Another smartphone offering from HTC, the Touch Viva promises to deliver full multimedia content access as well as professional productivity capabilities. The Touch Viva offers a more “middle of the road” package of features but does include some stand out capabilities.
Device Dimensions and Appearance
Available in the “candybar” form factor, the HTC Touch Viva measures 104.5 x 59 x 15.8 mm and weighs 110 grams. The Touch Viva’s appearance is reminiscent of HTC’s Touch 3G, with a frosty, opaque coloring and chrome accents and virtually identical external feature placement. Phone is available in storm gray.
Display Screen Size and Functions
The HTC Touch Viva features a somewhat small 2.8 inch TFT LCD touchscreen. Resolution is average at 240 x 320 pixels, and the display screen boasts HTC’s TouchFLO finger swipe navigation as well as stylus handwriting recognition.
The device also features a 2 megapixel built-in camera with a 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution. Onboard camera also supports video capture.
With Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) support and WAP 2.0/xHTML and Pocket IE browsers, the Touch Viva provides access to multimedia content. A built-in video and audio album provides storage for personal and downloaded content. The device also features a built-in RSS feed and access to popular online applications such as YouTube and Google Maps.
The HTC Touch Viva provides voice memo options and includes standard built-in handsfree talk capabilities. Multimedia audio playback is possible with the device’s onboard MP3/AAC media player.
Available ringtone support includes polyphonic (40 channels) and MP3.
Connectivity and Productivity Options
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS is included and users will be able to access productivity software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and a PDF viewer with Microsoft Pocket Office. Hefty 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM capacities and a TI OMAP 850, 201 MHz processor fuel the device’s software offerings. Expansion is supported via microSD (TransFlash). PC sync is available via miniUSB.
Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP is included. Users will be able to send and receive email messages as well as log on to online instant messaging applications. SMS and MMS are also supported.
An 1100 mAh standard Li-ion battery is included, which provides an impressive talk-time of 8 hours. The standby time is up to 270 hours on a single charge.
HTC Touch Viva Pros
-The inclusion of HTC’s sought-after TouchFLO finger navigation software gives the Touch Viva an edge in ease of touch navigation
-Device includes numerous pre-installed productivity software items, including a full range of Pocket Office items
-The Touch Viva’s 1100 mAh battery provides excellent talk and standby times that few on the smartphone marketplace can rival
HTC Touch Viva Cons
-Device’s 2.8 inch display screen is rather small for a smartphone offering multimedia content accessibility
-2 MP camera provides few options for photography customization, despite the device’s inclusion of a storage album
-Some users may be disappointed with the lack of color options for the HTC Touch Viva (available in storm gray only)
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