Verizon Wireless has become the third U.S. carrier to offer the HTC Touch Pro2, a high-end Windows phone with a WVGA touchscreen, sliding keyboard, mobile broadband, and much more.
Verizon is asking considerably less for its version than its rivals are. This device was already released by Sprint and T-Mobile, who are charging $350 for it with two-year contract and mail-in rebate. Verizon, on the other hand, has priced it at just $200 under those same conditions.
An Overview of the HTC Touch Pro2
The Touch Pro2 has much in common with the original, but also offer a number of improvements.
However, the new model’s 3.6 inch touchscreen and keyboard are considerably larger the the current ones. In addition, the Touch Pro2 marks the return of the slide-and-tilt screen that was a hallmark of an earlier smartphone from HTC, the AT&T Tilt.
This phone runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 on a 528 MHz processor from Qualcomm, with 288 MB of RAM. It is expected to make the jump to Windows Mobile 6.5 when this new version is available, but there’s no word yet on whether Verizon will offer an upgrade.
On top of the standard Windows Mobile user interface will be the latest version of HTC’s TouchFLO 3D user interface, which has been designed to make the device easier to use with a fingertip, rather than a stylus.
Like all smartphones running Microsoft’s operating system, it comes with a suite of productivity and entertainment software.
It’s a Worldphone
Verizon’s version of the Touch Pro2 is able to connect to its CDMA networks in the U.S., plus it supports roaming onto GSM networks — including 3G service — when users are out of the country.
In addition, this model offers the mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A, Wi-Fi and stereo Bluetooth.
Other features include a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera, a GPS receiver, 3.5 mm audio jack, a microSD card slot, and a 1500 mAh battery.
Overall, the the Touch Pro2 is 4.6 inches by 2.3 inches x 0.7 inches, and 6.3 ounces.