HTC Touch Pro2 for T-Mobile Review

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Overview

  • Pros

    • Large screen
    • Large keyboard
    • Powerful OS and useful bundled software
  • Cons

    • Somewhat bulky
    • Expensive, even with contract

The HTC Touch Pro2 is this company’s new flagship Windows phone, and one that offers virtually everything that a smartphone user could want: WVGA screen, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, GPS, and much more.

The Touch Pro2 replaces the T-Mobile Wing in this carrier’s lineup.The Wing debuted over two years ago, and the new model is an improvement in almost every aspect.

T-Mobile isn’t the only carrier offering this smartphone. Sprint customers should read this article: HTC Touch Pro2 for Sprint Review


DESIGN & BUILD

HTC Touch Pro2Last year, HTC released smartphones in two different groups. One group, which included the original Touch Pro, picked portability over usability. In short, they tried to be as small as possible, given their hefty featureset.

The other group, which really only included the HTC Touch HD, took a different path. It offered a generously-sized screen in a somewhat large package.

While models like the Touch Pro did OK, the HTC Touch HD was this company’s best selling model in Europe.

This is why the Touch Pro2 leans toward size over portability. It has a relatively large screen and keyboard, with the assumption that users will accept the extra bulk.

I completely agree with this decision. The 3.6 inch, WVGA (800 by 480 pixel)resistive touchscreen and a large landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard are the best features of this device. They help make it into one of the best high-end smartphones coming out this year.

I’m also pleased to see the return of the slide-and-tilt design that previously used only on the AT&T Tilt.This has all kinds of uses, like allowing me to set the phone down while I’m watching a movie on it.

Overall, this model is 4.6 inches by 2.4 inches by 0.7 inches. It weighs 6.6 ounces. Like I said, not svelte.

Screen
When comparing the Touch Pro2 with the T-Mobile Wing or the Touch Pro, the latest model’s large, high-resolution screen really stands out.They make it right for mobile web browsing, word processing, or even watching movies on the go.

HTC Touch Pro2 for T-MobileIt’s big enough to nearly make the stylus unnecessary. Most of the time, on-screen icons and other elements are large enough that you can select them with your fingertip. However, this isn’t always true. This device’s Windows Mobile user interface still has quite a few places where you’re going to need to pull out the stylus because your fingertip is just too large. This happens to me regularly when surfing the Web.

AD-pad or a trackball would eliminate the need for this, but the Touch Pro2 doesn’t have either. Arrow keys on the keyboard help a bit, though.

Because a stylus is still necessary, the Touch Pro2 has a resistive screen.A capacitive screen would make it easier to use with a fingertip, but would require a special type of stylus that doesn’t work well with small screen elements, like the ones scattered around Windows Mobile.

This model has a strip next to the screen that makes it easy to zoom in or out on what’s being displayed. This doesn’t work in every app, but it’s very useful in the web browser.

Keyboard
When it comes to mobile keyboards, bigger is better. The one on the Touch Pro2 is one of the biggest I’ve ever used, and its generous size makes it easy to type on.

There’s enough separation between keys that you don’t accidentally hit more than one at the same time, and enough travel that there’s no question about whether you’ve it a key or not.

It has a full five rows, so numbers get their own keys, and all commonly used punctuation marks do, too.

Etc.
I’m not happy that HTC is using its own Ext-USB port on this device, rather than include a standard 3.5 mm headset jack. This means you either have to turn to an adapter (it’s in the box) or use HTC’s specially-designed earbuds to listen to music.At least standard mini-USB cables work fine for data or charging.

The microSD card slot is easily accessible, and doesn’t require taking the battery cover off.


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