HTC Touch Pro2 Review - HotHardware

HTC Touch Pro2 Review

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The Touch Pro2 has a black and charcoal-colored body with rounded edges and curved sides. The phone itself has a very solid feel overall. Even the horizontal sliding mechanism is solid and glides smoothly. The slider does provide some resistance, so you won't accidentally "open" the phone. After sliding the screen half way, the phone will open automatically and snap into place. 

The Touch Pro2 is thicker than many of today's ultra-thin phones, measuring 0.68 inches thick. To help you compare the Touch Pro2's thickness to other popular phones, the iPhone 3Gs is 0.48 inches and the Motorola Droid is 0.54 inches thick. In terms of weight, the Touch Pro2 is noticeably heavier than either the iPhone 3Gs or the Motorola Droid. The Touch Pro2 weighs 6.35 ounces, the Motorola Droid weighs 5.96 ounces, and the iPhone 3Gs weighs 4.8 ounces. Despite the phone's thickness, it's a very good-looking phone. Although the phone is heavier than some competing models, it's easy to grow accustomed to carrying the phone and not notice the extra weight (compared to other phones).

    

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The Touch Pro2's 3.6-inch display covers the majority of the front of the handset. The screen does tend to attract fingerprints but we didn't notice a problem with performance even when there were a number of fingerprints on the screen. Just below the screen, you'll find the Zoom Bar as well as the talk, start, back, and end keys. Above the display, there's a notification LED, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor.

On the top edge of the phone, you'll find the power button. The volume rocker is located on the left panel. The primary microphone is located on the bottom edge of the phone not too far from the talk key. You'll also find the mini USB connector and standard 3.5mm headphone jacks on the bottom edge of the phone. On the right panel, you'll find the secondary microphone and a stylus.

    

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The back panel of the Touch Pro2 contains the 3.2 megapixel camera, a mute button, and a noise-canceling dual speaker.

The keyboard has slightly raised keys that are backlit. The keys are nicely spaced and comfortable, and easy to type on. When the screen is tilted, the top row of number keys is slightly harder to access. Navigation keys are located in the lower right corner. In addition, many functions are available from the keyboard using a combination of a FN key and another key. For times when you don't want to slide the phone open and use the hardware keyboard, there's also an on-screen keyboard that's quite usable.

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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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