HTC Touch Pro2 Hits T-Mobile for $349 — Hands-on First Thoughts

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Late last month, T-Mobile announced that the highly anticipated HTC Touch Pro2 would be available on August 12th, and today is the day. The key information missing in July was the price, but that’s out in the open now. You can nab an HTC Touch Pro2 for $349.99 after all rebates and with a qualifying data and voice plan, as well as a 2-year commitment.

Just as T-Mobile was prepping for today’s release, they sent me a loaner unit for review. It’s been quite a while since I’ve used a Windows Mobile (s msft) phone on a full-time basis, so I’m not rushing with a review. I’ll share that in detail within the next few days, but here are my first impressions:

  • The 800 x 480 screen on this device is gorgeous.
  • The overall size and weight remind me of my old XV6700. It’s pretty hefty, but solid and well built.
  • HTC’s TouchFLO 3D alleviates the need to use the stylus most of the time. Navigation by finger is simple on the resistive touchscreen.
  • Aside from one minor issue, the keyboard is the best I’ve used on a Windows Mobile device. Fully tilted, the screen interferes slightly with the top row of keys.
  • The camera is adequate, but hasn’t impressed me just yet.
  • GPS signals are picked up very fast, even indoors.
  • I’m wishing it had a 3.5mm headphone jack in lieu of the standard HTC adapter.
  • From an overall hardware standpoint, the beefy specs make this a pretty powerful handset.

Overall, I’m finding the Touch Pro2 to be a very nice piece of hardware. Windows Mobile 6.1 isn’t that much different from what I ran on my T-Mobile Dash over two years ago, which is a little disappointing. However, this handset will qualify for a Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade in the future. More to follow as I complete a full week of using the HTC Touch Pro2 on T-Mobile’s network soon.