Top 10 Cool Smartphones of 2008 - HTC Fuze

The HTC Fuze, AT&T's 3G version of the HTC Touch Pro, followed a successful year for HTC, which also built and designed the T-Mobile G1 and released its own HTC Touch Diamond.

The touch-screen Fuze features a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and uses HTC's TouchFLO 3-D user interface for one-touch access. It's designed for one-hand operation, using gesture-based navigation, meaning users can touch, hold and slide along the screen tabs. It ties in an Opera Web browser with zooming. The HTC Fuze runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, enabling integration with Microsoft Outlook e-mail, contacts, calendar and to-do lists. Windows Mobile lets users access and edit e-mail attachments using mobile versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint. Additionally, the Fuze supports industry-specific applications and Microsoft System Center Mobile Device manager, a mobile device management solution that also provides security, mobile VPN and software distribution for Windows Mobile devices.

The Fuze tosses in a 3.2-megapixel camera and AT&T Video Share for good measure, while also building in push-to-talk, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0. It hosts a 262,000-color, 2.8-inch, 480-by-640 VGA touch screen for touch-sensitive navigation control, with three-dimensional animated transitions. Multimedia users can access AT&T Mobile Music services, which includes access to content from eMusic, XM Radio Mobile and others. It also offers access to video clips like news, sports, weather, entertainment, HBO mobile and more via streaming video. For full-length streaming video, users can access MobiTV. The HTC Fuze runs about $300 with a contract.

Release date: November 11 2008

CNET editors rating:

Average user rating:

The good:
The HTC Fuze for AT&T ships with Windows Mobile 6.1, push e-mail capabilities, and a good helping of multimedia features, including a 3.2 megapixel camera. Other highlights include a full QWERTY keyboard; VGA touch screen; Wi-Fi; Bluetooth: GPS; and HSDPA support.

The bad:
The HTC Fuze doesn't have a standard headphone jack, and the smartphone is a bit bulky. Speakerphone quality isn't the greatest and streaming video can cause the phone to stall. It's also pricey.

The bottom line:
For AT&T business customers who demand the most out of their smartphones, the HTC Fuze is up to the task, delivering plenty of features, good performance, and a functional design.

Specifications:
Brand / Type
BrandHTC
TypeTouch Pro (Fuze)
Form factorCandybar
ColorBlack
Network
Phone NetworkEDGE, GPRS, GSM, HSDPA (3G)
Service900, 1800, 1900
Connectivity
Bluetoothv2.0 with A2DP
InfraredNo
Wi-Fi (WLAN)Yes
USB2.0
Fax / DataNo
Display
Main displayColor TFT touchscreen
Color display65.536 colors
DimensionsN/A
Resolution480x640 pixels
External displayNo
Memory
Internal memory512MB
External memory4GB
Memory slots1
Storage typesMicroSD
Basic
BatteryLithium Ion 1340 mAh
Standby time406 hours
Talk time8 hours
Calling
Vibrate alertYes
Photo IDYes
RingtonesMP3, Polyfone, WAV, WMA
Camera
CameraYes
Megapixels3.2 megapixels
Maximum photo resolution2048x1536 pixels
Digital zoomNo
Optical zoomNo
Auto focusYes
FlashYes
Recording videoYes
Second (front) cameraYes
Messaging
SMSYes
MMSYes
T9 text functionYes
E-mailYes
Internet browsingYes
Entertainment
FM radioYes
JavaYes
Audio playerAAC, eAAC, MP3
Video player3GP, MPEG4
Features
Add ringtonesYes
OrganiserCalculator, Calendar, Currecy convertor, Reminders, Pocket Office
Video callYes
Other featuresWindows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Full QWERTY keyboard, Built-in GPS, TouchFLO 3D navigation, Built-in handsfree, Voice dial, Voice memo
Format
Weight5.8 oz.
Dimensions (H x W x D)4x2x0.7 in.

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