The HTC Touch Pro 2 has been officially presented at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona in February. It is a worthy replacement for the HTC Touch Pro, a gadget specially designed for mobile professionals.
about him to really suffered relifting. The new version is truly sublime. The rounded design and reminds me a little of the Motorola PEBL in its forms. Under the hood is also a make over impressive. A screen of 3.6-inch WVGA resolution (480x800) proudly throne before the grand Qwerty keyboard (Azerty in France).
The machine could be similar to the HTC Touch HD with a keyboard and more. The HTC Touch Pro2 that I have on hand is an English version and I have not received the package but just the complete device and its connections. I will take the usual description of the package to go to the presentation of the product.
The tour of the aircraft
Aesthetically speaking, the HTC Touch Pro2 is a true success. It is beautiful, and elegant finish is exemplary. From this side, you can not blame him. I love the rounded shapes of the device, much more organic than the Touch Pro first name that had a more square design.
The camera has a plastic bin in silver. I would have preferred for my hand a black box to stay in the discretion, but it is a matter of taste. The front gives way to beautiful touch screen of 3.6 inches. At the top of the screen the throne now famous logo of HTC with the speaker on top and front camera for video conferencing. A green LED that indicates charge and a light sensor complete the picture.
At the bottom of the screen, there are 4 buttons (Call, menu, back and hang up / home) and the zoom slider. This space allows you to zoom in by dragging your finger from left to right. This function is only supported in Internet navigation and photos.
Note that the 4 buttons are illuminated when light is less intense (darker).
On the right side we find housing for the stylus is far more magnetic as the HTC Touch Pro, but its extraction automatically turns the unit. You also notice the presence of a small hole, it is the second microphone. It is used in conjunction with the first microphone to enable the cancellation of noise during conversations or while using the Straight Talk (address on the subject later).
At the foot of the HTC Touch Pro2, there is therefore the microphone with the main port miniUSD. It is used to recharge, sync and as audio output, since unfortunately there is no audio output 3.5 mm.
The left side of the machine only has the buttons to adjust the volume on the head and found just the right stopping / walking.
The designers of the machine have worked hard on the rear face of the Pro2 Touch. At the center, they found a party in brushed aluminum (or a good imitation). Around this room, there is a kind of grid and still found around the rest of the lid that uses a shiny plastic but leaves no traces. Great job and a beautiful finish.
At the top of the brushed aluminum piece you to 3.2M pixels camera with autofocus and flash. Just below you will find the mute button for Straight Talk. The dual stereo speaker is hidden around the camera.
What is this Straight Talk? It's actually a speaker improved. Indeed, during a call, if you return the device to the screen, the speaker is automatically activated and the button above turns green. The device uses two microphones to reduce noise outside and the two stereo speakers for better audio.
Although the sound is not extraordinary, we can say that this technology works. Indeed, I have the HTC Touch Pro2 has a friend who was placed in the street, when the device activated Straight Talk, the noise was much less strong. Without pushing it to extremes, it is a very interesting feature to deliver lectures at the office.
When you remove the back cover, one discovers a 1500mAh battery, housing for the SIM card, a hole for soft reset, and the microSD slot. Too bad it is placed below the lid, but honestly, how many times you remove the memory card? I almost never.
The keyboard is an important item on the purchase of this product, and be clear and precise. The keyboard is a pure happiness. Without doubt the best keyboard I used on a mobile device. It must be said that the size helps but even if! The buttons are large and comfortable. It feels very good pressure and I like the number keys on the front line. Like on a real keyboard.
We appreciate the return of "Tilt", which was a godsend to users of HTC TyTn II. Indeed, the ability to increase the inclination of the screen is really handy when you look at a film for example.
Example of super appreciable detail on this machine. The backlight is very handy but also very "cool", there is a small light that emanates from behind the key. As for Philips Ambilight LCD screens.
Here is another point that does not suffer from the debate. The screen of the HTC Touch Pro2 is absolutely beautiful. A large (3.6 ") and a spatial resolution (WVGA). The colors are bright and vibrant. No negative point to note in this area. Even in full sunlight, the screen remains readable.
In terms of quality, the sound when a communication is clear. No stall activation. This is an improvement over the HTC Touch Pro I had.
There are several ways to launch an appeal on the HTC Touch Pro2. You can open the keyboard and start writing the name of the contact. You can simply press the button "Call" or you can select one of your contacts in the Favorites tab dedicated to it on TouchFlo3D.
The new feature is the conference call. The interface is simple and clear icons. Simply choose the people with whom you want to do conferences. HTC has really made sure that the procedure is mega simple. Add a third person is also very easy. We must press "Add Call" at the bottom left. You can also combine this functionality with the Straight Talk we discussed on previous pages.
You can also see the beautiful screen when you place or receive a call with the options (answer, ignore, silence or send an SMS).
HTC has introduced an interesting feature of integration with the social network Facebook (www.facebook.com). But for now the integration is still quite elementary. She materializes in the form of a contact. Indeed, the HTC Touch Pro2 trying to identify if your contact has a facebook account and if so, it draws its information online. For now, it uses only the picture of the profile, which is very handy, and the anniversary date.
Pre Palm had already introduced this concept at its inception.
Otherwise the information provided in the profile of a contact are relevant. You have the history of email / SMS and calls you've exchanged with that person. Quite nice and convenient.
The HTC Touch Pro2 board Qualcomm MSM7200A processor clocked at 528MHz, 512MB of ROM (of which 287MB accessible to the user) and 288MB RAM (with 188MB accessible). It is fairly well equipped to meet the power needs. During the few days where I played with, I have not really experienced significant slow applications, video playback was very fluid.
There are always moments (that is Windows Mobile, do not forget), or applications put a little time to appear but it was when I had a multitude of them open.
The small benchmark done with the Spb Benchmark application shows that it arrives on the podium, just behind the amazing Touch Diamond2.
I have not really made for scientific measurements, these results are based on my use thus qutodienne for 5 days. The machine loads a battery of 1500mAh, which is more than the 1350mAh HTC TyTN II and Touch Pro's 1340mAh.
Yet, autonomy remains essentially the same. It must be said that the Touch Pro2 still has a large screen and an important resolution. With normal use (calls, internet, push email at all times, brightness important ...) I could take the day before having to recharge.
You can improve this figure with moderate use and playing on the screen brightness. I think the maximum we can achieve is 2 to 3 days max autonomy.
So no particular surprise, it's still in the middle of the smartphone market.
No worries at the level of connectivity. The HTC Touch is more than Pro2 complete Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR + A2DP, GPRS, EDGE, 3G (900/2100 Mhz) with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA, and finally a GPS receiver GPS chip Qualcomm MSM7201A (A-GPS).
Anything beautiful coexists nicely through the communication manager, which is the transition very elegant. It is also possible to configure the connections via a menu advanced.
Touch Flo 3D is now on new models of the Taiwanese manufacturer for some time now. I will not go through this interface, we had done in depth during our test HTC Touch HD for example.
I will stress against the functions or applications that have caught my attention.
First, the interface of the home page is simple but really effective. Now the landscape mode is supported. Simply lift the keyboard to trigger it.
I love the new application to manage alarms and clock. You can add multiple clocks which is perfect for travelers like me. For alarms is very visual and elegant.
The tab with shortcuts to favorite contacts is probably the one I use most with email / SMS. Navigation is fast thanks to the 528Mhz Qualcomm processor.
The tab of the agenda has not been redesigned but is still as clear and concise. I like the principle, or click on to see the whole list of tasks appear. I prefer this to the tiny pane of the agenda for the iPhone for example.
Technology Push Internet HTC is represented in this tab. You can send updates to your favorite sites at regular intervals. I have not really felt the need this functionality. The default browser is Opera. It is fast but it is far from ergonomic Safari on iPhone.
The new page for viewing stock shares has been reworked. It is more clear and elegant. I never understood why this was one of the tabs by default. How many people a portfolio of foreign shares on the total mass of users?
The weather tab is not changed but it remains one of my favorites. I love the opening animation and beauty icons. As you can see, it's hot at home in Hong Kong.
The new calculator is very successful. If you rotate the device or you leave the keyboard, it automatically becomes a scientific calculator.
The page is simple notifications. Here is an SMS that I received. By clicking, you can see the entire message.
The tab that I use more but I like the least. Here is an example or the "eye candy" takes precedence over simplicity. The animation is nice, but the navigation between emails is laborious. In addition, the field of view of the text is so small.
Application Youtube. Jolie but crashed several times for me. The best use is in landscape mode of course.
In the right corner of the bar notifications, you have a shortcut icon to the vital data of the machine. Memory, CPU, autonomy. Also very practical to close an application quickly.
In the depths of phone configurations, I found these parameters. Maybe I'm wrong but I've never seen these options before in Windows Mobile 6.1. Sending a SMS automatically when a call is rejected, for example very interesting.
In the category of unnecessary applications ... G-sensor.
Video and Photos
The photos and videos ongelt allows, as its name suggests to manage your photos or videos. It's very nice to navigate from one photo to another by dragging a finger. Simply click on one of two icons to the right to launch either the camera or the camera.
The HTC Touch has a Pro2 AFN 3.2M pixels but do not expect miracles. The picture quality is good, similar to what you find on the iPhone 3GS for example, but it needs good conditions. A sunny weather for example. The autofocus function is nice, you point on the screen or want to make the focus and the machine does the rest. Very practical.
Several configuration options are possible. There is even a panorama mode, I think this is the first time I see it on a PDAPhone.
You can perform several actions on a photo to assign to a contact, save, delete or view properties ...
HTC Touch Pro2 Specification
• Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz), GPRS, EDGE, 3G (900/2100 Mhz) with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA
• Integrated GPS receiver with GPS chip Qualcomm MSM7201A (A-GPS)
• Touch screen TFT LCD Size 3.6 inches (9.1 cm) of resolution 800 x 480 pixels (WVGA) Touch Flo interface 2
• Qualcomm MSM7201A processor clocked at 528 Mhz
• Digital Camera 3.2 Mega pixels with autofocus, no flash
• 0.3 Megapixel front camera for video conferencing
• FM Radio
• 512 MB ROM
• 288 MB RAM
• Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR + A2DP
• Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g
• MiniUSB 2.0
• Battery Lithium-Ion 500 mAh 1 with a range of 7 hours talk time in GSM and 4.5 hours in 3G. And standby time 19 days (454 hours) with 3G and 14.5 days (348 hours) in GSM.
6 hours video
• Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
• Dimensions: 11.6 x 5.9 x 1.7 cm
• Weight: 188 g