Throwback: HTC’s First iPhone Clone

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You may have heard about how Apple is suing HTC about violating their intellectual property patents and then how HTC is suing Apple for the same thing. Well, here’s a very special pocketnow throwback showing you one of HTC’s very first iPhone-like phones. The HTC Himalaya or i-mate Phone Edition 2003 was first released in 2003 in Dubai U.A.E. We had a guy ship us one from Dubai so that we could be the first to have this ground-breaking touch-screen phone which brought many innovations at a time when Apple was releasing MP3 players with tiny greyscale screens.

See our original review from 2003.





The Himalaya was the first Windows Mobile Phone without an external antenna. It also included built in bluetooth so that you could use voice dialing and a bluetooth GPS reciever for navigation instructions at the same time. Later on Voice Command became available for controlling the media player and other phone functions via a Bluetooth headset. The device also featured an SD card slot so that you could load a memory card from your digital camera in order to access, process, and email photos of higher quality than the built-in VGA camera could take. Another innovative feature was the expansion port underneath the battery cover that allowed an accessory attachment which could support video output to a projector or other monitor. You could even Copy/Paste and run Flash on this device!

Of course it also synced with Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player for easy loading of music, videos, and recorded TV shows. There was no need to buy TV shows on iTunes back in those days since your Media Center could record TV and sync to your phone for free. Heck, video playback was much smoother than most of the Windows Phones from just a couple years ago even!

Did you ever have an ancient HTC Himalaya?

More good reading: the first HTC phone ever released.

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About The Author
Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!