An unlocked brother to the HTC Touch series phones, the HTC Touch Cruise ($550.00, unlocked; as of 4/9/2009) has an eye-catching design and a gorgeous touch interface. Like the other HTC phones we’ve tested, though, the Cruise suffers from sluggish performance—a common problem with Windows Mobile touchscreen phones.
The Touch Cruise sports the improved TouchFLO 3D interface, a simple HTC overlay that runs atop the Windows 6.1 operating system. TouchFLO 3D looks spectacular on the Cruise’s display, but its performance was hit-and-miss and downright pokey at times. As a multimedia device, on the other hand, the Touch Cruise excels. The music player, like the majority of the programs on the TouchFLO 3D interface, is aesthetically pleasing, with an iTunes-esque album-art navigation system. The camera was just average, but you can view your photos in a touch-friendly, flickable photo album, which look spectacular on the Cruise’s 2.8-inch screen.