HTC Touch Pro2 Review

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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
Email 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
  • battery
  • extra stylus
  • LCD screen protector
  • Getting Started CD
  • Get Started poster
  • Basics Guide
  • Set up Your Email Guide
  • Features Guide

 

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What? This phone is old...

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Still trying to hit the sidekick market?

Unless this is free, I don't see how this would compete with the EVO.

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Well, you can get it free on contract. But, as someone who owns one of these with a custom ROM installed, it can absolutely compete with the EVO. Maybe not in terms of performance, but the keyboard and flexibility of the custom OS make it a very useful device.

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I guess being free, it would hit on the kids who grew up with the sidekick.

I hope the windows platform stays strong. I never really got the whole Slide keyboard thing, to hard on my fingers. you would think that they would have voice recognition, like "Dragon naturally speaking" built in by now?

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Some phones have voice recognitions (with the custom ROM, the TP2 does for some apps like Google Maps, etc.) But I think the mics are too crappy and the CPUs are too slow to do it properly, plus the additional processing would severly sap battery power.

Windows Phone 7 looks like it could be nice, but it unfortunately saddles the chefs cooking custom ROMs, so I think many of them will move on to Android.

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I've had the T-Mobile version of this phone since last September. Its very good overall but somethings are annoying for example they have stocks/weather/facebook/twitter all integrated into HTC Sense but nothing for local sports scores? Skyfire is a better browser than Opera and it allows playback of flash video, both of those go through proxy servers so I wouldn't log into anything critical with them. F-Secure has a nice security app which has a free version that will allow you to remote wipe/lock your phone via SMS, another app Lookout has similar options. basically there are tons of cool apps out there but they aren't neatly integrated into an app store like Apple.

oh and the big negative on the TP2 is the 528mhz cpu isn't fast enough for video playback without reencoding your video, even with coreplayer or tcpmp. Also the HTC Sense music player is wonky at best you are much better served using the Windows Media Player or perhaps an old pocketpc standy of mine Mortplayer.

I've found Google Maps doesn't like the GPS on my phone it thinks I'm several miles from where I am all the time. yet Bing can find me anywhere since both do voice searches, Bing's better in my book.

Two feature I love are 2 clicks to tether it to a computer via USB or bluetooth. And it works as a wi-fi router pretty easily [no app to buy or add], although in that mode it drains the battery fast.

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Hey Digitaldd,

Have you tried updating the phone with some of the custom software out there?  When coupled with the latest Radio software for the phone, many of the custom ROMs out there resolve all of the isues you mention, except for the local sports scores things--although there may be an app for that.

I actually have full DVD's ripped to my phone, so I can play Baby Einstein videos for my baby girl when she's getting fussy and they playback beautifully. And don't have any of the GPS issues.

No software is going to overcome the limitations of the slower CPU, but some of the custom ROMs noticably speed up the device.

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Marco C:

Hey Digitaldd,

Have you tried updating the phone with some of the custom software out there?  When coupled with the latest Radio software for the phone, many of the custom ROMs out there resolve all of the isues you mention, except for the local sports scores things--although there may be an app for that.

I actually have full DVD's ripped to my phone, so I can play Baby Einstein videos for my baby girl when she's getting fussy and they playback beautifully. And don't have any of the GPS issues.

No software is going to overcome the limitations of the slower CPU, but some of the custom ROMs noticably speed up the device.

 

Problem with the custom ROMs I've tried is none of them work properly with the T-Mobile version of the phone as far as the baseband settings. I get wayy too many dropped calls and slowed data speed on 3G with the different ROMs I've tried and yes I've tried the ever popular NRG and TMPU ones.

Yes video playback is great when you re-encode whatever video you have for the device, I've just always found it odd that my old Windows PocketPC PDA with a 400mhz Xscale CPU [circa 2002] could playback very high bitrate xvid video without me having to do any re-encoding yet a phone with a faster CPU drops frames left and right.

Been using windows mobile phones for a long time and even my original Samsung Blackjack could playback the same kind of video files without dropping frames and that had a 300mhz CPU.

 

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Weird.  It could be a driver issue then. There's no way the BlackJack should outperform the TP2.

With regard to the dropped calls, etc., with the custom ROMs, have you also flashed your Radio?  Many of the newers ROMs recommend radio .77 or .91.  WIth the latest Radio software and a new ROM, you may have better luck.

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cool review dude, keep it up, thanks

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