Hands-on in the wild: T-Mobile Touch Pro 2

 

The T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 has been on the shelves for a few days now and while I'm not sure of how the supply chains are in other cities, in the Birmingham, Ala., area T-Mobile stores inventory of the new phone is somewhat limited. It took three stores to find the Touch Pro 2 on display.

We hope to get our hands on a Touch Pro 2 soon and offer a more thorough review on this Windows Mobile phone. For now, follow the break to read our first impressions of the Touch Pro 2.

The T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 has a plastic feel to it and not as solid of a feel as the AT&T Fuze/Touch Pro. It doesn't feel cheap, but it is noticeably lighter than the Touch Pro/Fuze and lacks the "heft" the original has. Technically, the Fuze is lighter (5.8 ounces) than the Touch Pro 2 (6.61 ounces) and I can only guess that the larger, wider footprint of the Touch Pro 2 disperses the weight better.

The Touch Pro 2 is also noticeably larger than the Fuze/Touch Pro. The Fuze comes in at 4" (H)x 2" (W) x .7" (T) compared to the Touch Pro 2 that measures 4.59" x 2.36" x .68".  Regardless of the size differences, the Touch Pro 2 felt good in the hand.

I was able to stretch the security cables enough to compare the Touch Pro 2 to the T-Mobile Dash and they are very comparable in size. The Touch Pro 2 is slightly narrower and obviously thicker than the Dash.

The sliding keyboard moves smoothly and screen rotation is a bit more responsive than it is on the Fuze. The tilt feature is also smooth but for now, I have to question the usefulness of this feature. The 3.6" screen is an improvement over the smaller screen of the Fuze/Touch Pro.

The keyboard is spaced out better than the Fuze/Touch Pro and the keys were very responsive. Button layout is nice but it felt odd not having a directional pad. However, choosing between a d-pad or larger screen the screen wins out.

All in all the I was impressed with the Touch Pro 2. TouchFLO 3D has also seen improvements over the original version that was released on the Touch Pro and Touch Diamond. While the Touch Pro 2 has a similar 528mhz processor, it felt more responsive, with a bit more zip to it, than the Fuze.

AT&T is my service carrier and after handling the Touch Pro 2 (a.k.a. Tilt 2), it only re-affirms my position that it can't get to AT&T quick enough.

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10 Comments
  • i hope when you guys do the review that you load some 3rd party apps (like slingbox or siriuswm5) on it to see if it still as fast as it was without newer apps installed.
  • How dose the slider feel is it solid like the Kaiser? I cant wait till Sprints version comes out I want me one of these!
  • I see you the "The tilt feature is also smooth but for now, I have to question the usefulness of this feature" and all I can say is that you really haven't used a phone with a tilt screen. I've used both, none tilt and tilt screens I have to say the I would choose a tilt screen any day. all in all I'm saying this feature is very usefull, it's better when typing txt,email,etc because you get a better viewing angle and so you don't have to tilt your hand to get it. it's much better when browsing the net on a tilt screen with keyboard out because your fingers are closer to the screen to it's easy to just flick a finger to scroll.
  • I have this phone and I have to disagree with the "plastic feel" comment. I think this device feels rock solid in my hand and built very well. It doesn't feel like I can break it easily. I'm loving it so far. It doesn't have the 3.5mm jack like the others will but my data plan is so much cheaper on T-mobile then it would be on the other carriers so that's not a deal breaker for me. There is a nice little usb to 3.5mm jack dongal I can use to solve this. I had to use a 2.5mm to 3.5mm on my old phone so I'm used to it. I'll agree with you about the tilt feature. I havent really used it other then to show people that it has the feature but I've only had it for a few days now. I think if I'm sitting on an airplane and want to watch a movie this feature would definitely come in handy! The one thing I am upset about it the fact that T-Mobile decided to rip the push internet feature out. This isn't too big of a deal because I'm sure I'll have a custom ROM on it as soon as I see one I like but I was a little upset when I spent time looking through all my setting for a feature that didn't exsist! Though I enjoy the bigger screen it would be nice to have a little D-Pad put in at the bottom to replace the zoom bar. I think the zoom bar is pretty stupid. The biggest problem I have with not having a D-Pad is when I'm looking through my e-mail and I want to delete a message I can't select it without opening the e-mail unless I pop the keyboard out and use the arrows. So I have to open the message up and then delete it. This is a bit annoying! All and all I very happy with my $349 investment. It's a very big step up from my MDA that I've been using for the last 2 1/2 years. I've been waiting for T-mobile to pick up a new device and this is definitely it. If they would have passed on this one I'd be on sprint in a heart beat!
  • Kloc,
    I am anxiously awaiting the release of the TP2 on Sprint, and on other forums, I too have voiced my concern over the lack of a D-pad. Just like you mentioned, one-handed operation of the device to manage emails & text messages is trickier without the use of the D-pad! I am still using my original Touch Pro, and have been trying to wean myself of using the D-pad, to get ready for the TP2. I often find myself mis-selecting the wrong thing from the menu if I tap-and-hold with my thumb to Reply or Move an email. I have accidentally hit Delete with my thumb more than once! Granted, two-handed operation will be no problem, but when trying to do things one-handed, while on the go, will require some skill! If only Messaging had more finger-friendly menus, it wouldn't be an option, but we are essentially still using the same menuing that has been on devices since the beginning of the decade! :)
  • Big D..
    The slider does feel solid along the lines of the Kaiser and Touch Pro. Gracklaw...
    Yep, you're right. I don't have much experience using a phone with a tilt screen and for now, I still have to question the usefulness of that feature. When I get my hands on a Touch Pro 2 for an extended period of time, it will definitely be one feature I'll evaluate extensively. Kloc...
    The "plastic" feel is subjective and while the Touch Pro 2 did have a plastic feel to it, it didn't feel cheap or flimsy. If I were a T-Mobile customer, I would have walked out of the store with one. Oh... and I'll try to remember to run a few applications on the Touch Pro 2 to give you a feel for how it performs with third party apps. Thanks for the suggestion.
  • I'd love to see this land in AT&T as well. I own the original Tilt and I have to admit that I did love the tilting screen more than I expected. Anyhow, I do cast a vote to, once you get the official review going, load an app that demands some horsepower and tell us the impressions. That would be very helpful but I have to admit I am already pre-disposed to get this device for myself :)
  • I have had the TP2 for 4 days now. I use the tilt feature about half of the time. Texting is a breeze. The keys are very well spaced out. As far as 3rd party apps go, I've installed the Skyfire browser and have had no problems whatsoever. Now it's my browser of choice, due to it being able to display flash content. I would highly recommend it to you guys & hear your feedback on it.
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  • This phone is the most exciting I've had. Recently, I received this phone and I chose T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 in the 3GS, palm trees before, and any BlackBerry iPhone 3G Round myTouch.