HTC Touch Pro (Verizon Wireless) review: HTC Touch Pro (Verizon Wireless)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.3
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 4.0
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The Good The HTC Touch Pro for Verizon Wireless offers a full QWERTY keyboard and a gorgeous touch screen. The Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and EV-DO Rev. A support.

The Bad The Verizon Touch Pro is buggy and incredibly slow. It has less onboard RAM than the Sprint and AT&T versions, and the battery drains quickly. There's no standard headphone jack.

The Bottom Line While the HTC Touch Pro for Verizon Wireless offers business users a full-featured smartphone, it's painfully slow and not worth the frustration or money.

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Joining Sprint and AT&T, Verizon Wireless is now offering the HTC Touch Pro, a full-featured Windows Mobile smartphone aimed at business users. It brings a nice update to the Verizon Wireless XV6800 with the addition of Windows Mobile 6.1 and a sleeker design. Plus, it's fully stocked with wireless options and messaging and productivity tools. Unfortunately, the Verizon Touch Pro lacks some of the services and applications offered by the Sprint Touch Pro and the AT&T HTC Fuze but the bigger issue is that the Verizon Touch Pro simply doesn't deliver when it comes to performance. The smartphone is buggy and frustratingly slow, and it's certainly not worth the pricey $349.99 with a two-year contract. If you're a Verizon customer and need a business-centric smartphone, you'll be better off with the Samsung Saga. You'll lose some of the flashiness of the HTC Touch Pro but at least you'll get a device that can keep up with your demands.

Design
The Verizon Wireless HTC Touch Pro doesn't differ much in design compared with its Sprint and AT&T variants, though there are several differences. For example, the Verizon handset features sharper edges and a flat, plastic backplate, whereas the Sprint model has a soft-touch finish and the AT&T Fuze sports a geometric backing like the HTC Touch Diamond. While the other handsets have fun and distinguishing features, the Verizon Touch Pro is still an attractive model and certainly more compact than the Verizon Wireless XV6800 at 4.1 inches high by 2 inches wide by 0.7 inch deep and weighs 4.9 ounces.

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HTC Touch Pro (Verizon Wireless)

Part Number: 2001072 Released: Dec. 1, 2008

As shown: $349.99

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Dec. 1, 2008
  • Talk Time Up to 250 min
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
  • Service Provider Verizon Wireless
  • Weight 5.8 oz
  • Diagonal Size 2.8 in
  • Sensor Resolution 3.2 pixels
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