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HTC Touch Pro2 for Sprint Review

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Home screen - landscape mode - 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.



Home screen - portrait mode - HTC Touch Pro2 for Sprint Review
Settings - HTC Touch Pro2 for Sprint Review

Home screen - portrait mode

Settings


Contacts - HTC Touch Pro2 for Sprint Review
Contacts - HTC Touch Pro2 for Sprint Review
Contacts - HTC Touch Pro2 for Sprint Review


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.

The new TF3D tabs - HTC Touch Pro2 for Sprint Review
The new TF3D tabs - HTC Touch Pro2 for Sprint Review
The new TF3D tabs - HTC Touch Pro2 for Sprint Review


The QWERTY keyboard - HTC Touch Pro2 for Sprint Review
Not that we expected them to change it, but the excellent 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.

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HTC Touch Pro2 CDMA

HTC Touch Pro2 CDMA

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display3.6 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (259 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.57 x 2.33 x 0.68 inches
(116 x 59 x 17 mm)
6.35 oz  (180 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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