AT&T introduced the AT&T Tilt2 today. I was a fan of the original Tilt, and the follow-up model is even better. It is actually a version of the HTC Touch Pro2, and is also the replacement for the AT&T Fuze.
The new model is significantly bulkier than either of its predecessors, but this makes room for a very large, high-resolution touchscreen and a roomy landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard.
I got some time with a pre-release version of the Tilt2, and recorded a video preview, and also wrote up my first impressions.
As I said before, The AT&T Tilt2 is a version of the HTC Touch Pro2, and Brighthand has already reviewed two versions of this device, one for T-Mobile and the other for Sprint. If you’re completely unfamiliar with this smartphone, you should start there. My comments here are going to focus on specific to AT&T’s version.
Still, I’ll give you a quick rundown of the high points. This device has a 3.6-inch, WVGA display that can slide aside to reveal its QWERTY keyboard. It runs Windows 6.5 Pro, but has HTC’s TouchFLO 3D as its standard user interface. It also sports mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS receiver, and a microSD memory card slot.
AT&T re-arranged the Tilt2’s keyboard in a way that makes sense to me, but still takes a bit of getting used to. All the numbers have been placed together in the shape of a dial pad, but to accomplish this they had to be made alternates for some of the letters (see here). This makes dialing phone numbers easier because they are in a familiar arrangement, plus it gives nearly all commonly-used punctuation marks their own key.
This carrier is infamous for loading its smartphones down with bloatware, and the Tilt2 is no different. However, the latest version of TouchFLO 3D comes to the rescue here. If you haven’t used TouchFLO before, it offers a range of tabs, each devoted to a different function. In this case, many of these are devoted to bloatware, but the new version of this user interface lets you choose which tabs you want to use. Tis means you can hide the ones that are a waste of time.
In case you didn’t notice in the pictures, this version of the Touch Pro2 doesn’t have a 3.5 mm headset jack, although Sprint’s does.
- Landscape Mode, Keyboard Open
- Landscape Mode, Screen Tilted Up
- Portrait Mode, Keyboard Closed
- Rear View
That puts it below the price of T-Mobile and Sprint’s versions of this smartphone ($350 with contract and MIR), but above Verizon’s ($200 with contract and MIR).