The official brand launch was yesterday, in Auckland with the presence of David Lee, Assistant Vice President of HTC Asia, Telecom people (of course) and an audience of journalists and other guests.
During his speech Mr Lee said "This union between HTC, the world's leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile smart handheld devices and Telecom New Zealand marks the beginning of a very exciting time for the mobile phone industry in New Zealand!".
This is interesting because two out of the three new Okta Mobile devices (Okta Boss, Okta Touch) are Windows Mobile handsets manufactured by HTC. The third (Okta Agent) is actually a Pantech device.
Telecom New Zealand have been working with HTC directly, including the last release under the Telecom brand, the Titan Windows Mobile.
The HTC Touch is surprisingly thin compared to other Windows Mobile devices, and looks good too. It sports a new user interface on top of the standard Windows Mobile UI we are used to.
It's only the first version, and it looks promising. You can access some of the functions through finger gestures, and small features were added such as scrolling lists and web pages with your finger.
Still it's not 100% integrated to the OS and applications, and the menus can not be customised. But it's a great start.
When asked if this user interface was a direct response to Apple iPhone's own, David Lee pointed out that TouchFlo (the official name for this technology) is the result of two years of research - and the iPhone and the Touch are in different market segments (even though you can manage your media with the Touch).
Everyone present at the launch was give an Okta Touch. I am using this now and will soon post a review on Geekzone.
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