The HTC Touch Pro2 is another serious smartphone contender rolling out this summer. As an original HTC Touch Pro user, reading this review has me reconsidering my plan to get a new iPhone 3G S next week.
Like Apple, HTC does a fantastic job at making a very intuitive device. TouchFLO, HTC’s answer to an intuitive Windows Mobile UI gets a few needed improvements. Several features that would have been nice to see with this update are missing, so the iPhone is still looking good as I compare a number of options from different carriers.
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Touch Pro2 has a tilting screen with a better keypad. With my original Touch Pro, I rely almost exclusively on the touch-screen keyboard over slide-out physical keypad. I’ve never used a tilting screen device, so the novelty is somewhat attractive to me, but I certainly wouldn’t upgrade from my Touch Pro to the Touch Pro2 only for the tilting screen. BGR reports that the soft keyboard is almost as good as iPhone, so maybe I can put away the stylus once and for all.
Screen quality is reported to be very good with 800×480 resolution on a 3.6″ (diagonal measurement) screen. Touch Pro2 is reported to be far more responsive that the original.
Unlike the Touch Pro where the screen wasn’t as responsive as everyone wished, the Touch Pro2’s screen is incredibly sensitive and responsive — paging through screens, sliding through TouchFLO menus and the like are all smooth as butter.
Also, a new stock page, updated weather and new calendar are now part of the upgraded TouchFLO interface. I use the weather feature all the time and have been satisfied with it, so I would be interested to see the upgrade. I’m not as obsessed with stock prices as I once was, but this might be a good feature again someday. The review didn’t give many details about the new calendar, but the original Touch Pro had the same old Windows Mobile calendar, so a more intuitive and slick interface is a welcome change and another feature that has me leaning a little toward HTC.
Of course, call quality is vitally important. It is a phone, after all. On my original Touch Pro, I’ve never had complaints from callers about their ability to hear me. In fact, I use speaker almost all the time and every caller I’ve asked said they were unable to tell I was on a speakerphone. Likewise, I’ve never had a problem hearing callers on speakerphone, using headsets or while cooking my brain with the phone pressed to my ear. BGR reports the call quality is very good and I believe it, given how happy I’ve been with the original Touch Pro.
Something that really has me considering this device is a new messaging integration feature that gives access to all communication history with each contact. Clicking a contact entry shows recent calls, emails, text messages, and Facebook updates for that contact through the TouchFLO interface.
Another reason I really want this phone is the advanced conference calling capabilities that are now built into TouchFLO. Selecting several contacts instantly conferences all the parties together with options to individually drop certain parties from the call while it’s in progress. The call instantly changes over to speakerphone when you flip it upside down—and the call quality on speaker is beyond impressive:
Besides being super loud and clear for you to listen to, the Touch Pro2 has got dual microphones. One for noise-cancelling and one to actually pickup your voice for uh, talking. This makes for an absolutely wonderful conference calling experience —it’s the best we’ve ever used on a mobile phone.
One area I can only call a major disappointment is the camera. Not only was there no upgrade—it’s still a 3.2 megapixel camera—but now there’s no flash. HTC’s Touch Diamond 2 got a camera upgrade, so why not the Touch Pro 2 and how does removing the flash module make any sense?
The directional pad is also missing, but I never really used that feature, so it’s not a deal breaker for me. Also, Touch Pro2 basically has the same internal hardware as the original Touch Pro did, so there’s no major jump in the specs, making the idea of upgrading a little less attractive even with those great new features.
Read the review in its entirety and see pictures of the HTC Touch Pro2 at BGR.