HTC has improved one of its newest smartphone models, the HTC Touch Pro2, with better software for the touchscreen and a tilt screen.

The HTC Touch Pro2 is a 3G (third-generation) smartphone with a 3.6in touchscreen that uses a customised version of Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system.

The design of the HTC Touch Pro2 is as visually stunning as the 480x800 widescreen VGA resolution on its screen. It looks like a business phone with its distinctive cool metal and black colouring, and the speaker on the backside runs like a track around its curved shape.

The speaker is one of the coolest features on the HTC Touch Pro2.

All you have to do is lay the HTC Touch Pro2 face down on a table and it automatically goes into speaker-phone mode. At HTC's office, the person who called in sounded clear, and you could hear voice over the speaker very clear from the phone side.

HTC put two microphones on the HTC Touch Pro2 to pick up sound from many people in a room, but also put a chip inside that cancels out background noise and focuses on the speaker's voice for clarity on the other end. The speakers were designed with a woofer and a tweeter, also for better clarity.

The other nice part about the HTC Touch Pro2's speaker phone is that even if you're already on a call and you want that person to be able to talk to everyone in the room without hanging up, you just lay the phone down and it goes into speaker mode.

The qwerty keypad and tilt-up screen are the other highlights of the HTC Touch Pro2.

The keypad slides out from under the screen, and the screen can tilt to a nice angle for keying in messages. We were able to tap messages quickly and comfortably, despite our big thumbs, thanks to the spacious lettering on the keypad. The HTC Touch Pro2's raised keys are spaced apart and are large for a mobile phone. They also click when you have tapped a letter so you know the letter has been typed.

The fact that the HTC Touch Pro2's screen can tilt up to around a 60 degree or 70 degree angle is just cool.

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HTC has improved one of its newest smartphone models, the HTC Touch Pro2, with better software for the touchscreen and a tilt screen.

HTC has made a lot of improvements on the HTC Touch Pro2 and Touch Diamond2 via the software. While we weren't able to test out most of that, nor claims of far superior battery life, we can say that the touchscreen function is a huge improvement.

You may not even need the stylus anymore with how nicely the HTC Touch Pro2's touchscreens respond. Some of the annoying features of the older models have gone, such as unresponsiveness to commands, bringing up unwanted information, such as SMSs or people's contact information due to an errant touch, and answering the handset as soon as it rings because of the answer button on the screen. The HTC Touch Pro2 and Touch Diamond2 have different answering systems now.

The HTC Touch Pro2 and Touch Pro2 both come with styluses on board, but HTC says it's because users in many countries, particularly in Asia, like to write messages with the stylus.

Horace Luke, chief innovation officer of HTC, said the software improvements are mainly in the TouchFLO 3D software, which runs the touchscreen and other features on top of the OS.

The HTC Touch Pro2 is 116x59.2x7.25mm and weighs 175g with the battery. That may sound heavy but it's not, especially compared to the old Touch Pro, which felt heavier in the hand than the new one.

HTC Touch Pro2: Specs

  • Qualcomm MSM7200A, 528MHz processor
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • ROM: 512MB, RAM: 288MB
  • 116x59.2x17.25mm
  • 175g with battery
  • 3.6-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution, adjustable tilt screen
  • HSDPA/WCDMA: 900/2100MHz up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds, Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz (Band frequency, HSUPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent)
  • slide-out 5-row qwerty keyboard
  • internal GPS antenna
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • 11-pin mini-USB 2.0, audio jack, and TV out in one
  • 3.2 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, and VGA CMOS colour camera
  • AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, M4A
  • WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, AVI
  • rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, 1500mAh
  • microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • FM Radio, G-Sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM7200A, 528MHz processor
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • ROM: 512MB, RAM: 288MB
  • 116x59.2x17.25mm
  • 175g with battery
  • 3.6-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution, adjustable tilt screen
  • HSDPA/WCDMA: 900/2100MHz up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds, Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz (Band frequency, HSUPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent)
  • slide-out 5-row qwerty keyboard
  • internal GPS antenna
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • 11-pin mini-USB 2.0, audio jack, and TV out in one
  • 3.2 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, and VGA CMOS colour camera
  • AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, M4A
  • WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, AVI
  • rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, 1500mAh
  • microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • FM Radio, G-Sensor

OUR VERDICT

With a better touchscreen and a tilt screen, the HTC Touch Pro2 is an improvement on its predecessor. It's fun to type on, has a solid audio setup and looks great.

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