HTC Touch Pro2 for Sprint Review
The TouchFlo 3D 2.1 UI is again here, with a touch of orange as well. It integrates more deeply into the device and is most apparent in the Start Menu and contacts app. The contacts rework is amazing; you can link to Facebook profiles for pictures and status updates, and when you’re in a contact you will be able to see your history of SMS and email communications with them. Unfortunately this integration doesn’t go as deep as Samsung does on the Omnia II, but the parts HTC has reworked are better than what Samsung has done with it.
There are two new TF3D tabs on the Sprint version: Sprint Navigation and SprintTV, both of which do exactly what you’d expect. The performance was overall snappy, but every now and again we’d run into the normal Windows Mobile lag. It currently runs WM 6.1, but HTC has announced that the unlocked version will receive a 6.5 update and Sprint has always been on the forefront of WM updates so we’d expect to see one soon enough. Unlike previous WM devices, this Touch Pro2 allows for over the air firmware updates, another initiative Sprint has spearheaded.
5 row QWERTY keyboard is nearly identical to the original version. The T-Mobile variant changed a number of the second options on the keys, but Sprint has left them mostly intact. The only difference is the removal of the CTRL key, with the addition of a dedicated SMS/MMS one. The large keys and more than adequate spacing makes this keyboard a dream to type on, though we still give the edge to the BlackBerry Tour because of its option of one-handed typing.
The Touch Pro2 is an upgrade to the Touch Pro in many ways, but it should be noted that they both run on a 528MHz Qualcomm processor with 288MB of RAM and 512MB ROM. The increased performance can be attributed to HTC tweaking their TouchFLO 3D software. The device can support microSD expansion up to 32GB, but unfortunately and surprisingly the Sprint Touch Pro2 does not come with a microSD card, nor does it have a carrying case. For $350 we’d expect better.
1. mulda71 (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jun 2009)
ok so define "not for the average consumer." Hard to use/understand? Why does a good business phone need to be hard to use? I need stellar contact management, calendar, internet access, and the ability to read excel.
2. tigermcm (Posts: 595; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
what they probably mean by this is people who get cellphones and have no clue how to use it to its full potential. Basically they by the phone and only know text, pictures, and internet
3. GXnext (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Sep 2009)
I agree! But I'm far from a business user.... in fact I'm a jobless college student.... But I do consider myself a power user, and I do use WM to its full potential =D I know a large amount of users don't (because they're always asking me how I did this or that) which is why I never recommend WM devices to anyone, despite the fact I use it religiously. And I told myself I wouldn't get the TP2 when it came out... I told myself "its too similar to the TP" and "I'll wait until windows 7 phone next year" ... but I already sold my touch pro, my fish tank, did some job's and saved up the $699 to buy it... so thanks sprint... thanks for making this less appealing to the "average user", making me $700 poorer, and revealing how bad my addiction is :(
4. tigermcm (Posts: 595; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
are you eligible for an upgrade? I might be able to help you out there
5. macron2000 (Posts: 81; Member since: 07 Sep 2009)
Well, there are a couple of differences I've noticed between TMO's version and Sprint's. I've been using TMO's version for two weeks, and was testing the Sprint version all weekend (for work purposes). The TMO's version seems to sync flawlessly with both my Jawbone headset, as well as with my vehicle. Callers had no problems hearing me. With the Sprint version, I've had to power my headset on/off and back and forth, just to get it to sync (still get sync errors when attempting to with handsfree in car). And I call people on the Sprint version while using Bluetooth, they constantly say that I am cutting out, and that they can barely hear me (didn't have this problem with the Sprint Tour, so I can't say that it's a network issue). The other issue is the UI. I haven't had to reset/restart the TMO version not once (even while running multiple programs). The Sprint version, in just 3 days, has had to be reset 3 different times due to freezing or lagging. Just something to think about when comparing the two (true comparison should be about functionality and usability, not just looks).
7. acriswell3 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)
Does this device have good battery life or is it comparable to the touch pro/sprint. Also does the TP2 have a flash with the camera?
8. macron2000 (Posts: 81; Member since: 07 Sep 2009)
No, it does not have a flash with the Camera. As far as the battery life, I'd say it is about average, what you would typically expect from a WINMO smart phone but is an improvement over the original. It really all comes down to how you plan to use it (wifi, GPS, BT).
6. BigRed83 (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 May 2008)
One comment on this subject: Friday. VZW. We will see
11. athiel021 (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Aug 2009)
So long as they don't cripple it like they did the original TouchPro, I imagine it'll be pretty similar.
9. Frolin (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Sep 2009)
With the new Touch Pro 2, can someone confirm how this unit 'syncs' with MS-Outlook on a stand alone desktop? I have a 3yr + old 6700 that drops in to a craddle, to sync and charge. Don't see a cradle with the TP2, looks ike a dangle USB cable? A problem with Palm Pre is no full Outlook sync of Contacts, Mail, Notes and Calendar. Are all of these sync'd with the TP2, and how? The 6700 uses MS ActiveSync. Don't have/want a web sync link, for all four, needs to sync with the stand alone PC with Outlook. Does that USB connection sync and charge, at same time (overnight plug in for full charging)? No cradle option? (it's so nice to drop in and be done, and not have to plug in a cord).
10. Frolin (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Sep 2009)
That $349 from Sprint - OUCH, looks like Verison is gonna have it for $199 http://www.engadgetmobile.com/
12. SprintPower (Posts: 71; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
Got mine baby! What a dream phone! Video on this thing is like having a pocket hi-def TV...amazing.