Goodbye myTouch 3G and hello HTC Touch Pro2

Goodbye myTouch 3G and hello HTC Touch Pro2

Summary: Last week when I posted my first impressions of the T-Mobile Touch Pro2 I stated that I ended up buying the myTouch 3G when I went to visit the T-Mobile store instead of picking up the TP2 as I intended. Yesterday was my ninth day of owning the myTouch 3G, but I made the decision to visit T-Mobile and trade it back in for the Touch Pro2 for a couple of reasons. I actually called six stores throughout the Seattle/Tacoma area and only one had a single Touch Pro2 in stock as all the other stores were sold out. I am not sure how many were in each store, but even with the $350 price they seem to be selling well.

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Last week when I posted my first impressions of the T-Mobile Touch Pro2 I stated that I ended up buying the myTouch 3G when I went to visit the T-Mobile store instead of picking up the TP2 as I intended. Yesterday was my ninth day of owning the myTouch 3G, but I made the decision to visit T-Mobile and trade it back in for the Touch Pro2 for a couple of reasons. I actually called six stores throughout the Seattle/Tacoma area and only one had a single Touch Pro2 in stock as all the other stores were sold out. I am not sure how many were in each store, but even with the $350 price they seem to be selling well.

Speaking of the price, the store manager raised his eyebrows when I went to pay the $350 upgrade price for the device and told the store clerk to scan it again because that surely must be too high of a price. I thought it was funny that even T-Mobile employees though the Touch Pro2 price was a bit high. I then told him that just a couple of years ago I was paying $700 to $850 for SIM unlocked Pocket PC phones that connected via GPRS and eventually EDGE so $350 was actually quite a bargain considering the high specs it is loaded with.

I already own a T-Mobile G1 and after over a week with the myTouch 3G I found the device did not offer enough over the myTouch 3G since I already purchased a large 2600 mAh battery and my G1 was rooted so I could install apps to the microSD card. I also found that I just could not live with only an on-screen keyboard on a smaller display device like the myTouch 3G and have QWERTY in my blood. Thus, I decided to keep my G1 for Android testing and use my upgrade for a 3G Windows Mobile device. The best 3G device on T-Mobile is arguably the T-Mobile Touch Pro2 so I decided to upgrade to it.

In addition to the fantastic keyboard of the Touch Pro2, I find the web browsing experience to be top notch and will give you some slick tips & tricks in a follow-up article.

I also found the myTouch 3G to start lagging quite a bit when running lots of apps, that can be addressed by running something like Taskkiller. However, you really shouldn't have to always quit running apps to use a device and I just wish the processor was better for the job. I find Windows Mobile to be quite stable today and have not experienced any real problems with the Touch Pro2 and am pretty confident we will see a Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade later this Fall.

Needless to say, I think it is great to see T-Mobile having such a nice selection of 3G mobile phones for customers to choose from today and you really can't go wrong with either device.

Topics: Windows, Hardware, HTC, Mobile OS, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Wi-Fi

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  • I got my TP2 on release day

    I can understand why you got the mytouch, because everyone at tmobile hears "touch pro 2" and thinks, "oh you mean the mytouch?" ... that happened to me like 3 times.

    But I didn't want that big brother stuff... I was coming off of the unlocked At&t Tilt, this device is far greater.

    The interface is very good on this phone, I don't see any lag or broken stuff. There is only one complaint I have about the phone which is the ear piece speaker seems kinda muffled but I don't use that one very often anyway as I use the awesome speaker phone that comes with it. But for those occasions where you can't use the speaker phone I'm going to try installing this speaker volume hack that someone on xda put up to see if I can resolve that problem that way.

    I still find the need to install S2U2 on the device so it doesn't call anyone from my pocket, HTC should just start including something like that, like they now include the slide to answer.
    x21x
    • Calling from pocket

      I had a similar problem, but whenever I checked my call log, if I accidentally hit an entry it started to call that person. Seems like it happened to me at least a half a dozen times.
      I finally disabled Touch Flo 3D. In regular WinMo mode the screen seems less sensitive, and the call log doesn't get in the way.
      The only other issue I have is that I lock it, put it in my case. When I pull it out of the case it is unlocked. I can't figure out what is causing that. It doesn't happen every time. And that is in WinMo mode.
      LJ123
  • Smartphone platforms

    HTC & other vendors should simply build smartphone "platforms" that can be flashed with different OSes. Then, consumers can decide which OS they want to use on it. They could use the model name/number to differentiate them.
    e.g.
    HTC XX-A - Android
    HTC XX-W - WinMo
    linuser
    • Agreed

      Or put a basic bootloader to allow OS downloads via USB much like the Arduino boards do today.
      Mattster67
      • Doesn't work that way....

        Phones and Phone OS's are not like standard Windows installations where you can just swap OS's easily. A lot goes into making the OS work with specific hardware.

        And HTC does have interfaces that are cross platform, while not identical, each one has it's similarities. You have Touch FLO on Windows Mobile and Sense UI on Android. Both take advantage of their underlying operating system.
        trance2tec
    • You're right...

      I want to flash mine with something cool as well, as long as it has "open source" mentioned someplace on their website. Because open source is cool. I think we should do the same with car computers; and all of the consumer electronics that run some sort of OS (mp3 players etc.). Just deliver it to me formatted and ready for me to go exploring rpmfind.

      And once we get there, we will bury the dead someplace in the field outside of our towns and those who survived will be provided with the technical support outsourced to sheep. You know, like...."I have 'flashed' my refrigerator with CentOS, installed a few applications from SourceForge in addition and now instead of it cooling my food; it just says -- sorry Dave, I am afraid can't do that -- every time I open it." And sheep will answer: "Meeeee".

      Hunter S. Thompson said: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" - and right he was. I haven't ever seen so many pros out there before.
      Ou Jipi je
    • that would rock...

      great idea! I lvoe the look of the iPhone but hate all the things the device lacks, it would be great to flash it with windows. Good looking phone and awesome capabilities.
      Millystone
  • Choose your OS

    The first company that allows you to choose your OS will be the next IPhone equivalent hit.

    Cause that allows the user to choose the best options for them.
    Uralbas
  • It doesnt mean its not possible

    Only needs more work and predefined images.
    Uralbas
  • For consumers the OS just needs to work

    When I picked my smartphone, I spent about 3 months researching the different types of phones from most of the major manufacturers.
    For me it came down to the features I wanted at the price I could afford.

    If switching the OS adds costs in terms of support, design, and implementation, I lose as a consumer. The price per feature increases for me and all I get is a generic hardware phone.

    If switching the OS could somehow lower the overall cost, that would be an advantage to the consumer. You could cherry pick the software features and put them on the hardware you want.

    I just don't see it happening. The costs of maintaining large numbers of OS images will be passed on to consumers for marginal benefits.
    mr1972
  • RE: Goodbye myTouch 3G and hello HTC Touch Pro2

    Isn't this mobile phone clunky and ugly? What more can it do
    than an iPhone? The article is a description of a person's own
    preferences and buying experience and willingness to shell out
    $350.00 for something. What is this gizmo and what does it do?
    Gyula Bognar, Jr.
    • iPhone short commings...

      You can look at the spec but the TP2 has expandable memory allowing you access to a much greater storage capacity then the iPhone, not to mention photo editing moments after taking a sony cam picture with out a lap top. You can also swap your battteries out, although the phone last 20% longer then iPhone you have the option to go even further before stoppping for a recharge. then there is the phone as modem ability. Although iPhone said they would enable it, they have yet to. I cant imagine traveling and not being able to access my office on my laptop. Yikes, my eyes would hurt.

      Hope this helps.
      Millystone
  • Double the price of Iphone. with no memory

    i think HTC and T-mobile they think so highly of that phone to market that so expensive. I think is going to crash and not sell after first few week you should see 50% off
    daveazadi
    • Some need more expandable memory then iPhone can offer...

      Actually you are paying for infinite memory seeing as the TP2 has SD expansion slot. You could grab 10 of the 16GB buggers for a total 160GB memory or movies music and more. Cant do that with the iPhone. I think people with iPhones have a hard time understanding the cost of these devices because they are limited to the Iphone with its no memory expansion, no phone as modem to Laptop and no ability to change out batteries when you need it.

      Some people need these advanced features that iPhone lacks. I cant imagine traveling to DC from NYC on the Amtrak with out getting work on my laptop done remotely from the office.
      Millystone
  • RE: Goodbye myTouch 3G and hello HTC Touch Pro2

    The HTC Touch Diamond is a good one too. http://www.computersncs.com/rd_p?p=191273&t=9544&a=28356-
    zdnet&gift=28356
    lovemagic
  • RE: Goodbye myTouch 3G and hello HTC Touch Pro2

    What is it with people thinking that they can
    run unlimited apps at the same time
    and their "mobile" device will keep chugging
    along with no
    issues? Hell, even the most powerful pc starts
    to choke
    after about 30. I refuse to believe that anyone
    could be
    running more than 3 or 4 apps on a "mobile"
    device that
    they really "need" and don't just have open for
    the hell
    of it.
    cj100570@...
    • Widgets are essentially apps

      Widgets are essentially "apps" and, if you look at a smartphone like the HTC Hero, I believe there are 7 home screens that can be populated with widgets.

      That could be considered running a lot of apps, even if you don't have any apps, in the traditional sense, open.
      linuser
    • Yeah

      I agree. It's all ready getting to be too much that people can't be happy with anything for long.
      mlbslugger