Archive for June, 2009

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Updated: Fresh Gear HTC PDA Flyers – 2009 July Version

June 27, 2009
Fresh Gear HTC Flyer - July 2009

Fresh Gear HTC Flyer - July 2009

Our HTC PDA Flyer for July 2009 is out. Click on it to enlarge / download.

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Upcoming: HTC Hero Android Phone

June 24, 2009

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It’s official! HTC Hero is officially launched at London today. It is HTC’s third Android based phone and I am certainly impressed with the new all improved “HTC Touch FLO” for android. They now call it the HTC Sense ™.

HTC Hero

Specification:

  • Qualcomm 528 MHz processor
  • 3.2-inch 230×480 touch-screen TFT-LCD display
  • ROM: 512 MB      RAM: 288 MB
  • 5MP Camera with Auto-focus
  • GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Trackball with Enter function

They even have a Facebook Page created for the HTC Hero.

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Stay tuned for more hands-on review of the HTC Hero!

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News: HTC pledges allegiance to Windows Mobile

June 13, 2009

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Despite being the world’s first mobile phone maker to launch an Android-based handset, HTC still favours Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.

Frédéric Tassy, Grand Fromage of HTC France and Benelux, was recently asked whether he thought 2009 will be Android’s year. And although he thinks that, yes, this will be the year Android really takes off, the executive nonetheless stressed HTC’s close ties with Windows Mobile.

“We will always have more flagship products on Windows Mobile,” Tassy told French-language website Mobinaute. “Our best selling smartphone in Europe is also the HTC Touch HD [which uses] Windows Mobile.”

He also claimed many other handset makers will announce Android handsets – but fail to deliver their offerings on time.

“I think there will be a lot of bluffing, with products that are likely to be delayed,” he alleged.

Tassy claimed it was “hard to say” how many Android smartphones HTC will have launched by the end of this year. However, pictures were recently leaked online of a device widely thought to be the firm’s third Android-based device. ®

Sourced from: Register Hardware

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News: HTC Snap is out now!

June 12, 2009

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Price: RM1,599

Specifications

  • Qualcomm® MSM 7225™, 528 MHz
  • Windows Mobile® 6.1 Standard
  • ROM: 256 MB   RAM:192MB
  • 116.5 X 61.5 X 12.0 mm (120g)
  • 2.4-inch TFT-LCD with LED back light and QVGA resolution
  • GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi
  • 2.0MP Camera without focus
  • 1,500 mAH Battery
  • Talk time: 510 minutes (GSM)
  • Standby: 380 hours (GSM)

Stay tuned to our follow-up in-depth review of the device.

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Review: HTC Touch Pro 2 (T7373)

June 12, 2009

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Available Date: Early June 2009

Launch Price: RM3,199

Fresh Gear rating: 9/10

Specifications:

  • Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz
  • ROM: 512 MB & RAM: 288 MB
  • 3.6-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution
  • HSDPA, Quad-band
  • GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi
  • 3.2MP Camera with Auto Focus
  • Battery Capacity: 1500 mAh
  • Talk Time: 510 minutes
  • Standby Time: 500 hours
  • Special Feature: G-Sensor, Straight Talk

Unboxing the HTC Touch Pro 2

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Box

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Box

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Contents

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Contents

Inside the box comes with the following accessories.

  • USB Cable
  • Travel Adapter
  • Extra Stylus
  • Leather Pouch
  • Wired Headset
  • Application CD + Installation CD
  • Screen Protector
  • Manuals + Startup Guide

First Impression

HTC Touch Pro 2

HTC Touch Pro 2

This unit is NOT small. Dimension wise, it is longer, thicker and heavier than a HTC Touch HD.

Touch HD Dimension: 115 mm x 62.8 mm x 12 mm (147g)

Touch Pro 2 Dimension: 116 mm X 59.2 mm X 16.65 mm (178.5g)

The front of the unit is a marriage between HTC Touch HD and HTC Touch Diamond 2. It has inherited the large screen, thin-bezel-with-screen-almost-to-the-side from the Touch HD and the “Zoom Bar” from the Touch Diamond 2. Both are stunning features I hope to continue seeing in the future of HTC devices.

You need to have big hands!

You need to have big hands!

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Buttons

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Buttons

There are only 4 buttons on the front of HTC Touch Pro 2. Call, Programs, Back and Hang-up/Home. What is missing is a navigational pad/D-Pad. Not a very big loss considering the HTC Touch Flo is so easy to use and also touch screen is just a finger away. Only group of customers neglected are gamers. Then again, I don’t think HTC is targeting this group anyway with this device.

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Camera & Mute Button

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Camera & Mute Button

HTC Touch Pro 2 is positioned as a business phone. Hence, there are features built-in to this PDA which will only appeal to the like minded ones. Its called the “Straight Talk” technology. When you are in a call, just flip the phone over and place it on a desk. It will automatically switch to “Speaker phone” mode and allows everyone in the room to participate in the discussion. There is also a “Mute” button just below the 3.2MP Auto-focus camera lens. It uses 2 built-in microphone for better sound quality and voice capturing.

HTC Touch Pro Keypad

HTC Touch Pro Keypad

One of the key improvement of HTC Touch Pro 2 (Over the previous model; HTC Touch Pro) is the keyboard. It is made out of “rubbery” texture and therefore have excellent grip when you type with your fingers and for people with long finger nails. The keys are larger so lesser chance of typing on the wrong key.

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Slideout Keyboard

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Slideout Keyboard

HTC Touch Pro 2 with Keyboard Tilted

HTC Touch Pro 2 with Screen Tilted

Another feature of the HTC Touch Pro 2 is the angled/tilt screen. Once tilted, you can placed it on the table and watch movies, do video conferencing, or just plain picture slideshow! Some say the tilting allows them to better view and type and do really find it correctly angled for comfortable typing.

HTC Touch Pro 2 Side view

HTC Touch Pro 2 Side view

This is not something new as tilting screen was also introduced by HTC (first in the world) few years back with its HTC Tytn II.

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Back

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Back

Some mechanical parts exposed with its screen tilted.

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Keyboard Slideout Front HTC Touch Pro 2 - Front

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Back Cover Off

HTC Touch Pro 2 - Back Cover Off

Taking the back cover apart will reveal the slot for the huge 1,500 mAh battery and SIM Card Slot.

The stylus too is no longer magnetic.

Using the HTC Touch Pro 2

Starting with HTC Touch Diamond 2, HTC has totally re-vamped their HTC TouchFlo 3D. So much improvement have been put into this new User Interface (UI) that it now takes significant effort to just get into the “Programs” section of the “old” Windows Mobile. HTC had replaced the “Start” button with their very own Program Short-Cuts!

acer-dx900-programs HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Program

Which one do you like better? The HTC Program short-cut can be easily customized with Programs you frequently use and hide those un-wanted ones. Scrolling on the HTC program short cut is also very easy and responsive as compared to the standard “Program” screen by Windows.

Another significant improvement on the new HTC Touch FLO 3D is the ability to use Touch FLO in Landscape mode. This is previously not capable on the HTC Touch Pro.

HTC Touch Pro 2 Home Screen Portrait

HTC Touch Pro 2 Home Screen Portrait

HTC Touch Pro 2 Home Screen Landscape

HTC Touch Pro 2 Home Screen Landscape

Besides the obvious landscape Touch FLO 3D, there isn’t much visible difference in other departments. There is a TV Out option on the Touch Pro 2, so now you can do that presentation on TV. Can you hook it up a projector? Yes and No. The output cable is a RGB cable so if your projector ONLY supports VGA output, the answer is you cannot.

HTC Touch Pro 2 - TV Out

HTC Touch Pro 2 - TV Out

Comparing with HTC Touch Pro

So how does it fare up against the previous model; HTC Touch Pro?

Comparison between TP2 and TP

Comparison between TP2 and TP

HTC Touch Pro is small compared to the new HTC Touch Pro 2.

HTC Touch Pro is thicker than Touch Pro 2

HTC Touch Pro is thicker than Touch Pro 2

Both PDA side by side

Both PDA side by side

But the HTC Touch Pro is thicker!

Both PDA with Keyboard wide open

Both PDA with Keyboard wide open

Keyboard are much larger and distance between the keys are wider spaced compared to HTC Touch Pro.

More size comparison!

More size comparison!

HTC Touch Pro 2 standing taller than HTC Touch HD and Touch Diamond 2!

HTC Touch Pro 2 HTC Touch Pro
1 3.6” WVGA Screen 2.8” VGA Screen
2 Tilt Screen No Tilt Screen
3 Program short-cut keys built into the keyboard Minimum Program short-cut keys
4 No Directional Pad Directional Pad (D-Pad)
5 Non Magnetic Stylus Magnetic Stylus
6 3.2MP Camera without Flash 3.2MP Camera WITH flash
7 1,500mAh Battery 1,340mAh Battery
8 Noise-cancelling dual microphones and speakers Without, but still have speakerphone
9 116mm X 59.2mm X 16.65 mm 102 mm X 51 mm X 18.05 mm
10 178.5g 165g
11 Touch FLO 3D with Landscape Support Touch FLO 3D without Landscape Support

Screen Shot of HTC Touch Pro 2 (Click to Enlarge)

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Weather HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Stock

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Stock 1 HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - SMS

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Settings HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Settings 4

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HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Settings 1 HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Pictures

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Music HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Internet

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Internet 2 HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Email

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Contact HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Comm Manager

HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - Calender HTC Touch Pro 2 Screen - All Programs

Conclusion

Pro:

  • Keyboard is very responsive and easy to type on
  • HTC TouchFLO 3D now supports Landscape mode
  • The slider mechanism is very firm and solid
  • Overall performance is quick and zippy
  • Truly business phone with Straight-Talk feature and dual Mic noice canceling speaker phone.

Con:

  • Back cover feels flimsy
  • Size can be a problem for some people.

Interactive Demo on the HTC Touch Pro 2

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–Added on 10th July 2009–

I found a YouTube which shows a very very happy user of HTC Touch Pro and I thought I must share with you guys 🙂

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmyQS9j-Vzw]

Video of the Proximity Sensor on the HTC Touch Pro 2

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xakUmz1zwc]

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Updates: HTC Touch Pro 2 Available Soon

June 5, 2009

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Mark your calender folks! The official price of HTC Touch Pro 2 is RM3,199 and it is available at our store starting next week.

Exclusive Early Promo Deals!

Only for early bird promo, every HTC Touch Pro 2 comes with the following.

  • HTC TV Out Cable
  • Father’s Day Mystery Gift worth (RM399)

Quick! Purchase yours today at our ONLINE STORE (All major credit cards and Paypal accepted.)

Specification:

  • Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz
  • ROM: 512 MB & RAM: 288 MB
  • 3.6-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution
  • HSDPA, Quad-band
  • GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi
  • 3.2MP Camera with Auto Focus
  • Battery Capacity: 1500 mAh
  • Talk Time: 510 minutes
  • Standby Time: 500 hours
  • Special Feature: G-Sensor, Straight Talk

Stay tuned to our follow-up in-depth review of the device.

If you have more enquiries, please contact anyone of us.

Plaza Low Yat (Grd Floor)

  • Kelvin @ 012-3332303
  • Ji Hou @ 016-6379332

Digital Mall, Section 14 PJ (Grd Floor)

  • Kenny @ 012-2527718
  • Khuen Fatt @ 016-9975211

IOI Mall, Puchong (2nd Floor)

  • Allan Mah @ 016-2738693
  • Keith Sim @ 017-2934990

Digital Mall, USJ 19 Subang Jaya (Grd Floor)

  • Nicolas @ 017-3362472

Or simply email us at sales@freshgear.com.my

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