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The Touch Pro2 provides the entire spectrum of powerful communication tools to get your point across... so that you are always at your best. With glea...

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published 14/07/2009 | Luc2oo9
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Excellent
Pro well designed, good touchscreen, good QWERTY keypad, improved sofware, good widescreen display
Cons Expensive, no spec bump, no flash module, heavy
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"Review - The HTC Touch Pro 2"

HTC Touch Pro 2


It wasn't all too long ago that I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of HTC's first Touch Pro handset, but when I did get my hands on it I was a little disappointed. I obviously wasn't the only one as I now have in my hand the new version, the HTC Touch Pro2. Even with its improved software and a very nicely designed tilt screen, I still needed to be convinced this was a serious alternative to competitive Smartphone's like the iPhone 3GS, Nokia N97 and the host of available BlackBerry's.

Design and Features


There is no denying that the new Pro2 is a very visually appealing handset, the 3.6 inch touchscreen allows for a 480x800 widescreen VGA resolution, using a customised version of the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 OS. Although it is very 'business' like in appearance, its metal and black colouring makes it look 'cool'.


The QWERTY keypad slides out from beneath the screen, allowing the screen to tilt to up to a 70 degree angle. While the QWETY keyboard and tilt-up touchscreen are a triumph in design, I have to say that my favourite feature of the Pro2 is its speaker, which flows around the curved shape of the handset. In short it is a beautifully designed thing.


The keypad itself is very nicely designed, the keys are raised and despite being large for a mobile phones QWERTY keypad, they are spaced far enough apart that even someone with large hands wouldn't have the problem of pressing the wrong button, or more than one at a time.


One very nice feature of the Pro2 is one that is often overlooked by the people who design mobile phones, the speaker phone. While this may sound boring, the Pro2 has a very nice party piece. To activate the speaker all you do is turn the phone onto its face, this automatically activates it, this also works if you are already on the phone and want to let other people in the room join in the conversation… I tried this and it worked perfectly. This works so well for a three reasons.


Firstly, a woofer and tweeter have been built into the speaker to improve sound clarity.


Secondly, HTC have installed two microphones to pick up a clearer sound, and,


Thirdly, a chip has been designed to cut out background noise and focus on the speakers voice.


All round, the HTC Pro2 is a very satisfying handset to look at… but so was the original, its problems arose when it actually came to living with it, and it is these areas which needed improving.


Improvements

The Pro2's predecessors, were let down in several key areas. The battery life was terrible, the commands infuriating and unresponsive, bringing up unwanted menus and due to the answer button being on the screen any incoming calls were answered immediately (usually without you even knowing) when the phone was in your pocket, and if it was in your pocket, it was so heavy you would need a belt to hold up your trousers. However, I am happy to say that HTC has addressed these initial faults in the design of the Pro2.


The battery life has been improved, HTC claim that the Pro2 now offers the best part of 7 hours talk time, due mainly to the huge 1500mAh battery… Be warned though, while I found these claims to be accurate enough when just using the phone to text and ring, when using 3G, battery life was cut by around 40%


The user friendliness of the touchscreen benefit from great improvements; Like the original, the Pro2 comes with a stylus, but I can honestly tell you I didn't use it once, HTC say the only reason that it is included with the Pro2 is that their studies show that users in Asia like to use one, but the touchscreen has improved so much that I simply can't imagine that you will ever need it. The improvements with the screen come largely from updated software, most notably the TouchFLO 3D software which, among other thing, runs the touchscreen.


HTC have made some major improvements since the original, there are a few things that aren't quite perfect with the Pro2, and perfection is crucial to take on the giants of Apple, Nokia and RIM's BlackBerry range.


Room For Improvement

I had expected the 3.2 megapixel camera to have been upgraded, but for some reason the Pro2's camera hasn't been, I don't really understand why, especially when you consider that HTC did upgrade the camera of the Pro2's sister model, the Touch Diamond2. But what baffled me the most was that HTC chose to remove the flash module… WHY?!


While the Pro2 is much lighter than the original, but it still weighs 175g with the battery, this is a huge improvement, but looking on the bright side, you won't loose it… you will definitly still know when its in your pocket.


While the Pro2 has benefited from software updates, it is not the same story with the hardware, which is almost identical to the original. While this is not a major issue, I would warn anyone who owns the original Touch Pro, looking to the Pro2 for a spec bump, this isn't the case.


Verdict

I liked -


The design is beautiful; I believe this is the best looking Smartphone currently available.


Excellent touchscreen, with very well designed QWERTY keypad.


Greatly improved software, the combination of the customised version of Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 OS and TouchFLO 3D software work very well.


The widescreen display may not be as advanced as is offered by the new Samsung i8910 HD, (review coming soon) but it is still very, very good.


The speaker phone function is, to my knowledge, unique. While I had a lot of fun playing with it, I can see it being very useful in the right circumstances.


I disliked -


If you do not want to be hooked into a contract, The Pro2 is very expensive when bought SIM free.


HTC decided not to give the Pro2 any kind of a spec bump, choosing to stick with the original hardware.


The removal of the camera's flash is an annoyance, and I would have loved to have seen a 5 megapixel camera instead of the 3.2 megapixel camera which was present on the original.


Although much lighter than the original, it is still quite heavy.


Would I Buy One?

There are a lot of good Smartphone's on the market at the moment, the iPhone 3GS, the Nokia N97, Samsungs i8910 HD and BlackBerry's new Curve to name a few. But I can honestly say that I would recommend the Touch Pro2 as the world's best Windows Mobile device ever released.


There is something very appealing about the Touch Pro2, and I have to admit, I'm strongly considering getting rid of the iPhone and putting a Touch Pro2 in its place… Maybe because it is very nice looking or because it's easy to use, or maybe it's a British thing… They do say that we love the underdog, which HTC certainly is in a market dominated by Apple, Nokia, RIM and Samsung.

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Product Information : HTC Touch Pro 2

Manufacturer's product description

The Touch Pro2 provides the entire spectrum of powerful communication tools to get your point across... so that you are always at your best. With gleaming design, the Touch Pro2 radiates the level of professionalism to match your career in every way. Business success depends on human interaction. You can often get more done with a quick phone call or a face to face meeting than you can in strings of emails. So why do all business phones seem to ignore the importance of calls? The Touch Pro2 treats your calls with as much care and attention as your messages.

Product Details

Product Description: HTC Touch Pro 2 - 3G GSM - smartphone

Product Type: Smartphone

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Service Provider: Not specified

Form Factor: Slider - touch screen, full keyboard

Dimensions (WxDxH): 11.6 cm x 1.7 cm x 5.9 cm, 59 mm x 17 mm x 116 mm

Weight: 187 g, 175 g, 179 g, 188 g

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, digital player, GPS receiver

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Display: LCD display - 3.6" - TFT, LCD display - colour - 3.6" - TFT

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen, QWERTY keyboard

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, MIDI

Supported Memory Card: Micro SD Card, microSDHC

Talk Time: Up to 510 minutes

Standby Time: Up to 500 hours, Up to 750 hours

Localisation: Norway, Germany

Long Name: Touch Pro2 T7373

Cellular / Type: Smartphone

Cellular / Phone Form Factor: Slate

Manufacturer: HTC

Phone Design: Slate

User Interface: HTC TouchFLO 3D

Mobile Services: Video Call

General

MPN: 99HHL015-00, 99HHL018-00, 99HHL006-00, touchpro2, 99HHL012-00, HTC Touch Pro2 GER

Product Type: Smartphone

Form Factor: Slider - touch screen, full keyboard

Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, digital player, GPS receiver

Width: 11.6 cm, 59 mm

Depth: 1.7 cm, 17 mm

Height: 5.9 cm, 116 mm

Weight: 187 g, 175 g, 179 g, 188 g

Localisation: Norway, Germany

Cellular

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Service Provider: Not specified

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

Input Device(s): Touch screen, QWERTY

User Interface: HTC TouchFLO 3D

Messaging & Internet

Cellular Messaging Services: MMS, SMS

Mobile Services: Video Call

Communications

Data Transmission: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, IEEE 802.11b/g

Communication Features: Mobile Email client, Internet browser

Bluetooth Profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

Phone Features

Additional Features: TouchFLO 3D touch-screen

Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light sensor

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Phone Functions: Speakerphone, call timer, conference call, vibrating alert

Media Player

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, MIDI

Supported Digital Video Standards: AVI, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, 3GP

Processor

Type: QUALCOMM MSM7200A

Clock Speed: 528 MHz

Memory

RAM: 288 MB

ROM: 512 MB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: Micro SD Card, microSDHC

Digital Camera

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Camera Light Source: Flash

Features: Video recording

Navigation System

Navigation: GPS receiver

Display

Type: LCD display, LCD display - colour

Technology: TFT

Diagonal Size: 3.6"

Display Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels

Connections

Connector Type: Video out / hands-free microphone connector - 11 pin HTC ExtUSB, Data port - 11 pin HTC ExtUSB

Battery

Capacity: 1500 mAh

Run Time Details: Talk - up to 510 min ¦ Standby - up to 500 hrs

Technology: Lithium Ion

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Power adapter

Organiser

Personal Information Management: Calendar, synchronization with PC, calculator, reminder, alarm clock

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