Introduced in 2006, the T-Mobile Dash was manufactured by High Tech Computer (known as HTC) and promoted as a competitor to the Motorola Q (distributed by Verizon). Though the design and performance were on or above par for smartphones of its era, blinding fast advancements in smartphone development have rendered the Dash nearly obsolete.
The T-Mobile Dash possesses many features that were advanced in 2006 but which are mostly commonplace in cell phones today. Windows Mobile, Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi are all included. Although the Dash has video-recording capabilities, the 1.3 megapixel (MP) camera is a relic by today's standards.
Against the Q
The Dash has a curved, contoured design compared to the "box-y" Motorola Q, and it is thinner and lighter. One defining difference is in wireless options: the Dash offers Wi-Fi, but the Q does not.
The T-Mobile Dash offers wireless options and push email features that the Motorola Q and even BlackBerry models of its day do not. The sleek design and color display are superb.
The 1.3 MP camera is substandard, so picture quality suffers. The lack of a touchscreen is a major drawback to those looking for an alternative to the iPhone.
The Next Dash
The Dash is currently out of stock at T-Mobile and may be replaced by HTC's newest product, called the Snap. The Snap, which resembles the BlackBerry Bold in design, runs on the 3G network and comes equipped with upgraded Windows Mobile, internal GPS (Global Positioning System) and a load of applications.