CNET First Look
HTC Touch Pro2 (T-Mobile)The HTC Touch Pro2 finally makes its U.S. debut with T-Mobile. Find out what this powerful Windows Mobile smartphone has to offer in our First Look video.
[ Background music ] >> Bonnie Cha: Hi, I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor for CNET.com and today we're taking a first look at the HTC Touch Pro 2. This is actually sort of a second look at the smartphone since we checked out the unlocked version a little while ago. For the most part the 2 versions are a lot alike but there were some changes made to the design. As you can see the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 comes in this mocha color and doesn't have the tapered edges or smoother curves of the unlocked version. I have to admit that I prefer the look and the feel of the European model since it's rounder shape made the phone seem less bulky and I like the chrome accents but you know style is a totally subjective thing so you might find that you might like a T-Mobile version better. A couple of things that I think most everyone will love about the Touch Pro 2s design is the extra large touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard. The display measures 3.6 inches diagonally and has a sharp 480x800 pixel resolution so images and texts look amazing on the screen. You also get a zoom bar just below the display that lets you easily zoom in and out of the screen without having to tap or go through various menus. And another cool thing about the display is that you can tilt it so you can get a better viewing angle when typing messages or when your viewing videos and photos with a phone on a flat surface. Once you have the display slid open you'll see the Touch Pro 2s other great asset which is the full QWERTY keyboard. It's probably one of the best keyboards I've used recently. The buttons are wide and there's a good amount of spacing between them. So I think even users with larger thumbs shouldn't have problems with the Touch Pro 2s keyboard at all. It's also nice to have dedicated number row and shortcuts to frequently used apps on the bottom row. One other note worthy thing about the Touch Pro 2s design is the asymmetric speakers on the back. The smartphone uses something called straight talk technology which is advanced noise suppression so HTC claims that it'll improve the speaker phone quality and you can also place the device face down on the desk and it'll automatically activate the speaker phone if you're on a call [phone ringing]. >> T-Mobile for English, say English. >> So you can have a little impromptu conference call if you need it and street talk isn't just about call quality, it's about offering business users a better way to communicate so HTC has added better integration of messaging phone in conference calling capabilities from various places on the phone. The rest of the HTC Touch Pro 2 isn't too different from other Windows Mobile devices. The Touch 2 Pros running windows mobile 6.1 professional addition and T-Mobile hasn't announced anything about whether it will offer an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 when it's available. So for now you'll get the standard messaging features as well as some extra utilities like a presentation app and business card scanner. Wireless options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and good news the Touch Pro 2 supports T-Mobile's 3G network. Overall, performance is pretty good. Call quality was nice and clear but there was definitely a little bit of sluggishness at some points in terms of general use. Still it offers a lot and it's probably 1 of if not the most powerful smartphones in T-Mobiles lineup. Since the HTC Touch Pro 2 is a higher end device it has a bit of an expensive price tag and goes for 349.99 with a 2-year contract. However, it's definitely a long overdue update to the T-Mobile Wing which has been around since 2007. Should make T-Mobiles business customers quite happy. [ Background music ] >> I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your first look at the HTC Touch Pro 2 for T-Mobile.