HTC Touch Pro2 review

With a tilt screen, slide-out keyboard and speakerphone, the HTC Touch Pro2 sets out its serious business credentials? But is it the phone for you?

Price
£500

The HTC Touch Pro2 was launched at the same time as the HTC Touch Diamond2, but you'd never think it, with more features on the former than you could shake a stick at.

There's no denying it the HTC Touch Pro2 is a large phone. In fact, at 59.2mm x 7.3mm x 16mm (WxDxH), it's quite frankly huge by 2009 standards when most phones are getting slimmer and slimmer.

It has the weight to match too at 178.5g, it won't sit in your pocket un-noticed, although this has the advantage that you'll never leave home without it, as its absence will be clearly noted. However, weight and size aside, the HTC Touch Pro2 is probably the best HTC device we've seen yet.

The HTC Touch Pro2 uses the same slide and tilting screen action as seen on the TyTN II and on the brand new Nokia N97 too.

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However, HTC's implementation is much more effective because you can either have the screen flat, which comes in very handy if you're typing as you walk, or in tilted format that makes typing on a flat table a breeze.

However, when it comes to build quality, that titled screen is a little less than perfect it feels loose, and may not hold up to excessive opening and closing.

The 3.6in resistive touchscreen itself is bright and clear, something that is certainly complemented with HTC's good-looking TouchFLO 3D skin hiding the Windows Mobile interface. It's the same as seen on the HTC Touch Diamond2, and enables you to zoom in and out of web pages using a scroll bar and access all of the applications via a neat, scrolling Start grid.

Other highlights with the TouchFLO 3D interface include the ability to view emails in a quick view format. If you tap on the email icon, you're taken to a screen with a icon of a letter envelope with the contents appearing inside it. You can flick through all your emails in this view with your finger and once you've found an email you want to read, you can tap on the text to read the email in full.

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