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I brought this phone secondhand from a friend last year. He had only used it a week and found that the screen was too small for his to see.
At first i loved this phone (though this was the first smart phone i ever had), though after a while this deteriorated and i got more fed up with it.
The phone is very good at what it does, the ability to sync contacts, calender appointments, tasks, e-mail etc. Being able to use Office Mobile to create word documents and spreadsheets. Also with the opera mobile internet browser you can surf the web page as freely as you would at home. Windows Messenger is included to allow you to access your MSN account wherever you are.
Now that i have had this phone a while, and friends have got their iphones, i have seen how annoying this phone can be. It is very slow to operate and some tasks take a long time to load. The touch screen is very good on the phone, though because it usually takes a while to load, you find that your frantically clicking stuff that you dont mean too, so in the end it takes longer to do what you were origonally doing.
I also find that the speaker on the phone is not very good trying to listen to people on the phone. It always seems to quiet and i cannot properly hear people. On the other hand the phone has a great speaker for music playback.
The camera on the back is 3.2 megapixels and does provide some good quality shots, though the whole camera program takes a long time to load, so you wont have the ability to quickly pull out your phone and grab a shot then and there.
The phones battery isn't too great, and only lasts the day for me, and if i am using it alot one day then it wont even last that.
The phone uses Windows Mobile 6.1, and HTC are not offering updates to the two new operating softwares 6.5 and 7. This is a shame as i think the phone would perform quite well as the quality of the operating software increases. The TouchFlo home screen which this phone has is good, though sometimes fiddly trying to navigate to the screen that you want. I downloaded SPB Mobile Shell, which i use and is much nicer to use as it allows you to customize your home screen having whatever buttons and links you want on it.
Aside from all the bad things i have said, the phone has served me very well, and has been a great asset in keeping my contacts organised, keeping up with time management through the calender and being able to work on the move typing out documents wherever i am.
I would recommend this phone to anyone looking for a good buisness phone, though i would also recommend to look at other HTC phones as they have produced some other great models. Though this phone is still no match to the iPhone.
I currently have this work this phone for business. I also have an iphone as personal. Although I feel it isn't in the same league as the iPhone, it is still a good phone. It features windows mobile which I find really easy to use, WinMo is full of useful features for example internet explorer, office mobile and google maps. Most probably the best feature for this phone is the ability to sync to the exchange server using activesync which is a must have for business phones.
Although there are many other smartphones out there the main competetor to this phone was the balckberry, we looked into that hard, it costs so much to setup.
The HTC Touch Pro is so easy to setup, I think to setup the emails for exchange was a 5 or maybe 6 step wizard. So it was really straight forward, i managed to set it up first time.
The Touch flo screen certainly makes life a little easier, and it also looks great too.
The keyboard is a massive plus for me personally, a client of ours had the diamond (which has no keyboard) and it was horrible using the small touch keyboard onscreen. The slide out keyboard is very simple to use and the keys are well spaced out so there are no double button pressing.
The camera is good too, takes some good quality photos for a 3.2 mgp camera.
The things I don't like about the phone are: Is the size of it, it is a fairly chunky phone, I just hope the updated versions are smaller than this one. Oh yes and also the annoying notifications to download the GPS update every week, I'm sure you can turn this off, but it does get annoying. Also the screen could be a little bigger. They could have got rid of the buttons at the bottom of the phone, as I actually never use them, and make the screen bigger.
The market is suddenly flooded with many smart phones like Iphone, Samsung Tocco, HTC touch pro etc. I have this phone for over 8 months now and havent got any major problems as such. A complete phone and definitely gives a strong competition to other phones in the same segment.
What I like:
1. Touch Flo Screen: A new technology which only HTC is offering and makes the user interface quite smooth.
2. Keyboard: It is a handy thing to have for sure. It is very well hidden and can be accessed very easily when required.
3. Functionalities: HTC touch pro is almost like a mini computer offering vast range of functionalities from internet browsing, GPS to microsoft office suite. For business people, one can also keep reminders for events and notes which I found very useful.
4. Camera: I think camera is pretty good and as compared to other camera phones, I found the quality to be quite decent. It have 2 set of cameras one on front and one on back and have many functionalities like panoramic view, ability to take self picture etc.
5. Memory Slot: They have provided an extra memory slot which is quite useful.
What I didnt liked:
1. Bulkiness of the phone.
2. I bought this phone from Vodafone, and a month after I bought this phone they stopped selling this phone. Although HTC provides updates and fixes on their website but since this was taken on contract basis from Vodafone, therefore, I cannot upgrade my memory or do other important fixes until Vodafone decide to provide on their website. This is a major drawback. I will suggest to ask your service provider in detail about support before buying any smart phone as a matter of fact.
3. Camera Flash: There is no automatic flash while using camera. One have to manually open the flash which looks a bit stupid while taking a pic as the camera light is shining is on the person's face.
4. Bulkiness: The phone is big to keep in a pocket, which can be sometimes be a problem.
The HTC touch pro is packed with features and the windows operating system to boot, as a concept it is great and it allows you to browse the web, send emails, view audio and video, take photos and much more!
The execution however leaves a number of frustrating bugs, the first being that the touch screen is not disabled when the phone rings causing missed call or worse call answered in your pocket! The touch interface is a little clunky and unresponsive at times but this could be down to having a number of applications open in memory.
The phone itself is extremely well made and seems to be hard wearing, I have mnaged to scratch the touch screen a little but it does not seem to affect operation, this could be cured with a screen protector. The keyboard is conveniently laid out and esy to use, the touch feel of the keyboard is solid and reassuring when you type, unlike the touch screen keyboard function which is difficult.
In short a good phone with a great featureset, I am hoping firware updates will address the bugs as this feels like a test model without all the bugs ironed out.
The Touch Pro is more then I could have ever expected. When I went in-store to look at the different phone models available, I was told that this was tough competition for the iPhone. Tough competition? The Touch Pro has beaten the iPhone, hands down. With its super-fast response to touch as well as ease of access to the Internet, weather, emails and texts at the flick of a finger, this phone has to be one of the most user friendly touch screen phones available on the market. As well as boasting a fully functioning touch screen, the phone also holds a full QWERTY keyboard, making it easier to type directly into a Word or Excel document. The operating system, Windows Mobile, includes all of the well known Office suites, Excel, Word and PowerPoint, meaning I can work from my Office away from the Office.
The sound quality is also second to none, so much so, that I now find myself usually playing songs through bluetooth capabilities of the phone straight through to my laptop, more so then I do using my JBL speakers. I have found that it does cause slight problems if its left on constantly overnight, and can then lead to problems of slightly slower response time, however the simplest way to cope with this is to ensure that it is turned off every evening. Being the all round perfect touch phone, but also so simple to use as well as everything being already pre-installed, I would have no fear in recommending this phone to anyone; from a first-time phone user, right through to an advanced computer technician who likes to play around with Microsoft.
The HTC Touch Pro brings together elegant touch screen response with the direct precision of keyboard entry, leaving out nothing to deliver a powerhouse communication tool in a beautiful, compact design.
The 2.8-inch VGA touch screen provides four times the resolution of most smart devices, making email, documents and web pages sharper and easier to work with than ever before.
HTC's rich, touch-responsive interface, TouchFLO 3D, provides a stunningly intuitive way to zip through common tasks like messaging, calendar checks or making calls. Delve a little deeper to find that playing media files, searching for contacts and surfing the web are also responsive to your touch.
The web browser puts the full Internet in the palm of your hand. Websites look just like they do on a PC, and TouchFLO 3D makes it easy to pan around and zoom in on exactly the information you're looking for. If you need a wide screen, simply tilt the Touch Pro sideways and the page switches to landscape view.
Slide out the 5-row QWERTY keyboard to make light work of typing-intensive tasks like composing email or working on Microsoft Office documents, perfect for when your day takes a serious turn.
High speed connectivity will keep you in touch with colleagues and contacts wherever you are. Integrated GPS can be used with maps software for a full turn-by-turn satellite navigation experience.
Built-in Wi-Fi and TV-out functionality mean you can hook up to the local wireless hot spot to surf, then deliver the perfect PowerPoint presentation without a laptop in sight.
A beautiful angle on business, the HTC Touch Pro introduces effortless presence to enterprise-standard communications.
|Product Description:||HTC Touch Pro - smartphone - GSM / UMTS|
|Product Type:||Smartphone - 3G|
|Service Provider:||Not specified|
|Form Factor:||Slider - touch screen, full keyboard|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||5.1 cm x 1.8 cm x 10.2 cm|
|Technology:||WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM|
|Band:||WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900|
|Integrated Components:||Digital camera, 2nd camera, FM radio, digital player, GPS receiver|
|Wireless Interface:||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Display:||LCD display - 2.8" - TFT|
|Input Device(s):||Touch sensitive screen, QWERTY keyboard|
|Operating System:||Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional|
|Playback Digital Standards:||WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, MIDI|
|Supported Memory Card:||microSD|
|Talk Time:||Up to 419 minutes|
|Standby Time:||Up to 462 hours|