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Review: 24 Hours with the Sprint Touch Pro (Updated)

The Touch Pro for Sprint was originally scheduled to be released on Oct 19th, then delayed to Nov 2nd, and then bumped up to Oct 26th. With all this confusion we at WMExperts wanted to give you a full review of the Sprint Touch Pro with our first impression of the first 24 hrs of its (limited) release. We will then do a follow up review in about 3-4 weeks with an in-depth long term look at the Touch Pro, how it does on extensive road trips, what customizations we ended up adding to, what 3rd party software we felt are must haves, etc.

With a slew of new phones hitting the market so closely together, it can be challenging to decide which one is the best for you or which one lives up to its expectations, or which ones fall flat on its face. So for now, we are are going to dive into the Touch Pro and see if it is all that it has been hyped up to be. Is it worth $299 (which includes a $100 rebate and discount with a 2 year contract)? Did HTC cut any corners at the expense of the consumer (like with the RAM in the PPC-6800)? What new technologies and advancements did HTC throw in?

After playing with it and delving deep into the Touch Pro for the last 24 hours, I am in awe of some really cool new features, impressed with others, and have developed my wish list that would have made it a perfect phone. I believe that the few improvement wishes are greatly overshadowed by the positive features the Sprint Touch Pro has to offer. Read on to see all the details...

Out of the Box

The box is very small and compact, leading me to wonder what if they are short sheeting the Touch Pro on accessories. I was immediately pleasantly surprised when I opened the box to find that they simply packed it all in a tiny package. Besides the phone and a battery, HTC left little to desire with all the extras. Besides the expected (i.e. the phone and the battery, AC charger, and USB sync cable) they also threw in a stereo headset, a screen protector, a connector so you can use the headphones and charge it at the same time, a sideways holster (that uses velcro to close), and a 1 GB microSD card! Except for a car charger, there isn't much more anyone could ask for.

Physical Build

Even with it turned off, sitting in the box the Touch Pro does look impressive. With its sleek black face, shiny chrome sides and matte gray back, it will catch the eye of the professional user while still maintaining the sex appeal for the more casual user... though certainly not as sexy as the Diamond (its keyboardless sibling). With the dimensions being 4.17 (L) x 2.05(W) x 0.70 (D), it cannot be considered a large phone when compared to the Mogul, iPhone, or Treo when looking at its width and length... though many would say it is too thick when compared to the Diamond.

Holding it in my hand, the phone feels good and well balanced. At 5.3 ounces it is not overweight but rather giving it a solid feel. The rounded edges and corners gives it a nice look and helps to give it a natural feel while holding the phone up to your ear.

Screen

Once I finally turned the phone on, it was hard to take my eyes off the 2.8 inch 640x480 VGA touch screen. If you have never had the experience of using a VGA screen on a cell phone, you are missing something. Since VGA screens provide about four times the resolution of the more common QVGA smartphones, it does deliver a very crisp and detailed display.

Buttons

I personally am one who can appreciate having a few extra buttons along the top and sides of the phone, but the Touch Pro offers a smaller physical button selection. On the face of the phone you have the following buttons: Home, Back, Answer Phone, Hang up Phone, and the Navigation Control. Along the left side you have a Volume Up and a Volume Down button. I have found myself missing my Jog Wheel and an email and camera button.

The Navigation Control replaces the traditional 5 way navigation button. You still use it just like a 5 way nav, but with one huge innovation... it is touch sensitive. It can recognize when you slide your finger around the edges of the dial. Since the Touch Pro does not offer a Jog Wheel, I was personally hoping that just by sliding my finger around the Nav Control it would scroll down my email lists. Come to find out it is a Zoom Wheel. That is right. With certain applications you can slide your finger around the Nav control to zoom in and slide it the other way to zoom out. This is kind of cool, but using this same motion to scroll would have been more practical and useful on a daily basis. Let's hope that a 3rd party app or utility will come along to offer this.

Keyboard

The keyboard feels very solid extended and while sliding it in and out. The phone is small enough to easily be able to slide the keyboard in and out one handed. They are individual buttons which makes it easy to feel individual keys on the keyboard. I immediately fell in love with the fact that the numbers have their own keys along an extra top row as I have to type a lot of numbers for work. With the extra row, the buttons are a little smaller than on the Mogul but still a nice size and larger than an exposed keyboard. I can type pretty fast on it, especially when there are numbers involved.

G-Sensor

The G-Sensor is just darn right cool. With it, the phone can tell which way you are holding or tipping the phone. So, for example, when browsing the web, if you want to view the web page in landscape, simply rotate the phone and the screen will automatically orientate itself. They have even included a very simple yet very addictive game where you have to tilt the phone to roll the metal ball bearing into the green hole while avoiding all the other holes along the way. This game easily shows how accurate and extremely sensitive the G-Sensor really is. I cannot wait to see what new innovative software will be coming out that will take full advantage of this.

Stylus

The stylus holder is worth mentioning for several really neat features. The phone will recognize when you pull the stylus out. If you are talking on the phone and pull the stylus out, it will automatically launch the Notes app. If the phone is asleep and you pull the stylus out, it will wake up. The stylus holder in the phone is actually magnetic. This not only helps to hold the stylus in, but it will actually suck the stylus in the last little bit when inserting the stylus into the phone.

The stylus itself is shorter than I prefer, but still very usable. I will look forward to someone like Seidio coming out with a 3rd party telescoping stylus for the Touch Pro.

Memory and Processor

After HTC short sheeted the Mogul with its pathetically low memory, this was the first thing I looked at as specs started to solidify amongst the leaks and rumors of Touch Pro in the months prior to its release. I was very impressed to see that it has 512 MB flash and a whopping 288 MB of RAM. With my Mogul, I was lucky to have 14 MB of free RAM after I reset the phone. Out of the box, with the Touch Pro I had 134.8 MB free RAM along with 234.55 MB free ROM. Then even after I installed a fair collection of software and games I still had over 110 MB of RAM free to use.

The processor is a Qualcomm MSM 7201A 528MHz. I was really hoping for a bit more. It may not be the king of the hill, but it appears to be holding its own at the moment. Only time will tell how well it does and what 3 party apps, if any, may help push it to its limits. Out of the box though, it appears to be snappy enough for the most part. It isn't a major issue at all, but I have noticed, sometimes, a small delay in response after pushing a software button, but that could be other factors like the software itself, caching, etc.

Unlike the Diamond, the Touch Pro offers a microSD slot that will support up to a 16 GB microSD card. The microSD slot is actually located on the back of the phone under the battery case. This relieves any fear I constantly had with other phones whose microSD slot is exposed making it possible to bump the memory card and lose it without even realizing it.

Connectivity

The Touch Pro certainly does not offer any disappointments when it comes to connectivity.

Bluetooth is ver 2.0 with EDR / A2DP support (Stereo Bluetooth). It works great with several BT headsets as well as several A2DP headphones and speakers.

WiFi is fast and was easy to set up with my home network. It actually recognized more wireless networks in my neighborhood than my laptop did.

In order for you to connect your laptop to your computer to sync, you can use the most common way via the ExtUSB (mini-USB and audio jack in one) port with the USB sync cable. At first glance it looks like a MiniUSB port, but it is not. You can also use Bluetooth if your computer has it. I am using a Windows Vista desktop and it would not sync at first. After a little exploring, I unchecked "Enable advanced network functionality" under Start / Settings / Connections / USB to PC and then it worked flawlessly.

GPS

The Touch Pro does have an internal GPS built into the phone. It works, but there is a known bug that delays the signal a few seconds. It may not sound like much but if you are driving 60 mph a few seconds delay can make you miss your exit. HTC is apparently aware of this and is working on a fix.

Phone Calls

Okay... here is what everything is centered around. The quality of the call will make or break a phone... we have seen it happen many times before. Even though I fully recognize that this is subject to personal perspective, geographic locations, surrounding noise, etc., I have to say I have been very impressed so far with the quality of calls. Everyone sounds clear to me, and I sound clear to them on the other end as well. The speaker phone is adequate as well.

The phone application has a different layout. No longer do you have the buttons along the side. It is just the phone keypad at the bottom of the screen, two possible matches from your contacts listed in the middle, and the number you are dialing along the top. Once you are connected, I really like the selection of buttons available. They include Call History, Calendar, Notes, Mute, Speakerphone, and Contacts.

Software

Rarely am I interested in the software preinstalled on my phone. In fact a lot of the time I will tweak the phone so I can uninstall a lot of them. But this time, I really like several of the software apps offered.

TouchFLO 3D. This gives a 3D finger friendly interface to the phone. You can slide your finger to go from one part to the next. In Mail, it shows an envelope with a page sticking out giving you a preview of the most recent email message. To scroll through others, simply flick your finger up or down. You can do the same to flip through your pictures or videos on your phone. It includes Weather, a nice 3D picture contact page, Sprint TV, Messaging, Internet, Sprint Music, Settings, and Programs.

MP3 Trimmer. I have enjoyed this a lot more than I would have expected. It is a simple app that can take an MP3 song and make a ringtone out of it. You can set the exact second in the song to start and when to end. It will then save it in your Rings directory and automatically make it your default ringtone if you want it to.

JetCet Print. This handy little app will allow you print directly from your handheld to a network printer or bluetooth enabled one.

WorldCard Mobile. This is a very hand application if you get a lot of business cards. You simply take a photo of the business card and it reads all of the contact information and adds it to your contacts. I did my business card for work and it is fairly accurate. I missed a few letters, like it put an N instead of a M... but it was at least 95% correct.

You Tube. It includes a specialized You Tube app. My wife immediately used this to find all the "Simon's Cat" cartoons.

Some of the more standard software apps included are:

Windows Live. Standard on nearly all WM phones, but cool enough to mention that it was not forgotten here.

Sprint Navigation. Subscription based GPS guidance software. It is a decent software package, though unless you have it bundled in your plan with Sprint, it can be spendy at nearly $10 a month.

RSS HUB. Headlines gathering app. You tell it what news agencies you like and it will scour the internet and list all the most recent headlines with links directly to the articles.

Sprint Diamond vs Sprint Touch Pro

I can see it now... threads in the forums raging in debates of which one is better, the Diamond or the Touch Pro. I can tell you now that the answer is both... depending on your personal preferences, likes, and how you use your phone. It think it will boil down to two questions:

Do you want a physical keyboard or not? If you do, the Touch Pro is the easy choice. If you don't mind using a software keyboard, then the Diamond might be right up your alley.

Are you going to want or need more than 4 GB of storage? The Diamond has 4 GB of internal storage but no microSD expansion slot so you cannot add any more. The Touch Pro has 255 MB of storage but can be expanded up to 16 GB with a microSD card. I know that 4 GB may sound like a lot of room, but I have over 6 GB of MP3 and more than double that from DVDs that I have formatted to play on my phone.

So the answer is based on you, and cannot be a blanket answer for everyone.

Conclusion

So, after 24 hours of using the Touch Pro, I am overall very impressed with it. It has a lot of memory, and is fully loaded with accessories out of the box, built solidly, has a VGA screen, and is motion sensitive. It appears responsive and comes with one of the best selections of preinstalled software titles I have seen in a long time.

I will be sorely missing my Jog Wheel along with all the other extra buttons for email, camera, etc. that I have grown used to with my last several WM phones. The GPS lags, but we are hopeful that this will be fixed. And I wish that the Navigation Control scrolled instead of zoomed. But when compared to all the positives the Touch Pro offers, these become minor cons.

I am anxious now to take the Touch Pro on the road and customize it, and to push it to its limits. So after a very positive first 24 hours with the Touch Pro, we will post a full review of what we think of the phone again in another 3 to 4 weeks from now!

Update: Browser Screen Shots

The Touch Pro has thankfully replaced WM Internet Explorer with the superior Oprah internet browser. It is a quick browser and does a great job in viewing the pages as they are meant to be viewed. It initially loads the page full width, which is great for finding the area you want quickly. If you double tap on the screen it will automatically zoom in. It is also one of the apps that supports the Nav Control Zoom, which is kind of cool. It also supports multiple tabs, which I have always been a big fan of. You can scroll in any direction with a flick or slide of your finger. As mentioned above, if you want to view a page in landscape or portrait then you simply rotate the actual phone and it will automatically display the page accordingly.

Just the Facts

Specs

  • Size:
    • 4.17 (L) x 2.05(W) x 0.70 (D)
    • 102 mm (L) X 51 mm (W) X 18.05 mm (T)
  • Weight:
    • 5.3 ounces
    • 165 g (with battery)
  • Connectivity:
    • CDMA 2000 1X/EVDO Rev.A/1xRTT and
    • IS-95A/B voice or data.
    • Dual band (800 and 1900 MHz)
    • Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR with A2DP support (Stereo Bluetooth)
    • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
    • HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0, audio jack, and TV Out* in one)
  • GPS:
    • Internal GPS antenna /AGPS
  • Operating system:
    • Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display:
    • 2.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with VGA resolution
  • Audio
    • Built-in microphone,
    • speaker and FM radio with RDS
  • Camera:
    • 3.2MP, with autofocus, flash and video calling
  • Internal memory:
    • 512 MB flash
    • 288 MB RAM
    • Expansion slot: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible); supports up to 16 GB
  • Interface:
    • HTC ExtUSB (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery:
    • 1340 mAh Rechargeable Lithium-ion or Lithium-ion polymer battery
  • Talk time:
    • Up to 250 minute
  • Chipset:
    • Qualcomm MSM 7201A 528MHz
  • Device Control
    • TouchFLO™ 3D
    • Touch-sensitive navigation control
    • Keyboard Slide-out 5-row QWERTY keyboard
  • Ring tone supported formats:
    • MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB
    • 40 polyphonic and standard MIDI format 0 and 1 (SMF)/SP MIDI

* HTC TV Out cable needed.

Ratings (4 out of 5)

Overall:

Pros

Good call qualityVGA screen512 MB flash and 288 MB of RAMG-Sensor can detect phone movementTV output (with cable that is sold separately)

Cons

GPS lagTouch sensitivity Navigation Control does not scroll, only zoomsNo jog wheelNo button for email, camera, web browser, etc...
29 Comments
  • Well done....as per usual, a complete and articulate review.
  • Is there any way to activate the FM radio that is supposed to be there?
  • I was kind of wonder that to. I will have to do a little digging to see first of all if Sprint left it in (this is something I could see them disabling due to their Sprint Radio or it might be a EU GSM edition thing) and if it is there how to get to it and use it.
  • The lack of hardware buttons is an issue for me. Do the Long and Short press shortcuts work with the Touch Pro? Specifically: LongPower.lnk, Short_Power.lnk, Long_Send.lnk, Long_End.lnk
    This would at least give you some quick shortcuts to your most used apps.
    Also, can you completely disable the TouchFlow interfact if you just want to use the native WM Today interface?
  • I came from the MOGUL and i also agree that the lack of Shortcut buttons on the exterior of the phone is hard to get used to. But if you realize that all those buttons are available through the TouchFlo3D Home plugin, It only takes time to get used to. Truly a sexy phone, I already loaded pBar, Oxios Memory (which takes about a minute to run, compared to 15 seconds with the moguls limited RAM), SensorLock ( a clever app allowing you to use a g-sensor action to lock the phone), and VistaHide Battery Gauge.
    I think the lack of a scroll/jog wheel seemed hard to get over at first, but if you realize that this phone is not designed for use with a stylus. You can easily scroll through messages just by scrolling with your finger on the screen.
    Not much lag in the phone based on the large amount of memory, but there were a few occasions where the TouchFlo3D home screen would lock up. Oh well, the beautiful screen makes up for it. Just like Ole Hobbs said, it is really a sight how sharp that screen is, you can barely make out the outline of the individual pixels it is so sharp. Oh well, really a great, sexy phone.
    OH mogul users, one of the biggest reasons to upgrade? THE SCREEN IS FLUSH!!! No more dust and gunk in the corners of the display.
    I would agree with the 4 of 5 star rating, and looking forward to what is built in this phone that has been hidden from us. (remind you of GPS and REV-A on Sprint Mogul??!!)
  • I also wish you could disable the G-sensor. Kind of annoying at times when the screen goes from portrait to landscape when you lay the phone down flat on a surface. Thats all.
  • Problems with Review
    Thanks for noticing that the lack of shortcut buttons/jog-wheel is problematic. But you didn't describe the browser functionality ! Does it have IE or the highly anticipated Opera ?! How could you leave that out ?! Especially when I want to know, without a jog wheel, how you scroll a page. Do you have to use the stylus (gag) or will you finger flip it ?
    Also, how bout the lack of LED readouts for phone radio, wifi, Bluetooth, message waiting, and low battery ? The Mogul allows for all those but not so the Touch Pro. And the lack of an "Ok" on the keyboard is ridiculous ! It's apparently on the AT&T version (Fuze) so why'd they get rid of such a critically convenient key ?!
    And though the screen is now VGA it's still unevolved at 2.8". Why couldn't they punch it up to 3.0 or 3.2 ?! HTC just does not impress with all those shortcomings. And I'd like to see you bring these out in your review next time. Quit skimping, man, write a comprehensive review.
  • Thanks for all the feedback and questions....Many of these questions are whats going to be covered in detail in the follow up review we talked about. I will try to answer some of them here:Buttons: I have successfully used AE Buttons to successfully remap the volume up and down buttons. I have the volume down button set at one click to scroll down and a log click for OK/Enter. The volume up button is set at one to scroll up and the log click Alt/Tab Wisbar's switch utility. I have also remapped the Back button to OK/Enter. The Home button now brings down the Start Menu on a single click and Email when I hold it down. This has made life a lot easier and has in virtually increased my available hardware buttons to a more comfortable level of usable buttons.TouchFLO: You can customize the TouchFLO to suite your needs and even disable or remove it if you didn't want it. And as Sumojam accutely observed, TouchFlo goes a long ways in helping to make up for the lack of physical buttons, especially with a little tweaking to fine tune it to what you use the most. This will be covered in detail in the follow up review.Internet Browser: This was in my notes along with screen shots and thank you for pointing out that it was missed in the review. It does use Oprah. It is a quick browser and does a great job in viewing the pages as they are meant to be viewed. It initially loads the page full width, which is great for finding the area you want quickly. If you double tap on the screen it will automatically zoom in. It is also one of the apps that supports the Nav Control Zoom, which is kind of cool. It also supports multiple tabs, which I have always been a big fan of. You can scroll in any direction with a flick of your finger.LED: It does have LED notifications, but you are correct in the fact that there are not the traditional LEDs. Not having the traditional LEDs is often times considered a blessing, considering the lengths that many go to (me included) to disable them on other phones because of how bright and annoying they can become. Here are the LEDs with the Touch Pro [LIST]
    [*]LEDs. Instead the Touch Pro uses the Nav Control LED and other button LEDs for a lot of its communications. For example it :
    [*]Talk Key: flashes with incoming call
    [*]End Key: light stays solid when there is an incoming call.
    [*]Nav Control:
    [INDENT][*]LED ring shows "breathing" white light when battery is charging
    [*]Shows a solid white light when battery is fully charged
    [*]Flashes when battery level is below 10%
    [*]Top and bottom parts of the ring flashes twice with a new email, voicemail, or meeting reminder.
    [*]White light goes around the LED ring counterclockwise twice with a missed call or new SMS message.[/INDENT]
    [/LIST]There is not an In Service or BT indicator that I am aware of, but this may prove to be a software issue solved by the community or maybe even a simple reg hack.GSensor: There is a LOT yet to be learned about the GSensor on the Touch Pro. As software developers in the WM community become familiar with it, I would not be surprised if they come out with utilities to disable it or adjust it's sensitivity.Keyboard: The keyboard is different than other sliding Keyboards. For example when compared to the Mogul it does not have the OK or the Start Menu buttons. But it does offer other buttons not commonly found on all sliding keyboards, i.e. Email, Text Message, Comm Manager, and an Internet Browser button. It also includes all of the Tab, CAPS, Shift (both right and left shift keys), and CTRL. It does have the character Symbol button (VERY handy to have on a keyboard) as the default instead of often times having to use the Function key to access it.
    The Keyboard also includes the handy CAPS & FN lock LEDs at the top for easy reference.
    We will have to wait until the Fuze is actually released to see if it has an OK button or not in the final release...But I think they could have put an OK button on the keyboard. It could have taken the place the Right Shift key.SUMMARY: There is always a wish list as well as included and missing features that mean more to different individuals using the phone with different likes, professional or personal needs, all coming from different phones and/or OS. Please continue to share your thoughts and insights! =)
  • Alot More Helpful
    Thanks for the adds to the review, they really help, especially the detail on the LED indicators. But I'm still concerned that in its zeal to be "iPhone-like" they're requiring two handed use now where we used to be able to scroll and activate with the side keys (one hand).
    Also, is there a work-around or remapping of keys permitted on the keyboard to recover the "Ok" functionality ? Or is that part of the "you need two hands to interact with me now" thing ?
    Finally, do you feel that the 2.8" is adequate with VGA rez or does it really need to be 3 or more to make photos and web pages pop (ala Touch HD [Pro]) ? Thanks.
  • You touched on a whole more important issue, the screen size. Yes, the screen is sharp clear at VGA resolution. But 2.8" is way too small to make any good use of the feature. For example, when you load up excel, you can only see 4 columns and 6 rows on the screen, similar to those on my 3.5QVGA on Dopod700. Of course I can show more on the screen by zoom to 50%, the number are still clear thank to the VGA, but the characters are too small to be legitimate. My eye sight feel so stressed to read and I have to zoom back. I have been using it for a few days now. The GPS works ok. But overall I believe the WM6 OS or MS in large is in their late days. It is just uncomparable to the design and intuitiveness of iphone. Even it was trying to mimic some of iPhone's feature, it is only skin deep. It did not change too much from the WM2002 on my 6 year old Dopod700 underneath. I regret for this purchase and for MS in general. yingkai@yahoo.com
  • I just found one of the best tweaks for the Diamond and the Pro. You want to use the Nav Control to scroll? Here you go. You want to speed up TouchFLO and easily increase your caches, then you will be set.
    [URL="http://montecristoff.webs.com/index.htm">Diamond Tweak[/URL]
    This is what the follow up article is going to be all about....but I couldn't hold this little gem out on you for a another 2-3 weeks!!!!
  • Thanks for the early Touch Pro review. Could you explain how you were able to set a click of the Home Key to activate the Start Menu and a long hold to go to email? I wasn't able to get any mappings for the Home Key to work. Could you also go over the what you did to the Back button? Doesn't it pretty much act like an OK button except in Opera (and maybe other programs)? Is there an advantage to what you did?
    With your changes to the volume button, are you still able to use them to change the volume either in a call or outside a program that requires scrolling?
    Thanks again for the review and any help you can provide!
  • I didn't see any mention of battery life. I have a treo 700wx with Seidio 3200 MAH battery. I count myself sufficiently spoiled that it's going to be really hard to part with it.
  • The battery life is pitiful. As light usage as I am, it won't stand beyond 2 days. For average person, you have to charge it daily and keep a spare in your pocket. Also, keeping worrying about the battery during calls is just not fun. By the way, the phone gets burning hot over, say 10mins, phone talk. It feels burning in the holding hand and you can imagine how much battery power was wasted in the heat energy. The sliding keyboard feels squeaky and it concerns me. Thanks to the VGA, all the menus on the screen is so small and very easy to tap the wrong item. Very unpractical. With no direct button to call up the camera, its usefulness is greatly handicapped. By the time you manage to navigate to the application, the scene is long gone. What a miss! There is no way to import contacts from my previous phone. I exported them in a vcf file, which can be easily read by google, but not this phone. It just does not show up a dialog box to browse to the file on the card. David
  • I didn't see any mention of battery life. I have a treo 700wx with Seidio 3200 MAH battery. I count myself sufficiently spoiled that it's going to be really hard to part with it.You are correct...Besides putting HTC's battery stat in the specifications I did not touch the battery life for several reasons. First is that with playing with it like I was it would not give an accurate perspective of its battery life. I was doing everything from stream TV, using WiFi, making constant calls, browsing the internet a lot, etc... Then I would sync it up to install something which would then give it some charge back.
    We also know that by default with the settings out of the box, it is draining the battery faster than it should. I want to get all the specifics and the steps to fix it.
  • I also wish you could disable the G-sensor. Kind of annoying at times when the screen goes from portrait to landscape when you lay the phone down flat on a surface. Thats all.I was browsing thru the Registry and I found how you can have it go landscape, portrait, or neither when you the phone is face up.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\HTC\HTCSENSOR\GSENSOR
    There you will see FaceUpAsPortrait and FaceUpAsLandscape. Change the one you want to 1 and the one you don't want to 0, or I would assume if you put both to 0 it would ignore the fact that it is face up. You may have to reset after making the change for it to take effect.
    If you are not famaliar with editing the registry, the first read my step by step registry tutorial.
  • Thanks for the early Touch Pro review. Could you explain how you were able to set a click of the Home Key to activate the Start Menu and a long hold to go to email? I wasn't able to get any mappings for the Home Key to work. Could you also go over the what you did to the Back button? Doesn't it pretty much act like an OK button except in Opera (and maybe other programs)? Is there an advantage to what you did?
    With your changes to the volume button, are you still able to use them to change the volume either in a call or outside a program that requires scrolling?
    Thanks again for the review and any help you can provide! Hey Dude....first of all WELCOME TO WMEXPERTS!!! :cheers:
    First of all I used AE Button to map them. The main advantage is that I was able to turn it into a button with one function to a button with two functions. I could assign as much as 4 functions to it if I wanted to.
    I thought I set the Home button, but apparently didn't test it because it did not work. I am not going to let this one go, I will find an answer to how to do it.
    When I remapped the buttons I did not assign volume up and down to it. I could still do that if I wanted, and maybe I will. :)
  • I had an 8525 loved and hated it. I thought it was a bit heavy (not a holster guy). When it died, the tilt (I'm with ATT) seemed even heavier! I went with a Curve and love it. It is in it's death throws now. Can't wait until this comes out on ATT so I can touch/feel it. Good job on the review.
  • Thanks for the write up! Questsions...does it have Internet Connection Sharing built in? Can you give wmwifirouter a try to make sure it works?
  • Has anyone been able to use the Nav-pad in the left and right directions? I have yet to be able to use the lateral directions (if they even exist). I knw you're supposed to tap outside the ring, but it's inconsistent at best. Whenever I try, the home or back buttons get activated instead.
    After 2 days with it, I have realized the TP is no 6700 or Mogul. It's fast, has plenty of RAM, a great screen, and the on-screen KB is usable. This could be the device that makes me leave the Treo line.
    I do miss the PQZii functionality- is there any way to go to, say, 20-30 apps from within any app?
    Has ANYONE been able to get GPS to work in true standalone mode? I cannot get a signal unless the radio is on. Hopefully this is not crippled like the 800w...
  • Haha, it uses the "Oprah" browser? Does this mean that everyone in the studio audience gets a Touch Pro at the end of the review? =)
  • I was curious if there is an update regarding the "full review" talked about in this mini review? Is it still coming?
  • yes, we would like to see the full review as well :)
  • I upgraded to the Touch Pro a week after it came out (November 10, 2008) and I've had several problems. For example, I'm on my 3rd replacement phone after the first two couldn't be repaired. Problem with the first one? Touch screen stopped working. Problem with the second? Keypad stopped working. Besides that, there are several other annoying little problems. The speaker quality on phone calls is unusually low. I'm surprised the reviewer didn't have a problem, as this seems to be a very popular complaint. While I'm straining to hear the person talking, my face usually presses the "end call" button on the touchscreen and cuts the call off. I've now learned to turn the screen off as soon as the call is connected to avoid this. Another problem is text messaging. Sometimes I will reply to a message I receive right away and input an entire sentence and the phone will suddenly switch away from the message and into some contact search function. It then sends the message I was typing into the "drafts" folder. This happens several times a day and I'm not sure why. I'm also a little disappointed to see that there aren't many applications to download, as there are with the iphone. In fact, I can't really find any and the ones that I find are NOT free. I'm waiting for the new Touch Pro 2 to come out so I can upgrade once again. I've never had to visit my Sprint store for phone repairs until I bought this one. Hope this review helps!
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