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MWC 2008

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Google Android HTC P3470 LG  

This is a new smartphone from HTC that is meant for the European market. We have to say, it is one of the better builds we've seen from HTC. It feels a lot like the Touch when you hold it in your hand. It is very solid, compact, and feels great. It was a little bit weighty, but no in any egregious way.

 

HTC P3470

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One the front is a generous screen that was nice and bright. Below it are four softkeys, the send/end keys and the trackwheel d-pad. All of the physical keys offered good travel and feedback and were comfortable to reach with your thumb.

The trackwheel is the one misstep of the P3470. As on other phones, such as the HTC Shadow, the movement of the selector doesn't necessarily correspond well with how you move the trackwheel. Often there was a delay, and this caused us to mis-navigate from time to time. You can also use the trackwheel as a standard 4-way d-pad and the center button is large and easy to push.

The HTC home screen is very well thought-out. It has five tabs that let you jump across the phones features quickly, using the trackwheel or your finger. Having such easy access to things such as your contacts, a weather widget, and other settings is great. The contact tab opens up a grid layout of your favorite contacts and you can populate the fields with pictures of your contacts. Pressing the picture initiates a call. Very cool. You can also choose to open the contact and send them an email, SMS, etc.

HTC did a good job of organizing the applications and makes them as easy to use with your finger as possible with the large buttons. The camera application, in particular, was well laid out and let you get at the settings quickly so you can alter them and get back to picture taking.

The rest of the user interface is Microsoft Windows Mobile 6, with which you are already familiar.

Here is a walk through of some of the phone's features:

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