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HTC Touch Pro2 Review

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HTC Touch Pro2 Review
This is a GSM phone that is suitable for the European market,
but can also be used in the U.S. (without 3G) on AT&T and T-Mobile
For our review of the T-Mobile version of the phone - click here.
Click here for the review of the Sprint HTC Touch Pro2
Click here for the review of the Verizon HTC Touch Pro2

HTC Touch Pro2 Review
HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Introduction:

HTC used to equip their top range smart phones with wide, side sliding, full QWERTY keyboards that seem to have been largely successful, since the first, fifth generation device with the same form factor, the HTC Touch Pro2, has just been released. Unlike its predecessor, it´s larger rather than smaller and brings the round-shape design back into the game, chucking the edgy form all latest handsets of the same manufacturer stake on. The phone sports a huge 3.6-inch screen, awesome 5 row keyboard, mechanism that lets you tilt the display so you can see things better and a bunch of extra business features to drool over.

A small pouch comes in the box (just a belt case though) along with wall charger, USB cable, headset, spare stylus, screen protector, software CD and manuals.


Design:

If you happen to be into small smart phones, you are definitely reading the wrong review. The HTC Touch Pro2 measures pretty much the same size as the iPhone, the difference being it´s several millimeters thicker and much heftier. Carrying it about in your pocket is far from unnoticeable and we would like to, once again, lash the manufacturer for providing a belt case only. Its large size allows integration of huge screen and that´s exactly what HTC have done – display measures healthy 3.6 inches and comes with a stunning resolution of 480x800 pixels and overall quality that is pretty much the same as the one its junior sibling delivers, i.e. screen is extremely sensitive, so even the slightest flicks get registered and this is great. While image quality is stunning indoors, display is instantaneously rendered unusable once you´ve taken the phone outdoors. There are other elements here that we know well from the Touch Diamond2 – the band that controls the zoom level is at the bottom, along with four keys – send and end, Windows and “back” buttons. Video call camera is right above the screen with two LED indicators elegantly located on either side of the earpiece.

HTC Touch Pro2 Review
HTC Touch Pro2 Review
HTC Touch Pro2 Review

HTC Touch Pro2 Review
HTC Touch Pro2 Review
HTC Touch Pro2 Review

HTC Touch Pro2 Review

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One of the key features of the new business phone is its loudspeaker. Turn it face down and you will see the enormous grid-guard and a button to mute the microphone. Once you´ve removed the back cover though, you will face reality – the loudspeaker is actually fairly standard in size and the huge grid is just an ornamental grating that is all about fancy design.

HTC Touch Pro2 Review
HTC Touch Pro2 Review
HTC Touch Pro2 Review


The only issue we seem to have is the side buttons – the volume rocker on its left hand side and the power button on the opposite are almost flush with the surface and don´t provide enough travel. Still, they are comfy enough when you get used to them.

The only issue we seem to have with the HTC Touch Pro2 is the side buttons - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
The only issue we seem to have with the HTC Touch Pro2 is the side buttons - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

The only issue we seem to have with the HTC Touch Pro2 is the side buttons


The HTC Touch Pro2 delivers an excellent keyboard, but its successor certainly cuts it out of all feathers. Keys are huge thanks to its large size of the device and there is enough space among them. They are aligned in 5 rows in a checkerboard style and all alt symbols are arranged as if on a standard computer keyboard, so they are easy to find and use. The greenish-white backlighting makes them easily discernible plus it looks pretty cool.

While open, display can be set at an angle against the keyboard which makes for a laptop-like experience. Actually, we have already seen something similar with the TyTN II (Tilt) and we can´t be happier to see it in real life once again.

HTC Touch Pro2 delivers an excellent keyboard - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
HTC Touch Pro2 delivers an excellent keyboard - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
HTC Touch Pro2 delivers an excellent keyboard - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

HTC Touch Pro2 delivers an excellent keyboard



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. miamibeef04 (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 May 2009)


is this a CDMA or GSM phone? Verizon? AT/T?

posted on 21 Jun 2009, 17:50

6. Cliffy44 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


Miamibeef, AT&T is GSM; and the AT&T branded version (scheduled release date is sometime in late August) will be called The Fortress; which you can read about here:http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/HTC-Fortress-phone-pb_3712.html.

posted on 06 Jun 2009, 09:04

2. mickey8 (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


This is the first review where I've read that earpiece is not good. It would be good to demonstrate it in video review, straight talk as well. If it's really true then it's big handicap for this phone.

posted on 06 Jun 2009, 12:43

3. mickey8 (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


omg, I saw few other photos from TP2, it's terrible.. I was waiting for this device, but now I'm really disappointed.

posted on 09 Jun 2009, 17:06

4. Technology1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


I own a TP already, so I know the real deal {Their Is A WHOLE Lot Of Bais In This Review}, the TP2, it's 10 times more advance than the iphone 3gS {Fool The people Again Apple}, give me TouchFLO 3D/2D/Spb Mobile Shell/Spb Online/Slingbox, it's ON with the TP2, yeah...! {LOL} I just think the new iphone 3gS cannot match up this time around with the new latest HTC Touch Pro 2 Windows mobile PPC 6.1/6.5/7.0 WVGA TouchFLO 3D/2D TriPod Mode 480×800 JimBoTron Tilt screen resolution, E-mail Microsoft Exchange Server, 32 GB SDHC Card slot, 3.5MP camera, Front camera, TVOUT, video camcorder, five row pull out Qwerty hard keyboard with the “JimboTron” tilt screen {Movies, YouTube Videos}, worldwide mobile card and the SlingBox mobile client app works with this super star, Naw Apple don't even try it, don't even think about it, you lost this game already… The Touch Pro 2 got you beat baby....{LOL}

posted on 13 Jun 2009, 22:36

5. cphorn15 (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Apr 2009)


While the TP2 is better than the iPhone in in most specs, I do have to say that even if it (TP2) is a good product, Apple not only has its (large) fanbase and is a household name, but it also has the money to advertise its product on TV. And we're not talking about that one short 15 second clip where you see the phone once in the entire ad late at midnight only once. They do commercials regularly during prime time TV for god's sake. I do love how the TP2 looks and appears and all of its features (I plan on making it my next phone), but Apple has its base (and a strong one at that), so it isn't falling down for at least two or three generations.

posted on 22 Jun 2009, 04:10

7. MTLance (unregistered)


First of all this is WinMo crap yeah that's right. The iPhone 3G S really impresses me outta hell. Just remember I don't own the first gen and second gen iPhone because it doesn't impress me at all. It sounds like I'm an Apple fanboi but I'm not, I used to hate Apple stuffs because they're expensive and made out of junk parts. But hey who knows maybe I'll get the E72 instead of the iPhone 3G S. What I like about iPhone is? The hardware its the fastest thing out there atm, the classic arcade ported games or games, landscaping mode on a big screen, touch screen, app store, and a GPS to trace where your phone is if you pay for MobileMe subscription.

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HTC Touch Pro2

HTC Touch Pro2

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display3.6 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (259 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm MSM7200A, Single core, 528 MHz
288 MB RAM
Size4.57 x 2.33 x 0.68 inches
(116 x 59 x 17 mm)
6.17 oz  (175 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6.98 hours talk time

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