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Review: HTC Touch Pro2

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Screen

The TP2's screen is absolutely gorgeous. It measures 3.6 inches and packs in 480 x 800 pixels -- and boy can you tell. Everything looks fantastic on the display. Pictures, web sites and emails are crystal clear and even the smallest fonts are easy to read. Visibility in the sun was a bit more difficult than I would have liked but it wasn't worse off than most phones in that respect. It was also prone to becoming smudged, but that's simply the new reality of touch phones.

Signal

In our tests, we were able to compare the T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro 2 side-by-side with the one being distributed by Sprint.

T-Mobile: The T-Mobile variant didn't do so well in gathering signal. Compared to other T-Mobile phones, it definitely registered fewer bars. I didn't miss any calls, though there were a few times when voicemails didn't show up for a while. Connecting to T-Mobile's 3G data network never presented any challenges. It always managed to connect, though there were a few times when it stalled a bit before connecting. It's good to see another smartphone on T-Mobile's network pick up 3G. Nonoe of T-Mo's BlackBerries have 3G yet, for example.

Sprint: The Sprint variant of the TP2 performed better on the signal strength tests. It was consistently finding Sprint's 3G network. I didn't miss any calls or messages. Connecting to the Internet was a breeze. Voicemails arrived immediately. Sprint's version can roam internationally on quad-band GSM/EDGE and 2100 WCDMA networks, as well.

Sound

Ringers for the TP2 were reasonably loud, but not ear-drum-shattering. You're probably not going to miss a call if the phone is somewhere on the same floor as you are (such as in an apartment), but if it is downstairs and you are upstairs, I wouldn't be surprised if you don't hear it. The earpiece was better. I was able to hear callers just fine even in somewhat noisy spaces, such as a mall or a coffee shop. Quality of phone calls was good. I heard few pops, hissing or other weird noises on either phone (Sprint and T-Mobile). The speakerphone was impressive. It was very loud and clear. I often use speakerphone for business calls, and the Touch Pro 2 did a great job.

Battery

With such a huge screen and so many radios connecting to so many different wireless services, I was not at all surprised that the TP2 only managed to get through about 1.5 days on a single charge. If you need to go out of town, take the charger. Or a spare battery.

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