HTC Touch Pro Review

Software:

HTC Touch Pro is the first phone after Touch Diamond, which uses the TouchFLO 3D interface. It is also based on the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS and it is identical with the previous model in almost all aspects. That’s why we won’t get in details here. In order to get to know the software better, please read our in-depth review of Touch Diamond here.
   
The idea of TouchFLO is to make a larger part of the options available on the homescreen with a finger-friendly interface. Functionality and design-wise, everything looks good, but we are experiencing some problems with inadequate and slow responses (e.g. when running a finger across the screen). We had the same troubles with Touch Diamond in the beginning but later, a firmware update fixed almost everything. Our test unit uses ROM 1.90.401.1 WWE dated 08/01/08. Once this is taken care of, Touch Pro will have the best WM Pro OS personalization on the market. However, if HTC doesn’t do something about this, we will have serious remarks regarding its overall work.


Like in Touch Diamond, as soon as you leave the homescreen, you will find yourself in a slightly modified Windows Mobile environment. As expected, the phonebook has all options, the organizer and the messages are excellent. Touch Pro is not equipped with 4GB of built-in memory, but with 320MB and a microSD slot instead. The microSD cards currently are up to 8GB, but 16GB and 32GB ones are expected soon.

The only difference in the software is related to the keyboard. When opening the slider, a shortcut menu appears automatically with icons leading to the various applications it can be used for, which of course, cannot happen with the Diamond.

We are happy with the Opera Mobile 9.5 Internet browser; here we see another positive aspect of having a hardware keyboard, because it helps for faster entry of an addresses and/or texts. If you are a devoted blogger, the QWERTY can be a big plus, saving you a lot of time.




Same as the Diamond (after a ROM update), Touch Pro is a quadband GSM with a dual-band UMTS for Europe. There still isn’t an officially announced 3G version for America, but rumors, claiming that there will be one, have been circling the web for some time now. A CDMA version of the phone is also expected to be released with Verizon Wireless and Sprint.

The multimedia features are also almost identical compared to Diamond. The camera is an unpretentious 3-megapixel one, but here, we have a flash added. The interface doesn’t offer as many functions as OMNIA for example, but is not that modest as iPhone’s either. The only thing we would’ve liked to see is the auto flash mode.


The outdoor pictures are not anything special, they have a good detail level but very unrealistic colors. The pictures made in a well-lighted environment are usable, but when the light is dim, the final results are not good despite the flash.




HTC Touch Pro sample video 320x240 pixels resolution
* Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.

The good (not excellent) music player is the same, with a beautiful, user-friendly interface and many options. Although it hasn’t been modified, it performs well but iPhone’s is still better. Unfortunately, the sound quality is a different story. The speaker sounds well, but the volume is really very low. The headphones do not improve things much and the ones included in the package will not satisfy the serious music fan. Unfortunately, since a miniUSB slot is used instead of a standard 3.5mm jack, you’ll have to find an adapter in order to connect a better set of headphones. In addition, the phone is equipped with an FM radio.

You should convert the video files to QVGA resolution and MP4 format and H264 codec. The quality is not as good as in VGA clips (let’s not forget that this is the display’s resolution), but on the other hand, they are not as heavy for the phone (therefore choppy) either. In addition, you have the convenient YouTube player at your disposal where the quality is definitely lower but you have access to a huge library, if you are connected to the Internet of course.


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16 Comments

1. unregistered

"...you’ll feel the weight, which has been increased with 50%." I think the grammar is wrong in this one, should it not say: "...you’ll feel the weight, which has been increased by 50%."

2. t-pain unregistered

yes the grammar is sub-par throughout the article, but phonearena isn't here to give us English lessons, they're here to offer up comprehensive phone reviews and news.

3. PHug unregistered

Wait, are you saying this phone can't take video encoded 480x640 and you need to down-grade it? So tell me straight, is the Video playback better on this or the iPhone?

4. unregistered

I CANT NOT WAIT FOR SPRINT OR AT&T TO RELEASE THIS BEAST!

5. Schmitty unregistered

I'm adding these pictures to my porn section on my hard drive.

6. unregistered

porn section...lol, thats funny

7. unregistered

I cant wait until December of 2009, when vzw will actually release it!!!! Just a year 4 months!!!

8. Gib unregistered

4 months until December of 2009?? Try 16 months there chief....but yes I can sense your sarcasm and Im sure it is completely well placed.

10. unregistered

he said a year and 4 months big guy.... which comes to 16

9. PaulS unregistered

How come you do not have any video playback tests? Like with Core Player. Maybe some benchmarks and comparisons? I think it is important to know if a device can playback video without conversion or video needs to be converted. It would be nice to know.

11. nyc_rock unregistered

didnt see anyting on being able to type with the keyboard closed. Does it have an on screen querty? That was my biggest pet pieve with he XV6900. No ability to type one handed.

12. Pro unregistered

You can type without the slideout keyboard in the same way like the Diamond.

13. bnapy unregistered

people talking video playback will need to wait for the touch HD

14. unregistered

Is there any word on a rumored or possible price or release date? I have an update but was going to save it for this phone as long as its not out of this world over priced and comes out hopefully before December.

15. e unregistered

I was wondering does to screen tilt up like the 8925 are does it remain flat?

16. Eludium-Q36 unregistered

Successor to Mogul ? Not so much ... I use the HTC Mogul now and was really looking forward to the Touch Pro as a likely fresh-tech replacement. However, I'm concerned that it has no side functional buttons as opposed to the Mogul's [pushable] scroll-wheel, ok button, record button, wifi on/off switch, power button, communications button, and camera mode button. And many of these are re-mappable! These are very convenient shortcuts that get sacrificed on the Touch Pro. The Touch Pro's keyboard is better overall however, the Mogul's convenient "Ok" key is sacrificed there too! I realize the TouchFlo 3D interface is really nice and all but I'm really concerned about the loss of shortcut buttons/keys. And then there's the lack of status lighting. The Mogul has a combination of two multi-colored LEDs to indicate Bluetooth usage, Wifi usage, message waiting, and phone mode. This comprehensive statusing also gets minimized to one or two statuses with a single-color backlight to the d-pad, which will be impossible to see in daylight. I think I've just talked myself out of getting the Touch Pro. Guess I'll hope HTC will do better with the Touch HD Pro in the next year.
Touch Pro
  • Display 2.8" 480 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm MSM7201, Single core, 528 MHz
  • Battery 1340 mAh(6.30h 3G talk time)

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