Flashback to 2009 with the HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Touch Diamond2



In 2008, the HTC Touch Pro and HTC Touch Diamond were two very successful handsets launched by HTC. Powered by Windows Mobile 6.1, both featured a 2.8-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 640. Both models came with an Opera browser and a YouTube client. The difference between the two handsets was the physical QWERTY found on the Touch Pro. 

By February 2009, HTC introduced sequels for both phones. The HTC Touch Pro2 offered a spectacular physical slide-out QWERTY that was certainly one of the best on a smartphone at the time. A 3.6-inch screen was on the handset, with a 480 x 800 resolution. A single-core 528MHz CPU was under the hood with 288MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage. A 3.2MP camera was on back and a 1500mAh battery kept the lights on. Windows Professional 6.1 was installed.

The HTC Touch Diamond2 did away with the beveled back that gave the OG Touch Diamond its name. A bit different than its sibling, the Touch Diamond2 had a smaller 3.2-inch screen. This model had a 5MP rear camera, and a smaller capacity 1100mAh battery. The remaining specs were basically the same as the ones found on the Touch Pro2.

Designed for the enterprise, the Touch Pro2 offered HTC's enhanced speakerphone service called Straight Talk which turned on automatically when the phone was placed face down on a flat surface. The feature had multiple microphones and speakers. In addition, the Touch Pro2 could be used like a mini lap top thanks to a tiltable screen. In fact, this is why the AT&T version of the phone was given the HTC Tilt 2 name.

Both phones were launched in May 2009, and for a brief period they were extremely popular. We gave both phones a "9" with our reviews. But less than half a year later, the Motorola DROID was launched and Windows Mobile's days were numbered.

HTC Touch Pro2 Review
HTC Touch Diamond2 Review

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Touch Pro2 US
  • Display 3.6 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Hardware Qualcomm MSM7200A, 0.3GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
Touch Diamond2
  • Display 3.2 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Hardware Qualcomm MSM7200A, 0.3GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1100 mAh
  • OS Windows Mobile Professional 6.1

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50 Comments

49. tokuzumi

Posts: 2023; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I remember wanting one of these so bad. Then I remember pricing being announced, and I think it was over $600 ($250 on contract)? I quickly said "nope", and waited a few months for the HTC Hero (much cheaper on contract). I made the right decision.

48. philip_1

Posts: 46; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

i still have the touch pro 2 in the box!Only the battery died,,cannot charge anymore..

46. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Besides the Droid 3-4, Photon Q, the Touch Pro 2 had the best physical keyboard ever.

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Gosh i really like this pbone. But that petty 528mhz CPU when other option had 1Ghz, made it to slow to use. The last phone I owned with physical qwerty. It's good no one makes a phone like this now. But it was good for its time.

27. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Too bad PA didn't complete the article by mentioning the best of these HTCs, the Imagio.

26. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

My first smartphone, I still love the HTC touch pro 2 had a front facing camera @ the time when apple and other OEM where no were in sight lol

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

In 2009 I was Rocking a 3GS, and the unlocked HTC Hero.

16. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The first iPhone destroyed all these phones. I had Nokia 5800 then Nokia N8. Then moved to Apple iPhone (4S, 5, 5S, 6, 6S Plus). Next phone will be the iPhone 7 Plus.

19. Acdc1a

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

You hate your money don't you?

25. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Or maybe he wanted to invest in something useful and reliable rather than wasting it for useless devices.

29. Acdc1a

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Upgrades for the sake of upgrades is what I see.

31. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Ohh yeah got your point..true

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

IPhones arent reliable. The iPhone 6 has a 29% failure rate. That is 4 times the failure rate of rhe Galaxy S6, which was rhe phone Samsung makes that has the highest failure rate. 7% vs 29%?! I would say he hates his money

47. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

As much as I trust Samsung devices, I trust Apple's too.. in my personal life I've seen people complaining about Samsung devices more compared to the ones holding Apple's. So that's my belief than those useless stats..

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The first iPhone was cool, but with no 3G, MMS, or video recording it was also behind some phones. I put up with those things, but the first truly great iPhone, was the 3GS.

22. Acdc1a

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

They've just never performed acceptably as a phone for me. I have no problem with iOS or iPhones other than that...in fact before the phablet days I had an iPad 2 and loved it. But now when you consider a 16GB iPhone 6s plus is $750 and a Moto G4 at 16GB is $200 you'd think the radios in the Apple would be superior. Couldn't be farther from the truth.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What differences have you noticed in the radios?

28. Acdc1a

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

My friends are the hipster nerd crowd so most are on iPhones... people who should want the flexibility of other devices but still want to be trendy. I can't tell you how many times we go out on the same network and I'll have 2 or 3 bars and can make calls without issue while they're barely registering one and the phone gets hung up while dialing until it just gives up. This is much more prominent now that I'm using Motorola devices.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Must be a location thing. I've never experienced any more dropped calls with iPhones than any other phones.

32. Acdc1a

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

The reputation is out there and fairly well documented. If you're in an extremely strong wireless area you probably won't notice any difference. No wireless network works great where I live because permitting towers has never been easy. T-Mobile and AT&T seem to work the best.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm with AT&T.

36. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You're obviously an intelligent man Dark. You haven't had dropped calls because you're holding it right. I couldn't resist.

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmao, good one. Speaking of the iPhone 4, I never had those issues with it, cause I used a case.

39. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Yeah. That's true for me too. When that issue came up I thought must be a lot of naked phones out there.

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right on bro. Cased out the gate.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The iPhone 4 was actually the one worth buying for me. I liked how the UI on the 3GS because I liked how the pixels made the icon look. But the 4 was more worth it

33. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Your loss. WM was more powerful and flexible than iOS at that time. That's why, even though I could have gotten an iPhone then, I stuck with WM phones.

37. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I would love to see WM6.5 running on today's hardware. The HD2 was a beast and it had a 1 gig single core Hummingbird and 512mb RAM. Unfortunately, WP7 was already a done deal with MS.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 23049; Member since: May 28, 2014

I would love to see all of the features of WM6.5 incorporated into WM10.

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 23049; Member since: May 28, 2014

The first iPhone couldn't do anywhere near what those Nokia phones were capable of. Your fanboyism has you blinded to reality.

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