Advantages well designed, good touchscreen, good QWERTY keypad, improved sofware, good widescreen display
Disadvantages Expensive, no spec bump, no flash module, heavy
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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.
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 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.
Firstly, a woofer and tweeter have been built into the speaker to improve sound clarity.
Thirdly, a chip has been designed to cut out background noise and focus on the speakers voice.
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 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.
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 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.
The design is beautiful; I believe this is the best looking Smartphone currently available.
Greatly improved software, the combination of the customised version of Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 OS and TouchFLO 3D software work very well.
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.
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.
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.
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