HTC Touch Pro review

Chris | August 16, 2008
imageThe big brother of the HTC Diamond has arrived and we are expecting great things. Its been called a brick by many but if this device lives up to expectations it could be the best Windows Mobile device around. When the Diamond was launched we reviewed it and it was not a great experience, since then a couple of Rom upgrades have made it a new experience and a well received device. Let us hope that HTC have this one right straight out the box, lets find out. Read on for the full review.

On the Outside

The phone comes packaged in a box shaped like a pyramid with the top chopped off identical to the HTC Diamond and it really is well packaged and looks very enticing. Inside the box is the phone, wired headset, spare stylus, CD ROM with a user manual and extra software, battery, mains charger and a USB cable, all neatly tucked away inside.

The phone feels quite heavy but well made with a lovely quality feel. It is very similar in size to the Nokia N95 and you can see some comparison photographs here.

Looking at the phone from the outside, the front is totally flat it has 4 buttons . Home, back, phone send and end keys and the additional centre button which also works as a virtual scroll wheel for zooming in Opera. From this perspective the phone is identical to the Diamond.

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The bottom of the phone has the mini USB connector for charging the device and using the supplied HTC Headset. The bottom right side of the unit gives access to the stylus which is magnetic and there is also a small button to perform the Windows Mobile soft reset. The top of the phone has the on off push button. The sides of the phone are blank on the right side and the volume up and down buttons on the left hand side. The back of the phone houses the 3.2 mega pixel auto focus camera and flash. Again the back cover is angled like the Diamond however on this phone the case has a matt finish rather than the glossy black finger print magnet that the Diamond has.

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I have done a video look at the device and software that you can watch below:-

Where it differs from the Diamond

The slide out QWERTY keyboard, is where this device is at, Windows Mobile users are split, some like them, some hate them, but this is by the far the best one I have used. It springs open with the slightest touch however that does not mean it is loose or comes apart when your holding it, oh no, HTC have done some trickery to make this easy to open but only when you want it too.

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Once open the screen automatically flips to landscape mode in under a second, very smooth and much quicker than any device I have seen before. The keys on the keyboard are individual keys, not a solid rubber mat like we have seen on other devices and because of the fast processor and heaps of RAM there is no key lag to be found. Its easy to type on too, all in all a great keyboard for such a small device.

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Excel settings

TouchFlo 3D Rocks!!!

When we looked at the HTC Diamond the TouchFlo 3D was a major disappointment, on this device however it is now a major plus, right out the box it is fast and smooth and really enhances the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. Finger scrolling, flicks and swipes are all easily done and work 100% of the time, it is now a brilliant addition to the handset, HTC have done a great job refining this software.

Homescreen Program Launcher

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email photos

Software

Nothing really new inside the Touch Pro compared to the Diamond except the addition of an on screen tilt sensor calibrating tool. Not sure why you would need this but it is there if you ever do. Apart from that you have the usual Windows Mobile goodness like Windows Live, Google Maps, Office, Opera 9.5 and the HTC Youtube application which I found very slow to use, even over WiFi.

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The GPS worked very well with TomTom and Google Maps locking very quickly and both looked fantastic on the VGA screen.

The battery life is so much better than the Diamond, it is a bigger capacity battery and it shows, other differences are the increase in the amount of Ram but unfortunately only 512MB storage of which the OS takes up quite a lot of. Also included is a TV Out feature unfortunately HTC have not included a cable for this so its a bit useless.

Storage TV Out

The device has two cameras, a front facing camera for video calls over 3G and a rear camera which is a 3.2 Mega Pixel lens with a flash. Picture quality seemed solid with good colours.

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Conclusion

HTC have taken the flack on the Diamond, learned from it and released a very solid, well performing device, the TouchFlo 3D works perfectly now and enhances the device greatly. Added to that, high quality hardware, a great slide out keyboard, lots of Ram and this device is a winner. Its a work horse with a lot of power and runs as smooth as silk. I cannot think of many negatives, it has all the features, good battery life, good camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.

Positives

Touch Flo3D

Slide Out QWERTY Keyboard

VGA Screen

HSDPA

GPS

Negatives

It feels fat but it is not really compared with the Nokia N95

Still not a fan of the angled back panel

Specification

Processor
Qualcomm® MSM7201A™ 528 MHz

Operating System
Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional

Memory
ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 288MB

Dimensions
102 mm (L) X 51 mm (W) X 18.05 mm (T)

Weight
165 g (with battery)

Display
2.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with VGA resolution

Network
HSPA/WCDMA:

Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz

Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

Europe/Asia: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control
TouchFLO™ 3D
Touch-sensitive navigation control

Keyboard
Slide-out 5-row QWERTY keyboard

GPS
Internal GPS antenna

Connectivity
Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0, audio jack, and TV Out* in one)

Camera

Main camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flash light
Second camera: VGA CMOS color camera

Audio
Built-in microphone, speaker and FM radio with RDS
Ring tone supported formats:

MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB

40 polyphonic and standard MIDI format 0 and 1 (SMF)/SP MIDI

Battery
Rechargeable Lithium-ion or Lithium-ion polymer battery
Capacity: 1340 mAh
Talk time:

Up to 378 minutes for WCDMA

Up to 419 minutes for GSM

Standby time:

Up to 462 hours for WCDMA

Up to 367 hours for GSM

Video call time: Up to 189 minutes for WCDMA
(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

Expansion Slot
microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)

AC Adapter
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A

* HTC TV Out cable needed.

Thanks to Clove for supplying the review device

Disclaimer, the HTC Touch Pro featured in this review will be returned.

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Jeff | August 16, 2008
What program would you need to use to take advantage of the front facing camera for video calls?

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Interesting…and bound to replace my Tilt when it comes. With a
Richard | August 16, 2008
Interesting…and bound to replace my Tilt when it comes.

With a face of plastic not glass, like the iPhone, it will still need a screen protector. What will that screen protector do to the usability of TouchFlo?

Hey Chris, great review !! (and one of the first
Mohammad | August 17, 2008
Hey Chris, great review !! (and one of the first ones too).

I had a couple of questions (if you could comment on them):

Since you have both the Touch Pro and the iPhone:

– How do the displays compare on both? How about in the browsers? (Opera vs. Safari) and the clearness of the text in websites at full page mode.

– How do you compare the battery life on both? With 3G and Wifi on during the test..

– How do the 3G speeds compare on both iPhone 3G and Touch Pro?

Thanks,
Mohammad

You told that the phone contains a port for T.V
Dominic | August 17, 2008
You told that the phone contains a port for T.V out but not cable… so i understand that the company will manufacture the cable wire for T.V out and sell it individually
Thanx

Mohammad, The display for me is much sharper on the
admin | August 17, 2008
Mohammad, The display for me is much sharper on the Touch Pro but not as enjoyable to use, The iPhones screen for me is the perfect size for productivity with Touch, having said that, this is why the Touch Po also has the hardware keyboard.

Too early to be 100% on the battery life but so far the Pro has performed really well and better than the iPhone

3G speeds tests I have done give similar results but this is so network dependant, The Touch Pro is capable of much faster speeds up and down than the iPhone so in the right area and with a supported network it would be better

Great review guys! Wish I had it in my own
Doro | August 17, 2008
Great review guys! Wish I had it in my own hands too.
Guess I’ll have to wait 2-3 months till it gets to Romania 🙁

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michealnam | August 18, 2008
absolutely bias free the htc touch pro is the world best ever. considering style, performance, and allinone dependent. bravo htc! i owe you one.

Great review thanks Chris just one quick question. can you
Shaun | August 18, 2008
Great review thanks Chris just one quick question. can you still type with a on screen keyboard or is it QWERTY keypad only??

Thanks
Shaun

It is already available in Romania. Just do a search.
bogy | August 18, 2008
It is already available in Romania. Just do a search. 3 online shops already.

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Shaun, yes you can still type with the onscreen keyboard,
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Shaun, yes you can still type with the onscreen keyboard, worked well and would be the preferred method in portrait mode

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Does this Touch Pro have a 3.5mm jack for headphones???
Steve | August 19, 2008
Does this Touch Pro have a 3.5mm jack for headphones???

If it does, it would have everything that’s missing from the iPhone and BB Bold. Namely what I find missing in the others are: QWERTY keyboard (iphone), HTML email (BB), good browser (BB), replacable battery (iPhone), ability to run multiple programs (iPhone), video (iPhone).

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It does not have a 3.5mm jack, it uses HTC’s mini USB connector, you can get an adaptor to give you a 3.5mm jack but not as standard

how much the cost at romania ? or other countries?
krishna | August 19, 2008
how much the cost at romania ? or other countries? can you converted into USD? thx

available in the netherlands, prices between 578 en 649 euro
jeff | August 19, 2008
available in the netherlands, prices between 578 en 649 euro (= 795,45 – 893,16 USD)

Hi Chris !Great review!I got 2 puestions 4 you.1)The memory
Danie | August 19, 2008
Hi Chris !Great review!I got 2 puestions 4 you.1)The memory card that comes with the phone what size is it ?2)is it hot swappable?Thanx

Hey you!Chris if you MUST choose between Touch Pro and
Danie | August 19, 2008
Hey you!Chris if you MUST choose between Touch Pro and Samsun s new Omnia i900 which 1 would you choose?Which 1 floats your boat?Come on be honest.!Ihave 2 know,my upgrade is less than 2 months away !!Thanx Danie

When will it be available in the US
Ponce | August 20, 2008
When will it be available in the US

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HcD | August 20, 2008
Omg, i have used this phone at a friends house for half an hour and it’s another joke in the HTC “series of black humor”. I have used windows mobile for years (Mio A701/HTC MTeor/HTC Tytn II) and finally turned to the dark side (iPhone)

“Once open the screen automatically flips to landscape mode in under a second, very smooth and much quicker than any device I have seen before” .. yeah right, the HTC Tytn II with ROMeOS firmware is at least 5x as fast, in the blink of an eye

People, i have 1 advice : TRY before you BUY, especially with HTC and windows mobile. I might get tempted to try WM7 if it comes out, but i’ll probably stick to iPhone or Android when it arrives ..

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Hi i’ve had one for 2 weeks and certain things
Lorraine | August 27, 2008
Hi i’ve had one for 2 weeks and certain things are driving me mad! This is my first phone like this so maby it’s me??
Battery life, having to charge every 4-6 hrs, is this normal as i’ve hardly used the internet mainly e-mails. On that subject i keep getting a message telling me incoming and to verify password etc, this is all day and happens when i’m in the middle of using phone so cuts out what i’m looking at or doing. Then nothing comes in!
Also the scroll i can’t seem to stop if i’m looking at contacts or e-mails it just keeps going then when i do stop it, never on the one i want and it opens the one it stops at! Any ideas what i’m doing wrong? I looked at the I phone but decided this was better not so sure now.

I gotta get one of these… why are Orange always
Mark | August 27, 2008
I gotta get one of these… why are Orange always so slow at releasing these things…?

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Hi Chris. You didn’t mention anything about the GPS System
Ragheed | August 29, 2008
Hi Chris. You didn’t mention anything about the GPS System in the device. As far as i know, it only has the GPS Antena and it doesn’t have any related softwares in them. Can you please tell us more about this issue and where can we find the maps for the different contries?

The device that I had did not come with any
admin | August 29, 2008
The device that I had did not come with any GPS software apart from google maps pre installed, obviously this will not give you turn by turn navigation. You can get various software for the device like TomTom and Co Pilot however these would be all extra costs on top of the Touch Pro. As standard no turn by turn software.

from what i’m reading it appears you can’t use the
spyda | September 2, 2008
from what i’m reading it appears you can’t use the head set while you’re charging in the car.. if that’s the case, that SUX

Can’t wait for this to hit the US. As for
Joe Guest | September 4, 2008
Can’t wait for this to hit the US. As for GPS Software, take a look at Amaze, at http://www.amazegps.com. This is a free (for now) turn by turn GPS application. I currently use it on my HTC Touch.

I’ve been holding off upgrading my HTC-Apache and I think
Adrian | September 4, 2008
I’ve been holding off upgrading my HTC-Apache and I think this might be the one. Thanks for the review.

@Lorraine: Most likely you’ve setup e-mail to check for new messages every x minutes and you haven’t saved your password. This would cause the phone to prompt for your password each time it checks the server for new mail. I have mine set to check only when I tell it to. This should also help the battery life.

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robert | September 10, 2008
So I bought one! pleased with the functionality! however what do you call good battery life? if i use the devices functions mail, browser and phone i have not been able to get the battery to last much more than a day! i would be interested to hear if this is typical? just on standy with a few calls in between maybe two days!

Yeah actually that is pretty good, using devices like these
admin | September 10, 2008
Yeah actually that is pretty good, using devices like these I would recommend getting into the habit of charging it every night

I’m with Mark, I’d love to know what takes Orange
Keiron | September 12, 2008
I’m with Mark, I’d love to know what takes Orange so long when they could sell a bucket load of these by being early to market!

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I have a Treo 700wx with Windows Mobile 5. I’m
me | September 16, 2008
I have a Treo 700wx with Windows Mobile 5. I’m curious to know if the HTC Pro with Windows Mobile 6 has improved the functionality much. For instance, can you surf the internet while talking on the phone? Does the audio/video player (probably Windows Media Player) save your location in a song or video for the next time you play it (on mine it doesn’t)? Does the HTC Pro have picture text messages? Sprint TV? Can you listen to stereo audio (songs, etc.) through the bluetooth headset? Is the operating system more stable (Treo/WinMob 5 crashes constantly)?

This phone sounds pretty cool and I like my Sprint plan. I’m just a litle sour on Windows Mobile after the 700wx and would like to know that things are much better now. Or is the iPhone just far superior? I’ll probably be looking to get a new phone in late December (maybe the HTC Touch HD will be in the U.S. by then).

Thanks in advance for all your thoughts.

Just got my hands on a Touch Pro from Vodafone
anon | September 23, 2008
Just got my hands on a Touch Pro from Vodafone on a consumer contract. Now this is quite a step up from my ancient Nokia with Thai lettering on it I bought for £20 on an island while travelling…. but I noticed the mechanism for the slide out keyboard is quite flimsy – e.g. when you use the buttons it can jiggle around a bit. Can you remember this on your review phone?
Looking forward to getting into the 21st century!

I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere: the keyboard on the
Adrian J. Moreno | September 24, 2008
I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere: the keyboard on the HTC-Apache lights up from underneath. Does the Touch Pro’s keyboard also light up?

How is the screen under sunlight
mohan | September 25, 2008
How is the screen under sunlight

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Vipul | October 1, 2008
Is the camera of this cell phone can be used as webcam when attached to PC

switching between landscape and portrait looks very slow. this was one
asdf | October 1, 2008
switching between landscape and portrait looks very slow.
this was one of my complaints with 838pro.

Can you load skype on it & then skype over
Tom | October 6, 2008
Can you load skype on it & then skype over a wifi network when you’re not on your phone’s network?

Also, does it have phone as modem?

Tx a million for the info!