Review: HTC Touch Pro 2 (T7373)June 12, 2009
Available Date: Early June 2009
Launch Price: RM3,199
Fresh Gear rating: 9/10
- 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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Some mechanical parts exposed with its screen tilted.
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!
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.
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.
Comparing with HTC Touch Pro
So how does it fare up against the previous model; HTC Touch Pro?
HTC Touch Pro is small compared to the new HTC Touch Pro 2.
But the HTC Touch Pro is thicker!
Keyboard are much larger and distance between the keys are wider spaced compared to HTC Touch Pro.
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|
|11||Touch FLO 3D with Landscape Support||Touch FLO 3D without Landscape Support|
Screen Shot of HTC Touch Pro 2 (Click to Enlarge)
- 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.
- Back cover feels flimsy
- Size can be a problem for some people.
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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 🙂
Video of the Proximity Sensor on the HTC Touch Pro 2