HTC Touch Cruise smartphone nails the GPS features

HTC expanded its niche of iPhone knockoffs with the HTC Touch Cruise, emphasizing GPS features with an application called "Footprint." Available by June, this $600 geo-tagging smartphone snags "digital postcards" of your current location with its 3.2-megapixel camera, combining a picture, audio file, notes and GPS coordinates into a smart-looking package. Neat.

It's also adept at turn-by-turn navigation, and when you dock it in its car cradle, gives you navigational capability just like the big boys. Sorry to compare this to the iPhone, but it seems to be targeting the features that Apple left out. Let the catching-up begin! Too bad it's running the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. Even so, take a look at its stellar specs:

• Qualcomm MSM7225, 528 MHz chipset
• WCDMA/HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps Connectivity
• 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with QVGA resolution display
• 512 MB flash ROM, 256 MB RAM internal memory
• microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible) expansion slots
• Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS
• HTC TouchFLO, 4-Way navigation wheel with Enter and HTC Footprints buttons
• 3.2 MP, with fixed focus camera
• Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
• Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
• Up to 400 minutes talktime (GSM)
• Up to two weeks standby (GSM)
• 102 x 53.5 x 14.5mm
• 103 grams