with Android will look like.  It couldn’t possibly live up to the hype, could it?

Take a look at this picture of the new HTC Touch HD.  It’s simply stunning to look at.  Sleek, sexy, and begging for attention, I am in love with it at first site.  It boasts 512MB ROM and 288MB RAM as well as a 5MP camera on the back.  Let’s see, there’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, a front VGA camera and an 800 x 480 screen.  I’ve already heard people asking why the Dream doesn’t look as elegant as this and I have a few answers.

First and foremost, HTC has been working with Windows Mobile for quite a long time and knows what kind of hardware and software mix will work well.  They’ve even got their own user interface created to slap on top of the stale looking Microsoft OS.  HTC has been perfecting the Windows Mobile experience for us, not the guys in Redmond.  For years now, this was their bread and butter.

The second reason the phone we’ve seen in the videos is not as “purdy” as this is that at some point HTC, Google, and T-Mobile have had to take the hardware as it was and focus on the operating system.  To make sure that you think of Android is everything you’ve hoped for comes down to the software.  It’s not the look of the phone that will knock your socks off.  It won’t be the case with this first model, nor will it likely ever be.

HTC now knows what Android looks like and feels like.  They have what they need to go back to the labs and get started on the next incarnation.  I get even more excited to find out what’s next from them as each new device is announced, Android or not.

Like I said earlier, please don’t misconstrue my words.  If what I’m reading in today’s news is true, then we’re in for a real treat.  This doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that we might have been fed red herrings all along.  Maybe the stuff in the videos and pictures is still all just reference models.  Maybe we’ve been thrown onto a different trail as part of some elaborate ruse. Until someone stands on a stage and demonstrates an actual device, a fella can still dream a little bit.