Dec 01 2009
HTC Touchpro 2
Posted by: CameraPhonesPlaza in HTC
HTC Touch Pro 2 is an interesting phone, but the competition on its level is strong. N97 is definitely much more attractive and the prices are not too different. HTC Touch Pro 2 has a length of 116 mm, a width of 59.2 mm and it is 16.6 mm thick. Weight reaches 178.5 grams. Touch Pro2 is available in black and gray colors.
The front side is dominated by the large 3.6-inch screen. Under it, we have a tactile bar used for zooming, which is very useful in the image gallery or in web pages. Below this bar, there are four buttons quite small and easy to press. These are answer calls, reject calls, the menu key and back key. Above the display, we have a secondary camera used for video calls, as well as an ambient light sensor. The front side contains a QWERTY keyboard with 5-rows of buttons. From the beginning, I noticed that the sliding mechanism of the keyboard is somehow stiff compared to other phones with QWERTY slide keypad, but you will get used to it. I remember that HTC Touch Pro had a problem, the mechanism quickly began to wear and to squeak. HTC Touch Pro 2 does not have this problem, but I am curious what happens after a few months.
On the left side of the phone, we find only the volume control key. It is slim, matching well with the design of the device. On the bottom side, we find the miniUSB port in which we connect the data cable, the charger and the handsfree headsets. HTC Touch Pro 2 has a stylus, which is positioned in the lower right. When you pull out the stylus, the screen turns on automatically. It is interesting that if you talk on the phone and you pull out the stylus, an application automatically opens where you can note something quickly. On the top side, we have only the on/off key. On the right side, there are no buttons. On its backside, we have the stereo speakers and a 3-megapixel camera. The phone has no flash, so do not expect any high quality pictures unless you have light. HTC Touch Pro 2 has a second microphone which is placed in the back, and it is used to reduce ambient noise during calls. If you remove the back cover, you have access to a reset button and the microSD card slot.
The phone's battery has 1500 mAh. According to HTC, the battery resists during calls up to 8 hours and 30 minutes in 2G and up to 6 hours and 30 minutes in 3G. Also, in standby mode, it resists up to 500 hours in 2G and up to 75 in 3G.
HTC Touch Pro 2 uses Windows Mobile 6.1. The TouchFLO 3D user interface is very well optimized for touching. I did not felt like needing the stylus. It is still useful if you want to hand-write something or if you need to get in the Windows menus, which are not optimized for touching. TouchFLO 3D has the same spectacular graphics. The standby screen offers you shortcuts to email, SMS, Internet, calendar, camera, etc. In the top bar, you see information such as received messages or lost calls.
HTC Touch Pro 2 has a 3.6 inch screen that provides an excellent resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and 65,000 colors. The touchscreen responds well to commands, but unfortunately, it cannot be read easily in bright light. Once you slide open the phone, the screen automatically switches to landscape mode.
HTC Touch Pro 2 has one of the best keyboards encountered on a phone. It resembles a lot with a computer keyboard. The buttons are large and arranged in 5-rows. The pressing is accurate, so it is easy to write an SMS or an email.
You realize that the pictures are extraordinary on the 3.6-inch screen. The gallery is also very well designed. Everything is optimized for touching. The bar below the screen lets you zoom in or out a picture. The zooming is done without any delays.
The music player is very good. It supports most audio formats (AAC, AAC +, eAAC +, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, M4A) and it has an interface similar to the one that the iPod has. It can be accessed directly from the standby screen. You can sort the songs and you can even create playlists. It has some preset equalizer modes. A big minus is the lack of a 3.5 mm audio jack, so you can only use the headphones that come with the phone. It is very strange that the phone has no FM radio application. The hardware exists in the phone and can be used with a separate application. The video player remains the same Windows Media Player, old and underperforming. It can play 3GP and MP4 movies, but if you install the appropriate codec you can watch DivX or Xvid movies. The large screen helps a lot.
The camera fails to impress. The 5 megapixels camera, that HTC Touch Diamond2 has, is reduced to only 3 megapixels on HTC Touch Pro 2. The maximum resolution is 2048 x 1536 pixels. The user interface is very good, but the camera dedicated button is missing. The phone has no flash, which means you cannot take pictures in a dark environment. The software has several options such as self-timer, white balance setting, ISO setting (up to ISO 800), color effects and others. The quality is normal for a camera of this class.
The video recording also fails to impress. It can capture videos at a VGA resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and 15 fps. Most phones now know to record videos at 30 fps in this resolution, so Touch Pro 2 is exceeded in this regard.
Once we get to the connectivity part, things get better. HTC Touch Pro 2 has all the great technologies: HSDPA 7.2 Mbps / HSUPA 2 Mbps and WiFi. The preinstalled browser on HTC Touch Pro 2 is, of course, Opera Mobile 9.5. It is optimized for finger touching. It shows pages in a very pleasant way, both in portrait mode, and in landscape mode. The zoom bar below the display works in the browser too. To connect the phone to your computer, you can use the miniUSB port or the Bluetooth link. The Bluetooth uses the A2DP Bluetooth profile, so you can connect stereo headphones too.
Organizing time is not a problem for HTC Touch Pro 2. It has a very well formed schedule. This can easily be synchronized with Microsoft Outlook. It can display events at a day, week or month level.
Like any Windows Mobile phone, it has Microsoft Office. You can view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. It even has a PDF Reader. The phone has some interesting applications preinstalled. They include an RSS reader and a YouTube application. The Task Manger is also present and can be accessed from the top right corner of the standby screen. It is easy to see what applications run and close an application that has blocked.
HTC Touch Pro 2 has a GPS receiver incorporated. The A-GPS technology, allows the GPS to connect faster to the satellites, but implies the existence of a data connection. The phone comes with Google Maps preinstalled, but you can install other applications, perhaps with voice navigation.
HTC comes with major improvements compared to the Touch Pro, managing to create a robust phone, very good for business use. If you need internet and email, HTC Touch Pro 2 is an excellent choice. The large dimensions make the phone uncomfortable, so do not buy it if you keep it in the pocket of your pants.