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HTC Touch Pro2 Review

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A brand new feature is to be found in your contacts. The interface looks great and quite out of character of typical Windows based phones. Names are showed in large fields with a single, small picture next to each one. You can scroll the list, pick out the first letter or search any name. Adding new contacts reveals huge “most used details” boxes that let you use your fingers comfortably. Another novelty feature is that you can link any phone contact to their relevant Facebook profiles when you assign your contact a picture. You´ll have to fall back on the stylus In case you need to see all available information fields (and there are many on Windows Mobile devices), because that gets you to the standard interface of the device.

The awesome phonebook of the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
The awesome phonebook of the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
The awesome phonebook of the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
The awesome phonebook of the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

The awesome phonebook of the HTC Touch Pro2



Clicking onto a contact makes a pleasing information screen spring up on the screen, but that´s just the first of all tabs. The next one shows you all exchanged messages in a threaded messaging style, the emails you´ve sent to one another as well as more details on received/dialed calls. Basically, all communication can be easily accessed in one place, which comes in handy indeed. This is somewhat reminiscent of the software found on Palm devices.

HTC Touch Pro2 delivers the very same onscreen keyboard as the Diamond2 – you can either use a landscape or vertical (checkerboard) QWERTY layout, with the latter being by far the easier to type away with your bare fingers.

All communications can be easily accessed in one place - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
All communications can be easily accessed in one place - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
All communications can be easily accessed in one place - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
All communications can be easily accessed in one place - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
All communications can be easily accessed in one place - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

All communications can be easily accessed in one place



Unfortunately, there are cases when you don´t have a choice and will have to get back to the standard Windows Mobile 6.1 interface, which as we have been saying all over again, is far from being the most good looking thing on the planet. To help ease the pain, HTC has increased the number of customized menus that pop up when clicking software buttons.

Camera interface - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Camera interface - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

Camera interface

The HTC Pro2 sports a 3-megapixel autofocus camera without flash. It´s fairly pleasing to work with, you start it, click the shutter and it does its job. There are several available options that pertain to taking pictures – white balance, brightness and ISO and the only interesting one is to define the object it’s supposed to focus through pressing against the display. It´s a shame picture quality of even outdoor snapshots is truly mediocre. We cannot really say video capture is any better as well, compression is virtually terrible and sound volume is low and muffled.

Outdoor photos - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Outdoor photos - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Outdoor photos - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

Outdoor photos


Strong light - Indoor samples - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples



As we mentioned already, the audio player looks really nice in spite of the fact the Touch Pro2 can hardly be defined as a multimedia device. Unlike the Diamond2, sound through the loudspeaker is much better, but the earphone set that comes with the phone is below par yet again. We do recommend that all music buffs shell out for a converter from miniUSB to standard 3.5mm jack.

The music player of the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review
The music player of the HTC Touch Pro2 - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

The music player of the HTC Touch Pro2



The built in video player of the HTC Touch Pro2 is very handy - HTC Touch Pro2 Review

The built in video player of the HTC Touch Pro2 is very handy

The HTC Pro2 supports MP4 H.264 and H.263, so we threw several video files at the integrated player. Playback of content with resolution of 800x480 pixels at even lower bitrates like 500 kbps is sluggish and stuttering, so such videos can be considered unplayable for all practical purposes. On the other hand videos with resolutions like 640x384 run smoothly and picture is really nice even at heavier bitrates such as, say, 1000 kbps. Third party video players like CorePlayer allow you to watch DivX and Xvid content without any issues.

The HTC Diamond2 doesn’t come brimming with preloaded software, but Windows Mobile 6.1 features loads of apps anyway. You will almost immediately take notice of the Teeter game, Google Maps and QuickGPS that helps pinpoint satellites fast, RSS Hub, Adobe Reader LE and of course, Office Mobile.
 

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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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