When the HTC Touch Pro2 initially became available, it was one of the best business-class smartphones on the market. Fast-forward to today, and we've seen quite a few new phones hit the market since the Touch Pro2 was released. Despite the availability of competing phones, however, the case could be made that the Touch Pro2 is still a worthy contender in the smartphone space.
We'll be taking a closer look at the Sprint variant of the Touch Pro2 in this review, but keep in mind similarly equipped models are also available from Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and other carriers. The fact that this phone isn't exclusive to a single carrier is a nice benefit in terms of support and the availability of custom features.
Even though Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system may not be as popular as it once was, there are still a number of users who are interested in a phone running on Microsoft's mobile OS. Furthermore, the Touch Pro2 has one of the most popular form factors on the market with its horizontal slider, full QWERTY keyboard, and tilting touch display.
The Touch Pro2's spec sheet shows that the phone has a number of attractive features. For example, it offers an expansive 3.6-inch WVGA (480x800 pixels) display that slides horizontally to reveal a 5-row QWERTY keyboard, 3G and international connectivity options, Wi-Fi, and Straight Talk technology for crystal clear calling. In addition to sliding horizontally, the screen also tilts to offer a better viewing angle.
The Touch Pro2 also runs HTC Sense. This enhanced user interface is also found on some of HTC's other popular phones such as the Droid Incredible. In fact, as we'll discuss further in the coming pages, Sense makes the Touch Pro2 feel like a completely different phone in comparison to a standard Windows Mobile handset.
As HTC puts it, the HTC Touch Pro2 targets business professionals who are looking for a powerful productivity experience on a mobile phone. To that end, HTC has given the Touch Pro2 a number of business-friendly features including easy conference calling, a best-in-class speakerphone, and scheduling and productivity features.
Read on in the following pages as we take a closer hands-on look at the HTC Touch Pro2. First, though, let's take a look at some specs...
|Operating System||Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional (a Windows Mobile 6.5 update is available)|
|Processor||Qualcomm® MSM7600™ 528 MHz|
|Internal Memory||ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 288 MB
|Display||3.6-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution with adjustable tilt screen|
|Technology||CDMA: Dual-band 800/1900MHz, CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO rev. A, and IS-95A/B voice or data, with up to 1.8 Mbps up-link and 3.1Mbps down-link speeds|
|Support for Office Outlook Mobile® and Microsoft Exchange® with Direct Push|
|Dimensions||4.57” (L) x 2.33” (W) x 0.68 (D)|
|Weight||6.35 ounces (with battery)|
|Battery||1500 mAh Li-on
Talk time: Up to 4 hours
Standby: over 2 weeks
(The above are subject to network and phone usage)
|Speakerphone||Straight Talk™ with built-in dual Microphone and dual speakers for conference call|
|Built-in Camera||3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus|
|Audio/Video||Windows Media® Player 10 Mobile, MPEG-4, AVI, WAV, MP3, MP4, MIDI, WMV, 3GP, 3G2, WMA|
|I/O Interface||Bluetooth® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for stereo wireless headsets, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11b/g|
|Expansion||microSD™ memory card slot|
|Device Navigation||Slide out QWERTY keyboard, end/power button, send/hands-free button, back/clear button, Home button, volume up/down button, power button|
|Price||$199.99 after contract and rebates|
In the box:
- AC phone charger
- USB sync cable
- extra stylus
- LCD screen protector
- Getting Started CD
- Get Started poster
- Basics Guide
- Set up Your Email Guide
- Features Guide