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I saw the Touch Pro2 at CTIA earlier this year and fell in love with the keyboard. The hardware design is quite robust and extremely well built, but the device is quite large and runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. HTC has done a lot to improve the user experience, but more still needs to be done with the platform to make users jump. Business professionals may like using the Touch Pro2 and if Exchange is important to you then you may want to think about it.
The Touch Pro2 is packaged in a typical T-Mobile box with many of the common features and specifications listed.
The left side/top flap contains a pocket for manuals, screen protector, and CD.
Here you can see the CD and User Guide for the HTC Touch Pro2.
T-Mobile includes a decent screen protector and for a device that still uses a stylus I recommend you use it. You can buy better 3rd party ones, but it is nice to have something to get you started.
You will find a stereo headset, audio adapter, USB cable and charger adapter, and a carrying case under the Touch Pro2 in the main box compartment.
The case has a nice leather feel to it with a magnetic flap and works well at offering some basic protection while you pop the Touch Pro2 into your gear bag.
The HTC Touch Pro2 rests in a bed of durable foam above the accessories on the right side of the box.
You will find send and end keys, a back button and a home button on the bottom of the front of the Touch Pro2.
HTC is uses a touch sensitive area as a zoom bar on the Touch Pro2. I have found it to be a bit touch to use accurately on a regular basis and keep sliding multiple times to get something to happen.
The back is different than the unlocked Touch Pro2 I checked out before with a more attractive speaker grill and nice mocha/brown color. There is a mute button in the center under the camera lens.
There are two volume buttons on the upper left side with an access door to the microSD card.
An ExtUSB port is found on the bottom and is used for syncing, charging, and a wired headset. The version for CDMA carriers looks to have a 3.5mm headset jack and it is too bad that was not implemented here.
A plastic and metal stylus, colored to match the mocha device, is found on the bottom right side.
The only thing on the top is the power button.
There is an easily accessible soft reset button located on the upper right side of the Touch Pro2.
Here you can see the back of the display when it is slid up into text entry mode.
The keyboard has lots of spacing, an excellent look and feel, well laid out keys, and is one of the best for a larger QWERTY I have seen on a phone. I would like to have seen a couple more shortcuts though and it is a bit wide.
Here you can see how the Q, A, and Z are aligned pretty much like your full size standard QWERTY keyboard, which is a bit unique.
T-Mobile and HTC have a full number row on top on their device while the photos of the rumored AT&T model have the numbers in a phone keypad arrangement.
There are directional arrows on the right side to help with keyboard navigation. There is no right shift key either.
The right shift key is a bit out of place for my usage and I would have preferred to see it swapped with the ALT key.
Here are the directional arrows and a closer view of the right side.
The numbers are available via a straight press, but the punctuation requires the ALT key first.
The display tilts up from 0 to about 40 degrees and the hinge is stiff enough to let you rest it at any angle.
Here you can see how much larger the Touch Pro2 is and how the keyboards compare.
I think the Touch Pro keyboard may have hit the sweet spot for functionality and size and am not completely sold on the larger Touch Pro2 yet.
The Touch Pro2 is wider/longer than the Touch Pro by quite a bit.
The older brother is definitely smaller than the Touch Pro2.
The Touch Pro2 is wider and longer with the thickness remaining about the same.