HTC Touch Pro 2 in the Test

While it is currently rather quiet to other mobile phone maker, HTC now really turns on. With the T-Mobile G1, magic and hero Android models, the manufacturer to the backbone in the development of Google phones itself. A very inexpensive model should still complete this year the offer reportedly.

  1. HTC Touch Pro 2 in the test
  2. Touch screen and keyboard
  3. Own user interface
  4. Communications and facilities
  5. Mixed readings
  6. Data sheet
  7. Rating

But also in the business with Windows Mobile Smartphones, HTC is a big player, as shown by the introduction of the S740, touch 3 G, the Touch HD, Touch Diamond 2 and last but not least the touch Pro 2 within less than a year.

But the Pro 2, which is offered in Germany for 649 euros, has a lot in common with the nearly 200 Euro cheaper touch diamond 2.

But even if largely same technique works inside – outside the touch Pro 2 is a very own caliber. With 184 grams and 116 x 59 x 17 mm, he is the most handsome hunk in connect Smartphone-leaderboard.

All muscles and no fat? We take a look.

At least, as far as possible entries, has not spilled HTC. This shows the average 3.6 inch touchscreen display with the also disproportionately large resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. So come on the display of the fine drawing almost on a daily newspaper to print quality.

But while the font size always good in the eyes of readers is adapted to the printed product, a particularly high-resolution electronic screen can represent ever smaller fonts than does the human eye well.

HTC has precautions against this, because for the Pro 2 does equal the mobile Internet Explorer such as Spiegel Online the mobile version of the site optimized for small screens.

Finger-friendly interface

HTC has made better in other ways. Although the manufacturers such as Toshiba offers a unique finger-friendly interface. But the makers from Taiwan not only enclose the PIN to the device, they pay for a place in the Cabinet where he can find a when not in use as opposed to the Japanese. Finally enough space claimed the housing.

A good part of the extra volume to establishing compared to other smartphones comes at the cost of the pull-out QWERTY keyboard. If she moved to the left side, the display switches automatically in landscape mode.

The keys claim nearly the entire length of the body, creating enough space for the necessary accuracy, but also for all major characters. Keystrokes are perceptible click also confirmed, as usual resistive touchscreen responded well to touch.

To make it perfect the luxury of operating, the display can be even more lift, both the sliding and folding mechanism made a basic solid impression. All very well so the mechanics?

Unfortunately not quite: Towards the end of the test the battery cover dissipated with the touch Pro 2 we use increasingly easier by the device, which clouded the positive impression of something.

In addition to the hardware, of course also the user interface plays a role in the operation, and HTC is going of ur touch its own way since 2007 with the so-called TouchFlo. The surface has now evolved to TouchFlo 3D.

The start menu is default black color, wide beam and a bar at the bottom of the screen. Up on the rarely necessary icons at the top on the display everything one sees, can be in TouchFlo 3D also with fat fingers operated.

And who more closely analyzes its needs, will determine that the most commonly required information from this level are accessible. About the bar cause the weather button that reveals the business traveller, whether it is advisable for the three-day trip to Stuttgart or in one of the many other pre selected cities, to take an umbrella.

Improvement in email application

Similar to simply designed access to the mailbox and many other applications. These are commonly used HTC has realized improvements with TouchFlo 3D on the underlying layers. In the address book, which provides contacts with images in a vertical carousel.

Also, that to every contact depending on the deposited data still the appropriate finger suitable for action icons to choose from are – for example, for a phone call, an E-Mail or a SMS is convenient.

It comes in some tasks but at a point where the stylus or keyboard is necessary, is certainly bearable for the much writing, professional step in the business segment targeted by HTC.

HTC first with the diamond 2 and now also with the touch Pro 2 in the communicative abilities of Windows Mobile has mounted next to the operation. So all calls and messages that have been made to or from a person, can be moved over the newly created personal communication history at a glance into the spotlight.

In addition to this also at the private level of useful features the great touch has noticed more professional skills, bundles the HTC under the programmatically-sounding name of “Straight-Talk”.

As soon as you get the touch Pro 2 during a phone call with the display side down on the table, the integrated full-duplex speakerphone is activated automatically – so you can just continue and has free both hands to the keyboard.

Keeping the phone back to the ear, you can make calls as usual. HTC of course uses an accelerometer to automatic switching. Also a microphone mute function of the unit lying on the display, the loudspeaker can be switched off and the effective suppression of disturbing ambient noise (noise cancelling) draw out the “straight talk” technology. The Pro 2 offers for not always quite easily manage your conference calls via telephone interface or email many useful functions.

With full equipment package

HTC meets the professional requirements in the facilities. So, the touch Pro 2 offers virtually everything on connectivity, everything the demanding user: with up to 7.2 Mbit / s for data download and the speedy upload thanks to EDGE and HSDPA HSUPA is almost always in a position to use the fastest available cellular connection in Europe.

This includes the short-range radio Bluetooth, Wi-Fi join (b/g) and a GPS receiver. HTC has a little saved on the camera with 3.2 mega pixels for most business customers are likely to be more than enough. Too bad for music fans is that the sound not fully convincing headset only via the mini-USB-socket to connect.

With MS Office and “Push Internet”

Thanks to the Windows Mobile platform, the HTC dominated of course dealing with Office documents. The browser comes with the HTC feature “Push Internet”: this news of favored Internet pages in the background on the PDA-phone be charged to shorten waiting times.

A Qualcomm MSM7200A processor ensures the necessary computing power. Without short breaks when demanding applications that can’t handle but also CPU clocked at 528 MHz. The memory available for the users is 346 megabytes, 288 MB RAM, 512 MB of ROM are installed in the device.

To extend the Pro 2 features a MicroSD card slot, which is accessible without changing the battery; only the back cover must be removed for this.

The results from our laboratory classified the touch Pro 2 in the midfield of the Smartphone League. So, particularly the large display on the battery itself powerful tugs endurance measurements.

Because in contrast to the supplied eight and nine hours between good excellent GSM talk times, measured without backlight, typical stamina which takes into account also the operation with the display, decreases part.

Through professional

The radio properties, many other smartphones in poor supply show significantly better prepared than the HTC Touch Pro 2 – this applies in the GSM bands, as well as with regard to UMTS. There was nothing on the voice quality in transmit and receive direction. The great HTC of a clear debate here among business partners not get in the way.

The largest model fully meets the Pro in the name of HTC. For private users, who make little use of the keyboard and abundant facilities, hardly a so big Smartphone will want to lug. Spared the professional but, using the available skills, with the HTC Touch Pro 2 of some Compromise of the application.

Data sheet

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system
Processor / clock speed (MHz)
internal memory (MB)
Memory card slot
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch
Battery type / variable
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE
HSDPA / HSUPA
Wi-Fi standard
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP
… SIM access, phone book / HID
USB type / storage / charging
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch)
Resolution (PX)
Number of colors
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert
Handsfree / mute
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML
SMS / MMS
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact)
Image / notes field / date of birth
Appointment management
Day / week / month view
weekly / annual events
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit
Consider Excel / edit
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting
Flash / https / home / Favorites
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC
Video player / full screen display
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel)
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS
Navi-software / onboard / offboard
Navi / route planner
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm
Weight (grams)
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours)
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours)
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours)
type. Endurance (hours)
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer)

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100)
Endurance talk (35)
Persistence display mode (65)
FACILITIES (170)
System (15)
Scope of delivery (10)
Display (40)
Connectivity (15)
Phone features (10)
Messaging (15)
PIM (15)
Office (5)
Web browser (15)
Camera (15)
Music and video (10)
Navigation (5)
HANDLING (140)
Ease of handling
User interface
Processing quality
MEASUREMENTS (90)
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)
Acoustic measurements send (15)
Acoustic measurements receiving (15)
tested in issue: 09/09
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points