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Before there was finger touch smart phones, the popular way of doing things with a phone was the stylus and that is something that this phone keeps true to and to be honest that is not a bad thing.
In it's grey design it offers a nice clear screen and 4 buttons at the bottom. Everything else apart from volume is controlled by using the stylus. The phone runs Windows Mobile 6.5 which is quick to setup and runs very well. I can honestly say that in all the years I have had this phone, crashes have been few and far between. The phone integrates what is called touch flow which is a scrolling set of menu items which you 'flow' through to find the icon you are after. this can however be turned off and you can go back to the more traditional layout of Windows Mobile.
Battery life is strong in these phones, I can make a full charge last about 2 days. Phone call quality is also good.
The phone has a built in browser and Facebook as well so you are able to update your statues on the move, it also has a fully featured mp3 player as well.
If you are after a cheap smartphone which uses a styles that I can't recommend this mobile enough.
My main reason for getting this phone was to replace my old PDA which died when it didn't bounce off the floor of a Landrover! My main requirement was to have a windows based operating system, and intergrated GPS so that I could use it as a SatNav and for mapping work.
The phone comes in a small cardboard box, with very little plastic in the packaging. In the box was the phone, battery, charger (USB cable with a mains USB adapter plug) and headphones. The USB cable for charging is great, there are plenty of car cigarette lighter USB adapters, USB solar chargers, and then your computer for charging and only no data cable to loose either. The USB socket on the phone end is not a normal mini-USB though. Wouldn't it be great if all phones used a mini-USB socket for data and charging?
After an initial charge you can switch the phone on and start playing. The plastic back of the phone is slightly dissapointing, and a machined aluminium or stainless steel one would be far nicer.
The screen is 2.8 inch with QVGA resolution which is nice and clear even in bright sunlight. While this is lower resolution and a smaller screen than a lot of smart phones it does make for a nice compact phone of only 104 X 55 X 12.9 mm (4.1 X 2.16 X 0.51 inches)
There is the usual complement of 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, WiFi, microSD slot, and a 3.2MP camera. The camera produces pleasing photos with plenty of detail. There is no flash but phone flashes are usually rubbish anyway!
The main screen is the home screen, displaying a nice graphic of the time, and even the weather if you want, with the date and alarm info below too. Below this you can slide through the pictoral menu of contacts, texts, e-mails, internet, photos and videos, music, weather, map search, settings and finally programs.
Most of these are fairly self explanitory, but the programs section is quite neat. You have icons for your favourite programs which you can click on to open, having selected them out of the list of all your programs first, fairly similar to apples interface I think. As is standard on Windows phones there's word, excel, powerpoint, calculator, windows media, FM Radio. There is also the Opera web browser, a Facebook app and Quick GPS. These are all great, and the Quick GPS downloads weekly satellite data to speed up getting a GPS fix which is very useful for me.
There are plenty of other apps that you can download from Windows Marketplace, and also from pocket PC freeware sites if there is anything specific you want.
Making calls is easy enough, selecting from your 'people' icons, or from the full contact list. Sound quality is good, although it is easy to press things on the screen while making a call. You can't easily hang up by accident though as this is a press and slide opperation!
The touch screen is easy to use and responsive, and below the screen is a zoom bar which is handy when looking at web pages. The keypad for typing can be set to a full qwerty keyboard, a compact qwerty and a phone style keypad. The latter is probably the easiest to use as it is familiar and the keys on the full qwerty are quite small.
The only downside I have found has been the predictive text. Annoyingly it doesn't have some fairly normal words in the dictionary, and will suggest a jumble of letters instead. Also, if you enter your own word to the dictionary you then have to type it again into the message.
Apart from this one small niggle this phone is great and I really like it!
The HTC Touch 2 is a phone that is beautiful in its display and easily accessible. It has been described as a pc within a phone and with features such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Access it is easy to see why.
The internet is easy to access and you can browse anything that you want to and two games are also included being bubble breaker and everyone's favourite 'solitaire.'
The camera can also take detailed pictures that are high in pixels but there is no flash which is a major disappointment.
Everything is simple to use but it is not the phone for you if you want to go about things quickly. It is very difficult to send the quick text message due to the touch phone characteristics.
Overall I have found that the HTC Touch 2 is a fantastic professional looking phone with superb features but there are some drawbacks that may not make this phone suitable to some.