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Goodbye Kaiser, Hello Touch Dual

February 3rd, 2008

htctouchdual_141x440 In my never ending search for the perfect cell phone and PDA I think I spent the least amount of time with my HTC Kaiser (aka Tytn II aka AT&T Tilt).  I recently sold it and got a new phone, the HTC Touch Dual.

So far I really like the Dual, it gives me the right balance between a full PDA with touch-screen and a phone that is small enough to carry in a breast pocket in a pinch.

Things I like about the Touch Dual:

  • Touch screen seems much improved, much easier to use TouchFLO as well as general thumb-driven applications.
  • Very small.  For a windows mobile phone.  Reminds me of my old (very old) i-mate JAM.
  • Comes with a 20-key keyboard (like a Blackberry Pearl) that once you use it for a couple days is really quite nice.  I’m not having any trouble typing out words without looking as the predictions are spot on.
  • Great battery life, so far frankly seems like better battery life than the much larger Kaiser.

Things I miss from the Kaiser:

  • Slightly larger screen
  • Integrated GPS.  I didn’t use it often, but when I needed it, it was handy.
  • I don’t miss the WiFi as I never used it.
  • Full size keyboard – as nice as the 20-keyboard is, I could thumb type much faster on the full size Kaiser keyboard.
  • And that’s about it!

All in all, I think I’ll stick with the Touch Dual for a while.  Improvements I’d like to see in the next generation include GPS and a side slide keyboard instead of the orientation now.

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