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HTC Touch Pro2 Review

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If you have been reading attentively, you must have noticed that the HTC Touch Pro2 shares many features with the thinner Touch Diamond2, with the resemblance becoming striking at software level. The handset is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional again, but the HTC´s own TouchFLO 3D customization pack lends some color to the software, adding richly functional home screen, comfortable Contacts and ultimately making the operating system and its many menus much more appealing. Well, you can still feel it´s the same clumsy, old-timer we know well, but still, the personalization shell remains one of the best when it comes to Windows Mobile. Despite the fact everything looks quite like what you would see on the Diamond2, the device brings out several really nice novelty features.

HTC has tried to bring the troubles you may have with the standard Windows Mobile interface down to a minimum introducing a carousel at the bottom to help you switch between the many home screen tabs.
Home screen - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Favorite contacts - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

Home screen

Favorite contacts

Messaging - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Email - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

Messaging

Email



•   Home screen showing a clock, date and information regarding missed call, left out tasks etc. Clicking on the clock gets you to the brushed-up world clock and alarm setting menus, both of which look really upbeat.
•   Favorite contacts sporting cute picture and shortcuts to your call register and email or message inbox
•   Messaging – you can browse through them, but if you get down to typing one in, you are faced with the well-known, old-fashioned interface.
•   Email – what you see is pretty much the same as in the messages menu, but it´s visualized as an animated letter where you can only see the top part of the text.
•   Calendar is the only new tab available. It allows you to scroll through your task list for any given date. What we don´t like is noticing any newly added entries could´ve been done better and more obvious. Weather forecast, if you keep an eye on this, appears in the relevant tab when you pick out any of the next five days (more on this in a minute).
•   Internet tab gives you a Google search pane, links to Opera mobile browser, YouTube app and favorite push pages application. If you add more to its list, you need to choose how often they are to be refreshed (1/3/6/12/24 hours) so you can take a look at new content in a snap, while if they haven´t been updated recently, you will be able to do that manually.
•   „Stock” – helps you keeps tabs on the stock market.
•   Pictures and video – allows you to browse your albums and there are camera snapshot/video Mode icons
•   Music – gives you quick access music album selection and song playback without leaving the home screen. You can also start the really comfy music player from here.
•   Weather forecast clearly suggest what the app does, the important thing is animations are really cool and you can pick up to ten different locations and get info what the weather will be like in five days running.
•    Settings - allows you to access your overused settings and saves you the trouble of entering the chaotic Windows Mobile menus. We do like the variety of sound notifications and communication options. What´s new here? A link that gets you to your business card customization and HTC menu to set up new email accounts. We disliked we had to wait until almost 500 emails got downloaded, because the email app didn´t ask how many or how old letters it was supposed to show/sync.

Calendar - Тhe tabs you'll find on the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Тhe tabs you'll find on the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Internet - Тhe tabs you'll find on the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Stock - Тhe tabs you'll find on the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

Calendar

 

Internet

Stock

Pictures and Video - Тhe tabs you'll find on the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Music - Тhe tabs you'll find on the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Weather forecast - Тhe tabs you'll find on the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Settings - Тhe tabs you'll find on the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

Pictures and Video

Music

Weather forecast

Settings

Тhe tabs you'll find on the HTC Touch Pro2



Task Manager - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Notifications - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

Task Manager

Notifications

Opening the keyboard of its predecessor used to call up a list of shortcuts on screen that allowed best use of the keyboard. Now the software simply switches the screen to landscape when it registers the action. It´s far from being properly optimized, but is usable as a whole.

HTC Touch Pro2 Review
HTC Touch Pro2 Review


A rather pleasing Task manager shows up when you press against the top, right part of the screen, while tapping the left band in the middle brings the brand new Notification in front of you. It provides information about missed calls, messages etc. and shows all available wireless networks in range. Pleasing novelty indeed, since the corresponding interface on typical Windows Mobile phones can throw you into despair.

The application shortcuts that used to be in a separate tab have disappeared and similarly looking menu with 29 shortcuts has taken the place of the standard Start menu. It´s opened through tapping on the upper left corner or pressing the dedicated Windows button and causes a vertical list to unfold on screen – it allows you to access all applications you have on the device. We do find it appealing, since it´s really easy to use with your bare fingers, but there is no way we hold back saying HTC must´ve been inspired by the upcoming Windows Mobile ver.6.5 and the changes it´s expected to bring forth.

The Start menu of the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
The Start menu of the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

The Start menu of the HTC Touch Pro2


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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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