Review: HTC Touch Pro2
There's no beating around the bush. The Touch Pro 2 (TP2) from HTC is absolutely ginormous. It's literally the size of two iPhones stacked on top of one another — big. Big. BIG. What's worse, it weighs a ton (OK, really only 6.61 oz, but still...). This is not a fashionable phone that's going to slip easily into tight pockets. No. This is the type of phone you expect to see sitting on a table next to a businessman at the airport, not out at the club on a Saturday night. The TP2 conforms to the business-y mold. That means it is professional looking, clean cut, and dressed up for work.
It feels like a brick in your hand. The weight and size are obvious when you hold it. When closed, it is difficult to wrap your hand all the way around it.
AD article continues below...
The front of the phone has just four buttons, and they are crammed way down at the very bottom edge. They are the send/end keys, home key and back key. I understand that HTC had to stick them there so the zoom tool (more on that later) could fit below the screen, but these buttons feel squished just the same. On top of that, they are a bit mushy, with minimal travel and feedback. I expect better from HTC.
On the left side of the phone you'll find the volume toggle closer to the top. It is easy enough to find and has good travel and feedback. Below it is a hatch covering the microSD slot. If you have no fingernails, you won't be able to get this hatch open. It takes a bit of work. The miniUSB port is on the bottom, as is access to the stylus, which is tucked away in the corner. (The Sprint version has a 3.5mm headset jack on the bottom, the T-Mobile version does not.) On the right side of the phone you'll see only a small hole for resetting the device. On the back is the camera. Below the camera is a stroke of genius — a mute key. HTC knows that users of this device are likely to use it for conference calls. The mute button will mute the TP2's microphone when the speakerphone is on so you can avoid any gaffes when conducting business. Very nice.
The slider mechanism that moves the screen to reveal the full QWERTY keyboard feels as though it could withstand the force of a tank. It's tough and solid, but that doesn't mean it is difficult to open. Similar to the Tilt from several years ago, the TP2's screen tilts up to about a 45 degree angle. This makes viewing the screen easier when using the keyboard. The hinge that tilts the screen up also feels solid and strong. The TP2 feels well balanced when open. I didn't experience any fatigue in my hands when holding or typing on the device for extended periods.
The TP2's keyboard is generously large. It has five full rows, with lots of nice little touches. For example, there are keyboard shortcuts to create text messages, to access email, to launch the browser and to launch the phone's communications manager. I've always appreciated that HTC puts a little indicator light on its keyboard to let you know when you've hit the CAP or ALT key. The keys themselves have a soft-touch paint feel to them. Each key stands out from the surface of the keyboard itself just enough so that you can tell them apart as you move your fingers across the keyboard. They all have the right amount of travel and feedback. My only real complaint about the keyboard is that I wish the space key were larger.
In all, everything about the TP2 implies that it is to be used for productivity purposes. Type this. File that. Email them.
Review: HTC Bolt for Sprint
HTC's Bolt for Sprint is a larger, more grown-up version of the HTC 10. It pairs HTC's high-quality hardware with Android 7 Nougat and Sense UI for a flexible, powerful combo.
Review: HTC 10
The HTC 10 is here to wage battle against flagships from Apple, LG, and Samsung. This Android smartphone is perhaps more evolutionary than revolutionary, but that shouldn't take away from its attractive design, powerful multimedia features, and excellent performance.
Hands On with the HTC U Ultra and U Play
The HTC U Ultra and U Play are the company's new high-end phones, replacing the iconic HTC 10 and One series. They sport flowing 3D curved glass on the back, and high-end specs.
Review: HTC U11 Life for T-Mobile
HTC's U11 Life is a mid-range handset disguised as a flagship smartphone. This affordable Android device steals its good looks and many of its features from HTC's more expensive U11.
Review: HTC U Ultra
HTC's flagship handset for the year is the U Ultra, a stunning slab of metal and glass. This powerful Android smartphone combines an attractive design with a solid spec sheet.
HTC Touch Pro2 (GSM) / Tilt 2
3.6" display 480 x 800 pixels
1,500 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, Hardware Text Keyboard