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Christmas Gift Guide

Hip to be square

Updated look and features

Beautiful touch screen

Fairly compact

Navigation controls

Slow poke

Full QWERTY

Lights, camera, action

Memory issues

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.
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The Touch Pro brings an 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.
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On its front, you'll find a 2.8-inch touch screen with VGA resolution (480x640), so you'll enjoy sharp text and images. You can customize the Home screen with various themes, including HTC's TouchFlo 3D interface.
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The Verizon Touch Pro measures 4.1 inches high by 2 inches wide by 0.7 inch deep and weighs 4.9 ounces. It's a little on the bulky side but definitely more compact than the Verizon Wireless XV6800.
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Below the display you get a navigation array of Talk and End buttons, a Home shortcut, a back key, and a directional keypad with a center select button. The latter is also touch sensitive so you can make a clockwise or counterclockwise circle to zoom in/out of pages.
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The display has a built-in accelerometer, so in certain applications, the screen orientation will automatically switch from portrait to landscape mode when you rotate the phone. The page view will also change when you slide the screen to the right to access the full QWERTY keyboard. That said, we found that the Verizon Touch Pro was incredibly slow to perform this task, beyond what we experienced on the Sprint version.
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The full QWERTY on the Verizon Touch Pro is slightly varied from the other two models in that the placement of some buttons are in different places. The keyboard is fairly easy to use with large buttons and a nonslip texture.
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The Touch Pro features a 3.2-megapixel camera with up to 4x zoom and video-recording capabilities. However, picture quality wasn't the greatest since colors were washed out.
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The Verizon Touch Pro has 512MB ROM and 192MB RAM, which is less than the HTC Fuze and Sprint Touch Pro's 288MB RAM. You can expand the storage via the microSD/SDHC expansion slot (accepts up to 16GB cards), but the lesser really affects the performance of the smartphone.
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