Both devices will initially be available with Windows Mobile 6.1 and then free upgrade to WM 6.5 will be offered to those you have purchased it. Both devices have several commons design characteristics – gone are the d-pads and the only buttons are the send, end, back and the Windows one. Also, the area below the screen is touch sensitive and used to zoom in/out in various applications such as during Internet browsing, e-mail and picture viewing.
Increasing the screen size of course requires larger resolution, which is now 480x800 pixels. Unfortunately, the extra features have let do increased weight and size. Still the device can be comfortably held in hand.
Some folks were slightly disappointed with Touch Pro not featuring screen tilting as on the Tytn. We are happy to report the screen tilting is back on the Pro2! The whole sliding action of the keyboard was not very smooth, but this should be because of the early prototype status of the device we tested.
The actual keyboard left us with very positive feelings. The keys are well spaced out, with good tactile feedback.
A new feature, called Crystal Talk is incorporated into the Touch Pro2. In an essence it is an integrated email, voice and speakerphone experience. For better voice quality, the phone is equipped with dual-microphones. For corporate users, the transition from e-mail to conference call is made very easy with a single push of a button.
Turning the Touch Pro2 over reveals large speaker, situated on its back. The idea here is again to offer superb (we’ll see how really good it is when we have our hands on it) speaker-phone performance. Niftily situated on the back is the microphone mute button.
Despite of the larger display, the battery talk/stand-by times are kept almost exactly the same as on the first Pro.
The screen size has grown to 3.2”, has increased resolution of 480x800 pixels and now features ambient light sensor, for automatically adjusting its brightness. Even though the device still bears the Diamond name, its back lacks the diamond facets and is flush.
When it comes to features, the new Diamond2 will boost 5-megapixel camera and will feature microSD memory slot, which was missing in the first one.
The new phones also come with upgraded version of the TouchFLO 3D personalized interface, making it even better than before. Here are the changes/new features:
• A new Calendar tab on the home screen, allowing you to view either the while month or a separate day.
• The People tab is slightly updated, now with four shortcut icons below the picture of the person – call mobile, call work, write message, write email.
• The in-call screen is slightly changed and unlocking it for additional options is done with a vertical swipe.
• The Start menu is replaced with a list of shortcuts to applications.
• The onscreen keyboard has been redesigned, for better performance.
• The fields in the contacts list are now larger and caller ID photos are displayed. Selecting a contact will show a personalized screen with their information, and additional tabs containing threaded messaging history (with option to reply directly), emails and call history.
• Adding/Editing a contact is also done via an optimized interface. It shows the most commonly used fields in large size and if you want to see all options, you’ll get back into the original Windows Mobile interface.
Individual call history
What you see on the pictures is a prototype device that was available at the MWC event. The Magic is HTC’s second phone to run Google’s Android OS, but it also comes with a number of improvements over the original handset. We can’t help but notice the great changes that have been made to the design. It is now a lot thinner, which is due to the lack of a hardware QWERTY keyboard. One very significant improvement has been made to the body and it refers to its build quality, which is now much higher. When in one’s hand, the device doesn’t feel cheap at all, which used to be a feature of the G1. As you may have noticed, we have avoided shooting the hardware buttons on the front side, since HTC representatives told us that changes in the design of these elements are still to be made. The screen size, however, will stay the same – 3.2 inches with resolution of 320x480 pixels.
Some of you may remember that one of the main drawbacks of G1’s camera was the total lack of video capturing, which is somewhat strange for such a device. This issue has been fixed, and now the Magic is proud to have a 3.2-megapixel camera plus video capturing capabilities. Well, the hardware side-sliding keyboard may have not made it outside the drawing board (if it has been a subject of discussion at all), but this will surely be well compensated by the newly added on-screen QWERTY keyboard (such has not yet been developed for the G1). In addition, users will now get features like MMS attachments and A2DP profile for Bluetooth.
When it comes to availability, the HTC Magic will be a quad-band GSM and a dual-band 3G device, which will be offered by Vodafone in Europe, starting this April. At what price? Remains a mystery for now.