Pros Beautiful design, Great feel in the hand, Easy to type on, Expandable storage, Screen clarity is unsurpassed, Generous included applications & accessories
Cons Speakerphone could be louder for voice calls.
Summary I got the Touch Pro on it's very first day of release from Best Buy and what a phone is has turned out to be. I previously had the Touch Diamond by Sprint and was not too impressed with the battery life and speakerphone as well as the non-expandable memory.
The Touch Pro is sleek and a real eye-catcher. The chrome accents around the phone really look great and soft touch back is a great improvement in my opinion over the GSM version.
Performance of the phone is great. It is very fast and easy to navigate thanks to the TouchFlo design which gives you easy access to messaging, contacts, internet etc. Sprint included their TV application which works well as well as Sprint Music Store. Aside from Internet Explorer, the Touch Pro comes with Opera Mobile which is a great internet browser.
The Screen is amazing and all images are crisp and clear with high detail. It's like looking at HD only on a cell phone. The touch screen is very responsive and accurate and the Pro also includes a Accelerometer calibration program for tilting the phone. The stylus is also handy when you need to jot down some notes.
The keyboard has a great feel and is extremely easy to type on even for someone with big fingers such as myself. The slide mechanism is smooth and works like a charm.
Battery life is also better compared to the Diamond I had. I got 6 hours from a full charge with very heavy usage when programming the phone, downloading apps, making phone calls, GPS navigating, and using the web and watching tv. On standby the phone seems to maintain a healthy charge. I have found that turning of data connection when not using the internet is a great bettery saver (it autmatically turns back on when Opera or IE is opened)
Making phone calls is very user friendly. You can simply "speak" the number and it will dial it for you, or you can speak someones name and it will recognize it and dial. Call clarity is great in the earpiece but could be better with the speakerphone, however on such a high tech device I wasn't expecting a bullhorn. Overall, the speakerphone is adeqaute but does sometimes sound a bit tinny. Callers on the other end said I sounded clear using both speakerphone and earpiece. While the speakerphone for calls may be a bit lacking, the speaker for anything else on the phone is LOUD!
Internet & Messaging is also nifty to use. TouchFlo integrates Text Messaging, E-mail and Picture Mail right into the menu and creating messages is a snap. Internet speed in my area with Sprint is very fast and the phone can download programs and webpages in seconds.
Sprint TV is also a great application, however I also own a Slingbox and opted to pay the one-time fee on $29.99 to watch my home TV with all premium channels in real-time. Sprint's TV App is good in my opinion, but most channels are mobile versions of regular broadcasting stations and not what you would see live if you tuned in on your home TV. Both applications considered, they both work great and have a lot to offer.
The camera takes very clear pictures on the lowest zoom setting and the flash is actually quite bright. I wasn't expecting much from an LED light, but I was surprised that the phone could take a decent picture in total darkness from a few feet away. In bright light, the images are crisp and clear but zooming in too far seems to affect the focus capability a bit (due to holding the phone steady....remember the days before Steadyshot here people!)
Video playback is also top notch with the Pro. I converted a few DVD's and was able to watch them in windows media player. Playback was stunning and audio was crystal clear. I believe I used H.264 format when I converted the DVD's.
GPS navigation is very snappy and accurate. I also downloaded Google Maps which works well with the Pro's GPS. Sprint Navigation was a little more user friendly and the voice guided prompts were better for keeping your eyes on the road. The Sprint app also offers 3d view which is nice.
*The only gripe I had with the phone was when the weater module was giving me an error that it could not connect. I did a quick internet search and found a third party fix and now it works like a charm.
While the Diamond and the Pro are both very similar, the Pro wins hands down in my book for its keyboard, expandable memory and sleeker design. I would recommend the phone to anyone!
Pros Sexiness of Iphone and Windows Mobile combined
Excellent screen clarity
Weather app is amazing
TouchFLO 3D is amazing
World Card Mobile
5 row Keyboard
RAM and ROM
Every Feature you need in a device
Cons -Battery Life could be better
-Sprint should have kept the original HTC black battery cover
Summary I have been using PDAs since 2000 and this has to be the best product thus far, I have graduated from the HTC Mogul, Treo 700p,650,600,300, Kyocera 6035, Visor Platinum, and Handspring Visor. The HTC Touch Pro improved on the shortcomings of the HTC Mogul which were few. The VGA screen is flawless and I love the addition of TouchFlo 3D, I was able to transfer the majority of my Windows Mobile applications that I use on the Mogul. There is a transfer conflict on a few third party applications that were only made for QVGA screens, but not for my major applications. PPCGeeks can help you out on where to find the best third party apps that are TouchPro specific. I am able to use all of my 2000+ contacts, set up my calendar, use Notes and MS Office, get business email, msn email, and custom domain email; use as a modem for my laptop, watch youtube, play music while I workout with BT headphones, take 3.2 megapixel pictures and videos with a flash, use 3D Free GPS with Sprint Navigation, Read my bible in 4 different versions (laridian.com), watch TV, go to all my favorite websites in a great view with Opera 9.5, WiFi is great but I don't use it, and I save everything on my 8GB micorSDHC card that I used on the Mogul. If you are upgrading from an older Windows Mobile Pocket PC device all you have to do is save your information with SPB backup 2.0 on a microSD card and then restore your information on the TouchPro. With the application, WORLD CARD MOBILE you can take the picture of a business card and save it into your contacts, Amazing!!! If you are really looking for a powerful PDA that does it all, no need to look anywhere else, I have played with all the other toys that are out there and I know their specs and limitations, The HTC TouchPro has none.
Pros Touch Flo 3D is beautiful. Built in micro SD with capacity up to 32GB(when available). Hard keyboard is a plus to me, might be a minus to others. VGA resolution, the screen is gorgeous.
Cons Battery life, while not terrible, could be better.
Summary While some consider the Iphone and Blackberry smart devices, I just consider them phones. Really, what can they do over the Instinct or the slew of other phones on the market now?
With Touch Pro you can literally administer your network while having lunch miles away. Connect via VPN and then your just a remote desktop launch away from your server and whatever you need to do.
With Word and Excel built in, you can download your attachments, edit them and then send them back all without have to go to a desktop. While other phones can open documents, anything but the most basic of documents gets messed up with 3rd party viewers and editors.
Multimedia has always been pretty good on Windows Mobile devices and its no exception on the Touch Pro. While it could be made more "pretty", it works just fine.
The CPU, memory, and storage on this phone is amazing. A 528 MHz processor, 288 MB of RAM and the ability for basically endless storage was the real selling factor for me. I have yet to tax the memory on this device, something that was done with ease on past WinMo devices. As of now, I have a 16GB microSD card that I don't see filling up anytime soon. If that does happen, the cards are easy to switch out.
The inclusion of Opera 9.5 was a must have in my opinion. Its absolutely flawless in my time using it so far. With the VGA screen, I can actually view whole webpages and using the scroll wheel easily zoom to whatever I want to view. You will not be disappointed.
Last but not least is the Touch Flo 3D. Amazing. I've had this phone for a few weeks now and I'm amazed at how crisp it is to the touch. You barely realize that its a WinMo phone. The scroll wheel is very nice. To enlarge or minimize text or pictures, you just run your finger around the center circle. My only complaint with that is I wish it worked with every application on the device.
In all, if your just looking for a phone to play multimedia files and keep your calendar, this might not be the phone for you. If you want a phone that is immensely customizable and has more power then some small laptops....this is your phone.
Pros The SPRINT VERSION has an improved touch flo experience, a nice alloy finish, rounded edges and a sleek back panel. It is the most powerful HTC unit to date (along with the sprint version of the diamond) with 528mhz processor and 288mb of RAM.
Cons Thickness (only .7" tho), but that is to be expected with the option to use a physical keyboard, which by the way, has 5 ROWS OF KEYS!! Its now like using a computer keyboard... texting, here i come!
Summary With the improved touch flo experience over the previous gsm version and windows mobile functionality, this phone will turn heads. The improved speed and memory over the original touch makes this your best option for 2008-2009. The use of a physical keyboard separates this phone from the diamond, so if you love the diamond and need a hard-keyboard, then this phone is for you. I GAVE THIS PHONE 5 STARS TO OFFSET 'SAMSSINGH'S UNWARRANTED REVIEW. IF IT WEREN'T FOR THAT I'D STILL GIVE THIS PHONE A SOLID 4.5 STARS. No smart phone in the near future should get five, so this is as good as it gets. Thanks for reading.
Pros The look of the phone. The slide out 5 row keyboard. The selection of ring tones. How the applications look.
Cons There is some lag so you have to be patient.
Summary I have had my phone for about 2 weeks now. I previously owned a Palm Centro. I like this phone much much better. I feel as though I definitely upgraded when I chose this phone. It is absolutely beautiful. The people complaining about it I really don't get where they are coming from. I can only assume they are the competition and trying to discourage people from buying the phone. Yes, sometimes the phone is slow in loading but I really dig this phone. When you look at the weather and its a rainy day it puts 3D raindrops on the screen which are then quickly wiped away by a windshield wiper. Those are the types of things I really appreciate. When you get a text message it appears on a black background which I really like as well. Aesthetically the phone is gorgeous. I don't think its "too thick" at all. I has a full slide out keyboard so why would you expect it to be razor thin??I have had this phone for about 8 months now and unfortunately I am not as impressed as I was initially. This phone is very sluggish. It frequently locks up to a point where I have to point where I have to take the battery out to reset it. It only holds a charge for about 6 hours and this is with only a few text message being sent or received! I then try to buy a new battery and this phone doesn't have way to just buy the dang battery so they had to send me an entirely new phone. The replacement phone doesn't work quite the same way the other phone does. When I text with the slide out keyboard the power button is now so sensitive that if I slightly touch it I turn the phone off in the middle of texting! I am so over Sprint. I have been with them since 2001 but I really think it is time to move on. I'm really disappointed with Sprint and their line up of phones.
I have figured out how everything works and it is different than my Palm but no real issue for me. The GPS is pretty awesome too. If you are looking for a sophisticated, beautiful piece of technology I definitely recommend the HTC Touch Pro.
Updated on Jun 18, 2009