Well, here it is. The Orange-branded version of the HTC Touch Dual we reviewed some time back. They’ve gone with the standard 12 (16) key layout and there’s a rather “interesting” design on the homescreen. It’s not a bad homescreen design, but I have a few reservations about how the colours work on the programs list.
Read on for more shots of the Orange HTC Touch Dual P5500. It arrives in a HTC box with an Orange designed sleeve and associated manuals. It also has a free 1Gb microSD card and promotes the musical capabilities of the phone with the headphones / handsfree kit sitting proudly next to the phone in the box. I’ll be adding some of these pics to our earlier review.
Link – HTC Touch Dual Review When the box arrives it looks very Orange-esque with the usual branded box…
However this is just a sleeve for the real makers – HTC. Orange are no longer hiding the fact that HTC make these handsets. Inside you get presented with the following…
Plus there’s a surprise behind the main handset – a free 1Gb microSD..
Sliding the keypad out reveals the 12 key configuration (16 with the extra Windows / Mail / IE and back keys).
After you get the phone on charge a new homescreen is added to the phone..
..although the white text on the menu can clash somewhat with the backdrop…
..you can change the homescreen if you like (Settings->Personal->Today and change to “HTC” then choose “HTC” from “Items” and remove the tick from “Orange”. I also turned on “Calendar” and “Messaging” here) to the HTC one. I received my Touch Dual through Orange Retentions for free because I’ve finished my contract and I’ve been with them for over a 7 years and spend a fortune!
As I write this is still not showing on the orange.co.uk website though 🙁
Stuff I’ve also changed – I’ve already changed one of the buttons to be “OK” as it’s easier than tapping the top-right of the screen all the time. I’ve also reduced the text size and I love the HTC on screen keyboard – I still have the odd grumble about things like the “Edit” function in “Contacts” – when you enter a number it seems to default to T9 mode, which isn’t ideal, but other than that it’s very smart.