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HTC Touch Pro2 review

It's big, and very clever, with full QWERTY keyboard and tilting screen

The HTC Touch Pro2 is designed as a premium business handset and almost everything about it cries out to be noticed, from its acres of screen space to its tilting QWERTY keyboard.

We liked:

The slide-out QWERTY keyboard is a little marvel – very easy to use with well-spaced keys, including shortcuts to email, text messaging and the web. We also liked the way the screen can be tilted to a 45 degree angle, which makes viewing easier if you choose to rest it on a desktop.

And speaking of the screen, it's 3.6in of sharp, clear joy, which makes watching video and viewing web pages a very moreish activity. The browser too is easy and fun to use, the zoom bar at the side of the screen being particularly useful.

The latest version of HTC's TouchFLO 3D interface which sits on top of the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system is the best we've yet seen, with additional levels that mean you have even less reason to reach for the stylus.

We didn't like:

It might pack in a lot of features but there's no getting away from the sheer bulk of the Pro2. It's big in every way and many will simply find it too cumbersome for everyday use.

The 3.2 megapixel camera will do the job but not as well as many of its rivals. That said, we'd rather have this camera than none.

We'd have liked the option to view videos as full screen, which wasn't always possible, and we'd have preferred it if the accelerometer always adjusted the screen's resolution, rather than being dependent on which programme you're in. For music, we'd have preferred better headphones, or at least a 3.5mm jack plug, and an FM radio.

Verdict

If you can handle its size and weight, the quality screen, QWERTY keyboard, connectivity, messaging, A-GPS and additional features make the HTC Touch Pro2 is a great business tool which is also plenty of fun to use

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time8.50 Hour
Product ModelTouch Pro2
Screen Size9.1 cm (3.6")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)185.7 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionWindows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height116 mm
Width59.2 mm
Depth17.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time500 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameTouch Pro2 Smartphone
Processor Speed528 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, G-sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HHL012-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Business success depends on human interaction. You can often get more done with a quick phone call or a face to face meeting than you can in strings of emails. So why do all business phones seem to ignore the importance of calls, The Touch Pro2 treats your calls with as much care and attention as your messages.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory288 MB